Issue #13

4th 2017


Welcome to our global CASM community!

Dear Kanji Tanimoto,

we want to celebrate with you! The Center for Advanced Sustainable Management had its first anniversary and in order to thank all our partners and friends we are inviting you to our “CASM Open Day”.
Moreover, the last month has been packed with interesting events and enriching encounters and many new occasions are coming up! Furthermore, we are excited to introduce to you our new visiting professor Kanji Tanimoto from Japan and our guest researcher Ardeshir Zamari from Iran. Lastly, we invite you to have a look at our latest publications!

Your CASM Team



CASM Open Door 

The Center for Advanced Sustainable Management celebrated its 1st anniversary on August 3rd, 2017 and only in this short time, it has become a leading institute in the field of Sustainable Management Education! As this would not have been possible without your collaboration and support, it is the perfect occasion to thank you all and to invite you to our “CASM Open Door” event. The celebration will take place in our new office space in Cologne on the 17th of October 2017, from 5PM to 8PM. During the evening, you will have the possibility to get an insight into the work and accomplishments of CASM and furthermore, we will present the winners of the Ethics and Sustainability Award. In addition, we will give a warm welcome to our new CASM team members, the visiting professor Kanji Tanimoto from Waseda University in Japan, Bowen Gu, a guest researcher from China, and Ardeshir Zamani, a guest researcher from Iran. If you are interested in celebrating together with us, please register HERE.




New Visiting Professor at CASM - Prof. Kanji Tanimoto

The Center for Advanced Sustainable Management is proud to announce the visit of Kanji Tanimoto, Professor in Business and Society at the School of Commerce, Waseda University, Japan. He is the founder and president of the academy “Japan Forum of Business and Society”, which is the first academic society in this field in Japan. Furthermore, he is an editorial member of some journals and he has served on the program committee of the International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility at Humboldt University. Furthermore, he has been consulting and providing advices to leading Japanese companies on CSR management over the last 20 years. He also has engaged in some Japanese Government committees on business & society and social business. His research interests are the relationship between business and society, corporate social responsibility, social business and social innovation and he has published numerous books and papers on these topics. During his time as a visiting professor at Cologne Business School, he will be involved in teaching activities and giving seminars at some major European universities.

New Guest Researcher from Iran at CASM - Ardeshir Zamani
The Center for Advanced Sustainable Management is also happy to introduce to you Ardeshir Zamani, a doctoral candidate at the University of Teheran, Iran, who will support the team as a guest researcher for six months. He is a researcher of Strategic Management & Policy-Making at his university in Teheran and has been working in this field at a research institute. His research interests include new technology based firms (such as Nano or Biotechnology firms), household economic and sustainability. He has published several articles in international journals and conferences. His current research at CASM is focused on CSR in new technology based firms and establishing a strategic collaboration between Iranian and German NTBF’s. Besides these rather academic undertakings, Ardeshir is in charge of operating a grants program and is a member in the Iranian Strategic Management Society and the Iranian Society for Training and Development.




Berliner CSR-Tag 2017 (german
October 10th 
Ludwig Erhard Haus, Berlin, Germany

Prof. Dr. René Schmidpeter: Keynote speaker

Fachforum Kleinstunternehmen und Handwerk auf Nachhaltigkeitskurs! (german)

October 18th
Berlin-Kreuzberg, Germany

Wolfgang Keck: Editor of CSR und Kleinstunternehmen

5th PRME Meeting about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 

November 6th 
Winterthur, Switzerland 

Prof. Dr. René Schmidpeter: Representative of Cologne Business School

5th International Conference on CSR, Sustainability, Ethics and Governance 

June 27th - 29th 2018 
Santander, Spain  

CASM and Cologne Business School: Supporting organization
Prof. Dr. René Schmidpeter: Organizing Committee

JFBS 7th Annual Conference 2017 - Review
Tokyo, (Japan), September 7th – 8th: As founder and president of the JFBS, Prof. Kanji Tanimoto, currently visiting professor at Cologne Business School, organized the JFBS 7th Annual Conference in cooperation with the Humboldt-University Berlin. The topic of this year´s conference was “Sustainable Enterprise: Revisiting an Enterprise Concept” and in this respect, traditional business values were reviewed and various challenges and themes concerning business and society in both theoretical and practical manners were discussed. Prof. Dr. René Schmidpeter was in the Steering Committee of the conference and held the chair of the plenary session.

Teaching at WASEDA University Tokyo - Review

Tokyo, (Japan), September: Prof. Dr. René Schmidpeter held a guest lecture at the prestigious WASEDA University and got to know the Japanese perspective of Corporate Social Responsibility and Innovation through several vivid discussions and excursions. The exchange of knowledge and opinions was an enriching experience for all parties! The picture shows him together with colleagues from WASEDA University and the National Taipei University.