Florian Kapmeier

Prof. Dr. Florian KapmeierStrategy, International Project Management

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Focus of Lectures
  • Strategic Management
  • System Dynamics
  • Project Management 
Research Topics
  • Management of complex systems
  • Climate simulation
  • Understanding climate change
  • Corporate sustainability management, in particular: Corporate strategy in the age of climate change
  • Environmental policy
  • Strategic management
  • Decision support with System Dynamics
Current Research Projects

Role playing

  1. World Climate
  • Climate KIC, Technische Universität Berlin
  • Conference of the System Dynamics Society, Cambridge, MA, USA
  • Conference of the System Dynamics Society, Delft, Niederlande
  • Fortbildung für Lehrer Sekundarstufe II, Wissenschaft in die Schule! Geographie: Klimawandel, Landesakademie für Lehrerbildungsanstalt, Bad Wildbad
  • Hochschule Reutlingen, ESB Business School
  • Jahrestagung der DGSD Deutsche Gesellschaft für System Dynamics, Stuttgart
  • Jahrestagung der GVDK Gesellschaft für Vernetztes Denken und Komplexität, Königstein
  • Ministerium für Kultus, Sport und Jugend Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart
  • Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg
  • ZHAW Winterthur, Winterthur
  1. World Energy
  • Conference of the System Dynamics Society, Cambridge, MA, USA
  • Hochschule Reutlingen, ESB Business School
Vita
  • Short time research stay at McGill University, Montréal, Canada and MIT Sloan School of Management (SD Group) in 201
  • World Climate Ambassador, Climate Interactive
  • Appointed professor of Strategy and International Project Management at Reutlingen University
  • Brief research periods at McGill University, Montréal, Canada (2011) and at the University of Lugano, Switzerland (2012)
  • Appointed professor of Scientific Methods in “Economic Sciences“ at Heilbronn University
  • Strategy advisor at the PA Consulting Group, Frankfurt am Main
  • Dissertation awarded the Gert-von-Kortzfleisch prize for excellent scientific work in the field of system dynamics
  • Doctorate (Dr. rer. Pol) at Stuttgart University
  • Doctoral thesis on the topic „Interorganizational Learning in Learning Alliances“
  • Several research periods at the System Dynamics Group of the MIT Sloan School, Cambridge, U.S.A.
  • Member of scientific staff and doctoral candidate in the Department of Planning and Strategic Management of the Business Administration School at Stuttgart University
  • Dissertation entitled “Vom systemischen Denken zur Methode System Dynamics“ (From Systemic Thinking to the Method of System Dynamics) in the Department of Planning and Strategic Management at Stuttgart University
  • Internships at Applied Materials, U.S.A. and DASA in Ulm
  • Scholarship for study abroad at the University of Connecticut, U.S.A
  • Graduated in Business Administration at Stuttgart University

Activities outside the university

  • since 2017: System Dynamics Society, member of the Policy Council
  • since 2015: Dana Meadows Award of System Dynamics Society, member of the judges
  • since 2014: President of German Society of System Dynamics
  • 2012 – 2014: German Society of System Dynamics, board member of System Dynamics in research and teaching
  • 2012 – 2014: Gert-von-Kortzfleisch award for excellent scientific work with System Dynamics, chairperson of the jury
  • 2006 – 2012: board member for System Dynamics in practice
  • 2012: member of Policy Council

Prices/awards

  • 2017 ARCS (: “Can role-play with interactive models enhance climate knowledge, affect and intent to act?”, co-authored with Juliette Rooney-Varga (UMass Lowell), John Sterman (MIT Sloan School), Eduardo Fracassi (Instituto Technologica de Buenos Aires), Travis Franck (Climate Interactive), Victoria Kurker (UMass Lowell), Ellie Johnston (Climate Interactive), Andrew Jones (Climate Interactive) and Kenneth Rath (SageFox Consulting Group)

  • 2009 Gert-von-Kortzfleisch-Preis für wissenschaftlich hervorragende Arbeiten mit System Dynamics der Deutschen Gesellschaft für System Dynamics e.V.: Dynamics of Interorganizational Learning in Learning Alliances

 Academic societies

  • DGSD - Deutsche Gesellschaft für System Dynamics e. V., founding member
  • ARCS - Alliance of Research on Corporate Sustainability 
  • SMS - Strategic Management Society
  • MIT Club of Germany e. V.
  • System Dynamics Society
  • GWS - Gesellschaft für Wirtschafts- und Sozialkybernetik e. V.

