Conferences for Practitioners

The Center for Research in Financial Communication team regularly participates in relevant practice-oriented events of the financial community. At panel discussions, workshops as well in personal meetings, current topics and research results are presented and discussed. 

The team of the Center for Research in Financial Communication will participate at the following conferences:

DIRK workshop "Digital IR trends" on 24 January 2019

DIRK general meeting on 08 March 2019

DIRK conference 2019 on 03/04 June 2019

Geschäftsberichte-Symposium 2019 on 13 June 2019

2019 // Digital IR trends 2019

2018 // On sender and receiver: how targeted is the annual report of companies?

At the 21st DIRK conference on 05 June 2018, the Center for Research in Financial Communication provided initial insights into the results of the cooperation study with MPM Corporate Communication Solutions on cross-media annual reports.

Together with Philipp Mann, Managing Partner of MPM, empirical findings on the needs of investors and analysts regarding the annual report were presented.

In-depth results will also be presented at the MPM Corporate Reporting Conference on June 21, 2018 in Frankfurt am Main.

Further information on DIRK conference are available here.

2018 // How digital is Investor Relations in Germany?

At the 21st DIRK conference on 05 June 2018, the Center for Research in Financial Communication presented insights on its research project "Digital Leadership in Investor Relations - How digital is Investor Relations in Germany?" for the first time.

The study in cooperation with DIRK, Deutsche Post DHL Group, Deutsche Telekom, innogy and SAP shows how investor relations departments are shaping the digital transformation. Among other things, the requirements, challenges and success factors of digital investor relations were analyzed. In addition, it was ascertained which digital instruments are used in which intensity. From this, the state of the art of the digital IR landscape in Germany could be derived and four different types could be identified in dealing with digitalization in the IR area.

Key insights are available here.

The full study is available here (only in german).

Further information on DIRK conference are available here.

2018 // Strategies in Investor Relations and Financial Communication

As part of the DIRK general meeting on 23 February 2018 in Düsseldorf, Prof. Christian HOffmann presented the results of the CRiFC study "Strategies in Investor Relations and Financial Communications" - a broad empirical study among companies listed in the Prime Standard.

Decision-makers in Investor Relations and Corporate Communications were asked about strategic communication management. The results point to the strategic importance of financial communication - even if there are still gaps in strategic management of the function. Furthermore, three types of investor relations and financial communication strategies at German stock corporations were identified in the available data.

The full study is available here.

More information on the event is available here.

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2018 // Digital transformation of investor relations

As part of the DIRK workshop "Digital IR trends 2018" on 25 January 2018, Sandra Tietz gave a first insights into the research project "Digital Leadership in Investor Relations". The results of the first phase of the phase were enthusiatically discussed with representatives of investor relations departments.

More information is available here

2017 // The future of money

On 30 June 2017, Prof. Christian Hoffmann and other experts will discuss the future of money at the international conference. Among other things, topics such as alternatives like “bitcoin” and “blockchain” by which startups and technology companies are revolutionizing the money and banking world.

More information is available at www.geldkonferenz.de

2017 // CFO positionining in Financial Communication

Based on a recent study by the University of Leipzig, an empirically grounded task framework describing the role of the CFO in financial communication was introduced and reviewed by a communication practitioner the workshop at the 20. DIRK conference on 13 June 2017 in Frankfurt. Furthermore, the implications for investor relations were discussed with the participants of the workshop.

Participants of the workshop:

  • Dr. Markus Talanow, Spokesperson Financial Communications at Merck KGaA
  • Sebastian Keßler, Group Communication and Policies at BMW AG and Graduate of the Master program „Communication Management“ at the University of Leipzig
  • Prof. Dr. Christian P. Hoffmann, University of Leipzig & Center for Research in Financial Communication

The presentation of the workshop is available here.

 

2016 // Integrated Reporting – for whom?

Integrated Reporting is currently generating curiosity and uncertainty at the same time. Is it a reporting approach or rather a management concept? How important is this for investors? The presentation by Prof. Dr. Christian Hoffmann provided insights in current findings on the advantages and challenges of Integrated Reporting.

Please find the complete presentation here.

Based on the presentation there was a follow-up discussion on “Integrated Thinking in Investment”. Various perspectives on the integration of ESG data into investment decisions as well as international differences in sustainable investments were presented.

Participants were:

  • Marissa Blankenship, Allianz GI
  • Steve Monnier, BlackRock
  • Prof. Dr. Christian P. Hoffmann, University of Leipzig
  • Moderation: Katharina Beyersdorfer, DIRK

2015 // Shareholder platform instead of AGM internet dialogue? Advantages and disadvantages

18. DIRK conference, Frankfurt

 The use of AGM internet services is stagnating. Central shareholder platforms are designed to increase attractiveness for investors. However, what advantages do they offer for the issuer?

The workshop at the DIRK conference included three brief presentations followed by a joint discussion:

 

  • Presentation of study among DACH companies with regard to the advantages and disadvantages of own AGM internet dialogue systems vs. shareholder platforms
  • Experiences by an Swiss issuer on shareholder platforms
  • Internet dialogue/platform solutions and their capabilities

Participants:

 

  • Prof. Dr. Christian P. Hoffmann, Center for Research in Financial Communication
  • Roman Bühler, Sherpany AG
  • Marcus Händel, Valiant Bank AG

The video of the workshop is available here.