Competence Centers

Solutions for business challenges

Competence Centers

HHL hosts competence centers which serve as platforms for the interaction of academics with the private sector. These think tanks aim to develop theoretically sound solutions for the business challenges faced by companies and organizations. Within the Center for Advanced Studies in Management (CASiM) HHL focuses on research activities about “business administration for the 21st century”. Further HHL competence centers in HHL's academic groups are:


Center for Advanced Studies in Management

The Center for Advanced Studies in Management (CASiM) is an interdisciplinary and international research center of HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management  for business administration in the 21st century.  The research focus of the Center is on pressing socio-economic challenges implied by globalization, technological development, environmental and demographic dynamics.

In the initial years since its foundation in 2012, the research agenda of the center was shaped by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Horst Albach, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Heribert Meffert, Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart and Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ralf Reichwald, four renowned researchers of business economics, marketing and innovation. During that period, next to the study of the role of trust in firms and market and change management in the accelerating world, the center addressed two important application areas, health care management and urban dynamics.

The leadership baton has been handed over In July 2016  to Prof. Dr. Erwin Pesch. The founding members continue supporting the Center, together with other outstanding experts from research and industry, as members of the advisory board. Professor Pesch, who also holds the Chair of Information Systems at the University of Siegen, complements the academic expertise of the Center with sound knowledge of quantitative methods and a stronger research focus on logistics, operations research, sharing economy, smart mobility and sustainability.


Center for Corporate Governance

The Center for Corporate Governance was established in April 2010 and is one of HHL’s established focal points in research and education. In its work, it also aims to achieve practical relevance.

The Center is under the direction of an academic board consisting of Prof. Dr. Marc Steffen Rapp (Philipps-Universität Marburg), Prof. Christian Strenger (Frankfurt) and Prof. Dr. Michael Wolff (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen).

The Center’s research deals with questions related to the relevance of good governance to performance, diversity and the development of corporate governance in emerging countries. Prof. Christian Strenger, co-director of the Center and member of the German Corporate Governance Commission and numerous supervisory boards, explains the CCG activities: “Apart from research and education especially in the area of corporate governance and performance, targeted events promote professional exchange between research and practice.”

The CCG cooperates with national and international entitites (including the IFC Global Corporate Governance Solutions Program). It is supported by Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management Investment GmbH and E&Y Wirtschaftsprüfunggesellschaft.


Center for Corporate Transactions

Facing the growing importance and complexity of corporate transactions the Center for Corporate Transactions and Private Equity (CCTPE) was created in 2007 as an integral part of the Chair of Financial Management.  

Together with the chairholders of HHL’s Chairs of Accounting, Auditing and Controlling, Professor Dr. Henning Zülch, and of Economics and Information Systems, Professor Dr. Pierfrancesco La Mura, our Chair combines the expertise of the most prominent research areas regarding corporate transactions. Our objective is to analyze and discuss problems of corporate valuation from different perspectives in order to discover new research perspectives and to generate innovative solutions for the business world.  

We cooperate with external research partners, such as ValueTrust Financial Advisors SE, the German Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVK) e.V., Deutsche Vereinigung für Finanzanalyse und Asset Management (DVFA) e.V., European Association of Consultants, Valuators and Analysts (EACVA), Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, The Boston Consulting Group GmbH, and Noerr LLP.  

Carsten Knobel, Executive Vice President and CFO Finance, Purchasing & Integrated Business Solutions at Henkel AG & Co. KGaA on our collaboration: “We at Henkel appreciate the Chair´s unique combination of academic and practical relevance.” Our new partner Prof. Dr. Christian Aders, Chairman of the Executive Board of ValueTrust Financial Advisors SE, adds: "The cooperation between the Center for Corporate Transactions and Private Equity at HHL and ValueTrust has been productive right from the start as both parties could build on the experience gained in preceding projects." 


Center for Financial Reporting and Consolidation

The Center for Financial Reporting & Consolidation (CFRC) is assigned to the Chair of Accounting and Auditing. It began its activities in July 2009.

The aim of the CFRC is to provide high quality research and consulting services to help companies, investors, banks and analysts manage the challenging environment of international accounting (IFRS) and corporate valuation. Bringing together accounting and valuation experts from both academia and corporate practice, the CFRC aims at promoting understanding and knowledge of IFRS reporting, consolidation and valuation.

The CFRC thus combines consulting services with academic input based on scientific expertise in the area of international financial reporting and consolidation.


