My current academic profile is here.

By the way, I am the left one in the picture above (compare picture below). One general remark on how I assess my own career: In my view, what counts most are my books. The papers mostly extract some material from the books, for more convenient access. In this sense, I am a very old-fashioned scholar, a 19th century style 'system builder'. Further, I always try to work synthetically, aiming at a 'grand picture'. In doing this, I spend much time with reading what other researchers do, and rely on their work in creating my own integrative approach. Therefore, my working style can be best characterized as that of a 'philosopher'.

Another remark: It this worthy to mention that I have always been an academic entrepreneur. This is what does not really transpire in my cv. Over the years, I realized a couple of 1 million Euro projects which did not have research at the centre, in the narrow sense. In the 1990s, together with the late Helmut Martin I launched a large academic network with young Chinese scholars investigating into China's modernization. In the mid 1990s, together with my friend Leonid Cedilin, I founded the Russian-German Quarterly in Economic policy POLITEKONOM (now defunct), which soon became a highly-regarded journal in Russia. In the early 2000s, together with the ifo Institute for Economic Research, we launched a program for business cycle analysis in China. All these projects were funded by Volkswagen Foundation. In the mid-2000s, with support by Dr. Werner Jackst├Ądt Stiftung, I founded the Sino-German School of Governance at Witten Herdecke University, which later moved to Frankfurt and was re-designed as the East West Centre for Business Studies and Cultural Science. In this context, I also have a decade long experience in designing and implementing  advanced Master programs in International Business that highlight cross-disciplinary approaches and contextualize business in politics, society and culture.

This is picture taken together with Professor Mao Yushi, exemplary scholar and influential voice in China's civil society, in May 2014.



In 2014, I decided to relaunch my academic career on a track that emphasizes even more my interests in research and my engagement in cross-cultural exchange of ideas. My current academic positions are:

  • Professor and Permanent Fellow, Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, Erfurt University
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor of Schwarzman Scholars at Tsinghua University, China
  • Visiting Professor at the Faculty of East Asian Studies, Ruhr UNiversity Bochum