Center for Advanced Studies in Management (CASiM)

Research center for business administration in the 21st century


Center for Advanced Studies in Management


Damp Foundation

Academic Director

Prof. Dr. Erwin Pesch

Executive Director

Dr. Lukasz Swiatczak

Team Assistant

Susanne Rost 

Senior Research Fellow


Research Associates

Stefan Anderer, Ilia Fridman, Kai Wang, Ph.D.

Research Areas

Logistics and operations research
Sharing economy: collaborative consumption and sharing logistics infrastructure with competitors
Sustainability: food waste reduction, consolidation of network transport, same day delivery, smart mobility, energy
Health care:  humanitarian logistics and scheduling of hospital operations, health service security in rural areas


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 was passed on to Prof. Dr. Erwin Pesch in July 2016. 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.

The research activities of the Center are financially supported by the Damp Foundation.

Advisory Board

The CASiM Advisory Board consists of 15 experts from research, academia, and business practice. This international and interdisciplinary body representing such disciplines as business economics, medicine, computer science, and mathematics serves as a think tank of the center and provides the Executive Board with inspirations, ideas and critical feedback and a professional network.

  • Prof. Dr. Jacek Błażewicz,  Laboratory of Algorithm Design and Programming Systems, Poznań University of Technology, Poland
  • Prof. Dr. med. Frank Emmrich, Director of the Institute for Clinical Immunology at Leipzig University, Germany
  • Prof. Thomas P. Gehrig, Ph.D., Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Business, Econonomics and Statistics, Department of Finance, University of Vienna, Austria 
  • Prof. Anne Sigismund Huff, Ph.D., Academic Director of the Center for Leading Innovation and Cooperation (CLIC) at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, Leipzig, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Jürgen Jost, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig, Germany
  • Prof. Pierfrancesco La Mura, Ph.D., Chair of Economics and Information Systems, HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, Leipzig, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Letmathe, Chair for Management Accounting, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Heribert Meffert, Professor Emeritus and Director Emeritus, Marketing Center Münster, Münster University
  • Edouardo Montes, Chairman of Asociacion Espanola de la Industria Electrica (UNESA), Madrid, Spain
  • Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Paqué, former Minister of Finance in Saxony- Anhalt, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Management, Chair of International Economics, Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg, Germany
  • Dr. Andreas Penk, Regional President Oncology, International Developed Markets, Pfizer Deutschland GmbH 
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, Minister for Economy, Innovation, Digitilization and Energy of the Federal State of Northrhine Westfalia, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Ralf Reichwald, Professor Emeritus, TUM and Academic Director of Center for Leading Innovation and Cooperation, HHL
  • Prof. Dr. Roman Słowiński, Laboratory of Intelligent Decision Support Systems, Poznań University of Technology, Poland


CASiM is devoted to the study of challenges of business economics in the 21st century. It makes a substantial contribution to the development of the discipline by conducting fundamental interdisciplinary research in the following areas:

  • Logistics and operations research
  • Sharing economy: collaborative consumption and sharing logistics infrastructure
  • Sustainability: food waste reduction, consolidation of network transport, same day delivery, smart mobility, energy efficiency
  • Health care:  humanitarian logistics and scheduling of hospital operations, health service security in rural areas

The guiding principle of CASiM is rigor and relevance of research. The center conducts economic research with a strong scientific foundation and a high relevance for business practice. In contrast to the prevailing trend of ivory tower research focusing on a single isolated discipline, CASiM takes a holistic approach to research by including findings from different sub-disciplines of business administration and economics as well as other social sciences.

The following research projects are funded by the Friede Springer Foundation:

The Dynamics and Performance Implications of Trust Asymmetry in Strategic Alliances

Today's business world is characterized by win-win interfirm relationships, in which trust becomes a prominent issue as it compensates for the incompleteness of contracting and flawlessness of controls while promoting high quality exchanges between partners. However, trust is not necessarily mutual and reciprocal. Due to a number of organizational, national, cultural, and situational factors, firms may differ significantly in the level of trust and the degree of trust that they place in their counterparts. In other words, trust between partners can be asymmetric.
The research of Linh Nguyen aims to examine the antecedents of trust asymmetry based on two stages, i.e. pre-entry and post-entry into a strategic alliance, as well as its implications for performance and development of the alliance. The goal of this doctoral project is to advance both theoretical and empirical knowledge bases of trust and to inform firms of their active roles in aligning trust and expectations with their counterparts for a sustainable cooperative relationship.

The Role of Trust in the Relationship Between Investment Banks and Their Stakeholders

According to existing research trust plays a pivotal role in business relationships. Still, there has been little attempt to measure trust in the context of investment banking. Despite the availability of plenty of literature on trust, the causes of trust and distrust in this branch of business have so far been neglected. The relevance of this research lies on the ‘fact’ that the investment banking business is based on credibility and trust – be it interpersonal (e.g. between an investment banker and the investor) or inter-organizational trust (banks' relationships with other banks). The ‘abstract’ stakeholder theory makes it even more difficult to relate trust with stakeholders. Thus, from a pragmatic point of view it is challenging to identify all stakeholders given the complex structure of investment banks and their variety of products. It is even "more complicated" to understand the role of trust in investment banking relationships.

Anirban Ash who brings hands-on expertise from one of the leading investment banks merges the above mentioned research gaps and aims to measure trust examining the complex investment banking relationships. By using a blended methodological lens of qualitative, quantitative and case study research the doctoral thesis intends to find out the role of trust in the relationships between investment banks and their stakeholders and its practical implication.

The Center for Advanced Studies in Management also supports research activities of students. In the framework of the annual CASiM Conferences the Center is granting the Heribert Meffert Award for an outstanding master thesis on one of the four research topics of the Center.

Friede Springer Scholarships

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Since 2013, the Friede Springer Foundation has continuously promoted excellence in research by funding doctoral scholarships for outstanding candidates. Thanks to the generous support, CASiM is currently hosting two excellent members - Anirban Ash and Stefan Anderer who primarily investigate the role trust plays in firms and markets. The first Friede Springer Scholarship holder Dr. Linh Nguyen successfully completed her doctoral studies in 2016.

Current projects

Linh Nguyen, CASiM member from the very beginning, focused her research on the dynamics of trust in strategic alliances, whereas Anirban Ash, scholarship holder since 2014, is researching on the evolution of trust in client-banker relationships.
In October 2015, we’ve gained another member, Stefan Anderer: His interdisciplinary project intends to study the philosophical underpinnings and societal factors of trust in the relationship between organizations and pluralist society.

The successful candidate addresses innovative research in the fields of Management Science, Logistics, Operations Management and/ or (Algorithmic) Game Theory.

The scholarship offers a unique opportunity to pursue a doctoral project under the guidance of internationally renowned scholars as a part of our dynamic team. The scholarship provides a monthly stipend of EUR 1,750, a yearly budget for visiting international conferences as well as a waiver of the tuition fee for the doctoral program (EUR 15,000). The maximum length of the scholarship is two years.

We are accepting applications right now! If you are interested, please see the link section below for details on the process, the application requirements as well as the application form.


Prof. Dr. Erwin Pesch
Academic Director
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Dr. Lukasz Swiatczak
Executive Director
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Susanne Rost
Team Assistant
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Dipl.-Psych. Stefan Anderer
Research Associate
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Ilia Fridman, M.Sc.
Research Associate
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Kai Wang, Ph.D.
Research Associate
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