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VHB ProDok: Advanced Topics in Marketing Theory

Institution: VHB ProDok

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Florian von Wangenheim (ETH Zürich) & Dr. Markus Zimmer (ETH Zürich)

Date: 6. – 9. Februar 2017

Place: Zürich

Registration: The deadline for registration is 15 January 2017. Please click on the link to open the registration form or send an email to doktorandenprogramm(at)vhbonline(dot)org.

The course focuses on the theoretical foundations of marketing and marketing research. Its purpose  is to confront students with current theoretical thinking in marketing, and currently used theories for understanding and explaining buyer and customer behavior in response to marketing action. For this, we will also generally discuss Marketing as a scientific field, the role of theory in advancing marketing science, and the development of marketing research over the past decades. Students will work on theory in general as well as some specific relevant marketing theories.

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MREV – Call for Papers – Corporate responsibility: In the dilemma between trust and fake?

Seminar at the IUC Dubrovnik (April 3-7, 2017) & Special Issue

Seminar Organizers & Guest Editors:
Simon Fietze, University of Southern Denmark
Wenzel Matiaske, Helmut-Schmidt-University/University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg (Germany)
Roland Menges, Technical University Clausthal (Germany)

Trust is the currency that creates markets. This is knowledge of the merchants at the latest since modern markets have emerged along the medieval trade routes. Quality and reliability in the business are also building blocks of trust and the assumption of responsibility for the social and ecological consequences of entrepreneurial activity. Whether the latter should be integrated into social and legal relations and norms in the form of voluntary corporate responsibility, has been the subject of economic discussion since the beginnings of the discipline and since the separation of the spheres of economic and moral action in the Scottish moral economy.

Over the past decades, both supra-national organizations such as the UN and the EU have been focusing on soft law – from the global compact through the AA1000 to the Green Paper of the EU Commission – as well as the national states, to promote social and environmental responsibility for companies in the age of globalization. These initiatives have led to lively activities and debates both in the business world and in different scientific disciplines. For companies, it has now become a “fashion” to campaign social and ecological responsibility using the concept of “Corporate Social Responsibility”. This commitment has meanwhile led to the fact that CSR activities should partly contribute to value creation instead of aligning them with corporate objectives and values. Such a development leads to the loss of trust and the assumption of responsibility becomes a “fake”.

Against this backdrop, some of the social and economic observers remained skeptical, advocating tougher legal norms or fiscal implications. Finally, lawyers pointed out that (successful) standardizations often develop not only from the “top”, but also from the “bottom”, i.e. they emerge from the action routines of the economic actors as emergent effects. However, not only the recent scandals – from the ENRON case to the VW case – raise questions about the effectiveness of co-operative self-commitment as well as external control.

Moreover, corporate responsibility is related to the concept of consumer responsibility. Whereas market-optimists believe that reliable changes in consumption patterns rely on responsible individual action, more market-skeptics warn of a counterproductive “privatization of sustainability”.

In this light, this year’s seminar at the IUC Dubrovnik will be on theoretical and empirical contributions to the topic “Corporate responsibility: In the dilemma between trust and fake?” from economic, sociological, (economic) historical and legal perspectives. Possible topics are:

  • Economic and history of ideas cases and questions of corporate responsibility
  • The “pseudo” corporate responsibility
  • Organizational and sociological theories and findings on corporate responsibility
  • Theory and empiricism of the audit
  • Theoretical and empirical studies on consumer responsibility
  • Criminal law considerations for corporate actors
  • Institutional factors of corporate responsibility
  • The trust of social entrepreneurship
  • This is not an exhaustive list.

Potential contributors to the seminar at the IUC Dubrovnik are encouraged to submit an abstract of 1-2 pages before February 28th, 2017 electronically via online submission system of Management Revue using ‘IUC Dubrovnik’ as article section:

All contributors to the seminar are invited to submit their paper for the special issue of Management Revue. Full papers must be submitted by July 31st, 2017. All contributions will be subject to a double-blind review. Papers invited to a ‘revise and resubmit’ are due October 31st, 2017. Please submit your papers electronically via the online submission system using ‘SI Corporate Responsibility’ as article section.

