Business Research: Thinking Ahead. Creating the Future.

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

March 08–11, 2022 • digital-hybrid

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 be streamed out of 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.

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 October 10, 2021. All authors will be notified during the week following December 12, 2021.

There will be a special issue of the Schmalenbach Journal of Business Research (SBUR) on Transformation: Challenges, Entrepreneurial and Managerial Impact, and Consequences for Business Research and Education. If you want to submit a paper, more information will be found here.

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 January 2022.

Information on the COVID-19 pandemic:
Two years ago, we made you a promise to keep an eye on the COVID 19 pandemic and to carefully adapt the conference concept for our association's 100th anniversary meeting to current requirements in order to ensure the safety of all guests at this very special event. Unfortunately, developments in November and December 2021 have shown that the originally planned face-to-face event and the associated personal reunion will not be possible. The conference will therefore be held out of Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf as a digital-hybrid event: With an excellent professional program for all association members and interested external guests and via a digital conference platform optimally designed for us in the association: So that we can exchange professional ideas together despite the pandemic and continue thinking about business administration in accordance with the general theme of this conference - from science, for companies, in society.

Martin Rennert
E-Mail: martin.rennert@conventus.de
Telephone +49 (0) 3641 31 16-340