Prof. Dr. Henning Zülch (Academic Director)
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schwetzler (Academic Director)
Prof. Dr. Mark-Ken Erdmann (Member of the Advisory Board)
Dr. Johannes Wirth (Member of the Advisory Board)

Research Areas

The research activities of the Center for Financial Reporting and Consolidation (CFRC) focus on IFRS accounting, consolidation and valuation questions as well as on current topics in corporate practice.

The Center’s research is based on profound academic knowledge and the results excel in high relevance in practice. Besides current topics in the areas of international accounting, consolidation and valuation, the following fields are of particular relevance to the Center’s activities:

  • Accounting for business combinations according to IFRS 3
  • Impairment of assets according to IAS 36
  • Measuring corporate performance
  • Corporate valuation (in collaboration with HHL’s Center for Corporate Transactions)

Accounting for business combinations according to IFRS 3
Impairment of assets according to IAS 36
Measuring corporate performance
Corporate valuation (in collaboration with HHL’s Center for Corporate Transactions)
Accounting for business combinations according to IFRS 3
Impairment of assets according to IAS 36
Measuring corporate performance
Corporate valuation (in collaboration with HHL’s Center for Corporate Transactions)


Financial reporting, consolidation and valuation according to IFRS have evolved into a complex subject area that requires a high level of expertise. These topics have become even more demanding due to the high pace with which the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has published additional standards or revised existing ones.

The purpose of the Center for Financial Reporting and Consolidation (CFRC) is to promote HHL’s involvement in consulting challenges regarding current issues in these demanding areas.

The CFRC’s consulting services are based on academic input and scientific expertise in international financial reporting, consolidation and valuation. Contributions from experienced accounting and consolidation practitioners as well as valuation experts are a main part of the solutions the Center offers and round up our consulting approach.


We are looking forward to hearing from you.

HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management
Jahnallee 59
04109 Leipzig
T: +49 341-9851-701
F: +49 341-9851- 702


Ludwig Fresenius Center for Health Care Management and Regulation

The Center for Health Care Management and Regulation was founded in December 2013. The development of the Center is supported by the COGNOS AG education group in the framework of its strategic partnership with HHL. The three academic directors, Prof. Dr. Andreas Beivers, Prof. Dr. iur. Liv Jaeckel and Prof. Dr. Dr. Wilfried von Eiff are leading the Center.

The establishment of the Chair of Law of Economic Regulation reflects the increasing importance of regulation knowledge for business practice. The Center connects with an interdisciplinary basis medical, economical and legal questions, which cover the basis of general legal national insurance as well as the differentiated arrangement of particular areas and its protagonists, as e.g. the hospital's position and arrangement, the medical profession and the pharmaceutical and medical devices market.

Academic Director Prof. Dr. Dr. Wilfried von Eiff on the background of the Center: "Hospitals and the pharmaceutical industry will be organized in completely new forms of integrative health care networks. Their development, regulation and optimization will require considerable research and transfer activities as well as significantly improved offers in further education for executives in the health care sector, and for different kinds of medical and health care professionals.”


Center for IT-based Logistics

The Center for IT-based Logistics Leipzig (CITLOG) was initiated thanks to the financial support of the Leipzig Foundation of Innovation and Technology Transfer.

The competence center is organizationally assigned to the Heinz Nixdorf Chair of IT-based Logistics at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management. The aim of the center is application-oriented project work as well as research in the field of IT-based logistics. In close cooperation with companies, the exchange of knowledge as well as the transfer of innovation and technologies will be ensured. The Center's focus lies on cooperations with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Leipzig region.


Center for Leading Innovation and Cooperation

The Center for Leading Innovation & Cooperation (CLIC) is a joint initiative driven by scientists from Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management and Technische Universität München (TUM) which is chaired by HHL. CLIC considers itself as think tank in the field of managing innovation in enterprises and markets. In doing so CLIC pools the experience and expertise of a strong international network consisting of institutions and experts in the branch of innovations research.  

Leadership of innovation and cooperation are key challenges of the 21st century as we move from more productivity orientation and competition to value creation models that build on innovation and cooperation in a global context. We understand CLIC as a think tank and exploration lab for researchers and practitioners who jointly address current and future key challenges in the fields of leadership, innovation and cooperation.  

CLIC already runs joint initiatives with more than 60 corporate partners and an international academic network. It is the innovative spirit of our network of collaborators that makes CLIC a 'hot spot' for exploring possible futures, designing innovations and learning across boundaries.

S-CPS - Cyber-Physical Systems and People

The research focus is to shed light on the collaboration of cyber-physical systems and people (S-CPS). New S-CPSs are developed to facilitate and support services which accompany industry production, e.g. reparation or maintenance work, which affect or interrupt regular production. The project aims to identify and analyse productivity relevant factors for service operations to allow effective and efficient service operations, by respecting local and technical conditions, e.g. wind energy production industry.
The project is part of the overall initiative “Industry 4.0” financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. S-CPS is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Science (BMBF) (Grant Code: 02PJ4026).

