Research at the Brand University of Applied Sciences

As a university, it is both our mission and our passion to contribute to the search for solutions to the economic and social challenges facing us today. The acquisition of scientific knowledge from application-oriented research also serves as the foundation for providing practical and sound instruction.

Our research mission allows us to play an active role in scientific and academic discussions as a participant in national and international projects.

The Brand University’s Research Committee views its mission as the promotion of the university’s research activities.

The topical focus of its members’ research interests is oriented towards both the subject matter of their field of instruction and its practical application with regard to the requirements of the economy.

Prof. Dr. Sven Christiansen (Head of Research)

  • Company and brand valuation
  • Customer Life Value
  • Dynamic Pricing
  • General prognosis methods and simulations
    for marketing relevant questions

Prof. Dr. Yonca Limon-Calisan (Vice President Research)

  • Cross-cultural consumer research and brand perception
    • Influence of packaging design cues on brand perception
    • Endorsement
    • Emotions and social context
    • Mood induction and reactions to product design
    • Priming and brand choices
  • Influence of loyalty programmes on consumer brand engagement

Dr. Thomas Suwelack

  • data based A/B/n-tests in marketing
  • Effects of marketing stimuli on buyer behavior
    • money-back guarantee
    • cost transparency
  • Brand management
    • Private label brands
    • Brand extension
  • Artificial intelligence in customer management

Johannes Sonntag (student representative)

Prof. Michael Jonas

  • Spatial immersive interfaces/experiences
  • Machine learning/artificial intelligence

Prof. Dr. Stefan Waller

  • Fundamental research
    • Cultural philosophy and anthropology of brands
    • Brand aesthetics
    • Ethics and brand culture
  • Based on this, investigations with a
    focus on German-Chinese exchange

    • Brands as part of certain cultures
    • Brands in intercultural exchange
    • Brands as transcultural phenomena

Dr. Ann-Kristin Iwersen (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin)

  • Cultural theory and philosophy in the context of brand(s)
  • The future of (written) language in the context of AI
    and conversational interfaces
  • Ethical issues in relation to brand(s)

Michael Kress (Vertreter der Dozentenschaft)

  • Art and design as research
  • Hyper culture
  • Post coneptual art
  • Art in public space
  • Spatial participations and art conversations
  • Urban sonics

University partnerships

FH Ludwigshafen & Uni Göttingen

Project: The Relationship between Customer Engagement, Involvement,
Loyalty Program Mechanisms, and Program Loyalty.

Participants: Dr. Regine Heimers, Prf. Dr. Edith Rüger-Muck,
Prof. Dr. Yonca Limon-Calisan, Prof. Dr. Ludwig Theuvsen

University of Arizona

Project: How Deriving Information from Faces Can Alter Our Choices:
Holistic Face Types, Personality Trait Impressions, and Alterations in Choice

Participants: Prof. Dr. Yonca Limon-Calisan, Prof. Dr. Martin Reimann,
Prof. Dr. Ulrich R. Orth,Prof. Dr. Alberto Lopez

Ludwigs-Maximilian-Universität München

Project: What Determines What? The question under investigation is whether monetary brand valuations influence share prices and/or vice versa.

Participants: Prof. Dr. Sven Christiansen, Prof. Dr. Stefan Mittnik

Ludwigs-Maximilian-Universität München

Project: Designing a machine-supported response tool for measuring
the effectiveness of advertising. This project explores the question as to
whether statistical methods could be used to replace elaborate surveys
of test persons.

Participants: Prof. Dr. Sven Christiansen, Prof. Dr. Stefan Mittnik

Beijing Normal University (Zhuhai)

Project: The perception and evaluation of ‘Made in’ labels. A long-term study carried out in China.

