Foundation of the EBS Impact Institute
“The world is facing major social and environmental challenges. The EBS Impact Institute bundles our resources at EBS Universität in research, teaching and consulting to better understand how companies can positively influence the lives of individuals,” says Prof. Dr. Karin Kreutzer, Professor of Social Business, who, along with Prof. Marjo-Riitta Diehl, Professor of Behavioural Sciences and Human Resources, is the Head of the Institute.
On 7 November 2018, the members of the Institute celebrate the opening of the EBS Impact Institute at the EBS Campus Schloss in Oestrich-Winkel together with the University Management and selected guests. As guest speaker the bestselling author Prof. Dr. Axel Koch will talk about the prerequisites for successful change management measures in organizations: Digitalisation, globalisation and demographic development are leading to radical changes in the business models of many sectors. Added to this is the pressure from investors. But how much change can employees withstand at all? And what happens when the border is crossed?
The establishment of the EBS Impact Institute is only the next step on a path of previous social activities of EBS Universität. In 2008, the mandatory Service Learning module was introduced for all students. Service Learning is a concept of socially committed learning projects developed at the Centre for Business Ethics, for example in the multi-generation house Oestrich-Winkel or in the Maltester Flüchtlingsheim Lorch. With over 200 helping students, it creates great social added value for the region and the world every semester. In addition to the Center for Business Ethics, the new EBS Impact Institute also includes the endowed professorship for Sustainable Supply Chain Management founded in 2009 and the professorship for Social Business created two years later by Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus. Special emphasis is placed on the topics of Service Learning, Social Business, Organizational Justice and Mindfulness at Work.