History of the Faculty

The Faculty of Business Administration and Economics can look back on an eventful past. In the following chronological overview, selected activities of the faculty invite you on a journey through time. Here you will find an overview of the Faculty's development in the various phases of university development since Paderborn University was founded as a comprehensive university.

Are you interested in finding out more about the development of the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics? If so, contemporary witnesses provide deeper insights into the historical development in this anthology.



Phases of faculty development


On 1 October 1970, training for graduate business economists began at the new Paderborn branch of the Staatliche Höhere Wirtschaftsfachschule (HWF) Bielefeld. In August 1971, the Paderborn branch was incorporated into the newly founded South East Westphalia University of Applied Sciences (FH) as the "Department of Economics". The Paderborn branch of the HWF and the business faculty of the FH were housed in the Riemekeviertel in Paderborn at Balhornstraße 32. The buildings had previously been used by the state engineering school and belonged to a furniture wholesaler who had also rented rooms to a textile wholesaler based there.1

1 s. Building regulations office of the city of Paderborn, building file Balhornstraße 32



01.08.1972: Foundation of "Gesamthochschule Paderborn "1, start of construction in October 1972

In the new comprehensive university (GH), the previous "Department of Economics" of the South East Westphalia University of Applied Sciences now formed Department 5 (FB5). In accordance with the provisional basic regulations of Paderborn University of Applied Sciences, which came into force when it was founded on 1 August 1972, it was given the name "Economics - Law". The department initially remained provisionally housed in the premises in Balhornstraße.

Y model: The new study model made it possible to study at the comprehensive universities in North Rhine-Westphalia not only with an Abitur as a university entrance qualification, but also with a Fachhochschule entrance qualification. Regardless of their higher education entrance qualification, students initially completed a joint foundation course in a so-called "integrated" degree programme. For the main study programme, they could opt for the short-term study programme (Diplom I) or the long-term study programme with a university degree (Diplom II). However, in order to qualify for the Diplom II programme, students with a Fachhochschule entrance qualification had to successfully complete "bridging courses" up to the intermediate diploma, with which they acquired a subject-specific higher education entrance qualification.

1s. Law on the Establishment and Development of Comprehensive Universities in the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (Comprehensive University Development Act - GHEG) of 30 May 1972


The Dean's Office and some of the department's lecturers move to the new campus on Warburger Straße in the "Allgemeine Verfügungszentrum" (AVZ), the first completed building (now Building N) of the planned campus of the comprehensive university.


The name of the faculty is changed to "Faculty 5: Economics".

October 1976: Department members begin to move into the premises originally planned for Department 5 in the newly constructed campus buildings, primarily Building C, but also H and B.


11 May 1977: Inauguration of the completed buildings on the new campus


1st alumni association "PHK" (Paderborner Hochschulkreis e. V.) is founded from among the graduates of Faculty 5.


1 January 1980: Renaming of the "Gesamthochschule Paderborn" to "Paderborn University "2

29/04/1980: Cooperation agreement with Trent Polytechnic Nottingham (UK); among other things with the aims of Student exchange, cooperation in teaching and research as well as the institution of a joint German-English degree programme "European Business".

2s. Law on the scientific universities of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (WissHG) of 20 November 1979


08-10 April 1981: International symposium "From Income Distribution Research to Income Distribution Policy in LDCs" of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) under the direction of Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Nissen, sponsored by the "Volkswagenwerk Foundation"; venue: Paderborn University


The founding phase of the Paderborn University was officially completed with the 1st Basic Regulations of the Paderborn University on 26 May 1983.

The name of the faculty changed to "Faculty 5: Economics".

01-03.06.1983: International conference "Economic Consequences of Population Change in Industrialised Countries" under the direction of Prof. Dr. Gunter Steinmann, sponsored by the "Volkswagenwerk Foundation"; with Nobel Prize winner Friedrich A. Hayek, among others; venue: Paderborn University



First award of the title "Honorary Professor" by Paderborn University to Dr Steffen Gronemeyer and Dr Heinrich Kürpick, both from Faculty 5.


23.07.2017: Contract for the foundation of the Heinz Nixdorf Institute(HNI) as the Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Science and Technology - ZIT


Since April 1991: With Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Wilhelm Dangelmaier as head of the HNI department "Information Systems, in particular Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)", Faculty 5 is represented in the Heinz Nixdorf Institute.


CeBIT 92: Exhibition of the GCC (Groupware Competence Centre) headed by Prof. Dr. Ludwig Nastansky as part of the first CeBIT trade fair participation of the Paderborn University in March 1992. Short presentation by Prof. Dr. Ludwig Nastansky on the topic of "Paperless Office" at the CeBIT press breakfast.



