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Sheron Baumann

Sheron Baumann is is an external doctoral student at the Professorship of Higher Education. The topic of his doctoral thesis is "Organizational and individual ambidexterity in Swiss Higher Education Institutions".

Portrait photo of Sheron Baumann © Steffi Slanzi​/​Foto Ecker Luzern

Doctoral Thesis

Organizational and individual ambidexterity in Swiss Higher Education Institutions

Higher education institutions fulfill various missions, including teaching and research and also have to keep developing and adjusting to political realities. As in other countries, the higher education sector in Switzerland experienced profound changes in the last 25 years. Notably, this included the formation of Universities of Applied Sciences and Arts as well as Universities of Teacher Education from teaching institutions that previously provided vocational education only. The two new university types received a new remit which also includes research and had to adopt a Humboldtian model. This change had consequences for the lecturers and put high demands on the still developing organizational ambidexterity. The PhD project pursues the question how Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences and Arts and Universities of Teacher Education responded to the need to become ambidextrous through their staffing policies and practices. The research relies in no small part on data gathered through a nationwide survey in 2018.

Professional Activity

Sheron Baumann started working as a research associate and project manager at the Institute of Business and Regional Economics IBR, which belongs to the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, in 2012. After completing a vocational business education, he studied economics at the University of Berne, Switzerland and subsequently completed a teacher education. Along with teaching social workers the basics of economics, Sheron's responsibilities at the IBR are concentrated in research projects. They cover a broad area and include the return on continuing education as well as the profiles of lecturers teaching at Swiss universities of applied sciences and arts and universities of teacher education.

Profile at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.


TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".


The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.


The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.


Interactive map

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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