Hoping to hear from you!
Simon Fietze
Wenzel Matiaske
Roland Menges

Reminder – Call for Papers: Echoes of an Era – A Century of Organisational Studies

Special Stream of Management Revue (MREV)
Echoes of an Era – A Century of Organisational Studies

Managing Editor:
Wenzel Matiaske, Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg (Germany)

Hundred years ago, Henri Fayols “Administration Industrielle et Générale”, a milestone in the history of organizational thought, was published. This centenary motivates the editors of the Management Revue to launch a stream on the history of organiational studies. In the forthcoming volumes, and rather on an infrequent basis, we would like to publish contributions which not only introduce the reader to one or several, interrelated seminal works of organizational theory, but also provide accompanying commentaries and an analysis of their history of effects.

The reason for this format is, given our discipline’s forgetfulness of history, to provide orientation, which not only serves teaching and young management scholars. While reference to classic thought contributes to scientific advancement in other fields of the social sciences, in our field some research issues are being addressed over and over again – without putting the associated arguments and findings in an adequate historical context. In this respect, addressing the history of thought should be understood as a contribution to the advancement of management research.

We would like to avoid a strict delimitation of the era being addressed. Contributions on contemporaries of Fayol like Frederik Winston Taylor, Frank B. and Lillian Gilbreth or Henry L. Gantt und Karol Adamiecki are as welcome as contributions are on Fayol’s predecessors or successors. By  no means we are exclusively committed to the “engineers of the organisation”; economists, legal scholars and particularly the labour science community and psychologists should also be given due attention. A temporal upper boundary shall nevertheless be the 1970s, when, most notably induced by Alfred D. Chandler, strategic management and the reflection on it started to thrive.

This stream will be open to submissions until the end of 2017 in the first place. It will be maintained and edited by Wenzel Matiaske (Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg, Germany). Submissions shall accord with the formatting guidelines of the Management Revue. Please submit your manuscripts electronically via our online submission system using “SI Organisation Studies” as article section.

Looking forward to your contribution!
Wenzel Matiaske

New Book: Case Study Research Approaches, Methods, Contribution to Theory

9783957100757Hans-Gerd Ridder

Case Study Research
Approaches, Methods, Contribution to Theory

This book outlines the richness of case study approaches in their contribution to theory. It offers master and doctoral students a systematic overview of how to conduct case study research considering the variety of its approaches.

A continuum of theory is outlined in order to clarify the contribution of research designs to theory. Research topics, research questions, and the role of the theoretical and empirical state of the art are discussed. The conceptual framework is displayed as an orientation, guiding the study theoretically as well as methodologically.

The core of the book is the investigation into the main approaches of case study re-search. Exploratory, explanatory, constructivist, and extended case study approaches are outlined and compared. Commonalities and differences in data collection and data analysis within case study research are deepened.

Hans-Gerd Ridder holds the Chair in Human Resource Management at the Leibniz Universität Hannover. His research focuses on strategic HRM in Profit and Non Profit Organizations.

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Neues Buch: Wahrscheinlichkeits- und Matrizenrechnung für Sozialwissenschaftler

9783957100733Pascal Jordan

Wahrscheinlichkeits- und Matrizenrechnung für Sozialwissenschaftler

Die Themengebiete Wahrscheinlichkeitsrechnung und Lineare Algebra bilden die mathematische Grundlage zahlreicher quantitativer Analyse- und Forschungsansätze in den Sozialwissenschaften. Sie sind dabei nicht nur zum Verständnis klassischer Auswertungsansätze relevant, sondern insbesondere
auch um neu adaptierte statistische Verfahren nachvollziehen und integrieren zu können. Dieses Buch bietet eine theorieorientierte Einführung in die Grundlagen der Wahrscheinlichkeitsrechnung und der Linearen Algebra. Im ersten Teil werden nach einer Einführung der drei Kernbegriffe der Wahrscheinlichkeitstheorie (Ereignis, Wahrscheinlichkeit, Zufallsvariable) zentrale Sätze der Wahrscheinlichkeitstheorie behandelt und das Unabhängigkeitskonzept definiert. Es werden hierauf basierend generelle Prinzipien zur Lösung
wahrscheinlichkeitstheoretischer Probleme dargestellt, kontraintuitive Resultate erläutert sowie häufig auftretende Fallstricke hervorgehoben. Ein separates Kapitel behandelt als Anwendungsbeispiel die statistische Theorie derAuswertung von Experimenten zur Gewinnung kausaler Aussagen.