Participants: Prof. Dr. Yonca Limon-Calisan, Prof. Dr. Stefan Waller, Dr. Ann-Kristin Iwersen

 

Contract Research

Lufthansa Industry Solutions

Project: Investigation of the potential offered by the use of low-budget marketing in the service industry.
Participants: Prof. Ute Röseler

Lufthansa Industry Solutions is a provider of IT consultancy and systems integration services. The Lufthansa subsidiary supports companies as they deal with the digital transformation. Its customer base includes not only companies within the Lufthansa Group, but also more than 200 other firms in a variety of industries. The company, which is based in Norderstedt, employs 1,700 people at multiple locations in Germany, Switzerland, Albania and the USA.

Steinmann Group

Project: Revitalisation of the 4YOU brand.
Participants: Prof. Ute Röseler, Prof. Ansgar Eidens

The Steinmann Group offers a broad range of bags for school, business and personal use under eleven different brands. With innovative ideas and a wealth of expertise, the company has a tradition of providing popular high-quality products for everyday use under such brands as 4YOU and Scout.

Savencia

Project: Transferring a French positioning concept to the German and European markets.
Participants: Prof. Yonca Limon-Calisan

Savencia is the world’s market-leading manufacturer of cheese specialities and dairy products. Its products are sold under more than 100 brands worldwide, including brands that are familiar in Germany such as Géramont, Saint Albray and Milkana. The French company has locations in Wiesbaden and Kempten in Germany.

Wittenseer Quelle

Project: Perception of the ‘WQ’ brand within the framework of its sports sponsorship activities.
Participants: Prof. Dr. Sven Christiansen

Wittenseer is a family-run company that has been in charge of the Wittenseer Quelle in northern Germany, the oldest spring in Schleswig-Holstein, for more than 100 years now. Its product range includes mineral waters and a variety of non-alcoholic beverages.

With its ‘Brand Research Lab’, the Brand University of Applied Sciences boasts a research facility in which innovation is brought to life. The studio that is currently under construction provides professors, lecturers and students with a place in which they can pursue interdisciplinary research. Shared resources are available for use in experiments and surveys that explore the design and impact of brands, new media and innovative technologies on an empirical and intercultural basis.

The Brand Research Lab helps promote the training and education of the next generation of academics and scientists. It also serves as a foundation for the continued development of the Brand University of Applied Sciences’ competencies and expertise in quantitative and qualitative social and scientific methods.

The research lab includes a facility for working with focus groups, a range of technical research equipment and software, and workplaces for evaluation. The laboratory is continuously being expanded and currently boasts the following facilities:

  • Equipment for stationary eye-tracking: Tobii Pro Nano, a software solution from iMotions with a module for stationary eye-tracking
  • ‘Affectiva’ licence
  • For work in the field of AI and VR: Google Home Mini, Alexa Echo Dot, Oculus Quest VR glasses, Mamut VR Touch
  • MATLAB computer software (basic module – Deep Learning Toolbox, Statistics and Machine Learning Toolbox, Optimization Toolbox, Text Analytics Toolbox)

The professional scientific equipment and facilities help foster an interplay of various innovative research activities exploring topics that are highly relevant for society and business both today and in future. There is a focus on the following areas:

  • Consumer research
  • User research
  • Experience design (AR & VR)

University members are able to use the research laboratory for their own projects. Furthermore, the Brand Research Lab is available for external contract research. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Prof. Dr. Yonca Limon-Calisan.

Be it searching for a solution to a problem in actual practice, a desire to do market research, or the need to explore a topic in depth – the BU is ready to serve as a partner to companies and organisations and help them conduct the research they require. Our professors’ scientific expertise and methodological competence are supplemented by the well-founded practical knowledge they have gained from many years of experience in the business world.

A joint research project delivers results for industry and business that make it possible to view current challenges in a new light and identify solutions. As an intercultural university focused on brands, we offer an approach that encompasses multiple perspectives.

At the same time, companies’ contract research helps reinforce the excellent practical expertise offered by the Brand University of Applied Sciences. This makes it possible to transfer the latest findings from the world of business into instruction, something that helps prepare students for their future careers.

