Edeltraud Günther

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Günther in 2013

Edeltraud Günther (born October 10, 1965 in Augsburg ) is a German economist and has been a professor of business administration, in particular sustainability management and environmental management, at the TU Dresden since 1996 .


Günther studied business administration from 1984 to 1989 at the University of Augsburg and in 1989 completed a language degree at the École de Traduction et d'Interprétation at the University of Geneva . From 1989 to 1994 she worked as a research assistant at the Chair of Auditing and Controlling at the University of Augsburg, where she did her doctorate (Dr. rer. Pol.) On the subject of "Ecology-Oriented Controlling". From 1994 to 1996 she was a research assistant and project manager at the Bavarian Institute for Applied Environmental Research and Technology GmbH (BIfA), Economics Department, based in Augsburg.

Günther has been a professor of business administration at the economics faculty of the Technical University of Dresden since 1996 , in particular sustainability management and corporate environmental economics . Under her leadership, the TU Dresden introduced an environmental management system in accordance with the EC Eco Audit Regulation, which has been regularly validated since 2002. Günther founded and now heads the PRISMA Center for Sustainability Assessment and Policy.

She was visiting professor at the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia , Charlottesville, USA from August 2001 to February 2002 and from December 2005 to May 2016. Since January 2015 she has been visiting professor at Kobe University , Kobe, Japan. In the summer semester 2017 she was a visiting professor at NUST - Namibia University of Science and Technology.

On September 1, 2018, Günther took over the position of Director at the Institute for Integrated Management of Material Flows and Resources at the United Nations University (UNU-FLORES). Since it was founded in 2012, the Dresden Institute of the United Nations University has been developing strategies for the sustainable use and integrated management of environmental resources such as water, soil and waste. Günther was given leave of absence from the TU Dresden.

Research priorities

In her research Edeltraud Günther deals with ecological issues in economics. She is particularly interested in the key research areas of environmental and sustainability performance, risk management, obstacle analysis, sustainable corporate management, value-based management and deceleration.


Edeltraud Günther has been the chairperson of the DIN working committee for the development of the international standards DIN EN ISO 14051 "Material flow cost accounting" and ISO 14008 "Monetary valuation of environmental impacts from specific emissions and use of natural resources - Principles, requirements and guidelines" since 2008. From 2008 to 2013 she was head of the working group for sustainable corporate management of the Schmalenbach-Gesellschaft für Betriebswirtschaft eV She is a member of the working group Green Controlling of the International Controllerverein eV (since 2013) and of the working group Integrated Reporting of the Schmalenbach-Gesellschaft für Betriebswirtschaft eV (since 2013). She is also a member of the DFG Senate Commission on Water Research of the German Research Foundation (2006 to 2011 and since 2015), a member of the "Sustainable Management" specialist forum of the Hightech Forum (since 2015), and a member of the technical science class of the Saxon Academy of Sciences in Leipzig (since 2014 ) as well as a member of the Scientific Commission for Sustainability Management in the Association of University Lecturers for Business Administration. V. (since 1994).

She is editor of the magazine for environmental policy and environmental law ZfU (since 2009), of Sustainable Production and Consumption (since 2015), the Umweltwirtschaftsforum (since 2015) and subject editor of the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment (since 2016).

Expert activities

Among other things, she worked as an expert reviewer for the IPCC reports, as well as for national and international institutions, industrial and service companies, the European Union, federal and state ministries, the Federal Environment Agency and the German Research Foundation.

Selected prices

Best Paper Award of the Global Innovation and Knowledge Academy (2015), Highly Commended Award of the Emerald LiteratiNetwork (2011), 2nd Prize Open Interdisciplinary Planning Competition Plus Energy House of the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (2011), BAUM Environment Prize in the Science Category ( 2008) Teaching award for the development of the teaching concept "Investing in a sustainable future" as part of the Procter & Gamble competition for the development of innovative curricula (2005, together with Mark A. White).

Fonts (selection)


  • E. Günther, K.-H. Steinke (Hrsg.): CSR and Controlling - Corporate Responsibility as a Design Task of Controlling. Springer Gabler, Berlin 2016.
  • E. Günther, A. Bassen (Ed.): Integrated Reporting - Basics, Implementation, Practical Examples. Schäffer-Poeschel, Stuttgart 2016.
  • E. Günther, RX Ruter (Ed.): Principles of sustainable corporate management. Success through responsible management. 2nd, revised edition. Erich Schmidt Verlag, Berlin 2015.
  • E. Günther: Ecology-oriented management: Environment (world-oriented) thinking in business administration. Lucius & Lucius, Stuttgart 2008.
  • E. Günther, S. Kaulich, L. Scheibe, W. Uhr, C. Heidsiek, J. Froehlich (Eds.): Performance and success in corporate environmental management the EPM-KOMPAS software as an instrument for medium-sized industrial companies to measure environmental performance and monitor success, Including CD-ROM with an introduction to the EPM-KOMPAS software. EUL Verlag, Lohmar 2006.
  • E. Günther: Ecology-oriented controlling. Conception of a system for ecology-oriented control and empirical validation. Vahlen Verlag, Munich 1994.

