To content
Guest talk

Dr. Antigoni Papadimitriou

University-Engaged Research for Social Impact

Intersection on theory and practice

Portrait photo of Dr. Antigoni Papadimitriou © scott kissell​/​Miami University Marketing & Communication
Dr. Antigoni Papadimitriou (Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA)

Educators in professional or service-related fields want their students to understand why theories are essential and to learn how to apply them in practice. In this seminar, I will draw on two empirical studies that examined Baltimore's economic community development, which illustrate the value of linking theory with real-world experiences in the classroom. Both projects were funded by John Hopkins University internal funds.

The first study aimed to understand the factors that predicted the venture performance of women entrepreneurs in creative industries in Baltimore. The example explores whose knowledge (and what kind of knowledge) influences proposed interventions for community economic development. Too often, it fails to take into account the expertise of within the community. The second example is drawn from a community based participatory mixed methods research project that examined quality of life (safety and wellbeing) in Baltimore's Greektown in collaboration with community leaders. The study reveals how to the theory of "broken windows" can be used to propose interventions that can improve safety, resilience, and health that contributes to community and economic development.

Antigoni Papadimitriou, PhD, is a Visiting Assistant Professor, Farmer School of Business, Miami University Ohio, USA.
Until June 2021, she had a courtesy appointment at Johns Hopkins University, where she previously served as an Assistant Professor. Antigoni has been selected to serve multiple times as a chair for the OB and Leadership tracks for the Eastern Academy of Management. She is also elected chair for the ASHE Council for International Higher Education. Her personal and empirical knowledge of working in various institutions and in different countries (US, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Vietnam) help her to bring these real life experiences effectively to courses and research projects related to responsible leadership. Her preferred theoretical frameworks are rooted in organizational theory, and have used sensemaking, agenda setting, and social learning theories, wherein she utilized mostly mixed methods research designs. She published about university third mission, organizational leadership, quality management and mixed methods research. She served on the editorial faculty board for the Johns Hopkins University Press, while currently she serves as an editorial board member for the International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches and the Total Quality Management Journal, as well as the scientific advising board for the Sinergie Italian Journal of Management.

Wednesday, 10 November 2021, 4.00–5.30 p.m. | Online
Center for Higher Education (zhb)
Professorship of Higher Education

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".

Campus Lageplan Zum Lageplan