First image study at Paderborn University as a diploma thesis, supervised by Prof. Dr Peter Weinberg and Dr Andrea Gröppel. Extract of the results: The university was seen by companies in the region as young and technically orientated.

Winter semester 1995/1995: Start of the Paderborn model "Commercial training and studies" as an educational cooperation with the companies Siemens Nixdorf, Bertelsmann, Weidmüller and the Volksbank, in order to offer particularly high-performing trainees from these companies the opportunity to study at the Department of Economics at the beginning of their second year of training as part of the commercial Abitur training. The events specially designed as part of this public-private partnership co-operation were financed by the companies. After passing the IHK examination, the students went on to study full-time.


Inclusion of professorships from the Department of Economics in the DFG Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 376 "Massive Parallelism: Algorithms - Design Methods - Applications" until 2006:

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Wilhelm Dangelmaier; Prof. Dr. Otto Rosenberg and PD Dr. Stefan Bock:
Subproject C2 in the project area "Applications" - Real-time, hierarchical planning and control of networked production systems

1996-1998 CPS System" study reform: The introduction of credit point systems and the associated redesign of study and examination regulations presented universities with major organisational challenges. As a pioneer of this study reform, the Department of Economics decided as early as 1996 to replace the previous block examination system with a study-related examination system with a credit point system compatible with the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). The CPS Diploma Examination Regulations came into force in 1998. In order to meet the need for information and organisation, a CPS office was institutionalised in 1997 and the "Orientation Week" for students was introduced in 1998. Thanks to the pioneering work of Faculty 5, the university was one of the first 30 universities in Germany to introduce a credit point system.

01.04.1998: The "Fraunhofer Application Centre for Logistics-Oriented Business Administration (ALB)" is founded, which was headed for 11 years by Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Wilhelm Dangelmaier for 11 years. The Fraunhofer ALB organises the annual "Paderborn Spring Conference" (PBFT) at the Heinz Nixdorf Institute.

22-25 June 1998: "Conference on International Human Resource Management". The only forum in the world that deals with international HR issues and brings together participants from all continents was held in Germany for the first time. Organised by the Human Resource Management group under the direction of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Weber in cooperation with Dr. Marion Festing and Dipl.-Kfm. Rüdiger Kabst; venue: Paderborn University.

1999 15-17 September 1999: Fourth Forum on Vocational Education and Training Research under the direction of Prof. Dr. Franz-Josef Kaiser, who, in consultation with the board of the "Arbeitsgemeinschaft Berufsbildungsforschungsnetz (AG BFN)", chose the topic "Vocational Education and Training in Germany for the 21st Century". The conference was financially supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Venue: Paderborn University and Paderborn University of Applied Sciences

07-08.06.2002: Annual conference "Arbeitskreis Sportökonomie e. V." on the topic: "Globalisation of economic competition in sport" under the direction of Prof. Dr. Helmut M. Dietl; venue: Bad Lippspringe, Parkhotel

01.10.2002: "Faculty 5: Economics" becomes the "Faculty of Business Administration and Economics".

The previous model of a two-person department management team is replaced by a four-person team for the new faculty management. The first elected four-member dean's team takes office with Dean Prof. Dr Otto Rosenberg, Vice-Deans Prof. Dr Bernard Michael Gilroy (Research) and Prof. Dr Peter F. E. Sloane (Dean of Studies) and Vice-Dean Prof. Dr Leena Suhl (IT and Public Relations).

Inclusion of the business informatics professorship of Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Wilhelm Dangelmaier in the DFG Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 614 "Self-Optimising Systems in Mechanical Engineering" until 2013


01.01.2003: The "Paderborn University" is now officially called "Paderborn University".1

The conversion of the comprehensive universities into universities in NRW was carried out with the aim of creating a decided profile in research and teaching and a clear differentiation between universities and universities of applied sciences.

1s. Law on the Establishment of the University of Duisburg-Essen and the Conversion of the Comprehensive Universities of 18 December 2002, Article 2



New Bachelor/Master system[press release]
Diploma degree programmes and previously introduced BA/MA degree programmes are being phased out.

Bachelor's degree programmes:

  • Economics
  • Business Informatics
  • International Business Studies

Master's degree programmes:

  • Business Administration
  • Business Education
  • International Economics today: International Economics and Management
  • Business Informatics
  • International Business Studies

Introduction of the specialisation "ASBE - Asian Studies in Business and Economics" as part of the cooperation with the Beijing Institute of Technology (Beijing/China), with Oita University (Oita/Japan) and with Ewha Womans University (Seoul/Korea); DAAD funding in the "ISAP - International Study and Training Partnerships" programme.

