TUM School of Management Activities
The TUM School of Management recognized the importance of the topics Ethics, Responsibility, and Sustainability by electing a Sustainability Officer (currently Prof. Dr. David Wozabal) who is endowed with an independent budget and is responsible for the visibility of the School’s ERS activity, and is the ERS representative vis-a-vis outside organizations such as UN-PRME or accreditation bodies.
UN Principles for Responsible Management Education
To document and raise awareness about ongoing ERS activities, the School furthermore introduced dedicated ERS reporting tools for ERS-related teaching and research. Since 2014 the School of Management is a signatory in the UN-PRME Initiative, documenting our commitment to responsible management in education, research, and outreach. The first Sharing Information on Progress report was submitted in 2016. The resulting document is the first attempt by the School to understand and monitor its diverse ERS activities in a comprehensive and systematic manner.
Peter Löscher Chair of Business Ethics
Prof. Dr. Christoph Lütge, who is part of our core faculty, holds the Peter Löscher Chair of Business Ethics. The chair is dedicated to investigating the conditions of ethical behavior in a globalized world. This includes the analysis of contemporary socio-economic orders and their incentive structures, as well as the examination of the adequacy of our ethical categories. Research at the chair seeks to generate organizational and orientational recommendations for actors from business, politics, and society facing ethical challenges. Prof. Lütge and his team teach a range of courses in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, and philosophy (including theories of justice).
Munich Lecture in Business Ethics
The Munich Lecture in Business Ethics is an annual lecture series jointly held by the Peter Löscher Chair of Business Ethics (Lütge) and the Chair of Economics, Finance and Industrial Economics (von Weizsäcker). A regular feature at our school since 2011, the lecture series features discussions about current topics relating to business ethics, attracting a broad audience from TUM and beyond. Among the most recent speakers are experimental economist and Nobel Prize winner Vernon Smith of Chapman University (2016), Nien-hê Hsieh of Harvard Business School on "The Purpose or Purposes of Business" (2015), and Luciano Floridi of Oxford University on "Memory and Communication in the Age of Information" (2014).
The Munich Center for Technology in Society
The Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS) is one of three Integrative Research Centers at Technical University of Munich and the latest institutional addition to the vibrant TUM community. Launched officially in June 2015, it is a central pillar of the university’s award-winning “future concept” that featured prominently in the Excellence Initiative of the German federal government. Prof. Dr. Sebastian Pfotenhauer , Assistant Professor of Innovation Research, joined the university as a new faculty member in September 2015 with a dual appointment between the School of Management and MCTS. Across a range of domains and topics, MCTS researchers conduct work on the social, political, historical, ethical, and legal aspects of scientific research and technological change, for example, in the context of technological controversies, public acceptance and participation, changing forms of knowledge production and dissemination or the design of science and innovation policies. We benefit from regular exchange and synergies in research and teaching with MCTS.
CO2 Footprint Measurement
As part of the TUM, the School of Management adheres to high environmental standards, which includes mandatory waste separation, the use of green/carbon neutral electricity, and a high regard for energy efficiency in designing and operating the university’s office premises (efficient insulation, smart lighting, etc.). To raise awareness for the single most pressing environmental issue among the faculty and the students, Prof. Dr. Frank-Martin Belz in cooperation with ClimatePartner conducted a measurement of the CO2 footprint of the School which includes emissions from commuting, heating and cooling, electricity use, and the use of paper. The report found that our CO2 footprint compares favorably to other comparable institutions that served as benchmark. Additionally, the team proposed measures to further improve the current footprint of the School.
As part of a university, most of the codes and committees on ethics are on the university level. We would like to give an overview about the various relevant codes and committees we adhere to.
TUM has issued a Code of Conduct containing a set of transparent, clearly defined principles and guidelines regarding the preparation and carrying out of research and commercial collaborative projects, which are binding for all members of the university – including the School of Management. This Code of Conduct is intended to ensure that outstanding scientists remain loyal to the university, and build confidence among parties involved in collaborative projects with TUM. We also adhere to the Code of Conduct for Safeguarding Good Academic Practice and Procedures in Case of Misconduct issued by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
To ensure university-wide compliance with these codes of conduct, TUM offers dedicated courses on “Good Scientific Practice,” providing participants (both students and research scientists) with an overview over the rules of good scientific practice, the handling with cases of scientific misconduct and explore the differences and “grey areas” of questionable research practice. Participants of this course are exposed to local, national and international regulations and guidelines.
Members of the TUM community have access to two ombudspersons, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Joachim Heinzl and Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr.-Ing. habil. Angelika Görg. Ombudspersons at TUM serve to investigate and manage complaints from the academic staff regarding academic misconduct on the part of colleagues and superiors, including the manipulation, withholding or fabrication of data, claims to authorship without personal contribution or failure to declare authorship, or failure to cite contributions of academic staff in publications and other materials . In cases where there is reasonable suspicion of academic misconduct, they initiative the appointment of a commission of university authorities to investigate the academic misconduct and may take part as an advisory member in the meetings of the committee appointed to investigate the academic misconduct.