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Research Units at WU

At WU, re­search is primar­ily car­ried out at the eleven de­part­ments and their as­so­ci­ated in­sti­tutes. Most of WU’s re­search­ers are em­ployed at the vari­ous de­part­ments, where they work on WU’s main re­search areas.

WU has also es­tab­lished re­search in­sti­tutes to ac­com­mod­ate the many re­search top­ics that cut across de­part­ment bound­ar­ies and re­quire in­ter­dis­cip­lin­ary work. The activ­it­ies of WU’s re­search in­sti­tutes in­clude both ap­plied and fun­da­mental re­search. Re­search in­sti­tutes are sep­ar­ate or­gan­iz­a­tional units that work on spe­cific in­ter- or trans­dis­cip­lin­ary re­search pro­grams that touch upon the sub­jects stud­ied at vari­ous de­part­ments. Their ob­ject­ive is to stim­u­late co­oper­a­tion across de­part­ments and ex­pand ex­ist­ing re­search ex­pert­ise. Their re­search pro­grams are based on a gen­eral re­search topic and build upon pre­vi­ous re­search achieve­ments re­cog­nized as rel­ev­ant. WU’s re­search in­sti­tutes are usu­ally fun­ded by third parties. WU also has five com­pet­ence cen­ters, the third ma­jor type of or­gan­iz­a­tional unit in WU’s aca­demic ar­chi­tec­ture, be­sides de­part­ments and re­search in­sti­tutes.

The com­pet­ence cen­ters ful­fill a co­ordin­at­ive func­tion in re­search, teach­ing, con­tinu­ing edu­ca­tion, and con­sult­ing. Their ob­ject­ive is also to strengthen WU’s pro­file in re­search by em­phas­iz­ing spe­cific top­ics.

Or­gan­iz­a­tional Struc­ture of WU’s Aca­demic Units



Fin­ance, Ac­count­ing & Stat­ist­ics

For­eign Lan­guage Busi­ness Com­mu­nic­a­tion

In­form­a­tion Sys­tems and Op­er­a­tions



Pub­lic Law and Tax Law


Strategy and In­nov­a­tion

Busi­ness, Em­ploy­ment and So­cial Se­cur­ity Law


Global Busi­ness and Trade

Re­search In­sti­tutes


Eco­nom­ics of Aging

Eco­nom­ics of Inequal­ity

European Af­­fairs

Ex­per­i­mental Re­search

Fam­ily Busi­ness

Lib­eral Pro­fes­sions

Health Care Man­age­­ment and Health Eco­nom­ics

Hu­man Cap­ital and Devel­op­ment

In­ter­na­tional Tax­a­tion

Co-­Op­er­a­tion and Co-­Op­er­at­ives

CEE Legal Stud­ies

Spa­tial and Real Estate Eco­nom­ics

Com­pu­ta­­tional Meth­­ods

Reg­u­lat­ory Eco­nom­ics

Re­search on Cap­ital Mar­kets

Sup­ply Chain Man­age­ment

Urban Man­age­ment and Gov­ernance

Com­­pet­ence Cen­ters


Em­pir­ical Re­search Meth­ods

En­tre­pren­eur­ship Center

Emer­ging Mar­kets and CEE

Ex­per­i­mental Re­search


Non-­profit Or­gan­iz­a­tions and So­cial En­tre­pren­eur­ship

WU Ex­ec­ut­ive Academy