Mission, Vision, History
The School’s mission is to combine Hamburg’s history as an international trade metropolis and its tradition of “honorable merchants” with modern, quantitative management approaches. Research and education are interdisciplinary and international, and build on strong connections to practice.
The School’s outstanding research is highly relevant to the economy and society. It has a particular focus on quantitative and empirical work in the areas of “health economics,” “marketing and communication,” and “logistics and digital services.”
The School’s research-based study programs prepare students for leadership positions in business, academia, and the public sector. They have a particular focus on teaching students to make data-based decisions that are sustainable and socially responsible.
The School strives to be one of the leading Schools in Europe for excellent quantitative and empirical research with high economic and societal impact and for a research-based education that prepares future leaders for a data-driven world.
Our values are inspired by the “honorable merchants” who have shaped commerce in the Hanseatic city of Hamburg for centuries. Hanseatic honorable merchants are smart and successful business leaders with a global network and a pronounced sense of responsibility for their own companies, for society, and for the environment.
- Excellence: We strive for excellence in research and education.
- Impact: We contribute to society by generating innovative knowledge and educating future leaders.
- Openness: We engage with communities around the world and promote diversity.
- Responsibility: We encounter others with respect and encourage sustainable, socially responsible behavior.
- Integrity: We uphold the tradition of the honorable Hanseatic merchant (trustworthy, down-to-earth, unpretentious).
In keeping with Hamburg’s reputation as a mercantile city, there has been a long tradition of business research at the University. With his appointment to the Faculty of Law and Political Science, Curt Eisfeld became the University’s first professor of business administration in 1927 and helped establish the degree program in business administration.
From 1954 onward, business administration was taught in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences.
In 2005, Hamburg’s University of Business, Economics and Politics (Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Politik) was integrated into the Faculty. In 2008, the Department of Business Administration was formed as one of four departments of the Faculty.
In 2014, the Department of Business Administration was transformed into the Faculty of Business Administration. In 2016, the Faculty established a Management Transfer Lab to develop and coordinate connections with practice, and in 2018, the Faculty formed its own Graduate School to promote young researchers.
Located at Moorweidenstraße 18, the house was built in 1896 by Hamburg architect Semmy Engel. It was one of the first buildings built outside the former city gates "in front of the Dammtor." Once a residential building, it has been used by Universität Hamburg since 1948. With several distinctive design features, including an innovative floorplan with a five-story front house and a seven-story back house, it was declared a cultural monument in 2003. It was renovated between 2014 and 2016, and has been the House of Business Administration since. It is open to the public in Hamburg Preservation Foundation's annual Heritage day.
The Faculty is a member of the EFMD global network of business schools and corporations dedicated to enhancing excellence in management education and development globally.