46th GESIS Spring Seminar: Causal Inference with Observational Data

Date: 06.03 – 24.03.2017

Location: GESIS Location in Cologne. For a list with hotel recommendations, information about Cologne as well as on how to get to GESIS please click here.  

Language of instruction: English


The GESIS Spring Seminar (formerly ZA Spring Seminar) has been taking place in Cologne annually for more  than 45 years. It offers three consecutive one-week courses in advanced methods  of quantitative data analysis for Social Scientists. Language of instruction is English.

Week 1 (06.-10.03.2017)

  • Causal Analysis with Panel Data: Potentials and Limitations – Prof. Dr. Michael Windzio, Jun. Prof. Dr. Marco Giesselmann (for further information and registration please click here)

Week 2 (13.-17.03.2017)

  • Structural Equation Models (SEMs)  – Prof. Kenneth Bollen, PhD with Zachary Fisher (for further information and registration please click here)

Week 3 (20.-24.03.2017

  • Potential Outcomes and Treatment Effects: Modern Methods of Causal Inference  – Prof. Dr. Ben Jann, Dr. Rudolf Farys (for further information and registration please click here)


The GESIS Spring Seminar offers high quality training in state of the art techniques in quantitative data analysis taught by foremost experts of the field. Each year a specific topic guides the courses. The Spring Seminar aims to:

  • provide in depth knowledge of state of the art quantitative analysis techniques in the social sciences
  • enable participants to apply state of the art quantitative analysis techniques to their own research projects
  • provide participants the opportunity to discuss their own research with interested colleagues and foremost experts
  • provide participants good networking opportunities, a supportive social environment, and an exciting time in Cologne


Spring Seminar Prerequisites

  • have a sound knowledge of quantitative research methods
  • have a good command of English as the Spring Seminar will entirely be held in English


How to choose the right course
The courses of the Spring Seminar are structured consecutively, but participants are free to choose any or all courses they are interested in.

If you have any questions  concerning administrative matters or the Spring Seminar in general, please send an e-mail to the administrative coordinator, Angelika Ruf: springseminar@gesis.org. If you need help finding the right course or if you  ave any questions concerning the course contents, please send an e-mail to the scientific coordinator, Reinhard Schunck: reinhard.schunck@gesis.org.

Since 2017 participants of the GESIS Spring Seminar have the opportunity to gain European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) points from the Cologne Graduate School in Management, Economics and Social Sciences (CGS) of the University of Cologne, Germany. You can obtain 3 points for regular attendance and satisfactory work on daily assignments in a one-week course.


Participation Fees

One week courses

€ 250    Student rate
€ 350    Academic/non-profit rate
€ 700    Commercial rate
€ 50      ECTS points


If a course is fully booked, please place yourself on the waiting list. Travel costs, accommodation and meals are not included. Please make your own arrangements. We strongly recommend that you arrange accommodation as soon as possible after you have registered. The demand for accommodation will be high in March.


Call for Papers – Corporate responsibility: In the dilemma between trust and fake?

Seminar at the IUC Dubrovnik (April 3-7, 2017) & Special Issue

Seminar Organizers & Guest Editors:
Simon Fietze, University of Southern Denmark
Wenzel Matiaske, Helmut-Schmidt-University/University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg (Germany)
Roland Menges, Technical University Clausthal (Germany)

Trust is the currency that creates markets. This is knowledge of the merchants at the latest since modern markets have emerged along the medieval trade routes. Quality and reliability in the business are also building blocks of trust and the assumption of responsibility for the social and ecological consequences of entrepreneurial activity. Whether the latter should be integrated into social and legal relations and norms in the form of voluntary corporate responsibility, has been the subject of economic discussion since the beginnings of the discipline and since the separation of the spheres of economic and moral action in the Scottish moral economy.

Over the past decades, both supra-national organizations such as the UN and the EU have been focusing on soft law – from the global compact through the AA1000 to the Green Paper of the EU Commission – as well as the national states, to promote social and environmental responsibility for companies in the age of globalization. These initiatives have led to lively activities and debates both in the business world and in different scientific disciplines. For companies, it has now become a “fashion” to campaign social and ecological responsibility using the concept of “Corporate Social Responsibility”. This commitment has meanwhile led to the fact that CSR activities should partly contribute to value creation instead of aligning them with corporate objectives and values. Such a development leads to the loss of trust and the assumption of responsibility becomes a “fake”.

