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Research Focuses

Current research projects at our professorship:

Resilience of established companys

Innovation behavior and personality in the public sector

Digitalization, inter alia via e-Government and growing network structures amid different organizations, has been steadily spilling over to the public sector. However, governance in public institutions is still rather static, hindering top public management’s flexible anticipation of or reaction to changing environments. Consequently, we respond to the question of which personal and organizational factors nurture entrepreneurial action of top public managers and foster a more adaptable governance in public administration. To this end, we deploy established private sector concepts of innovative personalities and organizations to survey top public managers.

Your contact: Katrin Bauer

Dynamic Capabilities in Digital Entrepreneurship

The research project "Dynamic Capabilities in Digital Entrepreneurship" investigates the development of dynamic digital capabilities in the context of the continuous digitalization of processes, resources and business models. Our research focuses on the development of a scale for measuring the dynamic digital capabilities of a company in order to evaluate the causes and identify critical success factors.

Your contact: Aleksej Dreiling

Founding & Management of Startups

Psychological capital in social entrepreneurship

Besides human and social capital, psychological capital gains importance as determining factor for the success of start-up. As an internal resource of a positive state of development, psychological capital seems especially relevant for social entrepreneurship, which requires the founder to balance both economic and social success. The research project examines the influence of psychological capital on the entrepreneurial success and persistence of the founders. Furthermore, the aim of this research project is to close the research gap asking for further findings on the mechanisms and interactions of psychological capital. Hence the impact of psychological capital on various dimensions of entrepreneurial passion and decision making are researched within this project.

Your contact: Dr. Corinna Schmidt

Entrepreneurship in developing countries

The majority of people is living in developing countries which show significant population growth rates. This fact creates an huge amount of potential workers who are entering the respective job markets and poses enormous challenges for job creation. One solution to this is to foster local entrepreneurship. However, the environment that these potential founders are facing is quite different to the one in developed countries like Germany. The research project therefore examines the impact of the mostly necessity-driven motivation, how entrepreneurs react to the extreme resource shortage and run their business within the mostly informal economy.

Your contact: Marc Schmidt

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus North to Campus South by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus North and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

Street navigation from and to the TU Dortmund University:

OpenStreetMap Routing Machine

The document and the graphic represent the motorways and federal highways around the TU Dortmund University in a very simplified way:

Environment map (PDF)

Environment map (graphic)

This interactive map helps you find and navigate between facilities and buildings on campus:

Interactive campus map

This document contains a simple campus map in German and English:

Campus map (PDF)