Review activities

  • System Dynamics Review
  • Systems Research and Behavioral Dynamics
  • Submissions to “Annual Conference of the System Dynamics Society in Germany“
  • Submissions to the annual “International System Dynamics Conference“
  • Einreichungen zur „Konferenz für Wirtschafts- und Sozialkybernetik“ 
  • conference of the Association of Economic and Social Cybernetics (GWS), of the Institute of Business Administration at St. Gallen University and of the Institute of Corporate Cybernetics (IfU) at RWTH Aachen
  • Strohhecker, J. and Größler, A. (editors)"Strategic and Operative Production Management. Empiricism and Simulation." Festschrift for Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Peter Milling, Wiesbaden 2009
Publications

Monographs:

Kapmeier, F. 2007: Dynamics of Interorganizational Learning in Learning Alliances, Frankfurt 2007

Articles in journals:

Rooney-Varga JN, Kapmeier F, Sterman JD, Jones AP, Putko M, Rath K. The Climate Action Simulation. Simulation & Gaming. 2019:  p. 1-27. ISSN: 1046-8781.

Rooney-Varga, J. N., Sterman, J. D., Fracassi, E., Franck, T., Kapmeier, F., Kurker, V., Johnston, E., Jones, A.P., Rath, K., 2018: Combining Role-Play with Interactive Simulation to Motivate Informed Climate Action: Evidence From the World Climate Simulation, in: PLoS ONE 13(8): e0202877

Kapmeier, F., Happach, R.M., Tilebein, M., 2017 Bathtub Dynamics Revisited: An Examination of Déformation Professionelle in Higher Education, in: Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 34, 2017, 3, S. 227–249

Kapmeier, F., Salge, M., 2010: Robuste Bilder der Zukunft – Wie System-Dynamics-basierte Prognosesimulatoren Unternehmenslenker beim Steuern unter Unsicherheit unterstützen, in: Risk, Compliance & Audit, 2, 2010, 3, S. 22-28

Kapmeier, F. 2008: Common Learning and Opportunistic Behavior in Learning Alliances, in: Systems Research and Behavioral Dynamics, 25, 2008, 4, S. 549-573

Zahn, E., Kapmeier, F. 2003: Buchrezension: Jürgen H. Daum, Intangible Assets oder die Kunst, Mehrwert zu schaffen, in: Controlling, 15, 2003, 3-4, S. 211

Peer-reviewed

Kapmeier, Florian; Gonçalves, Paulo (2018): Wasted paradise? Policies for Small Island States to manage tourism-driven growth while controlling waste generation: the case of the Maldives. In: System Dynamics Review 34 (1-2), S. 172–221. DOI: 10.1002/sdr.1607

Rooney-Varga, Juliette N.; Sterman, John D.; Fracassi, Eduardo; Franck, Travis; Kapmeier, Florian; Kurker, Victoria et al. (2018): Data from: Combining role-play with interactive simulation to motivate informed climate action: evidence from the World Climate simulation. In: PLOS ONE 13 (8), S. 1–28. DOI: 10.5061/DRYAD.343NT5S

Books:

Zahn, E., Buhmann, M., Kapmeier, F., Nowak, M., Stanik, M. 2001: Leitfaden E-Business, Stuttgart 2001

Contributions to books:

Kapmeier F. "World Climate“: Klimawandel spielerisch verstehen – zukunftsfähig handeln. Verhaltensänderung durch simulationsbasiertes Rollenspiel. In: Voigt B, editor. Vom Werden Entwicklungsdynamik in Natur und Gesellschaft Perspektiven einer zukunftsfähigen Wertekultur im Dialog zwischen Wissenschaft, Kunst und Bildung. München: Beatrice Voigt Kunst- und Kulturprojekte & Edition; 2019. p. 178-189. ISBN: 978-3-9816143-6-7.

Kapmeier, F., Pölz, P. 2017: Not Seeing Is Believing – How Established Premium Automotive Manufacturers Could Have Better Identified Competitive Blind Spots Regarding Tesla’s Rise with Qualitative System Dynamics, in: Rehn, S.-V. und Fischer, T. (Eds.): Kybernetik und Transformation. Regelung und Kommunikation in Organisation und Gesellschaft, Berlin, pp. 163-191

Kapmeier, F., Gerigk, J. 2017: Früh übt sich: Das Zusammenspiel von Bestands- und Flussgrößen in Ökosystemen – eine Unterrichtseinheit mit System Dynamics für Viertklässler, in: Tilebein, M., Fischer, T., Jeschke, S., Schwaninger, M., Grösser, S.N. (Eds.): Digitale Welten: Neue Ansätze in der Wirtschafts- und Sozialkybernetik, Berlin, pp. 13-41

Kapmeier, F. 2016: Unternehmensfallstudie: Die dynamische Balanced Scorecard eines europäischen Automobilherstellers, in: Dillerup, R., Stoi, R. (Eds.): Unternehmensführung, 5. Auflage, München 2016, pp. 406-409

