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Activities of the Erich Fromm Study Center

Continuation of Fromm-related courses in Bachelor's and Master's programs in psychology at the IPU Berlin

  • Regular lectures in the field of social psychology by Dr. Rainer Funk and Prof. Dr. Burkhard Bierhoff.
  • Regular lectures in the field of work and organizational psychology by Prof. Dr. Thomas Kühn with references to "Good Leadership" and Fromm's work
  • Reading seminars on Erich Fromm and seminars on conflict management by the research assistants of the EFSC, Katrin Voigt and Dr. Sebastian Bobeth.


Executive Master "Leadership and Consulting - Psychodynamically Based Organizational Development" at the IPU Berlin

  • Course management by Prof. Dr. Thomas Kühn
  • Target group: Executives and consultants who are employed full-time.
  • The study program focuses on the teaching of analytical-social-psychological and humanistic insights following the work of Fromm as well as the examination of the question of what constitutes good leadership and how this is connected with ethical-moral questions.
  • Courses by Dr. Rainer Funk on "Leadership and the Person" and "Ethical and Moral Dilemmas in Leadership and Counseling".
  • Courses by Prof. Dr. Thomas Kühn on "Leading and being led", "Ethical-moral dilemmas in leadership and consulting", "Current challenges: Globalization, digitalization and sustainability", "Leadership and containment", "Practical dialogue with representatives from organizations".
  • Lectures by EFSC staff members, Katrin Voigt and Dr. Patrick Ehnis (former staff member) on "Gender and Diversity in Organizations".


Development and establishment of a new Master's program at the IPU Berlin

The master's program with a focus on organizational psychology ("Psychology with a Focus on Organizational Psychology: Work, Society, Environment") offered in English is expected to start at IPU Berlin in the winter semester of 2022/2023.

External teaching assignments

  • LEIZ /ZU Friedrichshafen: Block seminar on "Leading Humanistically? Social-psychological prerequisites of productive orientation according to Erich Fromm".
  • HEED/ HS Pforzheim: Seminar on "Psychological Aspects of Project Management


Participation in academic self-administration and strategy development of the IPU Berlin

Members of the EFSC are represented in various commissions and committees of the IPU Berlin (e.g. Academic Senate, Study Commission, Research Commission, Structure and Development Commission, International Affairs Commission, Doctoral Advisory Committee).

Since 2016, an international seminar for PhD students and postdocs has been held once a year. The invitation follows a worldwide application process. We report on past and future seminars in the News.

Developed as an alternative form of exchange during the Corona pandemic, the Erich Fromm Study Center organizes an online meeting four times a year to discuss current Fromm research contributions within an international community of researchers. If you are interested in attending the meetings, please contact efsc(at)ipu-berlin.de.

 

The scientific activities carried out since the establishment of the EFSC are reflected in numerous publications. A list of our scientific publications can be found here.

The Erich Fromm Center for Humanistic Ethics, Leadership and Consulting will strengthen the focus on research in the field of work and organizational psychology and contribute to a transfer of Fromm's approach for important and system-relevant issues in society and business. This will bring even more attention to how relevant Fromm's approach is for the practice of leadership and consulting based on humanistic ethics. At the same time, the theoretical development of approaches in this area and the utilization of these approaches by decision-makers will be promoted. The basis for this are publications on the systematic use of Fromm's approach for leadership, consulting and organizational development and the development of practical tools based on this.

The EFSC organizes the International Erich Fromm Research Conferences at the IPU Berlin with speakers from all over the world who relate to Fromm's work. The 1st International Erich Fromm Research Conference took place in June 2014 with 50 Fromm researchers. A second research conference was held in June 2018 with approximately 120 participants and 50 speakers.

As a follow-up to both conferences, the EFSC published a selection of cenference papers. The papers are freely available in the download area. Many audio and video recordings are also available there.

The next International Erich Fromm Research Conference is scheduled for 2023.

Since 2016, a public Erich Fromm Lecture has been held each fall at IPU Berlin, in which renowned international scholars address the current significance of Erich Fromm's work for their discipline and society. Past speakers have been:
 

JahrSpeakerInstitutionLink to NewsLink to documentation
2020Prof. Dr. Jürgen HardeckMinistry of Science, Further Education and Culture of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate, MainzNewsMedia Center
2019Prof. Dr. Hartmut RosaUniversität Jena/ Universität ErfurtNewsMedia Center
2018Prof. Dr. Wolfgang WeberUniversität InnsbruckNewsMedia Center
2017Dr. Sandra BuechlerWilliam Alanson White Institute, New YorkNewsMedia Center
2016Prof. Dr. Peter RudnytskyUniversity of FloridaNewsMedia Center

The expansion of the Erich Fromm Study Center's online presence (including the establishment of its own YouTube channel, documentation of central activities, preparation and provision of some of Erich Fromm's contributions in the media center, conception and production of digital education tools) will further strengthen the dialog with the interested public as well as the professional public.

The Erich Fromm Center for Humanistic Ethics, Leadership and Conselling will strengthen the focus on research in the field of work- and organizational psychology and the contribution to a transfer of Fromm's approach for important and system-relevant issues in society and business. This will bring even more attention to how relevant Fromm's approach is for the practice of leadership and consulting based on humanistic ethics. At the same time, the theoretical development of approaches in this area and the utilization of these approaches by decision-makers will be promoted. The basis for this are publications on the systematic use of Fromm's approach for leadership, consulting and organizational development and the development of practical offers based on this.

The EFSC is one of six cooperation partners in the Karl Schlecht Foundation's five-year (2018-2022) "Führung+X" initiative. Führung+X is a thematic campaign on Good Leadership, an experiment on the leadership of tomorrow. In an annual call for ideas, five aspects of good leadership that are increasingly in the spotlight are discussed in practical terms from the perspective of leadership researchers and young leaders as well as translated into experiential formats. In this way, supplemented by impulses from other foundation partners, the idea is to stimulate the imagination about what constitutes good leadership and to create a clearer picture of good leadership at the end of the project period.