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Doctoral Researcher / MBA / BCom


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Name:  Carsten Schierenbeck


Date of birth: 28 May 1973
Place of birth: Mülheim a. d. Ruhr, Germany
Nationality: German
Personal profile:
Strong scientific and analytical skills acquired through advanced academic studies and professional experience. Excellent communication, interpersonal and leadership skills developed through experience in organising and taking responsibility in multi-cultural environments. Highly motivated, creative, enthusiastic and thrives on challenges and working under pressure.


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Oct 1999-ca. Oct 2003
Centre for Urban and Regional Studies (CURS), School of Public Policy,  The University of Birmingham, England
Doctoral Research - European Research Studentship
Preliminary title of PhD thesis: 'Regional Competitiveness in Europe and the role of Regional Innovation Policy:  Case-studies from North Rhine-Westphalia'.

Areas of Expertise: Economic Development, Innovation Policy, Regional Policy, EU Policy

Sept 1998-Sept 1999
The Birmingham Business School, The University of Birmingham, England
MBA - Master of Business Administration in International Business 
Main subjects: Strategic Management, International Business Finance, Marketing, International Trade, Project Management, Human Resource Management, Accounting.
Final average of 71.4 % and Distinction in Dissertation: 'An Analysis of the factor conditions as one of the determinants of Telford's competitive advantage as a region'.

The MBA International Business is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA)    

Sept 1992-Sept 1998
The University of Wuppertal, Germany
BCom - Bachelor of Commerce (Diplom-Ökonom)
Main subjects: Economics with an emphasis on Labour & Production and Planning & Organisation, Business Studies with an emphasis on Labour & Production, Labour and Social Law, Production Economics, Business English.
Final average of 1.6  (equivalent to a very high 2.1) including Distinction in Dissertation.
Sept 1995-Aug 1997
European Education Centre of the Real Estate Management and the Housing Industry (Vocational School), Bochum, Germany
Professional Vocational Qualification in Property Management  
(Kaufmann in der Grundstücks- und Wohnungswirtschaft)

Two-year apprenticeship (see below) and correspondence course in theory and practice of property management. Main subjects of the course at the former Institute of Housing Companies for Correspondence Teaching: Specific Property Management Administration, Business Administration, Economics/EDP, Business Arithmetic, Accounting.
Qualification awarded following final examinations at the Vocational School in Bochum and the Chamber of Commerce in Bonn (IHK).


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Jan 2000 -Dec 2000
West Midlands in Europe,
Brussels, Belgium

West Midlands in Europe Regional Office (former Birmingham & West Midlands Office)
Placement as part of the Doctoral European Research Studentship (see above)

Responsible for the Innovation Portfolio including the organization of a high-profile workshop on innovation; participation in the preparations of the re-launch of the office; writer of several Bulletins and the  weekly Newsletters; Liaison Officer for the Committee of the Regions; networking and liaising with the European Commission, European Parliament and Regional offices; 'RETI' (now EIRA, the European Industrial Regions Association) Network Link Officer.

Sept 1995 - Aug 1997
Loos Hausverwaltungen,
Bonn, Germany

Loos Hausverwaltungen GmbH (Property Management)
2-year full-time apprenticeship:  

Correspondence with property lawyers, property owners and tenants; Accounting and data transfer; development of a specific database to elaborate a standardized tailor-made final statement of utility costs; Acting Deputy to the Managing Director.

Sept 1994 - Aug 1995
Loos Hausverwaltungen,
Bonn, Germany
Loos Hausverwaltungen GmbH (Property Management)
Part-time Administrative Assistant


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Languages German mother tongue, fluent written and spoken English, conversational French.
Computer skills Advanced use of Microsoft Office 2000 including Word, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel as well as FrontPage and Endnote. Use of statistical software SPSS 11.0 and NVivo (NUD*IST Vivo) for qualitative research. Basic programming skills (C, COBOL, HTML). 'Beginning Html 4' certified training course. Regular use of the Internet.
Interests Sport (Football, Badminton, Basketball, Squash, Skiing); Travel; Reading; Social Activities ('MBA Student Representative' and Member of the 'Priorsfield Society - Student Committee' at the Birmingham Business School).
Miscellaneous   Lecturing to MBA (Public Policy) postgraduate students at the University of Birmingham on EU Regional Policy; participation in University of Wuppertal seminar on 'People in Organizations' (1 week) and Birmingham Business School team building exercise (4 days); winner of the 1998 Birmingham Business School business simulation (2 days); PowerPoint presentation of MBA dissertation project results to 50 participants at the 1999 International Symposium in Leeuwarden, Netherlands (included in final KPMG report); full, clean driving licence.
Publications & Consultancy Work Schierenbeck, C.; Bentley, G. (2002) manuguide - A Directory of Government initiatives to assist manufacturing industry in the West Midlands, compiled for Advantage West Midlands - The Development Agency - by the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, University of Birmingham, February 2002, 309 pages

Burfitt, A.; Gibney, J.; Schierenbeck, C. (2002) Infrastructure and Public Sector Support for the Medical Technology Industry in Baden-Württemberg, a report for Advantage West Midlands - The Development Agency - by the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, University of Birmingham, May 2002, 39 pages

List of conferences For a complete list of attended conferences, workshops, network meetings and seminars for academics and policy-makers (as a PDF-file) please click here. Download a list of conferences and seminars attended by Carsten Schierenbeck
List of training courses For a complete list of training courses received (as a PDF-file) please click here. Download a list of IT Training etc received by Carsten Schierenbeck

References available upon request

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Last update: April 2003

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