Der zweite Teil befasst sich mit der Vektor- und Matrizenrechnung. Neben elementaren Begriffen der Vektorrechnung werden hierbei insbesondere auch die Lösung linearer Gleichungssysteme sowie das fortgeschrittene Konzept eines Eigenvektors bzw. eines Eigenwerts behandelt. Anwendungen der
Matrixrechnung werden sowohl im Rahmen des linearen Regressionsmodells als auch für den Bereich der Indexkonstruktion dargestellt.

Schlüsselwörter: Wahrscheinlichkeitstheorie, Lineare Algebra, Matrix- Vektorrechnung, Statistik, Stochastik

Pascal Jordan ist promovierter Statistiker. Seine Forschungsinteressen liegen in den Gebieten Latente-Variablen- Modelle, stochastische Prozesse und nichtlineare Optimierung unter Nebenbedingungen.

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GESIS: Research associate for German Microdata Lab

The GESIS department “Monitoring Society and Social Change” is seeking for the German Microdata Lab (GML) a

Research Associate (f/m)
(salary group EG 13 TV-L, full time, initially limited for 4 years)

starting at the earliest possible date in Mannheim, Germany.

Your areas of responsibility include:

  • Development and expansion of microdata based service and research to European social indicators
  • Development and expansion of social indicators on a meso- and makro-level using European Microdata
  • Development of analytical tools (e.g. regarding weighting, imputation, non-response)
  • Research including publication and presentation of findings

Your tasks are:

  • Completed thesis in sociology respectively empirical social science
  • Excellent knowledge of empirical social research methods
  • Experience in the data management and analysis of European microdata
  • Research interest in the area of social structure of societies and European comparative analysis
  • Skills in SPSS, Stata, SAS or R

For further information concerning job description please contact Heike Wirth. In case of questions concerning the application process please contact Michaela Schwarzhaupt via Email.
Please mind that we only accept online applications.

You can apply here until November, 5th 2016. The job ID is: DBG-15

SDU Koldning: Social Network Analysis (13.-17.02.2017)

Institution: University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Department of Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management

Responsible/coordinator: Professor Thomas Schøtt, Dept. of Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management, University of Southern Denmark.

Lecturer: Prof. Thomas Schøtt.

Location: University of Southern Denmark, campus Kolding, near train station in Kolding, 6th floor Guest Café.

Time: 13-17 February 2017, Monday to Friday, 9:00-18:00 daily.

Teaching language: English.

Application: By 1 December 2016 to: (early registration is recommended, as the course expectedly fills up).

Fee: 5500 DKK.

Purpose and content: Networks can be mapped as relations among actors. An actor may be a person, an organization, a nation, a region or some other entity that can engage in action. For example, we may examine – qualitatively and quantitatively – how networks constrain and enable actors’ thoughts and behaviors. Networks are analyzed in sociology, psychology, anthropology, political science, history, geography, communication, and studies of policy, administration and business. Introductions to principles of network analysis can be read via The aim of the course is to empower the participants to analyze networks and to integrate theory and methodology in the analyses of social networks, specifically business networks.

The course will teach the general theoretical and methodological principles and apply them to business networks. The course has two goals. First, the participants will be exposed to, and discuss, a variety of conceptual and theoretical perspectives on the study of business networks, along with methods utilized in these theoretical frameworks. Second, the participants will learn to conduct quantitative analyses of networks. Training will be offered in analyses at the level of the whole system, at the level of subgroups, and at the level of individual actors.

The format combines lectures and discussion with training in analyses. We use SPSS and network analytic software such as UCINET and NETDRAW which each student will have to install. Data on some networks will be made available by the instructor (e.g. some data on interlocking directorates among enterprises in a city), but the participants are also welcome to bring some data on networks (if you have some data on networks, please email prior to the course).


