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Chair of Vocationomics, Business and Economic Education

Chair of Vocationomics 


Univ.-Prof. Dr. sc. pol. habil. Volker Bank, Diplom Handelslehrer

+49 (0) 371.531 - 32 245
Reichenhainer Straße 41, Room 015

Curriculum Vitae

  • Volker Bank, born 1964 in Bielefeld (Westphalia, Germany), is Distinguished Professor at the Chair of Vocationomics (Berufs- und Wirtschaftspädagogik) at Chemnitz University of Technology since 2005. He has read in vocationomics, majoring in economics & management studies, along with two minors in didactics of economics and management and French studies. He holds a doctoral degree (1996) and the degree of a habilitatus (Dr. habil. sc. pol.; 2002) of the University of Kiel (Holstein, Germany).
  • Volker has been working for a number of SME and international companies in different branches in Germany and in GB. He has been a teacher in different schools in Germany and in France. His academic career started at the Institut für Pädagogik of the University of Kiel, where he defended his dissertation in 1996/97 and was habilitated in 2003. From 2013 to 2017 he was Vice-president of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ökonomische Bildung (German Society for Economic and Finance Education), and President from 2017 to 2021.
  • His over 100 publications, including several books, are dealing with problems in different domains of research. Firstly, they draw on the management and control of educational processes, including HRD, secondly on general didactics and economic & finance education (learning, teaching, and instruction), thirdly on economics of education and education policy. Finally, the works are dealing with the theory of vocationomics and vocational bildung. Vocationomics is a discipline instigated once by the dual system of vocational education, and therefore institutionalised as such merely in German-speaking countries. This academic discipline is marked by the cornerstones of vocational education and training (V.E.T.), of economics of education, of sociology of professions and of the theory of vocational education. 

Work and research focuses

The work priorities of the chair is on the intersection of economics and pedagogy, in particular:

  • Theory of bildung, especially, vocational and economic education, as well as teaching methodology.
  • Vocational training research, with a focus on international issues.
  • Control of educational processes/management of education.
  • Education of economics, finance, and business administration.

Current research projects concern:

  • Connectivity research on the role of learning at school and workplace learning.
  • Research in transfer of learning in the field of vocational education. 
  • History of vocational education in Saxony.
  • Education in economic and finance education at upper secondary school.



English Publications


Connectivity or Complementarity in the Dual System. Implementation of an exploration study, in: Zeitschrift für Berufs- und Wirtschaftspädagogik 115 (2019) 4, S. 605-623. https://doi.org/10.25162/ZBW-2019-0024

Connectivity or complementarity? A twofold empirical approach, in: Thomas Deißinger, Ursel Hauschildt, Philipp Gonon, Silke Fischer (eds.): Contemporary Apprenticeship Reforms and Reconfigurations.
Conference Proceedings. Wien: Lit, S. 193-196.



Insights in governance of vocational education from a historical perspective, in: Erica Smith, Philipp
Gonon & Annette Foley (Eds.): Architectures for Apprenticeship. Achieving Economic and Social Goals.
North Melbourne, Australian Scholarly Publishing 2015, S. 54-57


Instrumental Comparativism in vocational education: Policy borrowing instead of systemic development, in: Stefanie Hillen & Carmela Aprea (eds.): Instrumentalism in Education – Where is ‘Bildung’ left?
Münster u.a.: Waxmann 2015, S. 105-115.



On OECD Policies and the Pitfalls in Economy-driven Education: The Case of Germany, in: Journal
of Curriculum Studies 44 (2012) 2, S. 193-210. [A+; E: Nov. 2009; A: Dez. 2011].



Training needs analysis in economic teaching. A Pilot study on the suitability of the Test of Economic
Literacy (TEL), in: Ludger Deitmer, Michael Gessler, Sabine Manning (eds.): Proceedings of the ECER
VETNET Conference 2011: Papers presented for the VETNET programme of ECER 2011 "Urban Education" in Berlin (13-16 September 2011).
Berlin: Wissenschaftsforum Bildung und Gesellschaft e.V. [www.ecer-vetnet.wifo-gate.org] (mit Thomas Retzmann).

Praise of Difference: Dealing with Heterogeneity in Socio-Scientific Education. Journal of Social Science Education (JSSE) 10 (2011) 2 (als Herausgeber, mit Ilona Ebbers & Andreas Fischer)
[http://www.jsse.org/2011/2011-2], darin als Autor:
- Editorial: Lob der Verschiedenheit: Umgang mit Heterogenität in der sozialwissenschaftlichen
Bildung, S. 3-13 (mit Ilona Ebbers & Andreas Fischer) [http://www.jsse.org/2011/2011-2/pdf/01-



Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurship Education. Results and Consequences from Studies in the
Free State of Saxony and the Czech Republic, in: Ludger Deitmer, Pekka Kämäräinen, Sabine Manning
(Hg.): Proceedings of the ECER VETNET Conference 2008.
Papers presented for the VETNET programme of ECER 2008 "From Teaching to Learning?" in Gothenburg (10 to 12 September 2008)
[http://www.b.shuttle.de/wifo/abstract/!ecer08.htm bzw. http://vetnet.mixxt.org/ networks/files/ file.27024].
Berlin: Wissenschaftsforum Bildung und Gesellschaft e.V. 2010.


Prevocational Literacy: Towards a Maturity for Vocational Learning in Germany – Causes and Diagnosis, in: Felix Rauner, Erica Smith, Ursel Hauschildt & Helmut Zelloth (Eds.): Innovative Apprenticeships
– Promoting Successful School-to-Work Transitions. 2nd ed. Berlin u. Münster: LIT 2010, S. 93-97 (mit
Kristina Porsche).



Danish Dynamite – on the Implementation Process of Autonomous Schools in the German Vocational Education System, in: ECER VETNET Proceedings 2005; Nachtrag 2007 http://www.b.shuttle.de/
wifo/vet/papers.htm [http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/etv/upload/projects_ networks/paperBase/



On Money, Selfishness, and their Contributions to Bildung (Berichte aus der Berufs- und Wirtschaftspädagogik/ Papers and Proceedings in Vocationomics/ Nr. 1 – Oktober 2006) Chemnitz: Technische Universität 2006. [http://monarch.qucosa.de/fileadmin/data/qucosa/documents/ 5326/data/Vocationomica001.pdf].


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