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Economics / Business - 14.07.2021
Trust me, I'm a chatbot
Trust me, I’m a chatbot
Göttingen researchers investigate effect of non-human conversation partners in customer services   More and more companies are using chatbots in customer services. Due to advances in artificial intelligence and natural language processing, chatbots are often indistinguishable from humans when it comes to communication.

Economics / Business - Environment - 18.03.2021
Planning tool for cargo bike logistics
Planning tool for cargo bike logistics
Research team explores potential for package delivery Cargo bikes could play a much bigger role in urban package delivery. This conclusion was reached in a study based on the cities of Munich and Regensburg, where around one seventh of delivery-related CO2 emissions could be reduced. The research team has developed a planning tool to help companies and municipalities identify the potential for cargo bikes in city districts.

Health - Economics / Business - 12.02.2021
More COVID-19 infections after "Querdenken" demonstrations
The "Querdenken" ("Lateral thinking") demonstrations in November 2020 contributed to the heavy spread of the coronavirus within Germany. This is shown by a recent study by authors Dr Martin Lange from the Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim and Dr Monscheuer from the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at the HU.

Economics / Business - Innovation - 10.02.2021
From the lab to the start-up - with a lot of psychology
From the lab to the start-up - with a lot of psychology
Studies identify psychological factors in start-ups launched by researchers Successful start-ups emerging from the world of academic research are a rarity in Germany. A research project has now conducted the first-ever investigation into the psychological factors impacting the processes when scientists launch companies.

Economics / Business - 01.02.2021
Scientists develop method to detect fake news
Scientists develop method to detect fake news
Researchers develop robust approach for detecting market manipulation Social media is increasingly used to spread fake news. The same problem can be found on the capital market - criminals spread fake news about companies in order to manipulate share prices. Researchers at the Universities of Göttingen and Frankfurt and the Jožef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana have developed an approach that can recognise such fake news, even when the news contents are repeatedly adapted.

Agronomy / Food Science - Economics / Business - 17.09.2020
Grocery shopping and nutrition after the lockdown: less eating-out and more price awareness
Grocery shopping and nutrition after the lockdown: less eating-out and more price awareness
Göttingen University research team investigates behaviour and attitudes of consumers in Germany during the different phases of the coronavirus pandemic Researchers at the University of Göttingen have been conducting a nationwide consumer survey since mid-April to find out how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting shopping, eating and cooking behaviour.

Health - Economics / Business - 28.07.2020
How will the population accept COVID-19 tracing apps?
How will the population accept COVID-19 tracing apps?
Research team led by the University of Göttingen analyses design and communication strategies for mass acceptance Coronavirus tracing applications for the detection of infection chains are currently being developed and made available across the world. Such contact-tracing apps are a central component of national strategies for relaxing restrictions.

Economics / Business - Environment - 02.07.2020
Root Economics - Between Do-It-Yourself Strategies and Fungal Outsourcing
Root Economics - Between Do-It-Yourself Strategies and Fungal Outsourcing
International group of researchers with members from Freie Universität Berlin describes the growth strategies of plant roots. No 115/2020 from Jul 02, 2020 An international group of researchers with members from Freie Universität Berlin, the German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), and Wageningen University, among others, has been studying the complex belowground economy of roots.

Economics / Business - 17.12.2019
Social status beats money
If a lie would be bad for their image, people are more likely to ignore financial incentives People are more honest when talking about topics involving high-status knowledge. A new study in the field of behavioral economics shows that this is true even if they have a financial incentive to lie. Questions of trust become more important in business as it becomes more and more difficult to assess statements on increasingly difficult technologies.

Economics / Business - 23.09.2019
Crane control by touchscreen
Crane control by touchscreen
Almost every youngster has dreamed of being able to operate a giant crane. Until now, operating the heavy machines has been extremely complicated. Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now developed concepts for intuitive crane control that make operations seem as easy as child's play.

