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Backing-up-research for Management-Training-Program "System Expert"of the Cottbus Chamber of Commerce (1995-1996, Ministerium für Arbeit, Soziales, Gesundheit und Frauen, Brandenburg): Training programs like "System Expert" sought to overcome deficiencies of experience and knowledge within the management level of start-up companies in East Germany. This program was evaluated by investigating its innovative aspects, its efficiency and its sustainability.



   
Innovative Programs to combat Youth Unemployment. (1996-1998, DJI e.V., Ministerium für Arbeit, Soziales, Gesundheit und Frauen, Brandenburg): Research was carried out on the labour market and employment situation of young grown ups to evaluate proposals for labour market programs. A praxis-oriented model to integrate Young Adults into the Labour Market in the Cottbus Labour Office District was developed.   




Problems of Stabilisation and Structuring in Regional Networks (1998-2003, DFG): The quantitative and qualitative methods applied include a representative survey of enterprises in the state of Brandenburg (east germany) and in-depth case studies of selected areas of economic activity including areas in Poland and the Czech Republic. The project also aims to increase the understanding of the basic theoretical issues involved in this domain.




Women in Innovative Enterprises. Case Studies Concerning contextual Conditions, Work Practice, Demands and Coping Strategies (2000-2006, DFG): This project focuses on the analysis of the type of demands confronting women in highly professional work and career environments. Professions or sectors examined include: Architecture, Commercial Lawyers, Financial Services, Multimedia and Software. The substantial and organizational complexity of the tasks effected in these professions and sectors requires the development of new forms of work. Innovative enterprises are distinguished by a high degree of networking, a flexible combination of products and services, a focus on brokerage and presentations, and a reliance on interfacing activities.




Employment Effects caused by Redevelopment Measures of former Brown Coal Areas in East Germany (1995/96, STUBA); Replication study "The Impact on Employment of the Redevelopment of the Brown Coal Industry in East Germany" (1999/2000): The studies inquired into the employment effects for the year 1998 caused by the redevelopment of the brown coal industry in the Lausitz region and in central Germany. It is particularly concerned with secondary effects: structural development in the small and medium enterprise sector.




The Significance of Enterprise Fragmentation for Employment, Industrial Relations and Regional Development: A Case Study of the East German Mining and Power Industry (Pilotstudy: 1998, Main Study: 2000-2003, HBS): The project enquires into whether the hiving-off strategies employed in the break-up of huge combines, and in particular in those combines with close geographical proximity to East Europe, might not hold exemplary status for the whole of the Federal Republic (and East Europe).




The Systemic Integration of Production and Services. Development Paths and Successful Implementation Processes (2001-2004, BMBF): Comparative case studies, that projects in the IT-Industry, with specific emphasis on qualification requirements at the interface of different areas of work, the identification of new tasks and services, and communication, cooperation as well as participation. It concentrates on the analysis of job design and work practice in front-line projects of the IT-Industry: Business Management software (CRM, SCM, ERP), Business-to-Business Platforms and Multimedia-Production. It focuses on self organization of work, self adaptability, and the capability to self-management in these areas.




The effects of the EU enlargement on Enterprises, Labour Markets and Human Capital (2002-2003, Senat Berlin): The study examined the future prospects of EU Eastern Enlargement for the region Berlin/Brandenburg by a quantitative and qualitative analyses, and experts. Although the overall net effects of integration will be positive in the long run, there may be major disparities in how they will be distributed across population groups, economic sectors and regions.

 
Trade surpluses will possibly create a net increase in jobs, especially in the German export-oriented sectors.
Greater competition will curb inflation and thus increase real earnings.
Increasing productivity will lead to job losses in Berlin and Brandenburg at least in the short run, whether there will be created more jobs in the longer run through improved competitiveness seems rather shady.
Migration into the Berlin/Brandenburg Region will boost growth in general, but also mostly weaken the labour market situation of workers with no or little qualification and mobility.
Direct investments made by German companies in CEE countries may also lead to job losses in the Berlin and Brandenburg region. 


The Impact of Regional Contraction and Migration Processes on Environmentally related Behaviour in the Population (2002-2004, DFG, SFB 565): As a peripheral region, Lower Lausitz is unusually susceptible, from an ecological and socio-economic viewpoint, to transformation processes emanating from structural change. As the brown coal open-cast mining industry declined in importance, the region lost the element that endowed its economic base with a cohesive structure. De-industrialisation, unemployment and migration - particularly the migration of young and skilled members of the workforce - have created a downward trend in regional development, driven by a wide variety of contractive processes, which is not without effect on the development of environmental awareness and environmentally aware behaviour in the regional population. In addition, the extensive measures for the rehabilitation and re-cultivation of the former open-cast mine sites also play a significant role in shaping such environmental attitudes.




Evaluation and Scientific Consultancy of the Development Partnership ENFOR (European Network for Rehabilitation) Brandenburg (2002-2005, European Commission): The partners of the Development Partnership ENFOR - which jointly seek to create new jobs for people with disabilities in Brandenburg, to develop innovative projects, and to secure sustainable jobs opportunities - act on different levels and offer different forms of support. On a general level, ENFOR Brandenburg strives for promoting a social climate that favoures people with disabilities or chronic diseases. The development of networks between all agencies involved (e.g. as job centres, enterprises, education providers and agencies for rehabilitation) support small and medium enterprises in developing job opportunities for people with disabilities.




Company Networks, Qualification, and Training Processes, by order of KOWA (2001-2002, European University Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder): Development of company networks in the field of vocational training, human resource management, and inter organizational cooperation.




Employment and career perspectives of young women in the county of East Brandenburg (Germany) (2005, LASA-Brandenburg / KOWA): Analysis and evaluation of statistical material concerning possible positions of young women in SME's in health services, engineering and the automotive industry.




 Cooperation/Consultancy for "Social Impact Monitoring - Romania: Mine Closure and Social Mitigation Project" (2001-2005, Hart Group, LTD): The Government of Romania (GOR) has obtained a Loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) to implement a Mine Closure and Social Mitigation Project (MCSMP). The project consisted in the first phase of a longer term strategy to restructure the mining sector in Romania, phasing out subsidies to make the mining sector viable in the long run. This will entail closing non-viable mines, undertaking social mitigation for mining sector workers adversely affected by sector restructuring and an institutional strengthening component to establish a framework for private sector development in the mining sector.