"I really enjoy the multinational working and research environment with highly qualified and open-minded fellow students from all over the world." Behnaz Gholami, CDSB

Marina Friedrich-Schieback


Marina Friedrich was born on October 7th, 1988 in Merzig, Germany. She received her Bachelor’s and her Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Mannheim. In 2010, she spent a semester at HEC Paris, France. During her Master Studies she focused on public and nonprofit management and took a minor in sociology. Her Bachelor thesis and her Master thesis both cover topics in the field of nonprofit management. Marina took internships in public and nonprofit management and gathered first experiences in research and teaching as a student assistant and tutor.

Research Interests

Sport management

Social Impact

Sustainability Management

Sharing Economy

Why I chose the University of Mannheim and in particular the GESS

I think that the structured program of the GESS offers the great opportunity to acquire important methodological skills and enrich knowledge concerning the contents. Moreover, being part of the GESS means being part of a great network of researchers from the own discipline and also from other ones

The best part of being a doctoral student here

I enjoy the interdisciplinary orientation of the program. I have the possibility to get insights into social sciences and economics and to discuss my ideas with students from other fields of research.

A description of my fellow doctoral students

My fellow students are friendly, open-minded and always ready to help. Discussions with them are fruitful and rewarding.

My most challenging experience within the program

I really enjoy the interdisciplinary orientation of the program. However, I also experienced courses from other disciplines as the most challenging ones.

My advice for prospective students

Enjoy your time at the GESS!




22nd Conference of the European Association for Sport Management (EASM)
Place: Coventry, UK
Paper: Efficiency Evaluation in Sports Clubs


Does ownership influence the relationship between staff turnover and performance? An empirical investigation in non-profit and for-profit microfinance organisations
Accounting, Finance and Governance Review (in press)
Authors: Pinz, A. / Friedrich, M. / Thaler, J.