  • Analyzing Social Networks, Stephen Borgatti, Martin Everett (Sage 2013) (read this around the time you register for the course).
  • Doing Social Network Research, Garry Robins (Sage, 2015). (read this around the time you register for the course).
  • UCINET software package, that you buy from (40 $ for students).


  • Introduction to Social Network Methods. Robert Hanneman and Mark Riddle (2005)
  • Social network analysis. John Scott (second edition is preferable)
  • Analysis of social networks. David Knoke et al. (second edition is preferable)
  • Applied network analysis. Ronald Burt et al.
  • Changing organizations: business networks. David Knoke
  • Social capital: theory and research. Nan Lin et al.
  • Achieving success through social capital. Wayne Baker
  • Networking smart. Wayne Baker
  • Networks in the global village. Barry Wellman
  • Social structures: a network approach (second edition). Barry Wellman et al.
  • Social network analysis. Stanley Wasserman et al.
  • Network models of the diffusion of innovations. Thomas Valente
  • Social Networks (journal), see at (click on Publications)
  • Connections (journal), see at (click on Publications)
  • Journal of Social Structure, published at
  • “Network analysis” by Ronald Burt and “Network models” by Thomas Schøtt, in Structure Manual (236 pages) which can be downloaded from


Participants: The course is intended for researchers and PhD students who are studying business networks and who wish to acquire this network analytic tool and the skill to map and analyze networks. The course does not presume any acquaintance with network analysis (although familiarity with quantitative research methods will be useful).


Credits/evaluation: 5 ECTS. Certificates of completion will be issued to those successfully completing all requirements of the course (including full attendance and submission of all required assignments). Requirement: A batch of training exercises and reading in December-January. The many training exercises will be assigned by 1 December 2016, and then solutions must be submitted weekly until meeting in the course. The purpose of the many training exercises is to train a basic understanding of ideas and techniques of network analysis.

Further information: Please contact Thomas Schøtt,

HFM Workshop “Big Data, Datenschutz und Wettbewerb” (04.11.2016)

Hamburger Forum Medienökonomie
Interdisziplinärer Workshop: Big Data, Datenschutz und Wettbewerb
04. November 2016

Die Digitalisierung aller möglichen Lebensbereiche hat zu einer enormen Zunahme der in digitaler Form zur Verfügung stehenden Informationen geführt. Big Data ermöglicht nicht nur die Verbesserung bestehender und Schaffung neuer Produkte und Dienstleistungen, große Datenmengen erlauben ebenso die Realisierung enormer Effizienzvorteile. Gleichzeitig werden immer neue ökonomische sowie juristische Fragen aufgeworfen, die mit Big Data in Verbindung stehen.

In der digitalen Ökonomie entstehen solche Datensammlungen insbesondere bei der Verwendung entgeltfreier Internetplattformen. Es stellt sich dabei z.B. die Frage, welche Informationen überhaupt erhoben werden, wer die Eigentumsrechte an diesen Daten besitzt und inwieweit Portabilität ermöglicht wird. Eng damit verbunden sind ebenso Fragen des Datenschutzes und des Wettbewerbs.

Aber auch andere Bereiche sind von der Datensammlung nicht ausgenommen. Digitalisierung und Big Data sind heutzutage ebenso präsent in Unternehmen der analogen Welt (z.B. Industrie 4.0). Auch hier stellt sich immer häufiger die Frage nach dem Eigentümer der generierten Informationen oder nach der Notwendigkeit eines neuen Schutzrechts. Nicht zuletzt die Verzahnung beider Welten schafft also eine Reihe neuer Herausforderungen für Ökonomen und Juristen. Der Workshop widmet sich intensiv einem Teil dieser Fragen. Hochrangige Vertreter aus Wissenschaft und Praxis tragen mit ihren Präsentationen zu der aktuellen Diskussion bei. Im Rahmen einer Paneldiskussion besteht im Anschluss Gelegenheit, einige dieser Fragen zu erörtern.

