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Current Research Projects

Research project of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
Research period: 01.04.2020 to 31.05.2022
Collaborators: Prof. Dr. Hartmut H. Holzmüller, Simon König, M.Sc.

Climate change is progressing and it requires the joint effort of all social groups to counteract it. However, climate change is already having consequences today - in Germany as well. Extreme weather events such as heavy precipitation, hurricanes, floods and heat waves are becoming more frequent and often cause economic and personal damage. There is a threat of losses in business value creation, jobs, household income and tax shortfalls for all levels of government. In addition to climate protection, it is therefore essential to develop suitable adaptation strategies and measures to reduce the risks of climate change impacts.

The focus of the project KlimaSicher is to sensitize local companies in the study regions District of Soest, District of Warendorf and District of Siegen-Wittgenstein for climate change adaptation and to accompany them professionally. The overall objective of the project is to advise companies on climate change hazards and to support them in taking their own measures to avert hazards in order to maintain productivity at the location.

At the same time, the tested processes and new cooperations are to be established and made accessible to other actors in order to transfer climate change adaptation to companies in other regions.

The project schedule consists of four central work packages: Analysis, Marketing, Consulting and Transfer.

The following project partners are part of the joint project KlimaSicher:

  • District of Soest
  • District of Siegen-Wittgenstein
  • District of Warendorf
  • TU Dortmund - Chair of Marketing
  • RWTH Aachen - Institute of Urban Transport and Planning

AiF project 20851 N in cooperation with RIF e.V.
Research period: 01.01.2019 to 30.01.2022
Collaborators: Prof. Dr. Hartmut H. Holzmüller, Fabienne Ruoss, M.Sc.

In order to build up international business efficiently and at relatively low cost small- and medium-sized enterprises often rely on foreign intermediaries. However, this cooperation entails massive challenges. Different goals and interests, a lack of trust and intercultural barriers are endeavors that manufacturers and their export intermediaries have to cope with. The research project aims at identifying established methods and processes for the management of transnational partnerships. Additionally, key success factors in manufacturer-intermediary relationships will be examined in order to provide guidelines and recommendations for action adapted to the respective company's initial situation. A set of instruments is being developed to make it easier for small and medium-sized companies in particular to manage and control overseas export partners.M

Research project in cooperation with MVZ Kinderwunschzentrum Dortmund GmbH, Merck KGaA and RIF e.v.
Collaborators: Prof. Dr. Hartmut H. Holzmüller, Jana Grothaus, M.Sc.

As part of the research project, the Professorship of Marketing cooperates with a company from the pharmaceutical industry and the fertility center in Dortmund to develop a strategy for optimal support of patients before, during and after treatment. One channel that has recently gained importance in this regard is social media. Several qualitative and quantitative studies shed light on the needs of fertility patients and their motives for seeking information and emotional support online.

Graduate School sponsored by Ministry of Culture and Science of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (Doctoral Research College Program, grant no. 321-8.03-110-116441)
Research period: 01.01.2019 to 30.06.2022
Collaborators: Prof. Dr. Hartmut H. Holzmüller, Karen Wesely, M.Sc.

The NRW Research College “Sustainable Energy Systems in the Neighbourhood” aims to develop technical, economic and social control models to increase energy efficiency in the neighbourhood. With its broad interdisciplinary composition and embedding in practice (transdisciplinary), the Research College makes an important contribution to developing integrated concepts and promoting necessary understanding between the disciplines and between future scientists and practitioners from different disciplines. Specific possibilities for action and options support the parties involved, above all municipal utilities, local authorities, politicians and citizens, in driving forward the energy transition in neighbourhoods.

