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Siegfried Zürn

Faculty Management and Technology

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Siegfried Zürn

Founding Director of the Central Academic Institution "International Centre and Graduate School"

Address :

Esslingen Hilltop Campus
Room: F 02.122
Flandernstraße 101
73732 Esslingen


- Operations- & Supply-Chain Management
- Digital Transformation Management
- Quality Management
- Project Management

- Systems Thinking Modelling
- Business Simulations and Gamification

special functions

Director International Centre and Graduate School

Permanent advisory member of the Senate

consultation hours

online (during lecturing periods): Thursday, 9:00 - 9:30:
please contact Mr. Zürn in advance by e-mail

on appointment



Siegfried Zürn holds a doctoral degree in natural sciences from the University of Munich and a degree in Business Consulting from the University of Applied Sciences in Wismar. Before taking over his present function as Director International Centre and Graduate School he served as Dean of the Graduate School of the  Esslingen University.

Before joining the Esslingen University, he worked more than 20 years as Project Manager, International Technical Consulting Manager, Plant Manager (France) and Technical Director in the construction materials industry and later on as Head of R&D for a regional business unit of a leading multinational chemical company. During his industrial career, he was already lecturing technical and management courses at the University of Munich, the ISM Munich and the UAS Salzburg, Austria.

Dr. Zürn’s main academic focus and core competences are in Industrial Quality Management, Sustainability-, Technology- and R&D Management with a scientific focus on System Thinking Modelling. He develops business games and simulations in the above topics that are used in education and business trainings.

He is father of two children and is a passionate moutain hiker and table-tennis player. In his leisure time he also likes travelling and meeting people from other cultures - a passion he shares with his wife, who is a graduate ethnologist and freelance journaliste.

more information

Member of the German Assopciation for Project Management (GPM)
- Head of the Project Group Gamification in PM
- Member of the Expert Group "PM goes Sustainable"

Member of the German Association for Quality Management (DGQ)

Member of the SAGSAGA (Swiss German Austrian Simulation and Gamification Association)

Apply for summer semester 2023!

Attention, the application phase only runs until 15 January.

Please note that the application deadlines for the international Master's degree programmes may differ.
Enrol directly in the open-admission degree programmes.

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