Univ.-Prof. Dr. Habil Katharina Spraul


Primasenser Straße 65
Gebäude 80 , Raum 417 , 2
67655 Kaiserslautern


Tel.: +49 631 205 5564
E-Mail: sustainability@wiwi.uni-kl.de

Consultation Hours

Office hours by appointment

in the Summmer Semester: open Zoom-Sprechstunde "Flurfunk Freitag"

Professor Katharina Spraul has been head of the Chair of Sustainability Management in the Department of Business Studies and Economics since September 1, 2013. The professorship, which was initially limited to university pact funds, has been permanent since June 2015 and now officially bears the denomination "Business Administration, in particular Sustainability Management". 

In research and teaching, the chair deals with four subject areas: 1. sustainable regulation, i.e. the interaction between state and market, 2. sustainable collaboration between companies and non-profit organisations, for example in the form of strategic partnerships and corporate volunteering, 3. strategic control of sustainable value creation in companies, 4. accountability for corporate sustainability. In this way, the subject area ties in with the guiding principle "Leadership in Global Responsibility" established in 2007 by the Department of Business Studies and Economics.

Prof. Dr. Spraul completed her entire academic education at the University of Mannheim: from 1999 to 2003 she studied business administration. She then began her doctorate as a research assistant on the subject of "Educational return as a target for university management" with Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Peter Eichhorn at the Chair of General Business Administration, Public & Nonprofit Management. The empirical dissertation, completed in 2006, was awarded the Prize for Language and Science. From 2007 to 2013, Prof. Spraul worked as a habilitation student and academic advisor to Prof. Dr. Bernd Helmig at the same chair and expanded the focus of her research and teaching from university research to the entire field of Public & Nonprofit Management as well as corporate sustainability. In 2013 Prof. Spraul habilitated with a cumulative habilitation on accountability in companies, public and nonprofit organizations and received a teaching qualification in business administration.

Prof. Spraul received the Baden-Württemberg certificate for university teaching in 2007. In the same year she implemented - for the first time in Germany - Service Learning in a business administration course. In this teaching method, which originated in the USA, theoretical contents are applied by the students within the framework of non-profit projects and compared with their practical experience in reflection sessions. For the exemplary implementation of Service Learning, Prof. Spraul received the teaching award of the state of Baden-Württemberg worth 40,000 EUR in 2008. 

  • WS 2016/17, WS 2017/18 Adjunct Faculty Member, Mannheim Business School, University of Mannheim
  • WS 2015/16 Lecturer Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences, Center for Doctoral Studies in Business, University of Mannheim
  • since 06/2015 University Professor (W3) for Business Administration, in particular Sustainability Management, Technical University of Kaiserslautern 
  • since 02/2014 Elected member of the Department Council, Department of Business Studies and Economics, Kaiserslautern University of Technology
  • since 02/2014 Vice-Chairwoman of the Study and Teaching Expert Committee, Faculty of Business Studies and Economics, Kaiserslautern University of Technology
  • since 09/2013 University Professor (W2) for Sustainability Management, Technical University of Kaiserslautern
  • 03/2012-08/2014 Lecturer Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
  • 07/2010 Research stay at Bryant University, Smithfield, Rhode Island (USA)
  • 10/2007-08/2013 Academic Councillor (temporary) and Habilitandin under Prof. Dr. Bernd Helmig
  • 06/2007-05/2011 Member of the Advisory Board Public Private Partnership Baden-Württemberg, Ministry of Economics Baden-Württemberg
  • 10/2005-09/2007 research assistant at Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Peter Eichhorn
  • 09/2005 Research Fellow, ESSEC Business School, Cergy-Pontoise (France)
    • 10/2003-10/2005 Researcher and PhD student with Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Peter Eichhorn
    • If you want to see the entire curriculum vitae in english please click here.

If you want to see the entire curriculum vitae in english please click here.

