How can quality management become even more efficient, better, more comprehensible? How can action at the technical, organisational or staff levels increase the acceptance and vitality of management systems? And how can an integrated management system reflect new work practices and regulatory requirements?
Our interdisciplinary ConSense ScientificAward is intended to reward the work of young scientists who have developed innovative and modern approaches to quality management or integrated management in the context of a research project.
Submitted contributions should focus on the design of effective as well as accepted management systems and may address any of the following or related topics: quality management, integrated management systems, risk management, management of key performance indicators, qualification management, process management, training management, knowledge management or data protection management. Eligible entries can be theses to achieve a Bachelor's, Master's, Engineering Diploma, Doctorate or MBA degree in Germany, Austria or Switzerland in German or English.
With the ConSense ScientificAward, we would like to advocate the vitality and acceptance of quality management on the one hand and on the other, offer graduates a forum to present their work to an expert audience and exchange ideas with like-minded specialists. The QM award for young professionals is endowed with 1,000 euros.
Theses submitted to us will be evaluated by a distinguished, independent jury. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members of the jury who have supported our previous awards:
Evaluation criteria include innovation potential, theoretical level, practicability, benefit to the profession, environment and society, economic efficiency and the form of presentation.
The 4th ConSense ScientificAward went to Vivien Sohn in April 2022 for her outstanding thesis "Introducing a holistic process management scheme aiming at future viability and competitive advantages using the example of HÜBSCHER Holzbau AG", submitted to IUBH Internationale Hochschule GmbH. The Swiss Master's student received the award during the digital QM trade fair ConSense EXPO 2022. She presented her award-winning work in a personal keynote speech.
View the recording of the award ceremony and the keynote speech of the winner.
(Note: Only available in German language.)
Since its first announcement in 2016, the ConSense ScientificAward has provided a stage for a number of intelligent management concepts. The fresh perspectives of the award-winning graduates provide specialists with valuable input for the strategic and operational development of their management systems.
Winner 2019: Carola Roll (Danube University Krems) with her Master's thesis "Organising self-organisation: Designing an effective lean management scheme for SME in the mechanical and plant engineering sector with the help of the Viable System Model", which aims to ensure "controllability [of companies] in a highly complex, dynamic context with limited predictability".
Winner 2017: Wolfgang Grasl (Danube University Krems) with his master's thesis "Lean leadership in production - leadership concepts for a sustainable implementation of the lean philosophy". In his thesis he investigated the following research question: "What concepts of leadership are needed in the production industry to successfully establish lean management in a company?
Winner 2016: Kai Erler (Wismar University of Applied Sciences) with his Master's thesis "Analysing the implementation of mandatory methods in quality management". He used a quantitative survey to answer the question "whether mandatory QM methods [in companies in the automotive industry] are actually put into practice with sufficient care and consistency".
The application period for the next ConSense ScientificAward starts on 1 November 2022 and ends on 25 June 2023. The award ceremony is planned for our virtual QM fair ConSense EXPO in autumn 2023. You will also receive up-to-date information and news via our newsletter.
"It is a matter close to our hearts to promote young talent and at the same time support the field of quality management across industries in this way."
Dr Iris Bruns, Managing Director of ConSense GmbH