Assistant Professor of Management Accounting
As of April 2015, Dr. Alexander Himme is Assistant Professor of Management Accounting at Kühne Logistics University. He received his PhD in Management Accounting and Marketing at the University of Kiel (Germany). He holds a Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Kiel. Before joining Kühne Logistics University he worked as an Assistant Professor at Vlerick Business School (Belgium) and as a Post-Doc at the Universities of Cologne and Passau (Germany). At the University of Cologne he received his cumulative habilitation. In addition, Alexander Himme spent one year as a Visiting Scholar at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA).
Professor Himme's specialization is on the field of performance measurement, valuation of intangibles, marketing accounting, and cost management. His work is positioned at the accounting-marketing interface. In this context his research deals with the influence of intangibles on accounting metrics like the cost of capital. The aim of the research is to quantify the return of investments in intangible assets like brands, customer equity, or corporate reputation. For determining the return of investments in intangible assets his research also focuses on ways how to measure and to evaluate these assets. Determining the drivers of a successful cost management is another pillar of his research projects. His research has been published among others in Journal of Management Control, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of Cost Management, Zeitschrift für Betriebswirtschaft (Journal of Business Economics), and Marketing ZFP. He has also presented his work at major international conferences (e.g., Congress of the European Accounting Association, Marketing Science Conference, Marketing Strategy Meets Wall Street).
Professor Himme has taught at the Universities of Kiel, Passau, Cologne as well as at the Corvinus University in Budapest, Vlerick Business School in Ghent/Leuven/St. Petersburg, and the State University of Management in Moscow. He has taught diverse financial, managerial, and marketing accounting classes in bachelor, master, and executive programs. Professor Himme has visited several teaching seminars that deal with the case study method (e.g., case method teaching seminar by Harvard Business Publishing) and combines theory-based teaching with a passionate way of teaching case studies.