Professor Dr. Karl Wagner

Universiti Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Professor Dr.Karl Wagner graduated both in Sociology and Business Administration from the University of Munich in 1987. He was trained in numerous areas covering facilitation techniques, total quality management and team training. Since 1991, he had held several senior positions in the corporate sector before he became a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Rosenheim / Germany in 1993. Since 1998, together with his Malaysian partners, Prof. Karl Wagner provided consultancy and training primarily in the field of human resource management (e.g. recruitment, development), leadership (e.g. silent cost analysis, motivation feasibility studies) and change management (e.g. the path from vision to action).

He was awarded a scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service to research the former German Democratic Republic in Berlin. By his thesis on that topic, he took his German Ph.D. at the Faculty of Economy at the University of Münster in 1991 and spent the next three years as a HR-manager in industry. This was followed by another 10 years of teaching as professor at the University of Applied Sciences Rosenheim, specialising again in HR-management and organisational development. Prior to his position as a professor and consultant after the Berlin wall broke up, Prof. Karl Wagner was working as a project manager in the former Eastern Germany (GDR). Focusing on the partnership between the industry and the University, his intention is to bridge the gap between theory and practice to the mutual benefits of both sides. Besides taking care of several projects in industry, Prof. Karl Wagner also has been head of the study branch on Human Resource Management. Since 2000, he was the organiser for the first synergies forum between all colleagues of his state Bavaria.

Prof. Wagner was also responsible for the conceptualisation, planning and implementation of several flexi-time models in German industry. One of them, conducted for one of the most excellent internationally operating office furniture producer, saved the company RM2.6 million within the first year of use.
Prof. Wagner also was responsible for conceptualising, planning and co-ordinating the implementation of some modern management proposal programs. He also implemented this model to his own university where lecturers, co-workers and students can share their creativity by proposals on the homepage by an integrated data bank. He is the founder president of the Human Resource Circle providing an internet platform for both his graduates and HR-managers who collaborate with the University in terms of practical projects and recruitment.
Since 2000, Prof. Dr. Karl Wagner has served as a resource person on HR management and CRM-projects to larger German companies like BMW, Steelcase Germany or the German Railway Company. He has conducted team workshops for some leading hospitals for professionals, teachers and students.
During the last 10 years, Prof. Wagner has also received wide international exposure and reputation, especially in Malaysia and Singapore. Furthering on the applied side of science, he conducted in-house workshops for corporate organisations like Siemens, Schott Glass Malaysia, Daimler Chrysler, the Malaysian-German Chamber of Commerce and the Pantai Hospital Group.

For several companies, he was responsible for team building and development. On a part-time basis, he became both lecturer and supervisor in different Universities, like UM, UMS, UPM and Herriot Watt University and as a consultant for the Senior Vice President of Open University Malaysia.
In 2009, Prof. Wagner became project leader of the Master in Green Building Energy and Management, an innovative study programme to be exported from Germany to Universiti Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia which is subsidised by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) with 430,000 EUR. In the near future, green buildings are also on the agenda of upcoming geothermal and solar thermal research projects to focus both on the applicability and the ROI of tropically adopted green buildings in order to bring down CO2 emissions and create more thermal comfort at reasonable costs. With his management and green focus, Prof. Wagner joined UniKL in March 2012.

 

 

Dr. Matthew Anderson

University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Dr. Anderson’s background is in Social and Economic History and Social Research. He completed his PhD on Fair Trade at the University of Birmingham. As a seminar tutor at the University of Birmingham, he delivered historical overview courses to undergraduate students, including a third year module on ‘Ethical Consumption’.

He has worked on Fair Trade projects with a range of stakeholders including: the Fairtrade Foundation, the Co-operative and Divine Chocolate. Prior to joining the University of Portsmouth, he worked in the Civil Service as a Strategic Analyst on policy and communications projects. Working with departments across government, he translated findings from behavioural science research into evidence-based policy.

He currently teaches on several undergraduate courses in the areas of organisational behaviour, human resource management and international business. His main teaching responsibility is the coordination of a new second year unit on Leadership, Ethics, Governance and Sustainability. He is pleased to have received the Academic Professional Excellence Award at the UPSU Teaching Awards (2015).

His research interests focus on the intersection between business and civil society. His PhD was the first detailed investigation into the development and growth of the Fair Trade movement in modern Britain. Looking beyond the ‘ethical shopping trolley’ his thesis explored key drivers behind the mainstreaming of an alternative business model. He has presented his research findings widely, including at academic conferences hosted by: University of Cambridge, Harvard University and Paris-Sorbonne University. He has recently completed a research monograph titled, ‘A History of Fair Trade in Contemporary Britain: From civil society campaigns to corporate compliance’ (Palgrave Macmillan).