Against this backdrop, some of the social and economic observers remained skeptical, advocating tougher legal norms or fiscal implications. Finally, lawyers pointed out that (successful) standardizations often develop not only from the “top”, but also from the “bottom”, i.e. they emerge from the action routines of the economic actors as emergent effects. However, not only the recent scandals – from the ENRON case to the VW case – raise questions about the effectiveness of co-operative self-commitment as well as external control.

Moreover, corporate responsibility is related to the concept of consumer responsibility. Whereas market-optimists believe that reliable changes in consumption patterns rely on responsible individual action, more market-skeptics warn of a counterproductive “privatization of sustainability”.

In this light, this year’s seminar at the IUC Dubrovnik will be on theoretical and empirical contributions to the topic “Corporate responsibility: In the dilemma between trust and fake?” from economic, sociological, (economic) historical and legal perspectives. Possible topics are:

  • Economic and history of ideas cases and questions of corporate responsibility
  • The “pseudo” corporate responsibility
  • Organizational and sociological theories and findings on corporate responsibility
  • Theory and empiricism of the audit
  • Theoretical and empirical studies on consumer responsibility
  • Criminal law considerations for corporate actors
  • Institutional factors of corporate responsibility
  • The trust of social entrepreneurship
  • This is not an exhaustive list.

Potential contributors to the seminar at the IUC Dubrovnik are encouraged to submit an abstract of 1-2 pages before February 28th, 2017 electronically via online submission system of Management Revue using ‘IUC Dubrovnik’ as article section: http://www.management-revue.org/submission/

All contributors to the seminar are invited to submit their paper for the special issue of Management Revue. Full papers must be submitted by July 31st, 2017. All contributions will be subject to a double-blind review. Papers invited to a ‘revise and resubmit’ are due October 31st, 2017. Please submit your papers electronically via the online submission system using ‘SI Corporate Responsibility’ as article section.

Hoping to hear from you!
Simon Fietze
Wenzel Matiaske
Roland Menges

Reminder HSU-Doktorandenkurs: Measuring Preferences using Conjoint Analytic Methods and Advanced Compositional Approaches, 01.12.2016

Institution: Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg/Syddansk Universitet, Sønderborg (SDU), Denmark

Lecturer: Prof. Martin Meißner, Department of Environmental and Business Economics, SDU

Date: 01.12.2016, 09:00-17:00 (incl. breaks)

Place: Helmut-Schmidt-Universität, Holstenhofweg 85, 22043 Hamburg, Aula-Gebäude, Raum 3

Language of instruction: English

Registration: Non-members of the Helmut-Schmidt-Universität may click here firstly to create an HSU-Ilias-account, and secondly here to join the course.

The participants of this course develop a sound understanding of the benefits of using conjoint analytic preferences measurement approaches and alternative advanced compositional approaches. Participants gain practical experience of using conjoint-analytic methods, and develop a better understanding of the value of measuring preferences.

The course starts with introducing the basic concepts behind the measurement of stated preferences, specifically focusing on conjoint analysis. The most often used approaches, i.e. traditional conjoint analysis, adaptive conjoint analysis and choice-based conjoint analysis are introduced. We deliberate on advantages and disadvantages of the approaches and also discuss advanced compositional approaches, like pairwise-comparison based preference measurement and the adaptive self-explicated approach. During the workshop we will further talk about all the important stages of designing a preference measurement study. We pay special attention to the types of research questions that conjoint analysis can answer. We also discuss the most important questions you should answer before setting up your preference measurement/conjoint study: What is the optimal choice of attributes and attribute level? What is a good experimental design? How should I design my survey design and present potential choice scenarios? How do I analyze the results?

Participants will have the opportunity to use Sawtooth Software on their own laptops and build their own conjoint analysis survey during the course. Based on this experience, participants will be able to improve the planning of their own future experiments.