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New Book: Financial Participation of Employees in Europe

2016-10-11-fietze-matiaske-finapart-in-europe-titleDimensions and Perspectives on Financial Participation in Europe
Edited by Ass.-Prof. Dr. Simon Fietze and Prof. Dr. Wenzel Matiaske
2016, 507 pp., pb., € 99.00 ISBN 978-3-8487-1876-4 eISBN 978-3-8452-5941-3

About the book:
Financial participation of employees is a perennial debate in political discussions as well as in business practice and in social sciences research. On the European level in particular attempts have been made during recent years to harmonise and stimulate the instrument of economic democracy and partnership. To date, regulations have been characterised by national law and labour relations. For instance, France has established an obligatory legal framework, whereas small tax incentives are provided in Germany. Therefore, this book combines several national reports with perspectives from different disciplines, e.g. business administration, economic sociology and law. Furthermore, different institutional forms like corporate associations are presented.

With contributions by:
Jens Lowitzsch, Iraj Hashi, Alban Hashani, Jean-Michel Content, Mirella Damiani, Fabrizio Pompei, Andrea Ricci, Herwig Rogge- mann, Simon Fietze, Wenzel Matiaske, Verena Tosch, Maciej Kozłowski, Spartak Keremidchiev, Eric Kaarsemaker, Eric Pout- sma, Nina Pološki Vokić, Maja Klindžić, Ivana Načinović Braje, Mathieu Floquet, Loris Guery, Patrice Laroche, Anne Stevenot, Thomas Steger, Madeleine Dietrich, Christina Beisiegel, Alexander Kern, Thomas Haipeter, Rahma Daly, Marc-Arthur Diaye, Jean-Max Koskievic, Begoña Arregi, Fred Freundlich, Mónica Gago, Maite Legarra, Nerea Lizarraga, Sylvia Gay, Jose Antonio Mendizabal, Ainhoa Larrañaga, Theresia Theurl, Sandra Maria Swoboda

Table of Contents:

Simon Fietze & Wenzel Matiaske

The role of employee share ownership for corporate governance in the aftermath of the financial crisis – a closer look at the Central Eastern European EU Member States
Jens Lowitzsch, Iraj Hashi & Alban Hashani

Financial participation in Europe: Some kind of a dream
Jean-Michel Content

How to overcome the ‘Great Divide’ of the capitalist market society: Development, legal grounds and perspectives of employee capital participation in Germany and Europe
Herwig Roggemann

Historical perspectives on employee ownership in Germany
Alexander Kern

Financial participation in Germany: Management’s and works councils’ view
Simon Fietze, Wenzel Matiaske & Verena Tobsch

Works councils and profit sharing in the German metalworking industry
Thomas Haipeter

The corporate culture of silent partnerships – shareholding vs. participation?
Thomas Steger, Christina Beisiegel & Madeleine Dietrich

Profit sharing in France: Substitute or complement to wages?
Mathieu Floquet, Loris Guery, Patrice Laroche & Anne Stevenot

Employee financial participation: Evidence from Italian firms
Mirella Damiani, Fabrizio Pompei & Andrea Ricci

Employee share ownership in the Netherlands
Eric Kaarsemaker & Erik Poutsma

Government, union and business associations’ perceptions of employee financial participation in Gipuzkoa
Begoña Arregi, Fred Freundlich, Mónica Gago, Maite Legarra, Nerea Lizarraga, Sylvia Gay, Jose Antonio Mendizabal & Ainhoa Larrañaga

Employee financial participation in Polish listed companies – a management approach
Maciej Kozłowski

Employee financial participation in Bulgaria
Spartak Keremidchiev

Determinants of financial participation – two decades of Croatian practice
Nina Pološki Vokić, Maja Klindžić & Ivana Načinović Braje

Workers’ risk attitude and financial participation
Rahma Daly, Marc-Arthur Diaye & Jean-Max Koskievic

Cooperatives: Direct and indirect forms of employee financial participation
Theresia Theurl & Sandra Maria Swoboda

Reminder – Call for Papers: Demands in the modern workplace

Special Issue of Management Revue
Demands in the modern workplace

Guest Editors:
Sascha Ruhle, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
Johannes Siegrist, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
Stefan Süß, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
Eva-Ellen Weiß, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany

The flexibility of work organization and employment, the growing need for training and development, digitalization of work, the increasing blurring boundaries between work and private life – the list of developments that have shaped the modern working world in recent years is long. Those developments will continue to affect employees as well as organizations and economies. Especially for employees, several of these developments are challenges rather than improvements. Various approaches have increased our understanding of these and similar challenges, including the job demand-control model (Karasek, 1979), leader-member exchange (Graen & Uhl-Bien, 1995; Hesselgreaves & Scholarios, 2014), the effort–reward imbalance model (Siegrist, 2002) and the concept of work-family conflict (Barnett, 1998).

