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Four new scholarship recipients commence research on “Ethics & Responsible Leadership”

On the 29th of September, the “Welcome Event” for the third cohort of the Doctoral Program was held. The program now consists of 15 up and coming young researchers from six nations.


Jochen Kirchner, the Mayor of Lutherstadt-Wittenberg, welcomed the new students and invited them to participate in the celebrations for the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation being held in Wittenberg next year. Subsequently, the keynote speaker, Prof. Bolko von Oetinger, who founded the Boston Consulting Group in Germany and is currently honorary professor for Strategic Management at the WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management, spoke on the topic of “The Ideology of Digitalisation”. He presented a critical reflection of data-based business models and this triggered a lively debate. Dr. Philipp Bocks also extended a warm welcome to the students in the name of the Karl Schlecht Foundation, the generous financial sponsor of the program. The four new students were selected from a pool of 52 candidates based on their academic qualifications and practical experience. Hence, the new students do not only exemplify an impressive academic record in their business studies with majors in fields such as philosophy or cultural studies at universities in Germany, Scotland, Portugal, Mexico and South Africa. They also have gained work experience in renowned companies and organisations.

Accordingly, their research topics are closely tied to practical issues. They will approach topics such as transcultural leadership, the legitimacy of sub-conscious incentive systems (‘Nudging’) and the instigation of sustainable corporate management systems in less-developed and developing countries. The students will be challenged by the comprehensive study program over the next three years. Alongside seminars and colloquia, they will have the chance to prove the practical relevance of the insights they have gained through their research in two field projects. These projects will be conducted in cooperation with partners of the Wittenberg Center for Global Ethics and the Leadership Excellence Insitute Zeppelin (LEIZ), the two organisations which collaborated to establish the doctoral program.

The doctoral program and the dialogue platform, which are dedicated to the topic of “Ethics and Responsible Leadership” were created in collaboration between the WCGE and the LEIZ. The Karl Schlecht Foundation is the program’s major sponsor. The goal of the platform and the doctoral program is to generate research insights which are directly applicable to business practice.

Further information can be found at www.ethicsinbusiness.eu.