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1st Basic Income Workshop held at SRH Hochschule Berlin

The workshop on basic income, held in cooperation with the crowdfunded group “Mein Grundeinkommen” and the magazine “Exberliner”, was a great success. 

International Business Administration students organized the event on 7 July as part of a study project led by Timo Daum: they created a website, booked the speakers and came up with an interesting range of discussion topics. The workshop was well attended and attracted a very diverse crowd with people from all ages and backgrounds.

In various groups people shared their ideas and opinions on the pros and cons of basic income and the impact it can have on society as a whole. Topics such as the stigmatization of receiving a basic income, access to opportunities, choices made with a basic income and willingness to work came up.  One winner even shared her positive experience with an unconditional basic income. Receiving €1,000 each month for a year gives her more flexibility and security when it comes to running her own business. An online survey by “Mein Grundeinkommen” asked what people would do if they won a basic income for a year. Among the more popular responses were living a self-determined life, spending more time with family, backpacking the world, doing more community work and looking into further education.

Ärzte ohne Grenzen and the Humanitarian Space

Visit to Human Rights Watch 2015

On the morning of June 14, the AKM Political Science class visited Ärzte ohne Grenzen (MSF) to learn more about conflict environments.

Jörn Marder, a logistics specialist, explained his experiences coordinating an Ebola project in Sierra Leone. It was an enlightening discussion for the SRH students in attendance. Mr. Marder answered each of the pre-prepared student questions and revealed many of the challenges and pleasures of working with the medical humanitarian organization in conflict zones.

2016 marks the second year that the AKM Political Science class taught by Laura-Lee Smith visited MSF’s Berlin office. Last year, Ulrike von Pilar, a founder of Ärzte Ohne Grenzen in Gemany, presented vivid details about the values of the organization. Students put the information from these talks to use in class and develop a better understanding of the humanitarian space, history and current events. Each year, all classes of the AKM study program take numerous trips to different organizations and museums to facilitate learning. Annual trips include Human Rights Watch (AKM Social Studies course taught by Dieter Kronzucker), Deutsches Historisches Museum (AKM History course taught by Andreas von Mettenheim), and Social Impact Lab Berlin (AKM Applied General Studies course taught by Christopher Moore).

Training in Almeria

Our research associate Sarfaraz Ghulam attended the ITG4TU traning in Almeria, Spain.

This time the meeting was hosted by our project partner the University of the Almeria, represented by Dr. Antonio Fernández Martínez.

The five days training took place in the Hotel Nuevo Torreluz Almeria during 11 - 15 July 2016.

Accelerating Simplicity - The web-event of the year for hyper-converged systems

On 12. July 2016, our colleagues Prof. Dr Vladimir Stantchev and Prof. Dr Gerrit Tamm appeared in the web-event as expert speakers in the area of hyper-converged systems.

Both expressed their views about the current state and as well as the future of the hyper-converged systems.

Organized by the Hewlett-Packard Enterprise in Berlin, the event was viewed live by the audience worldwide.

Research findings on psychological empowerment released

The article Psychological empowerment, psychological and physical strain and the desired retirement age by Prof. Dr. Carsten C. Schermuly, Prof. Dr. Victoria Büsch and Carolin Graßmann has been accepted by the renowned journal “Personnel Review” and is soon to be published.

The data collected as part of the interdisciplinary research project TOP provide an insight into how a low psychological empowerment and the associated psychological and physical strain have an impact on the desired retirement age (DRA) and the expected retirement age (ERA). The research findings show that older employees with higher psychological empowerment mediated by a lower physical and psychological strain prefer to delay their retirement.

In practical terms this implies that the four dimensions of psychological empowerment - meaning, competence, impact and self-determination – cause older employees to extend their remaining time in the labor market and it leads to a delayed retirement.

Students excursion into the real world of production

27.06.2016. A group of International Business Administration bachelor students and International Management master students was taken by Prof. Dr. Ian Towers to BMW Motorcycle factory in Spandau.

During the tour of the factory the students saw the highly automated production of motorcycle engines and the measures that BMW puts into place to assure the quality of the products. They also saw how BMW’s electric scooters are assembled.

As one participant said, “This was a great way to see what happens in the real world of production!”