Our research approaches deal with the interdisciplinary field resulting from the terms leadership, personality and innovation. The analysis can derive from all scientific disciplines and is not limited, for example, to analyses from management theory. The inclusion of religious, political and social aspects also illustrates the transfer-oriented perspective.

As a research institute, SISP pursues research collaborations with national and international partners, including Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and the Steinbeis School of International Business and Entrepreneurship (SIBE). As part of this collaboration, the following projects were implemented within the framework of dissertations.

Current research projects

Simone Alvarenga

Organizational effects of digital transformation in leadership: a multiple case study in South Brazil (working title) The dissertation considers the transfer of organizational strategies of global companies into local entities as a form of internationalization. The aim is to study what sorts of internationalization of digital leadership strategies are being used for global companies towards their local entities in South Brazil. Another concept is digital leadership, as a characteristic of companies that are mature in digital intensity and transformation management, that set up a vision to shape a new future, governance and engagement, and IT/business relationships to steer the course in order to implement technology-based change.

Completed research projects

Norbert Beck

Consumer acceptance of mobile click & collect systems as a determinant for purchase decision. Presented by investigations on small and medium-sized steady retail stores, Stuttgart: Steinbeis-Edition, 2016.  

The stationary retail trade does not succeed in profiting from e-commerce and m-commerce. Click & Collect could be a solution to counteract the drop in turnover in stationary retailing by combining the strengths of stationary shops with those of mobile shops and Internet shops. Click & Collect enables the consumer to order online and pick up the ordered products in the stationary shop. This publication extends documented theories regarding synergies in cross-channel retailing, especially in the Click & Collect area. In practice, the results show to what extent the stationary retail business can benefit from the integration of suitable online offerings and how consumers can be tied to the stationary retail businesses in the long term.




Christian Buske

Corporate Foresight in energy supply companies. Conception and empirical examination of a maturity model, identification of future topics and deduction of design information, Stuttgart: Steinbeis-Edition, 2016.    

The liberalisation of the energy market in 1998 was an unprecedented paradigm shift in the German energy industry. Due to political and legal developments, the previously almost static market was more or less suddenly exposed to the laws of free-market competition. The effects of this fundamental change on the German energy market are still omnipresent today. In addition, the current energy turnaround is accelerating the transformation process in the energy sector. In view of the numerous uncertainties, the energy supply companies concerned have hardly found clear strategic answers to the challenges of the future. However, especially in times of a dynamic and complex environment, the recognition and flexible exploitation of opportunities is vital for survival. Accordingly, energy supply companies should not indulge unconditionally in market developments, but actively seek out the opportunities and possibilities offered by change. This can be achieved through Corporate Foresight. The author initially focuses on the conception and statistical verification of a model for measuring the future orientation (Corporate Foresight) of energy supply companies. The influence of internal and external context factors on this degree of maturity as well as the benefits resulting from the application of Corporate Foresight are also analyzed. Finally, the author deals with central future topics of energy supply companies and derives numerous propositions on future business areas.




Ardin Djalali

A didactic perspective on leadership education – focussing on the development of competencies within MBA programs, Stuttgart: Steinbeis-Edition, 2017 Many business schools state that their mission is to train leaders who will advance the welfare of economy and society. There are some indications that innovations in university practice targeting leadership development are having a demonstrable impact. The work closes the gap to lacking empirical research on the design of new leadership development models in study programs relevant to educational practice.  




Stefanie Kisgen

The Future of Business Leadership Education in Tertiary Education for Graduates, Stuttgart: Steinbeis-Edition, 2017. At the latest since the financial crisis, the training of executives has been critically questioned. The dissertation investigates what business leadership means, how a holistic business leadership education for junior executives in tertiary education should be structured and develops four scenarios for the future of business leadership education for young academics in tertiary education for the year 2030 on the basis of an international Delphi study.  




Jens Mergenthaler

Leadership Education – an abductive outline, Stuttgart: Steinbeis-Edition, 2017. In order to overcome today’s challenges, people with leadership skills are needed. But what does leadership mean today and tomorrow? How must or how could concepts for the formation of leadership personalities be defined and shaped? In order to grasp the “phenomenon of leadership” and to define it for use in pedagogy, the research method of abduction is applied. The results lead to cognitive goals and cognitive paths of leadership education.