Innovation and Age: Research Project TANDEM

The project TANDEM deals with consequences and opportunities to advance the innovativeness of companies in the context of demographic change in Germany. In particular, the research project focuses on how older employees can be increasingly integrated into the entire innovation process. For this purpose, new methods and tools for open innovation are designed, implemented and evaluated with groups of employees which span all ages of the workforce.

TANDEM is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Science (BMBF) (Grant Code: 01HH11091).

Exporting German Vocational Training to Tunesia: Project BRIDGE

The aim is to concept, develop and realize a model for the export of the German apprenticeship and vocational training system which is specifically adapted for automotive suppliers in Tunisia. In the medium and long term the sustainable export of the German apprenticeship and vocational training system to countries like Tunisia is the main objective. The project shall enable vocational schools to spread the concept of BRIDGE in the long term in Tunisia (formation professionnelle). Furthermore, the development of a Web 2.0 based platform, which is connected to a viable business model, is an integral part of the educational concept. This Remote Service concentrates on providing required contents.

The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and PT-DLR, Project Management Agency(Grant Code: 01 BEX03A 12).

Developing a Cross-University Master Program in Innovation Management: Project DICAMP

The project focuses on the conceptual development of a cross-university master program Innovation Management in collaboration with European and Tunisian institutions. By introducing a completely new program that is adapted to the cultural and economic requirements of Tunisia, DICAMP contributes to the modernization of study programs and curricula at Tunisian universities. The project aims to continue the program beyond the project lifetime as well as to apply to an internationally reputable accreditation institute for the certification of the master program.

Website of the Project DICAMP

The project is funded by the European Union (TEMPUS-Program: 517066-TEMPUS-1-2011-1-DE-TEMPUS-SMHES)

Peter Pribilla Foundation

The foundation supports science, research, and academic teaching in the field of innovation and leadership. Since the official inception of the Peter-Pribilla-Foundation at the beginning of the year 2006 a network of excellence has been developed, whose members meet several times a year. The activities of the foundation enhance the development of personal contacts between business people and academics. Furthermore the ambition is to publish a specific selection of reports, highlighting promising new ideas in the context of innovation and leadership. The Peter Pribilla Foundation is joint project with the Technische Universität München.


Center for Strategy and Scenario Planning

What will my industry look like five or ten years from now? What products will customers buy in the future? How will Asian economies evolve with their growing middle class? In our complex and volatile world, traditional strategy tools such as Porter's Five Forces and Ansoff's Product-Market Matrix fail to provide convincing answers.

Experience from the current crisis shows that we must take non-linear developments into account and that we need to be prepared for different futures possible. Scenario planning is a tool to achieve this. By developing and describing different visions of the future, the method provides the foundations for a new level of strategic planning and management.

The Center for Strategy and Scenario Planning is a leader in the field of scenario management. Established as a joint initiative by HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, the Center aims to fully exploit the potential of scenario planning methods in theory and practice. We refine the techniques involved and encourage public debate of the method.

We pursue three main areas of activity:

  • Serving as the core of an international platform of experts, think tanks, academics and practitioners
  • Supporting scenario projects for companies, governmental institutions and other organizations by developing, evaluating and monitoring scenarios
  • Conducting academic research and education in scenario planning

Visit the Center's web site: 

Research Areas

Scenarios and their behavioral effects in organizations

We analyze the role of scenario planning in organizations' decision-making processes. Research questions include: How does using scenarios change the mindset of individuals and an organization as a whole? Do management teams behave differently if they use scenarios as a basis for their long-term planning?

Scenario planning as an integrated approach
We assess the links between every step of the scenario and strategy development processes. Research questions include: How do corporate planners best integrate scenario planning into their existing strategy development process? What tools can be applied to make scenario planning an efficient management tool?

Scenario development for an uncertain future
We develop scenario studies that allow decision-makers to plan for a complex, uncertain and volatile future. Research questions include: How can scenarios meet the requirements of corporate planning in today's global market environments?


Prof. Dr. Torsten Wulf (Academic Director)
Prof. Dr. Burkhard Schwenker (Academic Director)
Christian Rosenkranz (Research Associate)
Dr. Philip Meissner (Affiliated Member)


Accreditation & Rankings

Among the leading EMBA
programs worldwide

Top 5 in Germany

Most International University
in Germany

#1 for Entrepreneurship
in Germany

Favorite Business School
in Germany