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Updated: October 2014
The Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences contains 34 chairs in the departments of Business Administration, Political and Administrative Sciences, Economics, and Sociology. Thanks to an ongoing process of development, the Faculty has become a unique and independent trademark. It consistently implements central university goals such as raising the profile of research, offering research-based teaching, international positioning, recruiting outstanding professors, and promoting sustainable knowledge transfer. Its institutions for policy research and administrative sciences rank among the leading centers for research, training, and consultancy in Germany. Innovation and development are being developed as another central area. The Faculty engages in a close and well-established interaction between teaching and research. Its intensive relations to policy, business, and institutions play an outstanding role.
Following a multi-perspective, scientific approach, researchers investigate the interactive relationship between politics, economy, and institutions at different levels and in different fields of activity. The interdisciplinary approach allows for a study of the interplay between economy, public and private institutions, policy-making and vice versa. Problems of governance between state, economy, and civil society are as much a concern as problems of governance within the highly differentiated public sector. Political and administrative scientists, sociologists, and economists are working on joint projects. The interplay of different research approaches and methods creates empirical and theoretical knowledge that transmits a complex and differentiated picture of socioeconomic, cultural, and political developmental processes in modern societies – both nationally and internationally.
The Faculty is engaged in linking research and teaching to practice. The research findings in entrepreneurship, consulting, and innovation is benefitting the Center for Start-ups, Innovation, Knowledge and Technology Transfer at the University of Potsdam (Potsdam Transfer). In collaboration with the Law Faculty, the Institute of Local Government Studies (KWI) examines issues faced by municipalities in the new Laender and offers further education to its elected officials. The affiliated Potsdam Center for Policy and Management (PCPM) also offers research and consultation projects as well as continuing scientific education and ensures a lively national and international exchange of knowledge.
Updated: October 2014