Recommended literature and pre-readings:

  • Bradlow, Eric T. (2005), “Current Issues and a ‘Wish List’ for Conjoint Analysis,” Applied Stochastic Models in Business and Industry, 21 (4-5), 319-323.
  • Hauser, John R. and Vithala Rao (2003), “Conjoint Analysis, Related Modeling, and Applications,” in Advances in Marketing Research: Progress and Prospects, in Marketing Research and Modeling: Progress and Prospects, Wind, Jerry and Paul Green (eds.), New York: Springer, 141-168.
  • Huber, Joel (1997), “What We Have Learned from 20 Years of Conjoint Research: When to Use Self-Explicated, Graded Pairs, Full Profiles or Choice Experiments,” Sawtooth Software Conference Proceedings, Sequim, WA., 243-256.
  • Scholz, Sören W., Martin Meissner, and Reinhold Decker (2010), “Measuring Consumer Preferences for Complex Products: A Compositional Approach Based on Paired Comparisons,” Journal of Marketing Research, 47 (4), 685-698.

Reminder Inside the Editor’s Head: Publizieren in internationalen Fachjournalen

Institution: Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg

Lecturer: Dr. Florian Kühn, Institute for International Politics, Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg

Date: 24.11.2016, 14:00-17:00

Place: Helmut-Schmidt-Universität, Holstenhofweg 85, 22043 Hamburg, Seminarraum 0105, Hauptgebäude H1

Language of instruction: Deutsch

Registration: Non-members of the Helmut-Schmidt-Universität may click here firstly to create an HSU-Ilias-account, and secondly here to join the course.

Florian Kühn führt aus der Sicht eines Herausgebers einer internationalen Fachzeitschrift (Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding) in die Tücken, Fallstricke aber auch Praxis und Abläufe des Publishings ein. Wenn wir – womöglich zum ersten Mal? – vor der Frage stehen, wo und wie ein Aufsatz eingereicht werden kann und sollte, um angemessen berücksichtigt zu werden, aber auch eine Chance zu haben, einen Peer Review-Prozess zu überstehen, erscheint die Welt der Journal Publishings zunächst wie ein Buch mit sieben Siegeln. Dieser Workshop behandelt in drei Blöcken den Prozess einer Veröffentlichung (Welches Journal? Welcher Aufsatz? Wie präsentieren?). Aus der Sicht eines Herausgebers schildert Florian Kühn häufig gemacht Fehler und gibt Tipps, wie ein Aufsatz erfolgreich eingereicht werden kann, wie die Kommunikation zwischen Herausgebern und Einreichenden sowie zwischen Editorial Boards und Gutachtern verläuft, und wie sich die Chancen verbessern lassen, einen Aufsatz unterzubringen. Was kennzeichnet einen guten Aufsatz, wie präsentiere ich Forschungsergebnisse, welches Publikum spreche ich an, an welche bestehende Forschung knüpfe ich an (oder von welcher grenze ich meine Forschung ab), wie soll das Verhältnis zwischen Forschungsstand – Forschungsergebnissen – Desideraten sein, etc.? Je nach Interesse können Fragen zu Open Access, zu Indices, zu Zitationen und Impact-Berechnungen diskutiert werden.

Dr. Florian Kühn ist wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Institut für Internationale Politik an der HSU, hat Professuren an der Humboldt Universität zu Berlin und an der Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg vertreten und ist seit 2013 Herausgeber von JISB.

JMP Intro & DOE/Kriging Workshop using JMP and R on 25th November at the HSU — CANCELED!

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

Due to unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances, the above-mentioned workshop on Kriging using JMP and R, scheduled for 25th November at the HSU, has to be canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Kind regards
Volker Kraft, JMP Academic Ambassador, and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sven Knoth, Chair of Computational Statistics, Helmut-Schmidt-Universität Hamburg


Reminder – Call for Papers: Echoes of an Era – A Century of Organisational Studies

Special Stream of Management Revue (MREV)
Echoes of an Era – A Century of Organisational Studies

Managing Editor:
Wenzel Matiaske, Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg (Germany)

Hundred years ago, Henri Fayols “Administration Industrielle et Générale”, a milestone in the history of organizational thought, was published. This centenary motivates the editors of the Management Revue to launch a stream on the history of organiational studies. In the forthcoming volumes, and rather on an infrequent basis, we would like to publish contributions which not only introduce the reader to one or several, interrelated seminal works of organizational theory, but also provide accompanying commentaries and an analysis of their history of effects.

The reason for this format is, given our discipline’s forgetfulness of history, to provide orientation, which not only serves teaching and young management scholars. While reference to classic thought contributes to scientific advancement in other fields of the social sciences, in our field some research issues are being addressed over and over again – without putting the associated arguments and findings in an adequate historical context. In this respect, addressing the history of thought should be understood as a contribution to the advancement of management research.

