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1st scientific conference for financial service industry


In cooperation with our sponsor zeb, the number one strategy and management consultancy for financial services in Europe, we will host a scientific conference specifically for the new generation of academic scholars and scientists.

If you are a doctoral student and interested in presenting your dissertation research to a scientific advisory board of recognised professors from different European faculties in order to receive impact points for your dissertation, we invite you to take part in the seminar.

Date and Location

December 3rd - 4th, 2019 Frankfurt/Germany

The seminar will be held in the zeb office in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) on December 4th, 2019.
As a guest of the seminar, we would further invite you to the get-together event in the evening of December 3rd, 2019, in order to get in touch with other participants.

Key topics

The main topics of the seminar will be current research regarding to either the field of “Digital Transformation in Financial Services” or “Sustainable Finance”.
In this regard, in-depth discussions of various phenomena are fostered, e.g.:

1st topic Digital Transformation:

  • Digital Culture
  • Digital Analytics
  • Digital Business Mode
  • Digital Organization

2nd topic Sustainable Finance:

  • Sustainable investments
  • Sustainable and inclusive growth
  • Financial climate risks stemming
  • Environmental degradation and social issues
  • Transparency and sustainability in financial and economic activity

Both topics will be discussed in up to eight sessions in the morning and in the afternoon. Your contribution may relate to your dissertation, any of your scientific essays, working papers or any other of your research topics. Topics should be presented in 15-minutes presentations followed by a 15-minutes discussion.

The seminar is - within the above-mentioned fields of research - thematically open and the topic of the lecture should address a broad professional audience by researchers.

Reimbursement of costs

Any expenses incurred in connection (i.e. travel, accommodation) with this event have to be borne by the participants. Meals and refreshments during the day and the sessions are sponsored by zeb.


zeb is represented by Burkhard Hanke, Head of Recruiting, CSR Guest Lecturer at Rotterdam School of Management and Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Co-Founder Deutsches Netzwerk Wirtschaftsethik.


Conference language and submissions

In order to accommodate international participants, the conference language is English. Please submit contributions in English. Please submit abstracts (max. 500 words) and your curriculum vitae via email to by 30th of September 2019.

We prefer abstracts following the the IMRaD model:
  1. Title, Author, Affiliation and up to 5 keywords
  2. Theoretical background and motivation
  3. Research questions resp. hypothesis
  4. Method including design, subjects (if any), material and procedure
  5. Expected or already obtained results

The submitted abstracts will be reviewed in a double-blind review process organized by the members of the program committee. Acceptance decisions will be communicated by the end of October 2019.

Scientific board

The scientific advisory board of the seminar is responsible for the selection of the applicants. Board Members are:

Prof. Dr. Pascal Gantenbein
Prof. Dr. Joachim Hasebrook
Prof. Dr. Martin Hibbeln
Prof. Dr. Reinhold Hölscher
Prof. Dr. Stefan Kirmße
Prof. Dr. Thorn Kring
Prof. Dr. Antje Mahayni
Prof. Dr. Michael Lister
Prof. Dr. Bernd Rolfes
Prof. em. Dr. Dres. Henner Schierenbeck
Prof. Dr. Stephan Schüller school at Steinbeis University Berlin

The zeb founders, above all Prof. Dr. Bernd Rolfes and Prof. Dr. Dres. h. c. Henner Schierenbeck, the inventors of value-oriented bank management, the state of the art of modern bank management, have always advocated the idea that scientific findings should lead to practical benefits for companies. The school notices this principle, reflects it and thus commits itself to practical transfer in research and teaching.


Steinbeis University Berlin

Steinbeis University Berlin is a state acknowledged, private university, build up in 1998 by Steinbeis Foundation for Economic Support, a state driven worldwide acting foundation to leverage the expertise derived from research, development, consulting and training projects and to transfer this knowledge into application.


The management consultancy zeb is founded in Münster by university professors Prof. Dr. Bernd Rolfes and Prof. Dr. Dres. h. c. Henner Schierenbeck. Their goal: to respond to the growing need for consulting services in banking. In doing so, they are equally committed to both excellent conceptual design and supporting practical implementation – and they quickly evolved zeb into a reputable management consultancy for the financial services sector.

Based on this scientific approach zeb´s mission is to enhance the performance capacity and competitive strength of their clients.

zeb advises companies and institutions of the financial services sector. It ranks among the most successful consultancies for this industry. zeb´s expertise covers a wide range of fields, from strategy development and sales to organization, corporate management, human capital and IT.

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