Lifelong Learning

The idea to establish an English-speaking only International University in Bremen is under severe pressure. Unlike the US-model where a private University has 1/3 capital stock returns, 1/3 fees income and 1/3 Alumni contributions and donations is only feasible with very substantial start-up funding. Twenty years of subsidies to replace the missing returns on capital stock and young millionaires (IUB-Alumni are only in their mid to late 30s in 2020) cannot yet fill the gap. The missing finances would need to come from private sector donations. Big companies, however, keep complaining about skill gaps and lack of engineers and students with intercultural competence, but the willingness to fund substantially a university which delivers exatly this, has been too scarce. Instead, mutiple cheap copies of the IUB-model have arisen in Germany, without really delivering the uniqueness of the international campus learning community and proven quality of its programs in international competition. Thinking in terms of long-term investments is difficult in times of health, economic and financial crises. After BREXIT we image even Europe differently. (http://imagine4d.de/fr) The show must go on
More on this at https://schoemann.org/

Economics, Management and Legal Studies as Social Science

With a comparative study of employment and labour law in 12 Member States of the European Union we argued (already in 1998 published by Routledge) that precarious employment, part-time work and contract-work have to be understood as part of the wider reflexive labour law system of each country. 22 years later this topic is back en vogue with the Uber-type platform workers. See for: Cornelissen, J., & Cholakova, M. (2019). Profits Uber everything? The gig economy and the morality of category work. Strategic Organization. https://doi.org/10.1177/1476127019894506. At the core of some economic, managerial or social topics is a normative question of classification, nicely pointed out in the essay. With some time-lag many ecnomic or managerial decisions become a normative question which ultimately labour courts settle for society at large.

P.S. Nice to see that our old book has found its way into new bottles. A kindle electronic version is available at Amazon. The hard cover is increasing in price! Check here or go to the campus library for a hard copy. Cheers Klaus

The show is going on!

More recent info on what kind of research and teaching I am currently involved in you can find under: www.schoemann.org    or www.imagine4d.de   For recent twitter activity go to bottom of www.schoemann.org or to @KlausSchoemann. Languages are English and German. Short citations of my recent book #wasbleibt have been published and keep appearing under the according #hashtag = #wasbleibt.
The latest clips of the new forthcoming book on the future of Europe and the European Union are the focus of www.imagine4d.de as I am convinced that Europe lacks first of all more imagination of what it wants to be.
Contact options are fastest through klaus(at)schoemann.org by email.

Au revoir ! Auf Wiedersehen!

The Great Convergence

The much praised book “The Great Convergence” by Richard Baldwin (Link) is an excellent read for students of globalization. His new forthcoming book futhermore highlights the challenge ahead of us for the next decade. In a talk at Bruegel consultants in Brussels on 3rd of September 2018 he had a surprising conclusion in hand. In contrast to the last decades, the real challenge ahead will be how to organize “Employment Protection” for the many white collar workers. Probably their jobs are also at risk of replacement through robots. Livestream still available I believe.

My own research comparing European Labour Market Systems, most noteworthy employment protection, allows to identify best practice. This tricky field of labour relations needs above all careful study of legislation and co-evolution of employment trends. Country-specific solutions with path-dependency have dominated 20 years ago. Today’s systems still seem to remain “local solutions” as outcomes of a balance of power. Preview as pdf-file available.
Preview-Labour Market Efficiency KS-RR-TK-9781134728466_preview
Preview-Labour Market Efficiency KS-RR-TK-9781134728466_preview

Society and battery technology

In summer time even the Financial Times turns to social topics for passing time. In mid August the concern was for example with the heavy dependence of the electric vehicle market on batteries making use of Cobalt. As this comes mainly form the not so democratic republic of Congo, this is a tricky issue. All social and environment friendly investment enters into a moral dilemma here. More electric cars yes, but not supporting child labour in the extradition of cobalt. Valuable investment does not coincide with investment in social and environmental values here. So what?

https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acsami.8b05902  This paper seems to have the technical answer as much as I understood. The monolithic all-phosphate concept presented therin should allow us to bypass cobalt for the batteries in the near future.

A sufficiently strong societal effort to orient or reorient research efforts towards sustainable material science yields promising results. Without the banning of cobalt in batteries technological advancement can achieve technical, economic and social outcomes in line with our “social preferences”.