Research collaborations can be implemented as projects that run during the academic semester, can consist of student’s thesis projects and seminar projects, or it can be pursued through long-term partnerships. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Prof. Dr. Sven Christiansen to develop a project tailored to your research requirements.

The Brand University of Applied Sciences offers a doctoral studies programme in cooperation with the University of Southern Denmark (Syddansk Universitet, SDU) in Esbjerg. The programme gives students the chance to earn a doctorate in fields focused on application-oriented research in brand management, brand communication and brand design, and which establish intercultural links between China and Germany.

Our postgraduate students receive individual support from two supervisors, one each from the BU and from the SDU. They are also given the opportunity to attend seminars and workshops to promote their academic development as they pursue their doctoral degrees.

The following academic degrees are awarded: Dr. phil. (Doctor of Philosophy, PhD) and Dr. rer. pol. (Doctor of Business Administration, DBA). These degrees are recognised internationally and are issued by the SDU.

The doctoral degree programme can be completed within three years of full-time study or three to five years of part-time study. University fees amount to 39.000,- EUR for EU citizens and 51.000,- EUR for non-EU citizens.

Advantages offered by the doctoral programme at the BU and the SDU include:

  • A unique focus on brands and on international exchange, particularly with China.
  • A large selection of advanced graduate courses at the SDU (list of PhD courses) and the BU (e.g. on ‘Working scientifically’ and ‘Brand thinking’)
  • Research stays at our partner universities in China and at the University of Southern Denmark
  • Close involvement in the doctoral programme, including through individual support provided by two supervisors and a mentor, as well as annual assessments of progress to date
  • Comprehensive access to IT networks, databases, libraries and the Brand Research Lab at the Brand University of Applied Sciences
  • Participation in international conferences

Application and admission requirements:

  • Applications for the doctoral programme can be submitted at any time.
  • In order to be accepted, applicants must have received a master’s degree (M.A.) with a specialisation in business, management, design or a related field.
  • A full application includes the following: Cover letter explaining the applicant’s motivation, CV, master’s degree transcript, proof of English language skills corresponding at a minimum to IELTS 6.5, two letters of reference, and a precisely three-page presentation of a research proposal.
  • Following a positive review of your application materials, we will be happy to get to know you in a personal interview to find out more about your background, your suitability for the course, and your research proposal.
  • We will select suitable candidates and nominate them to the SDU for admission. If you are able to satisfy all the requirements of our partner university, you will be accepted into the doctoral degree programme.

The director of the doctoral programme is Prof. Dr. Henrik Sattler.
He also serves as a mentor to our doctoral candidates alongside the supervisors.

Prof. Dr. Henrik Sattler is a scientist who has won several awards. He has repeatedly been ranked among the top one percent of researchers in Germany in the field of business administration. He has written five books and more than 50 internationally peer-reviewed articles in his core areas of research – brand management and social media marketing – that have appeared in leading international journals such as the Journal of Marketing, the Journal of Marketing Research and Marketing Science.

Please submit your application for the doctoral programme to Prof. Dr. Henrik Sattler.

The Brand University of Applied Sciences is, in cooperation with ‘DACHINA interchange’ and ‘China Central Television (CCTV)’, the organiser of the annual DACHINA Markendialog brand dialogue conference.

This conference offers a platform for scientific and cultural exchange between the DACH region and China. The focus is on current topics in brand science and practice.

Every year, the DACHINA Markendialog conference offers an exclusive series of presentations given by high-calibre speakers and a panel discussion that are followed by a get-together in which participants from each region can network and talk with managers of global companies and experts from the realms of academia and science.

Surplus sponsorship revenues generated by the event are converted into research stipends for the Brand Innovation M.A. master’s degree course, helping support students at the Brand University of Applied Sciences.

The BU regularly hosts guest lectures in which speakers from the worlds of business, industry and science present the latest insights from their fields. Fascinating case studies and problems offer the chance for in-depth discussions.