We would like to avoid a strict delimitation of the era being addressed. Contributions on contemporaries of Fayol like Frederik Winston Taylor, Frank B. and Lillian Gilbreth or Henry L. Gantt und Karol Adamiecki are as welcome as contributions are on Fayol’s predecessors or successors. By  no means we are exclusively committed to the “engineers of the organisation”; economists, legal scholars and particularly the labour science community and psychologists should also be given due attention. A temporal upper boundary shall nevertheless be the 1970s, when, most notably induced by Alfred D. Chandler, strategic management and the reflection on it started to thrive.

This stream will be open to submissions until the end of 2017 in the first place. It will be maintained and edited by Wenzel Matiaske (Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg, Germany). Submissions shall accord with the formatting guidelines of the Management Revue. Please submit your manuscripts electronically via our online submission system using “SI Organisation Studies” as article section.

Looking forward to your contribution!
Wenzel Matiaske

Paper course: Audit market research and publication strategies

Institution: Fakultät für Betriebswirtschaft, Universität Hamburg

Course instructor: Professor Nicole Ratzinger-Sakel (UHH)

Dates: Block course: February 2017 (3 days): 22 February, 2017 – 24 February, 2017.
Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: tba

Course Value: 2 SWS or 4 LP

Course Overview:
The main objectives of this PhD course include:
Introduce students to the main areas of empirical audit market research and discuss the main statistical approaches/models used to examine these areas. In addition, the course will enhance students’ ability to critically review the quality of research papers and will introduce students to the publication process. To do so, students are expected to present and critically discuss papers that will be assigned to the students. Students will further see real reviewers’ comments given during the review process of double-blind reviewed journals as well as the authors’ implementation of these comments. Finally, students should present their (first ideas of) own research ideas during the course.

Teaching language: English

Student evaluation: Presentation and critical discussion of assigned papers (papers will be assigned to students after their application; each student is expected to present and critically discuss one paper)

Application: Please send a short letter of motivation that includes your research interests and a current CV

until January 14, 2017
to nicole.ratzinger-sakel@uni-hamburg.de.


Review Processes & Research Ethics

Institution: Fakultät für Betriebswirtschaft, Universität Hamburg

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Michel Clement (Universität Hamburg)

Dates: block course: December 5th 2016 and January 10th 2017

Location: tba

Course Value: 1 SWS or 2 LP

Course Overview:
This course will give an introduction in review processes of journals specialized in the management and marketing area and/or media management and media economics. It also aims to teach how to review for journals and how to write response notes within a review process. The course also focuses on research ethics within review processes

Course Contents:
This course will focus on review processes. Topics include:

DAY 1:

1. The Author’s View: The submission process of various journals (Management Science, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Information Systems Research). Discussion of the submission steps:

a. Submission requirements
b. What to submit
c. Editor selection
d. Reviewer selection
e. Data requirements

2. The Editor’s View: Analysis of the submission systems and reviewer selection.

a. Reviewer selection
b. Decision making process
c. Reviewer evaluation

3. The Reviewer’s View: How the evaluate a paper. Guidelines on writing a review.

4. Ethical issues in the review process.

a. Cases of misconduct
b. Reviewer selection
c. Reviewer exclusion
d. Authorships
e. Conflict of Interest

5. Guidelines of how to write a review. Participants receive a paper that they are asked to review until the second part of the course. The reviews are then dis-cussed and the participants then receive the original reviews and the revision notes by the authors to learn how their assessment of the paper matches with the original review.

DAY 2:

6. Discussion of the reviews.

7. Guidelines of how to write revision notes.

8. Guidelines of how to write a response letter.

Individual (or two-person team, with permission) review assignments will be required. Own research questions and papers are very welcome to be discussed in the course.

Please also study the following texts / blog:

Albers, Sönke (2014): Preventing Unethical Publication Behavior of Quantitative Empirical Research by Changing Editorial Policies, Journal of Business Economics, 84 (9): 1151-1165.
Holbrook, Morris B. (1986): A Note on Sadomasochism in the Review Process: I Hate When That Happens, Journal of Marketing, Vol. 50, No. 3 (Jul., 1986), 104-108.

Assessment: Assessment will be based on active participation and performance on assignments. Grading for students of University of Hamburg will be pass/fail.

