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Value Chains and Consumer Decisions – Remote Effects of Governance and Product Biographies Using Cocoa as an Example

The project CoVaCoa named "Value Chains and Consumer Decisions – Remote Effects of Governance and Product Biographies Using Cocoa as an Example" is a project with focus on Ghana. In it, an interdisciplinary team from four different institutes of Osnabrück University is looking at the causal relationships of global value chains and the governance of sustainable production on the one hand, and sustainable consumption on the other. Many of today's sustainability challenges are negative externalities of economic activity, where the natural environment has the character of a collective good and negative ecological and social consequences of economic activity have no monetary price for the causers. Therefore, economic incentives must be created for companies to produce sustainably. This is where CoVaCoa comes in, in order to contribute to a sustainable development of the cocoa sector.

Funding: The German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU)
Duration: Aug. 2020 - Jul. 2023
Project Management: Prof. Dr. Martin Franz
Contact Person: Jana Rülke

Digital Business Models - Change in Value Chains and Work Using the Example of the Logistics industry

Digital platforms are emerging in many industries, breaking up established markets and reorganizing value chains. Nevertheless, little research has been done on the concrete effects on market structures, value creation and work processes. Using the logistics industry as an example, the project examines the effects of the platform economy and identifies design options.
Companies with digital, platform-based business models are successful in changing existing framework conditions in their respective industries. In the logistics industry, too, digital platforms are increasingly spreading, favoring a bypassing or displacement of established logistics companies - more or less firmly integrated into the dual system of interest representation - through the simplified intermediation of logistics services. It is assumed that new logistics platforms contribute to the reshaping of supply chains, interdependencies, cooperation and competition between the various old and new actors in logistics as well as to changing labor and gender relations and opportunities for co-determination. However, empirical results are lacking so far.

Funding: Hans Böckler Foundation
Duration: Mar. 2020 - Feb. 2023
Project Management: Prof. Dr. Martin Franz
Contact Persons: Veronique Helwing Dr. Philip Verfürth

Resource Conservation through Logistics Plus – Logist.Plus

The goal of Logist.Plus is to create sustainable logistics that use land sparingly and conserve soils. We combine a governance perspective with a business perspective to enable land saving through coordinated and cooperative land use options, ecological optimization of site selection, and synergetic logistics processes through cooperation in regional networks. As a project with eight partners from science, local authorities and associations, we take a broad understanding of logistics as a basis, which also includes, for example, the logistics of the manufacturing industry, which is why we strive for intensive cooperation with companies in order to develop sustainable business models.

Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research, joint project of the funding line Stadt.Land.Plus
Duration: Feb. 2020 – Jan. 2023
Project Management: Prof. Dr. Martin Franz
Contact Person: apl. Prof. Dr. Kim Philip Schumacher

Direct Investments between Turkey and Germany - Locations, Effects and Risks for Companies in and Investments from Lower Saxony

With a focus on Lower Saxony, the research project deals on the one hand with the patterns of FDI between Germany and Turkey and their effects and on the other hand with the strategic reactions of investors to political and economic risks. It thus aims not only to analyze the direct investment motives, flows and patterns between Turkey and Germany with their effects on the respective companies, but also to understand the significance of the risks and their influence on corporate strategies. Based on this, both a theoretical-conceptual contribution to the scientific discourse on Global Production Networks (GPN) will be made and recommendations for action will be developed to enable a targeted promotion of investments in both countries. The project is based on a triangulation of the analysis of secondary data as well as the analysis of quantitative and qualitative primary data; thus, standardized company surveys and qualitative interviews will be conducted in both countries.

Funding: Pro*Niedersachsen - Forschungsprojekte der Geistes-, Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaften
Duration: Oct. 2018 - Sept. 2022
Project Management: Prof. Dr. Martin Franz
Contact Person: Philip Völlers

Logistic-Specific Adapation-Concept (KlimaLogis) – A Pilot Project in the County of Osnabrück

The KlimaLogis Project aims to develop a regional Logistic-specific adaptation-concept. The concept is based on a communication process between different stakeholder groups partners: Osnabrück University, University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück, County of Osnabrück, KNI Kompetenznetz Individuallogistik e.V., City of Osnabrück, Logis.Net – Institut für Produktion und Logistik, Sustainify GmbH.

Funding Organisation: Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
Duration: Jan. 2019 - Feb. 2022
Project Management: Prof. Dr. Martin Franz
Contact person: Felix Bücken

Grey goes Green – Transformation of Industrial Areas

In the context of structural changes, existing businesses face massive challenges. They often have a high sealing rate and struggle with polluted or contaminated soil, overheating or a negative reputation. However, in the context of Germany’s National Sustainable Development Strategy, it is crucial to revitalize and enhance industrial areas as urban spaces. The joint project within the framework program “Sustainable Transformation of Urban Areas” funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) aims to upgrade existing industrial areas by developing concepts and measures for enhancing sustainability. In this sense, the project " Grey goes Green – Transformation of Industrial Areas " is based on the idea of an industrial area that makes a positive contribution to climate protection and climate adaptation, to the strengthening of urban biodiversity and to the sojourn quality for all employees and local residents. The research project has been funded in two funding phases since 2016 and until September 2021. In addition to Osnabrück University, the Bonn Science Shop (WILA Bonn) as project coordinator, the Technical University of Darmstadt, the Global Nature Fund and four municipalities in North Rhine-Westphalia (Remscheid, Vreden, Bocholt and Iserlohn) are involved. Moreover, there are further municipalities that implement the results in practice as transfer partners. In the current second project phase, the focus is on transferring the solution components from the first funding period. The strategy development for setting up municipal business networks, financing methods and elements for sustainable industrial parks are being transferred to other cities. In addition, inhibiting and supporting factors for the implementation of measures and the long-term continuation of activities are identified. A regular exchange among the project partners as well as for interested parties is ensured via network meetings, webinars and strategy consultations.

Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Duration: Jul. 2016 - Jan. 2022
Project Management: Prof. Dr. Martin Franz
Contact Person: Carolin Schack

Completed third-party funded Projects

Innovating Field Trips – IFIT
Funding: EU - Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership
Duration: Sep. 2018 - Dec. 2021

Healthy Planet: Communication and cooperation for better biodiversity in the border region between Lower Saxony and the Netherlands using the example of wolf management
Funding: INTERREG-VA-Programm Deutschland - Niederlande
Duration: Feb. 2021 - Dec. 2021
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Global Classroom - Joint-Classroom Pilot Project on Globalization
Funding: Osnabrück University
Duration: Oct. 20 – Sept. 2021

Regional competence center for energy self-sufficient urban redevelopment - scientific support
Funding: EU and state of North Rhine-Westphalia
Duration: Apr. 2016 - Mar. 2019

Business networks and business development in the EUREGIO
Funding: INTERREG Program Germany-Nederland
Duration: Jan. 2018 - Dec. 2018
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(Re-)Migrants in the German-Turkish Innovation Network - Identification and Communication of Potentials of Science and Industry - MIDETI
Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Laufzeit: Dec. 2014 - Jun. 2016
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Completed Dissertation Projects

Müller, P. (2020): Rethinking highly skilled (re-)migration in the context of multinational enterprises : an analysis of (re-)migrants of Turkish origin and their role in German companies in Turkey

Gersch, I (2019): Foreign in-and divestments in retail and their impacts on emerging economies : the case of Turkey

Schlitz, N. (2019): At the margins : economic geographies of waste & recycling