A Network of Equals

Companies and ESB students benefit from the IABEP network.

Karin Swain, Arno Schoy, Eva Perseke and Matheus Soares from TUBEX

Matheus Soares, Sandra Wahl and Eva Perseke from TUBEX

By Sven Rottner

In 2017 ESB Business School and other partners founded the International Association of Business and Engineering Professionals (IABEP). This association of international companies and academics from all over the world promotes a lively exchange of knowledge and research results from the academic environment and industrial practice. Under the umbrella of the IABEP, the participants work effectively on interdisciplinary solutions to global economic challenges. ESB students also benefit from this international network.

IABEP focuses on the high practical relevance of its teaching and appeals especially to students who are about to graduate. Within the framework of cooperative theses, IABEP member companies repeatedly draw on the expertise of ESB Business School.

Last summer semester, for example, several students from the department of business engineering, from the BSc International Business and MBA International Management Part-Time programmes realised their final projects at IABEP partner companies. For example, a team from the BSc International Operations and Logistics Management (IOLM) programme examined the economic efficiency of reusable transport packaging. It also determined whether and in what form this solution is worthwhile for the partner companies Kärcher, Trumpf, Erbe and Wiha. Contact to the participants in the IOLM project was also established through IABEP.

Within the framework of IABEP, only cooperation between members is possible. Thus, the scope of the network is continuously growing and the transfer of knowledge takes place on a peer-to-peer basis with due consideration of both positions.

The company TUBEX from Rangendingen has been a member of IABEP since July 2019. Here too, the network has initiated an exchange of expertise. Last summer semester alone, ESB students worked on four final theses and projects dealing with the company’s newly introduced suggestion scheme. TUBEX is currently testing this concept in order to increase the general productivity and motivation of the employees.

Leopold Werdich, CEO of TUBEX, draws an all-round positive conclusion about the cooperation: “The project work helped us to advance our corporate culture. The students succeeded in the cultural transfer of the suggestion scheme that was successful at TUBEX Brazil. We were advised by Professor Dr Hazel Grünewald from ESB and Professor Antonio Teixeira from the FGV Sao Paulo School of Business Administration.”