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Prof. Dr.
Ian Towers


Study Programme Director B.A. International Business Administration, Professor of Management

Room S.102

Telephone: +49 30 374 374-340

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  • Principles of Management (BA)
  • Fundamentals of Management (MA)
  • Human Resource Management and Ethical Leadership in International Organisations (MA)
  • Developing Managerial Skills I and II (MA)
  • Advanced Case Studies (MA)
  • Ethics in Business (MBA)

Office Hours: Wednesday 1 – 2 pm and by appointment

Research Focus

My research is interdisciplinary and international by nature. I am interested in the changing nature of work and how this is having an impact on employment relationships, in particular, the rapid the growth in precarious employment relationships and their effect on organisations, individuals and on (self-)organising.

I am also interested in how management ideas travel and are reflected in cultural products such as television dramas, films, literature and art.

Academic Career

Since 2012: SRH Hochschule Berlin, Professor of Management

2011 – 2012: Teaching at Hochschule für Medien, Kommunikation und Wirtschaft, Berlin, Professor of Media Management

2002 – 2012: Lecturer in Bachelor and Master courses: FOM, Berlin; Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht, Berlin; SRH Hochschule, Berlin; Forum Berufsbildung, Berlin; Euro-Business-College, Berlin; Concordia University, Montreal

2001 - 2007: PhD Carleton University Ottawa. „Organizational Change: Processes, Contexts and Perspectives”

1996 - 1999: M.B.A. McGill University, Montreal

1978 - 1979: Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Birmingham University, GB

1973 - 1977: B.A. in Germanistik. Birmingham University, GB

Professional Experience

2007 - 2012: Turris Consulting, Berlin. Firm owner. Consulting and coaching

2005 - 2007: International Air Transport Association. Senior Product Manager

2002 - 2005: Bombardier Transportation. Senior Manager Information Technology

2000 - 2002: Nortel Networks. Senior Portfolio Director

1991 - 2000: Eicon Technology. Business Unit Director

Selected Publications

Eichhorn, P., Towers, I. (2018) Principles of Management: Efficiency and Effectiveness in the Private and Public Sector. Wiesbaden: Springer Gabler.

Towers, I. (2018) Learning how to manage by watching TV. International Journal of Organizational Analysis. 25(2).

Ternès, A., Towers, I. (Hg.) (2017) Interkulturelle Kommunikation: Länderporträts – Kulturunterschiede - Unternehmensbeispiele. Wiesbaden: Springer Gabler.

Towers, I., Ternès, A. (2015) Managing Global Organizations: A Cultural Perspective. Critical Perspectives on International Business, 11 (1).