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For a successful international accreditation, the role and the commitment of the dean is crucial. Like no other person she/he has to drive and coordinate the process. She/He has to convince faculty and to redesign culture and processes. This is not always without conflict and requires special commitment and engagement, but if accreditation is successful it leads to professional management structures in a business school. This goal alone is worth the effort. In this webinar we will explain and discuss this special role of the dean.
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Thomas Cleff is professor of Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics, Dean of Pforzheim Business School, and Research Associate at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, Germany. He holds degrees in Economics and Management Science from Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris (France) and the University of Wuppertal (Germany), and earned his doctoral degree at the University of Wuppertal (Germany). He was a senior researcher at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim from 1997 to 2000. Since joining Pforzheim University, Thomas Cleff has fulfilled various roles: he spearheaded the development of an international double-degree programme, was elected vice dean in 2012 and is dean of the Business School (Faculty of Business & Law) since 2014. He is an expert in international accreditation and partnership programmes between institutions of higher education. In 2013 he became a board member of the Network of International Business and Economic Schools (NIBES) and has been its Secretary General since 2019. Between 2016 and 2019 he served on the AACSB Initial Accreditation Committee (IAC-z) and on the Board of the AACSB European Affinity Group. As a member of various AACSB Peer Review Teams, he is and has been involved in the (re-)accreditation of many universities worldwide. Since 2014 he is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Education Quality Accreditation Agency (EQUAA), a South American association. In 2019 he was named a member of the International Academic Council of the School of Management at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. On several occasions he has served as a visiting professor at universities outside of Germany. His main research interests are international marketing research, white-collar crime, brand research, innovation research and industry studies. Part of his research is carried out at ZEW, where he is a research associate.