  • 04/2013 Habilitation and Venia Legendi in Business Administration, Faculty of Business Administration, University of Mannheim
  • 12/2007 Baden-Württemberg Certificate in University Teaching, University Didactics Center of the Universities of the State of Baden-Württemberg
  • 07/2006  Doctorate at the Faculty of Business Administration, University of Mannheim; Dissertation: Bildungsrendite als Zielgröße für das Hochschulmanagement, Degree: Dr. rer. pol., Rating: summa cum laude, awarded the Prize for Language and Science
  • 07/2003 Diploma in Business Administration, University of Mannheim; Study focus: Public & Nonprofit Management, Marketing, Law of Persons and Corporations (very good)
  • 1999 Abitur mathematical-scientific Schiller-Gymnasium with music course, Offenburg (1,0)
  • 2015 Call to the W3 professorship "Business Administration, in particular Sustainability Management", Technical University of Kaiserslautern (accepted).
  • 2014 Call to the W3 professorship "General Business Administration, in particular Public Management", University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich (rejected)
  • 2014 Top Reviewer Award, Public and Nonprofit Division and Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Academy of Management Annual Conference (recognition for outstanding reviewer activity)
  • 2013 Call to the W2 Professorship "Corporate Sustainability", Technical University of Kaiserslautern (accepted)
  • 2011 Best Reviewer Award, Social Issues in Management Division, Academy of Management Annual Conference (recognition for outstanding reviewer activity)
  • 2011 Teaching Award for Service Learning of the University of Mannheim together with Bernd Helmig, Vera Hinz, Stefan Ingerfurth for the course "Nonprofit Management" (1,000 EUR for use in teaching for an exemplary service learning event at the University of Mannheim)
  • 2010 Funding for a congress trip of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • 2008 Teaching Award of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg for the course "Service Learning in New Public Management" on the suggestion of the BWL student body, University of Mannheim
  • 2008 Teaching Award of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg for the course "Service Learning in New Public Management" (proposed by the Business Administration Department, University of Mannheim; 40,000 EUR for use in teaching)
  • 2008 Research grant by the Julius-Paul-Stiegler-Memorial-Foundation
  • 2007 Prize for Language and Science of the University of Mannheim for the dissertation "Bildungsrendite als Zielgröße für das Hochschulmanagement" (Cash prize for the linguistically outstanding dissertation, donated by the publishers Bibliographisches Institut & F. A. Brockhaus, Mannheim, and C. F. Müller, Heidelberg)
  • 2006 Research grant from the Julius Paul Stiegler Memorial Foundation
  • 2003 Prize of the Barbara-Hopf-Foundation for the diploma thesis "Schulmanagement im Spannungsfeld von pädagogischer Aufgabe und wirtschaftlichen Anforderungen" (cash prize for an outstanding thesis in the field of educational management)
  • 2001-2006 Scholarship e-fellows.net
  • Academy of Management (AoM)
    • Public & Nonprofit (PNP) Division
    • Management Education (MED) Division
    • Social Issues in Management (SIM) Division
    • The Organizations and the Natural Environment (ONE) Division
  • Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)
    • Teaching Section
  • German University Association 
  • International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM)
  •  Association of University Teachers of Business Administration e. V. (VHB)
    •  Scientific Commissions "Sustainability Management", "Public Business Administration", "Higher Education Management", "Marketing".
  • Since 2012 Financial Accountability & Management; Business & Society
  • Since 2011 Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS); Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ); Voluntas - International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations; Academy of Management Meeting (Public and Nonprofit Division, Social Issues in Management Division)
  • Since 2010 Public Management Review;  Journal of Business Administration (ZfB); VHB Whitsun Meeting
  • Since 2007 Higher Education Management: Journal for the Management, Development and Self-Governance of Universities and Scientific Institutions
  • Marktcheck checkt Naturkosmetik
  • Nicht nur was für Kühe 
  • TU Kaiserslautern kann Professorin halten
    • in Rheinpfalz, 13.02.2015, Issue Nr. 35
  • Forschen für die Region
  • Exzellenz im Hörsaal - Auch die Lehre an den Unis soll besser werden
  • (Für) Studierende im Einsatz - BWL-Habilitandin Dr. Katharina Spraul erhält Landeslehrpreis
    • Annette Schönleber, in: ForUM, Issue 4/2008, P. 12-13 and Cover
    • in: ForUM, 4/2008
  • Landeslehrpreis für Universitäten - Mannem vorne
    • In: Scala2015, Issue December 2008, P. 8
  • Theorie und Praxis verknüpft - Minister Frankenberg vergibt in Karlsruhe Landeslehrpreis
    • In: Badische Neueste Nachrichten, 15.11.2008, P. X
  • Drei Professoren teilen sich Landeslehrpreis
    • In: Stuttgarter Zeitung, 17.11.2008, P. 6
  • Landeslehrpreis für Freiburger Historiker
    • In: Badische Zeitung, 15.11.2008, P. X
  • Uni-Dozentin geehrt - Landeslehrpreis: Katharina Spraul erhält Auszeichnung
    • in: Mannheimer Morgen, 15.11.2008, P. 20
  • Habilitandin der BWL-Fakultät erhält Landeslehrpreis
    • in: Mannheim Business News, Issue Fall/Winter 2008/2009, P. 1
  • Preis für Sprache und Wissenschaft der Universität Mannheim
  • Universitätstag im Zeichen stürmischen Wandels
    • Thorsten Langscheid, in: Mannheimer Morgen, 13.10.2007, P. 21
  • Wiege des Service Learnings in Deutschland
    • in: ForUM, Issue 3/2007, P. 38-39
  • Dissertation: Was ist mein Studium wert?
    • in: Karriere, Issue 3, 2007, P. 99
  • Bildungsrendite als zentrale Zielgröße für das Hochschulmanagement
    • in: Mannheim Business News, Issue 1/2007, P. 4
  • Rendite ist nicht alles
    • Hans-Martin Barthold, in: Süddeutsche Zeitung, Nr. 24, 30.01.2006, P. 9
  • Löwinnen auf dem Sprung
    • Sabine Meinert, in: Financial Times Deutschland, 26.09.2005
  • Durch die gläserne Decke
    • Katrin Strasser, in: Stuttgarter Zeitung, 17.09.2005, P. 53

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