Kapmeier, F. 2013: Unternehmensfallstudie: Die dynamische Balanced Scorecard eines europäischen Automobilherstellers, in: Dillerup, R., Stoi, R.: Unternehmensführung, 4. Auflage, München 2013, S. 391-396

Kapmeier, F., Zahn. E., 2011: Das Dilemma strenger Prozesse und kreativer Spielräume in Wissenspartnerschaften, in: Spath, D. (Hrsg.), Wissensarbeit – Zwischen strengen Prozessen und kreativem Spielraum, Berlin, S. 69-94

Kapmeier, F. 2011: Systemdynamische Überlegungen zum Portfoliomanagement – dargestellt am Beispiel eines europäischen Automobilherstellers, in: Tilebein, M. (Hrsg.), Innovation und Information, Berlin, S. 395-408

Kapmeier, F. 2010: Unternehmensfallstudie: Die dynamische Balanced Scorecard eines europäischen Automobilherstellers, in: Dillerup, R., Stoi, R.: Unternehmensführung, 3. Auflage, München 2010, S. 328-333

Zahn, E., Hülsmann, O., Kapmeier, F., Tilebein, M. 2007: Self-Induced Dynamics in Multiple Supply Chain Systems, in: Blecker, T., Kersten, W., Herstatt, C. (Hrsg.), Key Factors for Successful Logistics. Services, Transportation Concepts, IT and Management Tools, Berlin 2007, S. 269-288

Zahn, E., Hülsmann, O., Kapmeier, F., Tilebein, M. 2007: Management von Wechselwirkungen in Supply Chain-Systemen, in: Hausladen, I. (Hrsg.), Management am Puls der Zeit – Strategien, Konzepte und Methoden, Band 2 (Produktion und Logistik). Festschrift für Prof. Dr. Dr. hc. mult. Horst Wildemann, München 2007, S. 1183-1203

Zahn, E., Kapmeier, F., Tilebein, M. 2006: Formierung und Evolution von Netzwerken – ausgewählte Erklärungsansätze, in: Woyda, F., Barth, A. (Hrsg.), Innovative Kooperationsnetzwerke, HAB-Forschungsbericht 16, Wiesbaden 2006, S. 129-150

Zahn, E., Kapmeier, F., Tilebein, M. 2006 : Formierung und Evolution von Netzwerken – ausgewählte Erklärungsansätze, in: Blecker, T., Gemünden, H.G. (Hrsg.), Wertschöpfungsnetzwerke. Festschrift für Bernd Kaluza, Berlin 2006, S. 19-34

Zahn, E., Kapmeier, F. 2003: Planung, starre und flexible, in: Lück, W. (Ed.), Lexikon der Betriebswirtschaftslehre, München 2004, S. 528-529

Zahn, E., Kapmeier, F. 2002: Systemanalyse, in: Küpper, H.-U. und Wagenhofer, A. (Hrsg.), Handwörterbuch Unternehmensrechnung und Controlling, 4. Auflage, Stuttgart 2002, SS. 1919-1932

Zahn, E., Kapmeier, F. 2001: Strategieunterstützungssysteme, in: Bühner, R. (Hrsg.), Management-Lexikon, München und Wien 2001, S. 723 – 726

International papers reviewed for conferences:

Kapmeier, F., Struben, J. (2017): Understanding the Dynamics of Alliance Capabilities. In: Proceedings of the 35th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, Albany, NY 2017

Kapourani, E. und Kapmeier, F. (2017): "Boom Without Limits?" – An Analysis of the Stuttgart Real Estate Market. In: Proceedings of the 35th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, Albany, NY 2017

Kapmeier, F., Happach, R.M. und Tilebein, M. (2016) Disclosing Traces of Déformation Professionelle. In: Proceedings of the 34th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, Albany, NY 2016

Kapmeier, F., Happach, R.M. und Tilebein, M. (2016) Disclosing Traces of Déformation Professionelle. In: Proceedings of the 34th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, Albany, NY 2016

Kapmeier, F. und Goncalves, P. (2016) Wasted Paradise - Imagining the Maldives Without the Garbage Island of Thilafushi. In: Proceedings of the 34th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, Albany, NY 2016

Voigt., A. und Kapmeier, F. (2016) A mismatch between aspirations and reality: Why are we letting Black Swans pass us by? In: Proceedings of the 34th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, Albany, NY 2016

Kapmeier, F., Tilebein, M., Happach, R.M. (2015): Bathtub Dynamics Revisited: Exploring the Engineering Domain, in: Proceedings of the International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, Albany, NY, 2015

