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EBS Impact Institute

The world is facing growing social and environmental challenges. The Impact Institute will bundle our resources in research, teaching and consulting at EBS to better understand how businesses can have a positive impact on the lives of individuals.

About us

EBS Impact stands for business activities that generate beneficial outcomes – a positive social impact – for individuals, organizations, and communities. The Institute develops academic education in business administration and entrepreneurship that embraces social impact and advances academic knowledge of how individuals and organizations can create such a positive impact on their business activities. The Institute specifically focuses on Service Learning, Social Business, Organizational Justice and Mindfulness at Work.

Impressions of the Kick-Off-Event on 7 November 2018

Partners and sponsors

Supporting organizations in their impact generating activities and communicating the positive outcomes to the wider community is a fundamental goal of the EBS Impact Institute.

This includes activities such as providing consultancy services on topics such as strategic planning, coordination of volunteers, and organizational design as well as participating as regular members of selection committees in pitching events. Members of the EBS Impact Institute also actively support initiatives that are, amongst others, concerned with diverse topics of societal relevance, such as female empowerment.

Furthermore, members of the EBS Impact Institute are regular keynote speakers and presenters at the most important academic and practitioner conferences on a variety of topics such as CSR, Organizational Justice, Sustainability, Service Learning, and Social Entrepreneurship. In the context of these conference participations, the EBS Impact Institute members are further actively involved in organizing professional development workshops.

Field of activity

Focus areas

The EBS Impact Institute aims to become the preferred partner in the generation of social impact on the individual, organizational and community level in Germany. Our core activities to reach this goal can be divided into three main pillars: Teaching, Research and Business Practice.


A key activity of EBS Impact is the educational experience we create at EBS for our students who, in the future, will fulfill key roles as experts, entrepreneurs, managers, and leaders. At EBS we encourage our students to develop critical decision-making skills including awareness and consideration of different stakeholders, and of the fact that prioritizing of these stakeholders should not only be determined by the maximization of financial returns.

The teaching offered at the Bachelor and Master level includes mandatory courses such as Business, Society and Environment, and Business Ethics, as well as elective courses on Social Business and Social Innovation. The curriculum is complemented by a theoretical course focusing on Philosophy of Law and Political Philosophy, as well as more practice-oriented courses such as Service Learning (Center for Business Ethics) and Personal Mastery and our renowned VIP-Curriculum.

The teaching at the MBA and executive education level includes courses on Governance and Compliance, Social Entrepreneurship and Responsible Leadership, covering HRM, CSR, and Sustainability related issues.


In research, we have a strong track record in publishing high-level research that aims at improving the well-being of individuals in organizations or supporting individuals in improving the well-being of others.

Empowerment of individuals for impact is a start, but scaling and creating sustainable impact requires the willingness and capabilities of organizations to develop and use internal tools and procedures to organize, manage, and execute strategies, initiatives, and projects which allow for impact creation on the organizational level as well. This is why these capabilities and processes are an important research area of the members of the EBS Impact Institute.

Finally, EBS Impact supports organizations and initiatives irrespective of their legal form to adopt strategies that increase the positive impact on a broader societal or environmental level – actively through collaborations as well as through the generation of new academic knowledge.

The results of the above-mentioned research activities have been published in high-ranking academic journals, such as Emotion, Human Relations, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Management, Motivation & Emotion and Psychological Reports.