Economics / Business - 16.04.2019
How Looking Affects Consumer Decisions
Findings published by a team of researchers from Freie Universität Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin in cooperation with the Berlin Social Science Center and Ohio State University No 100/2019 from Apr 16, 2019 Everyday decisions, like which product to buy from the shelf at the store, depend on how much time a person spends gazing at an item beforehand, according to a study.

Economics / Business - 12.03.2019
Why Businesses Should React Quickly to Negative Publicity from Endorsers
An Economic Study Conducted by Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Connecticut No 054/2019 from Mar 12, 2019 According to a study, the market value of a company can rise if it reacts quickly to negative publicity from a celebrity endorser. The study by Professor Sascha Raithel from Freie Universität Berlin and Professor Stefan J. Hock from the University of Connecticut shows that if a company responds to an endorser's gaffe within 72 hours, their market value can increase by 2.1% over the next four weeks of trading.

Economics / Business - Psychology - 07.02.2019
Why forgetting at work can be a good thing
Why forgetting at work can be a good thing
The amount of information and data which workers find themselves confronted with every day has increased enormously over the past few years. Globalisation and digitalisation have led to a steady increase in the complexity of work and business processes. Anything that is up-to-date today can already be outdated tomorrow.

Economics / Business - History / Archeology - 12.09.2018
Works of Art Called "Degenerate Art" from Collections of Art Dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt Were Catalogued
Published in Scholarly Database at Freie Universität Berlin No 236/2018 from Sep 12, 2018 The works acquired by the art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt during the period of National Socialism in Germany that were officially ostracized as "degenerate art" have been fully catalogued in a database.

Social Sciences - Economics / Business - 23.07.2018
More than two thirds of Chinese take a positive view of social credit systems in their country
Team of scholars at Freie Universität Berlin surveyed 2,200 citizens/ Particularly high level of approval among older and better educated No 198/2018 from Jul 23, 2018 About 80 percent of Chinese internet users take a positive view of the governmental and commercial social credit systems in their country.

Career - Economics / Business - 12.07.2018
Executive salaries showing stronger increases
Research news In 2017, salaries of management board members of DAX-listed companies rose by 4.5 percent - stronger than in the three years before. Bonuses are thus moving in line with the even bigger increases in corporate profits and DAX share prices. However, the base salaries of board members, not linked to performance, were also higher.

Economics / Business - 06.07.2018
CEOs change course when they resemble their predecessors
Research news The greater the similarity of newly appointed CEOs to their predecessors, the more likely they are to change the company's strategy. This result - contrary to prevailing opinion in the field - was demonstrated in a study by a team of researchers from Germany and Denmark. They believe that this behavior results from the need of new managers to be distinctive.

Art and Design - Economics / Business - 02.05.2018
Provenance Research: Online Portal on Rudolf Mosse Collection / Acquisitions for Staatliche Museen zu Berlin from the collection
In a database released today, the MARI online portal, research findings are collected and made accessible for researchers, museums, and the public. No 086/2018 from May 02, 2018 The estate of German publisher, arts patron, and philanthropist Rudolf Mosse (1843-1920) included thousands of paintings, sculptures, craft objects, books, and antiques.

Career - Economics / Business - 20.06.2017
Watching cities grow
Watching cities grow
Campus news Hire acquaintances or a grueling recruiting campaign: How do start-ups find their first employees' What makes them attractive when they can't offer much in terms of pay' Does a start-up boss have to hold an impassioned speech at least once every week?

Architecture - Economics / Business - 10.05.2017
"Architecture is the tip of the iceberg"
Research news Architecture clearly reflects societal developments. Prof. Stephan Trüby explains in an interview how financial markets influence the shape of bank buildings and what the impact of digitalization on individual architectural elements is. As a professor for Architectural and Cultural Theory, can you tell us about the relationship between these two fields? Stephan Trüby: Architecture is probably the most complex cultural technology that humankind has produced.