Fischer, H., Kapmeier, F., Tabacaru, M., Kopainsky, B. (2015) The more you see the less you “get”: On the Importance of a HigherLevel Perspective for Understanding Dynamic Systems, in: Proceedings of the International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, Albany, NY, 2015

Kapmeier, F., Happach, R.M., Tilebein, M., 2014: Bathtub Dynamics Revisited: Does Educational Background Matter?, in: Proceedings of the 32nd International System Dynamics Conference, Albany, NY 2014

Kapmeier, F., Voigt, A., 2013: Pushing the Limits – Using System Dynamics to Forecast Short-Term-Commodity Price Movements, in: Proceedings of the 31st International System Dynamics Conference, Albany, NY 2013

Kapmeier, F., Gerigk, J., 2012: “Small Changes Can Cause Big Problems Over Time“: Insights From a Systems Thinking Intervention on Ecosystems with 4th Graders, in: Proceedings of the 30th International System Dynamics Conference

Kapmeier, F., Tilebein, M., Voigt, A., Dillerup, R., 2011
Applying System Dynamics to Overcome Unsuccessful Success Factor Research, in: Proceedings of the 29th International System Dynamics Conference, Albany, NY 2011

Schmalz, M., Ackbarow, T., Kapmeier, F. 2007: Cracking the Equilibrium State of Happiness, in: Proceedings of the 25th International System Dynamics Conference, Albany, NY 2007

Kapmeier, F. 2006: Research Based on Two Pillars: Combining Qualitative Empirical Social Research and Simulation in Strategic Management, in: Proceedings of the 24th International System Dynamics Conference, Albany, NY 2006

Kapmeier, F. 2005: Private and Common Goals in Learning Alliances, in: Proceedings of the 23rd International System Dynamics Conference, Albany, NY 2005

Kapmeier, F. 2004: Findings from Four Years of Bathtub Dynamics at Higher Educational Institutions in Stuttgart, in: Proceedings of the 22nd International System Dynamics Conference, Albany, NY 2004

Kapmeier, F. 2004: Bathtub Dynamics at Higher Management Education Institutions in Stuttgart, in: Proceedings of the Annual Research Seminar of the Groupe ESC Clermont Graduate School of Management, Clermont-Ferrand 2004, S. 33-55

apmeier, F. 2003: Dynamics of Common Learning in Learning Alliances, in: Proceedings of the 21st International System Dynamics Conference, Albany, NY 2003

Kapmeier, F. 2002: Dynamics of Interorganizational Learning, in: Proceedings of the 20th International System Dynamics Conference, Albany, NY 2002

Working papers:

Kapmeier, F., Zahn, E. 2001: Bathtub Dynamics at the Universität Stuttgart

Invitations to lectures - Topic: climate change

  • 17 Nov 2017: UNFCCC COP23, Bonn: Official side event: „Using Decision-Maker Tools and Climate Education to Build Momentum on Climate Change”, with Andrew Jones (Climate Interactive): “Climate Interactive’s C-ROADS, World Climate and World Energy & their Introduction to Teachers in the State of Baden-Württemberg”
  • 8 Nov 2017: UNFCCC COP23, Bonn: Side event: “Creating a path to achieve Paris Goals”, with Prof. John Sterman (MIT Sloan School of Management) and Ellie Johnston (Climate Interactive): Introducing World Climate to Teachers in the State of Baden-Württemberg
  • 17 Oct 2017, Umweltbundesamt (Federal Environmental Agency), Berlin: “Decarbonization – 100% Renewable Energy and more. Transformation pathways to a greenhouse gas neutral and resource efficient society. A commentary.
  • 19 Sep 2017, 11. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für System Dynamics, Dessau-Roßlau: „Die World Climate Simulation: Kann ein interaktives Rollenspiel zu mehr Wissensdurst, impulsiven Emotionen und Handlungsdrang zum Schutz des Klimas führen?“ (Co-Authors: Juliette Rooney-Varga (UMass Lowell), John Sterman (MIT Sloan School), Eduardo Fracassi (Instituto Technologica de Buenos Aires), Travis Franck (Climate Interactive), Victoria Kurker (UMass Lowell), Ellie Johnston (Climate Interactive), Andrew Jones (Climate Interactive) and Kenneth Rath (SageFox Consulting Group))
  • 18 July 2017, 35th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society: Learning for Ourselves about Climate Change: The World Climate simulation: Can role-play with interactive models enhance climate knowledge, affect and intent to act? (lead: Juliette Rooney-Varga, University of Massachusetts Lowell)
  • 16 June 2017, 9th Annual ARCS Research Conference at Rotterdam School of Management: Learning for Ourselves about Climate Change: The World Climate simulation: Can role-play with interactive models enhance climate knowledge, affect and intent to act? (lead: John Sterman, MIT Sloan School of Management)