Registration: Please e-mail Michel Clement: michel.clement@uni-hamburg.de until 01. November 2016 (Please remember that places will be allocated in order of received registrations)


Multivariate Analysis Methods

Institution: Fakultät für Betriebswirtschaft, Universität Hamburg

Lecturer: Tammo Bijmolt (University of Groningen, Faculty of Economics and Business)

Dates: 21st November 2016, 12th December 2016, 16th January 2017, 6th February 2017 (all sessions scheduled on Mondays)

Course Value: 3 SWS or 6 LP

Course Overview:
The PhD course deals with a variety of multivariate analysis methods. The main focus of the course is rather applied: students who have successfully finished the course should be able to apply multivariate analysis methods at an advanced level in scientific research in marketing (or more general, in business). A full-day lecture will be used to explain a particular method and to learn about conducting the analyses. There will be four topics, each with a lecture and an assignment (see below).
The course is open for students from outside Hamburg, from other departments within the Business School, and junior faculty members (max. 15-20 participants). In principle, participants could sign up for all sessions / the entire course, or cherry-pick the topic(-s) that they like.

After attending the course, students should have acquired:
a) State-of-the-art knowledge of potential application of these multivariate analysis methods
b) Understanding of the methodological underpinnings of the methods
c) Practical skills to perform the analyses

Assessment and Credits:
After the session, participants will have to work on an assignment (if the participant requires formal credits), using real data, and write a short report (about 10 pages; to be graded as pass/fail) about this. Participants who attend all sessions and pass the four assignments can attain 6 LP.

Potential topics:
Topics of the PhD course will be selected based on preferences of participants. Therefore, please indicate your preferred topic(s) out of the following methods when registering for the course. Four out of seven topics will be taught in the course.

# Topic

  1. Latent class analysis / mixture modelling
  2. Hierarchical models
  3. Hidden Markov models {assuming knowledge of 1}
  4. Moderation & mediation
  5. Meta-analysis
  6. Factor analysis & principal component analysis
  7. Duration models

Assessment and Credits: After the session, participants will have to work on an assignment (if the participant requires formal credits), using real data, and write a short report (about 10 pages; to be graded as pass/fail) about this. Participants who attend all sessions and pass the four assignments can attain 6 LP.

Registration: To register for this seminar please contact Marius Johnen (marius.johnen@uni-hamburg.de). Registration is open till 16th October 2016 and is on a first come, first serve basis.

Tammo H.A. Bijmolt is Professor of Marketing Research at the Department of Marketing. From March 2009 till November 2015, he has been Director of the research school SOM, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. His research interests include conceptual and methodological issues such as consumer decision making, e-commerce, advertising, retailing, loyalty programs, and meta-analysis. His publications have appeared in international, prestigious journals, among others: Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Consumer Research, Marketing Science, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Psychometrika, and the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society (A). His articles have won best paper awards from International Journal of Research in Marketing (2007), Journal of Interactive Marketing (2011), and European Journal of Marketing (2015). He is member of the editorial board of International Journal of Research in Marketing and International Journal of Electronic Commerce. Tammo Bijmolt is vice-president of EIASM and lectures in the EDEN programs. He has lectured in a broad range of programs at the Bachelor, Master, PhD and executive MBA level. He has been involved in several research-based consultancy projects for a variety of companies including MetrixLab, GfK, Wehkamp, and Unilever. Finally, he served as expert in several legal cases involving market research projects.



New Book: Case Study Research Approaches, Methods, Contribution to Theory

9783957100757Hans-Gerd Ridder

Case Study Research
Approaches, Methods, Contribution to Theory

This book outlines the richness of case study approaches in their contribution to theory. It offers master and doctoral students a systematic overview of how to conduct case study research considering the variety of its approaches.

A continuum of theory is outlined in order to clarify the contribution of research designs to theory. Research topics, research questions, and the role of the theoretical and empirical state of the art are discussed. The conceptual framework is displayed as an orientation, guiding the study theoretically as well as methodologically.

The core of the book is the investigation into the main approaches of case study re-search. Exploratory, explanatory, constructivist, and extended case study approaches are outlined and compared. Commonalities and differences in data collection and data analysis within case study research are deepened.

Hans-Gerd Ridder holds the Chair in Human Resource Management at the Leibniz Universität Hannover. His research focuses on strategic HRM in Profit and Non Profit Organizations.

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