CCEC | In Words

The Competence Center E-Commerce (CCEC) was founded in the year 2000 as a research field of the “Institut für Unternehmensführung” (IFU), or Institute for Corporate Management, at the Ruhr- University of Bochum. The CCEC is dedicated to the scientific analysis of technology-driven change processes along with the development of innovative approaches and solutions to related challenges. Since its foundation, a wide range of both theory as well as practice-oriented projects have been completed successfully. Our current project partners and sponsors include other universities and research institutions in the EU: the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF), the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG), the German Association for the Promotion of Humanities and Sciences (“der deutsche Stiftverband”) and dedicated companies as well as consortia of businesses in various industries. The academic findings of the CCEC’s analyses will be published, presented and discussed within an international context at regular intervals. In the course of its continuous growth, the CCEC has expanded to its second location at the Free University of Berlin in 2007, followed by its third location at the South Westphalia University of Applied Science’s Soest campus in 2011.

New and powerful information and communication technologies influence economic activities in almost all sectors of the economy, sometimes serving as a driver for fundamental change and transformation processes. These technologies bring challenges to business practices, while at the same time providing interesting experimental data for scientific analysis.

In this context, the CCEC sees itself as a platform for an interdisciplinary exchange between research and practice. Our goal is to develop economic theories with regard to the modified or new challenges that businesses face. Concurrently, we work together with our practice partners to develop analyses and create innovative concepts to concerning business issues. This connection is also evident in the context of the CCEC modules: Students are prepared for the type of tasks expected in their future positions. Moreover, potential employers value the combination of scientific and analytical thinking, pragmatic and practice-oriented problem-solving skills, together with the acquired industry-related knowledge that the graduates have gained.