2007 31.05-02.06.2007: 69th Annual Scientific Conference of the Association of University Lecturers in Business Administration ("VHB-Pfingsttagung") on the topic: "Rigour versus Relevance". Chair of the organising committee: Prof. Dr. Caren Sureth; Venue: Paderborn, Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum (HNF)[press release].

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Wilhelm Dangelmaier is appointed a member of acatech - the German Academy of Science and Engineering. He is involved in the thematic networks "Fundamental Questions of Science and Engineering" and "Mobility".

01/08/2008: Foundation of the "Business Education Research Training Group" in the Department of Business Education. Establishment of long-term research and development fields between the vocational colleges of the state of NRW and the university


Reform of doctoral studies: introduction of a structured doctoral programme

Introduction of a new Master's degree programme "Management Information Systems"


Inclusion of professorships from the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics in the DFG Collaborative Research Centre(SFB) 901 "On-The-Fly Computing (OTF Computing)" until 2015:

Prof. Dr. Leena Suhl:
Subproject C3 - Optimisation Systems as an Application Example for On-The-Fly Computing

Prof Dr Bernd Frick, Prof Dr Claus-Jochen Haake:
Sub-project A3 - The market for services: Incentives, algorithms, implementation


28-30 March 2012: International "APMOD Conference" (APplied mathematical programming and MODelling) on applications of mathematical optimisation and modelling, under the direction of Prof. Dr. Leena Suhl and Junior Professor Dr. Achim Koberstein (both Department of Information Systems / Paderborn University) together with Prof. Gautam Mitra from the Carisma Institute at Brunel University in West London; venue: Paderborn, Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum (HNF)

24-26.09.2012: Autumn Conference of the Vocational and Business Education Section (BWP) of the German Society for Education Studies; organised by the Department of Business Education in the form of workshops, lectures and panel discussions focusing on the following topics: Teaching-learning research, diagnostics/competence measurement, vocational education and training research and policy, university didactics and development; venue: Paderborn University


Prof Dr Caren Sureth is accepted as a full member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts (AWK NRW).

Institution of the Paderborn University Technology Transfer and Start-up Centre(TecUP) in 2013 by Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Kabst. TecUP supports university members in the areas of business start-ups/start-up funding, transfer and innovation.

WS 2013/2014: Start of the relocation of the economics departments, which are now scattered across various buildings on campus (C, H, E, N, W, SP2) and in the Technology Park (TP9, TP21), to the new Building Q.


26-28 February 2014: Multiconference on Information Systems (MKWI), organised by the Department of Information Systems under the direction of Prof. Dr. Dennis Kundisch and Prof. Dr. Leena Suhl; venue: Paderborn, Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum (HNF)

24-26 July 2014: International Conference on Financial Econometrics "Non- and Semiparametric Volatility and Correlation Models", organised by the Department of Economics under the direction of Prof. Dr. Yuanhua Feng, Prof. Dr. Thomas Gries, Dr. Sonja Lück, Dr. Christian Peitz and Sarah Forstinger; venue: Paderborn University

19 November 2014: Inauguration of Building Q as the new home of the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics


Junior Professor Dr Michaela Geierhos is accepted as a member of the Young College of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts.

Inclusion of professorships from the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics in the DFG Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 901 "On-The-Fly Computing (OTF Computing)" until 2019:

Prof. Dr Claus-Jochen Haake; Prof. Dr Burkhard Hehenkamp:
Subproject A3 - The Market for Services: Incentives, algorithms, implementation

Prof. Dr René Fahr; Prof. Dr Bernd Frick; Prof. Dr Dennis Kundisch:
Subproject A4 - Empirical analyses in markets for OTF services

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Michaela Geierhos:
Subproject B1 - Parameterised service specification

Prof. Dr Dennis Kundisch:
Subproject C5 - Architecture management of on-the-fly computing markets


29.08.-01.09.2017: 9th "European Conference on Sport Economics" - International Annual Conference of the "European Sport Economics Association"(ESEA) , organised under the direction of Prof. Dr. Bernd Frick (Department Management), Venue: Paderborn University[Press Release]

21-22.09.2017: Autumn workshop of the "Kommission Personal" in the Verband der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft (VHB), organised under the direction of Prof. Dr. Martin Schneider (Department of Management), sponsored by hkp, venue: Paderborn University[press release]