There are numerous indications that demands in the modern work place lead to elevated stress experiences (Sparks et al., 2001; Sverke et al., 2002; Stansfeld & Candy, 2006) and related health consequences (e.g. Schnall et al., 2009; Siegrist & Wahrendorf, 2016). Sources of stress may, for example, be rooted in role overload or even role underload depending on the type of demands (Shultz et al., 2010). Further, research shows that changing working conditions can provoke conflicts between work and private life (e.g., Byron, 2005). In the long run, impairments of job satisfaction and health can result as well in reduced work engagement and elevated turnover intentions (e.g., Kinnunen, 2008; Li et al., 2015). Thus, organizations increasingly aim at improving working conditions in order to keep their employees healthy and productive.

Divers options exist for organizations to tackle these challenges. For example, both supervisor and coworker support have been shown to reduce the negative consequences of demands (Luchman & González-Morales, 2015), and the same holds true for a transformational leadership style (Weiß & Süß, 2016), while an increase in time flexibility might even further strain the individual (e.g., Biron & van Veldhoven, 2016). Another way to deal with workplace demands might be the development of personal resources, which in turn can decrease burnout (Huang et al., 2015) or the adequate design of employees’ task fields (Shultz et al., 2010).

Yet, to answer challenges resulting from demands in the modern workplace, research might benefit from considering not only results from a single discipline, but a combined perspective. Multiple disciplines, like business administration, psychology, sociology, and occupational medicine contribute to, e.g., research on stress and resulting strain (e.g., Ganster & Rosen, 2013). A joint approach might further enhance our understanding of the prevention, occurrence, and the consequences of work demands as multiple perspectives on the area of research are being combined.

Therefore, prospective papers may address, but are not restricted to, the following questions:

  • Which individual and organizational consequences result from the various developments that characterize the modern working world? And how might organizations manage the different technological and economic changes in order to reduce negative consequences for employees?
  • Under what circumstances do particularly problematic work demands arise? What are the differences between various forms of employment and their influences on work demands?
  • How can organizations manage the various demands in the workplace and which approaches are the most promising ones? What possible help can leadership or co-worker support provide to face increasing work demands?
  • What are the socio-structural and economic antecedents of and consequences caused by work demands? Are there burdens which are unequally distributed among different social or occupational classes that account for differences in the exposure to changing demands?

Potential authors
Authors are encouraged to submit research manuscripts that are likely to make a significant contribution to the literature on demands in the modern workplace. The focus of the Special Issue is empirical – qualitative or quantitative – evidence, and we welcome contributions from business administration, industrial and organizational psychology, work sociology, and occupational medicine as well as other disciplines dealing with the topic of the Special Issue.

Full papers for this special edition of “management revue” must be with the editors by 31 January 2017. All submissions will be subject to a double-blind review process. Papers invited for a “revise and resubmit” are due on 31 May 2017. Final decision will be made by September 2017. The special edition will be published in 2017 or 2018. Please submit your papers via email to Sascha Ruhle and Stefan Süß, using “management revue” as a subject.

Submission Guidelines
Manuscript length should not exceed 8,000 words (excluding references) and the norm should be 30 pages in double spaced type with margins of about 3 cm (1 inch) on each side of the page. Further, please follow the guidelines on the website and submit the papers electronically by sending a “blind” copy of your manuscript (delete all author identification from this primary document), and in a second document information that would typically appear on the document’s title page (title, author names, complete postal addresses, titles, affiliations, contact information including email, and phone).

We look forward to receiving your contribution!
Sascha Ruhle, Johannes Siegrist, Stefan Süß & Eva-Ellen Weiß