2019

„Content Marketing – Chancen und Herausforderungen im B2B Marketing“
Lufthansa Industry Solutions
Heiko Packwitz (Chief Marketing & Communications Officer)

„EU – Back to University“
Europäische Kommission
Roberto Hayder (Principal Legal and Anti-Fraud Officer)

„Neurobranding: What people really want (from brands)“
Deloitte Digital
Daniel Könnecke (Partner Deloitte Digital)

„Marketing im B2B“
Wer liefert was
Philipp Gausling (Business Development Manager)

„Markenführung im digitalen Zeitalter“
Artaxo
Patrick Klingberg (CEO)

„Activating Brave“
Interbrand
Jan Glanzmann, Jana Gaukstern

2018

„Creative in Silicon Valley“
Google, Instagram, Nest
Fred Fahlke

„NIVEA – from winning women’s heartbeats to winning consumer insights“
NIVEA, Beiersdorf
Isabel Maria Sá (Global Junior Brand Manager NIVEA Face Care), Insa Köhnsen (Expert Recruiting Working Students, Interns and University Marketing)

„Loro Piana, True Luxury Brand and Cultural Icon“
Loro Piana
Philippe Lamy (Managing Director Europa, Mittlerer Osten, Russland)

„8×4 – Wie man eine Traditionsmarke verjüngt“
8×4, Beiersdorf
Thorsten Trompeter (Senior Brand Manager), Chris Bartsch (Geschäftsführer Kreation, Digitalagentur BOOM)

„HaspaJOKER und das digitale Zukunftsmodell“
Hamburger Sparkasse
Sven Sahlberg

„Über Innovation. Jägermeister – eine Marke zwischen Kontinuität & Veränderung“
Jägermeister
Sebastian Koenen (Brand Manager Global Innovation & Design)

„Das Zeitalter des Teilens wird bis 2025 jedes Unternehmen erreicht haben“
Coomedia
Henning Schnittcher (Unternehmensberater und Managing Director von Coomedia)

„Social Impact through Design Thinking“
Impact Week
Michael Hübl (Co-Founder of Impact Week), Stina Kozok (International Brand Communication Student), Sina Petersen (Brand Design Student)

2017

„Creating Iconic Brand Experiences“
Agentur Elastique
Betty Schimmelpfennig (Geschäftsführerin von Elastique)

„Wie die Elbphilharmonie zum weltweiten Liebling wurde“
Hamburg Marketing & Jung von Matt

„Business oder Busyness – Kreativität für Kunst, Kultur, Kommerz“
Atelier Disko

„Die Geheimnisse unbändiger Motivation“
Jonathan Schramke (Business Coach

2016

„YouTube. The online Video Revolution“
YouTube, Google
Sabine Georg (Creative Agency Manager Google Germany)

2015

„Best in Class Consumer Decision Journey“
Philips
Marek Sandrock (Senior E-Trade Marketing Manager)

„Wie werden wir die zukünftige Rolle eines Designers gestalten? Forschung durch Design“
Transfer
Andrea Augstein (Design Researcher, Gründerin)

„Branding to go“
Wir Design
Thorsten Grenius

„Haltung erzeugt Wirkung – Wie eine Kampagne eine Bank verändert“
Commerzbank
Uwe Hellmann (Director Brand Management and Corporate Marketing)

2014

„Form follows Function – Design follows Strategy“
Interbrand
Ronald Bartikowsko (Creative Director)

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Schoeneberg, K.-P., Zerres, C., Fraß, A. & Igelbrink, J. (2016). Textmining – aktive Markenführung mittels Social Media Analytics. In: Lang, M. (Hrsg.): BI-Handbuch 2016. Düsseldorf: Symposium Verlag.

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Erfgen, C., Zenker, S., & Sattler, H. (2015). The Vampire Effect: When Do Celebrity Endorsers Harm Brand Recall? International Journal of Research in Marketing (IJRM), 32 (2), 155-163.

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