In November 2017, the Faculty book entitled "The Faculty of Business Administration and Economics at Paderborn University - Contemporary Witnesses Provide Insight into the Development of Their Faculty" (edited by Prof Dr Caren Sureth-Sloane) will be published. The contributions of contemporary witnesses with historical pictures bring 45 years of the history of the Faculty of Business and Economics to life in this 310-page anthology. In particular, contemporary witnesses from the founding phase have their say and shed light on the development of the faculty at the former reform university. [Press release1 + Press release2]


15-16 February 2018: "International Smart Service Conference", organised under the direction of Prof. Dr Nancy Wünderlich (Department of Management), Prof. Dr Daniel Beverungen and Prof. Dr Dennis Kundisch (Department of Information Systems), sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG), venue: Paderborn University [press release]

13-14 July 2018: 14th Annual Conference of the Quantitative Taxation Working Group (arqus e. V.) organised under the direction of Prof. Dr. Jens Müller (Department of Taxation, Accounting and Finance), venue: Paderborn University[press release]

17-19 September 2018: 41st Annual Conference of the Society for Experimental Economic Research (GfeW), organised under the direction of Prof. Dr. René Fahr (Department of Management) and Prof. Dr. Burkhard Hehenkamp (Department of Economics); venue: Paderborn University[press release]


08-09 April 2019: "Service Systems Innovation" conference, organised under the direction of Prof. Dr. Daniel Beverungen (Department of Information Systems), venue: Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum (HNF) Paderborn[press release]

Prof. Dr. Caren Sureth-Sloane is the spokesperson and lead coordinator of the Collaborative Research Centre, which was approved by the DFG in May 2019 and focuses on business administration for the first time. The CRC "TRR 266 Accounting for Transparency" started in July 2019 as a supra-regional research network with more than 80 researchers and a funding volume of around 12 million euros for the first phase (4 years).

Sub-projects of the participating professorships from the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics:

Prof Dr Caren Sureth-Sloane:
Sub-project A05 - Accounting for Tax Complexity

Prof Dr Michael Ebert:
Sub-project A06 - Context-Based Disclosure Incentives

Prof Dr Caren Sureth-Sloane:
Subproject B01 - Investment Effects of Taxation

Prof Dr Urska Kosi:
Subproject B02 - Private Firm Transparency

Prof Dr Jens Müller:
Subproject B04 - Real Effects of Transparency

Prof. Dr Sönke Sievers:
Subproject B05 - Transparency and the Equity Market

Jun.-Prof. Regina Ortmann:
Subproject B06 - Transparency and Transfer Prices

Prof. Dr. Jens Müller:
Subproject B07 - Costs and Benefits of Tax Transparency

Prof Dr Caren Sureth-Sloane:
Sub-project B08 - Tax Burden Transparency

Prof. Dr Urska Kosi:
Sub-project B09 - Transparency and the Debt Market

Prof. Dr Sönke Sievers, Prof. Dr Caren Sureth-Sloane:
Sub-project C03 - Communicating Transparency (Public Relations)

Prof Dr Caren Sureth-Sloane (SFB spokesperson):
Subproject Z - Central Administrative Project


Inclusion of professorships from the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics in the third phase of the Collaborative Research Centre "SFB 901: On-The-Fly Computing (OTF Computing)" approved by the DFG in May 2019 until 2023:

Prof. Dr Claus-Jochen Haake (Deputy SFB Spokesperson); Prof. Dr Burkhard Hehenkamp:
Subproject A3 - The Market for Services: Incentives, algorithms, implementation

Prof. Dr René Fahr; Prof. Dr Bernd Frick; Prof. Dr Dennis Kundisch:
Subproject A4 - Empirical analyses in markets for OTF services

Prof. Dr Dennis Kundisch; Prof. Dr Nancy Wünderlich:
Subproject C5 - Architecture Management of On-The-Fly Computing Markets


With a funding decision handed over in September 2019 for the development of an "Excellence Start-up Center.OWL", the Paderborn University's Technology Transfer and Start-up Centre (TecUP) will receive 16 million euros in state funding over the next five years. The excellence funding was acquired by faculty members Prof Dr Rüdiger Kabst (Scientific Director TEcUP) and Prof Dr Sebastian Vogt (Managing Director TecUP) as part of the NRW state competition "Exzellenz Start-up Center.NRW". Following the award in January 2019, Paderborn University is now one of the successful institutions selected to receive financial support from the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia to ensure that research excellence increasingly becomes start-up excellence. [Press release]