June 2020

  • Research talk given by Prof. Nicola M. Pless Professor of Management & Chair of Positive Business, University of South Australia, Adelaide SA
    Topic: Responsible Leadership - A Research Agenda // Date: 10. June 2020 // Time: 09:30 - 10:30 // Location: ZOOM EBS Business School

May 2020

  • Research talk given by Dr. Arno Kourula, Associate Professor, Amsterdam Business School
    Topic: The Corporate License To Operate: Toward A Theory Of Corporate Irresponsibility // Date: 27. May 2020 // Time: 13:00 - 14:00 // Location: ZOOM EBS Business School

April 2019

  • Research talk given by Prof. Anne-Claire Pache, Ph.D., ESSEC Business School, France
    Topic: From hybrid fields, to hybrid organizations and hybrid individuals: a research journey in the context of social eterprises // Date: 10 April 2019 // Time: 13:15 - 14:15 // Location: EBS Business School, Rheingaustraße 1, 65375 Oestrich-Winkel // Room: SH H2

March 2019

  • Research talk given by Univ.-Prof. Andrea Fischbach, Deutsche Hochschule der Polizei
    Topic: I’m no lady; I’m a leader: When gender stereotypes of anger do and don’t matter in leadership // Date: 27 March 2019 // Time: 09:15 - 10:15 // Location: EBS Business School, Rheingaustraße 1, 65375 Oestrich-Winkel // Room: SH H2

  • Research talk given by Prof. Radha Sharma, Ph.D.
    Topic: Mitigating Burnout for Promoting Good Health & Well-being at the Workplace: The Role of HR // Date: 20 March 2019 // Time: 13:15 - 14:15 // Location: EBS Business School, Rheingaustraße 1, 65375 Oestrich-Winkel // Room: SH H2

February 2019

  • Research talk given by Prof. Dr. María Isabel Peña Aguado
    Topic: Eine Fiktion namens „Frau.“ Feminismus und Gender Theorie: ein Überblick. // Date: 20 February 2019 // Time: 13:15 - 14:15 // Location: EBS Business School, Rheingaustraße 1, 65375 Oestrich-Winkel // Room: SH Audi


Head of Institute

Maikki Diehl
Prof. Marjo-Riitta Diehl, PhD

Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources

Vice Dean Research EBS Business School

Karin Kreutzer
Prof. Dr. Karin Kreutzer

Professor of Social Business

Head of Impact Institute

Office Management

Nicole Tjarks-Birlenbach
Nicole Tjarks-Birlenbach, Business Mediator (EBS)

Office Coordinator


Prof. Dr. Falko Paetzold

Assistant Professor for Social Finance

Myriam Bechtoldt
Prof. Dr. Myriam N. Bechtoldt

Professor of Leadership

Jenny Kragl
Prof. Dr. Jenny Kragl

Professor of Economics, esp. Microeconomics

Academic Director of the Bachelor in Business Studies (BSc) Programme

Max Mustermann
Prof. Dr. Richard Raatzsch

Professor of Practical Philosophy

Director of the Institute of Business Ethics

Laura Turrini
Professor Dr Laura Turrini, MSc

Assistant Professor of Operations Management

Internal Lecturers

Elena Jarocinska
Elena Jarocinska, PhD

Lecturer of Economics

Marcus Kreikebaum
Dr. Marcus Kreikebaum

Lecturer of Ethics and Service Learning

Executive Director of the Center for Business Ethics

Abiola Sarnecki
Dr. Abiola Sarnecki

Lecturer of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

Diversity Officer

Research Assistants

Katja Friedrichs
Katja Friedrichs

Research Assistant Social Business

Social Business and Social Entrepreneurship

Alexander Götmann
Alexander Götmann

Research Assistant Leadership

Vera Schwarzmann
Vera Schwarzmann

Research Assistant Social Business

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23 September 2020

Whether sustainable standards in the supply chain, social innovations in entrepreneurship or charitable investments - companies as well as individuals are being drawn to sustainable and social responsibility more than ever. EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht is increasingly focusing on these important topics in research and teaching. Since August 2020 Prof. Dr. Falko Paetzold has been strengthening the Faculty of Business Administration at EBS Universität as a Qualification Professor of Social Finance. He thus completes the trio around Prof. Dr. Julia Hartmann, Chair of Sustainable Supply Chain Management, and Prof. Dr. Karin Kreutzer, Chair of Social Business.

20 August 2020

What exactly is Emotional Intelligence? And is it essential for professional success?

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