Further information about the Graduate School can be found here. The following partners are part of the Graduate School:

  • Uni­ver­si­tät Duis­burg-Essen
  • Uni­ver­si­tät Bochum
  • Hoch­schu­le Bochum
  • Wuppertal Institut für Klima
  • TU Dort­mund
  • Umwelt, Energie GmbH
  • Wirtschaftsförderung metropoleruhr GmbH

DFG project 407478805 in cooperation with FU Berlin
Collaborators: Prof. Dr. Eva Böhm

Academic and managerial literature alike advise manufacturing firms to shift their focus from goods-centred to value-centred business models. Yet, while the idea of value-centred business models is widely accepted, firms struggle with bringing the idea into action. Faced with idiosyncratic constellations of barriers and drivers, manufacturing companies vary substantially in their strategic transformation to value-centred business models. To date, however, extant literature has paid limited attention to the strategic transformation of B2B firms. Consequently, the questions remain open (1) why and how manufacturing firms transform to value-centred business models and (2) when this strategic move entails beneficial outcomes for them. This is the starting point for our project, which is designed to identify different transformative paths to value-centred business models and investigate the drivers and barriers as well as the relational and financial consequences of strategic transformation to value-centred business models.

Completed Research Projects

Most in­for­mation about our completed research projects are only available in German. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time.

  • INDUSTRIAL-GEMBA: Der Einsatz nutzerorientierter „Go to the Gemba“-Strategien für KMU zur Erhöhung der Kundenorientierung in der Produktentwicklung und -verbesserung in Industriegütermärkten (AiF-Projekt 19303 N, in Koopertion mit RIF e.V.)
    Mitarbeiter: Prof. Dr. Hartmut H. Holzmüller, Thorsten Autmaring
  • Energieeffizienz im Quartier – Clever versorgen.umbauen.aktivieren (Fortschrittskolleg NRW, Konsortium unter der Leitung der TU Dortmund)
    Mitarbeiter: Prof. Dr. Hartmut H. Holzmüller, Dr. Moritz vom Hofe
  • Ausstrahlungseffekte von zertifizierten Produkten auf das nicht-zertifizierte Produktprogramm (DFG-Projekt HO 2224/11-1)
    Mitarbeiter: Prof. Dr. Hartmut H. Holzmüller, Dr. Linda Wulf
  • Empirisch basierte Entwicklung eines Instrumentariums zur Identifikation und Entscheidung über die Markteintrittsform sowie die Auswahl von Vertriebspartnern von KMU der WSI bei der Bearbeitung von Auslandsmärkten (AiF-Projekt 18852 N, in Kooperation mit RIF e.V.)
    Mitarbeiter: Prof. Dr. Hartmut H. Holzmüller, Dr. Svenja Rebsch
  • The benefits of sectoral clustering for peripheral SMEs inno-vativeness – The case of the ‘micro-brewing movement’ across Europe (Forschungsinitiative der Strathclyde University, Glasgow/ Großbritannien)
    Mitarbeiter: Prof. Dr. Hartmut H. Holzmüller, Prof. Dr. Tobias Schäfers, Dr. Lars Jensen-Lampiri
  • Baby Gourmet: Innovationen in der Säuglingsnahrung durch multimodale Entwicklung und Evaluation neuer Produktlinien in der Beikost (EU/NRW 005­NA02­011B, in Kooperation mit RIF e.V.)
    Mitarbeiter: Prof. Dr. Hartmut H. Holzmüller, Dr. Christian Samulewicz, Dr. Moritz vom Hofe
  • EXIST-Gründungskultur – Die Gründerhochschule:tu//startup (BMWi/EU­Projekt 03EGH1NW11)
    Mitarbeiter: Prof. Dr. Hartmut H. Holzmüller, Christoph Dotterweich

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus North to Campus South by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus North and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

Street navigation from and to the TU Dortmund University:

OpenStreetMap Routing Machine

The document and the graphic represent the motorways and federal highways around the TU Dortmund University in a very simplified way:

Environment map (PDF)

Environment map (graphic)

This interactive map helps you find and navigate between facilities and buildings on campus:

Interactive campus map

This document contains a simple campus map in German and English:

Campus map (PDF)