Business Research: Thinking Ahead. Creating the Future.

100 years VHB: Anniversary conference of the German Academic Association of Business Research

March 08–11, 2022 • Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf

Patronage: Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart,

Minister of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia


The Faculty of Business Administration and Economics at Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf will organize the Annual VHB Business Research Conference on the occasion of the 100th annersary of the German Academic Association of Business Research (VHB) as the leading academic association for Business Research in the German-speaking area on March 08 – 11, 2022. The conference general topic will be „Business Research: Thinking Ahead. Creating the Future.”

Business researchers world-wide are increasingly paying attention to grand societal challenges, starting with the worldwide economic crisis triggered by the COVID–19 pandemic and extending to fundamental issues like global systemic competition, demographic aging, shortage of skilled workers, decarbonization or digital transformation. There is a pressing need for all sub-disciplines in business research to provide an academic conceptualization on how policy and practice approaches in firms must change to address these challenges.

  • How will companies and technologies, but also society, change in the coming decades and what does this mean for current and future business policies and practices?
  • How can conceptual, policy and/or empirical research provide convincing answers to this question?
  • How will business research have to become involved in economic, political and civil society discussions in order to fulfil an academic mission?

Experts from academia, business and society will give talks and discuss the main topic "Business Research: Thinking Ahead. Creating the Future." as well as latest findings from all fields of business research. As of today, the conference has its own website. You can find all news concerning the main topic, Keynotes, the scientific and supporting program and more here.

Prof. Dr. Barbara E. Weißenberger, Chair of the Organising Committee at the Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf
Prof. Dr. Peter Walgenbach, Chair of the German Academic Association of Business Research

The conference will take place at the Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf, Universitaetsstr. 1, 40225 Duesseldorf, Germany, on March 08-11, 2022.

The main conference on March 09 and 10, 2022 is accompanied by a preconference and postconference program.

Besides a broad program on the main topic the conference will provide a platform to present and discuss latest findings from all fields of business research. The conference is accompanied by a varied supporting program which also includes a conference dinner.

The paper submission for the Annual VHB Business Research Conference 2021 will be open in spring 2021. Papers may be submitted in German or English language. Each paper will be presented and/or discussed in its submission language.

Papers can bis submitted until September 30, 2021. All authors will be notified during the week following December 12, 2021.

There will be a special issue on of the Schmalenbach Journal of Business Research (SBUR). If you want to submit a paper, more information will be found here soon.

We are proud to present our prestigious keynote speakers for the conference.

Prof. Dr. Dr. Udo Di Fabio, University of Bonn and former judge of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany

Prof. Dr. Dieter Kempf, vice president of the BDI The voice of German Industry and member of the Data Ethics Commission of the Federal Government of Germany

Claudia Nemat, member of the Deutsche Telekom AG board of management, technology and innovation

Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, Minister of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

You will find all information concerning the registration and conference fees here in fall 2021.

Information on the COVID-19 pandemic:
The SARS-CoV-2 virus is currently causing severe restrictions on public life worldwide. Nevertheless, we hope that the broad-based measures for the pandemic will be effective by next spring. We are therefore sticking to our original plans to hold the VHB's 100th anniversary conference as a face-to-face event at Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf: Even though we are by now all familiar with the wide range of digital formats for interaction, they lack the inspiration and stimulation stemming from personal interaction that have always distinguished our VHB conferences in the past.

But of course, the health and safety of all participants remains our top priority. We are therefore closely following further developments and will implement the relevant requirements and recommendations of the authorities. In particular, we will implement a hygiene concept for the conference that covers all necessary protective measures and guarantees a safe and successful course conference. Furthermore, we will inform you in good time of any changes affecting the attendance format of our conference.

You will find the facilities constituting Heinrich Heine University (HHU) in the south of Düsseldorf, only around 3.5 km from the centre of town and the main station. The university campus is a small town within a town which is why it has many stops for buses and trams.

To make a hotel reservation at special conference rates, please click here.

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Arriving by plane
Düsseldorf Rhine-Ruhr airport is one of the biggest in Europe. There is a good connection to the main station by city train (S-Bahn) and from there to the university by tram (line U79 to the final stop “Uni-Ost / Botanischer Garten”= University east / botanical garden).

Arriving by train
Düsseldorf main station is connected to all international long-distance train routes. Both the U79 and the 704 tram go from there directly to the university. The final stop on line U79 is “Uni-Ost / Botanischer Garten” = University east / botanical garden, on line 704 "Uni-Nord / Christophstraße" = University north / Christophstreet (marked in the Map HHU campus and UKD). Travel time from the station is around 10 or 20 minutes. The stop “Uni-Ost / Botanischer Garten” = University east / botanical garden can also be reached by line U73.

Arriving by bus
The university is on the route of the following buses: 735, 827, 835 and 836. If you take the 735 or 827 you can get off at “Universität Mensa” (University canteen), “Universität Mitte” (University centre) or “Universität Süd” (University south). If you take the 835 or 836 you can get off at “Universität West” (University west), “Universität Mitte” (University centre) or “Universität Süd” (University south).

Arriving by car

… from the East
The university is best reached from Hildener Kreuz (Hilden junction) (A 3 / A 46) via Düsseldorf-Süd junction (Düsseldorf south) (A 46). Leave the A 46 in the tunnel (exit Zentrum / Universität = centre / university). Turn left at the first at the first traffic lights into Universitätsstrasse which runs through the campus.

… from the West
The university is best reached from Neuss-Süd junction where the A 46 and A 57 merge. After the Fleher Rhine bridge take the exit Bilk / Zentrum / Hafen / Benrath (Bilk / centre / harbour / Benrath). Stay in the right-hand lane and follow the signs to Benrath / Universität (Benrath / university).

… from the city centre
The university is best reached via Corneliusstraße, then Witzelstraße (follow the signs for the A46 and Wuppertal), and then turn right into Universitätsstrasse.

To park, please use P3 and P4 which are cost-free and near to the conference location. Please note that all parking offenders on university premises will be towed away.

Katharina Szulc
E-Mail: katharina.szulc@conventus.de
Telephone +49 (0) 3641 31 16-314


Robert Deubler
E-Mail: robert.deubler@conventus.de
Telephone +49 (0) 3641 31 16-332