Magazine articles

  • J. Herrmann, E. Guenther: Exploring a scale of organizational barriers for enterprises' climate change adaptation strategies. In: Journal of Cleaner Production. Vol. 160, September 1, 2017, pp. 38–49. doi: 10.1016 / j.jclepro.2017.03.009
  • E. Guenther, J. Endrikat, T. Guenther: Environmental management control systems: a conceptualization and a review of the empirical evidence. In: Journal of Cleaner Production. Volume 136 (A), 2016, pp. 147-171. doi: 10.1016 / j.jclepro.2016.02.043
  • Richard A. Rosen, E. Guenther: The energy policy relevance of the 2014 IPCC Working Group III report on the macro-economics of mitigating climate change. In: Energy Policy. Volume 93, 2016, pp. 330–334. doi: 10.1016 / j.enpol.2016.03.025
  • E. Guenther, T. Guenther, F. Schiemann, G. Weber: Stakeholder Relevance for Reporting: Explanatory Factors of Carbon Disclosure. In: Business and Society. Volume 55, No. 3, 2016, pp. 361-397. doi: 10.1177 / 0007650315575119
  • A. Bergmann, K. Stechemesser, E. Guenther: Natural Resource Dependence Theory: Impacts of Extreme Weather Events on Organizations. In: Journal of Business Research. Volume 69, No. 4, 2016, pp. 1361-1366.
  • A.-K. Hueske, J. Endrikat, E. Guenther: External environment, the innovating organization, and its individuals: A multilevel model for identifying innovation barriers accounting for social uncertainties. In: Journal of Engineering and Technology Management. Volume 35, 2015, pp. 45-70.
  • R. Rieckhof, A. Bergmann, E. Guenther: Interrelating material flow cost accounting with management control systems to introduce resource efficiency into strategy. In: Journal of Cleaner Production. Volume 108 (B), 2015, pp. 1262-1278.
  • C. Trumpp, J. Endrikat, C. Zopf, E. Guenther: Definition, Conceptualization, and Measurement of Corporate Environmental Performance: A Critical Examination of a Multidimensional Construct. In: Journal of Business Ethic. Volume 126, No. 2, 2015, pp. 185-204.
  • R. Rosen, E. Guenther: The economics of mitigating climate change: What can we know? Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 2014.
  • E. Guenther, H. Hoppe: Merging Limited Perspectives: A Synopsis of Measurement Approaches and Theories of the Relationship between Corporate Environmental and Financial Performance. In: Journal of Industrial Ecology. Volume 18, No. 5, 2014, pp. 689-707.
  • E. Guenther, A.-K. Hueske, K. Stechemesser, L. Buscher: The “Why Not” Perspective of Green Purchasing: A Multi Level Case Study Analysis. In: Journal of Change Management. Volume 13, No. 4, 2013, pp. 407-423.
  • E. Günther, M. White: Investing in a Sustainable Future - Innovative Teaching Concepts for Sustainability Competencies. In: The company. Volume 67, No. 2, 2013, pp. 154-169.
  • M. Nowack, J. Endrikat, E. Guenther: Review of Delphi-based scenario studies: Quality and design considerations. In: Technological Forecasting and Social Change. Volume 78, No. 9, 2011, pp. 1603-1615.
  • E. Günther, S. Kaulich: The EPM-KOMPAS: an Instrument to Control the Environmental Performance in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). In: Business Strategy and the Environment. Volume 14, No. 6, 2005, pp. 361-371.
  • E. Günther, R. Wittmann: Conductors. In: Business Administration. Vol. 55, No. 1, 1995, pp. 119-120.
  • E. Günther, B. Wagner: Ecological orientation of controlling. Eco-Controllin. In: Business Administration. Volume 53, No. 2, 1993, pp. 143-166.


  • Dorit Petschel : 175 years of TU Dresden. Volume 3: The professors of the TU Dresden 1828–2003. Edited on behalf of the Society of Friends and Supporters of the TU Dresden e. V. by Reiner Pommerin . Böhlau, Cologne a. a. 2003, ISBN 3-412-02503-8 , p. 302.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ↑ Chairholder Mrs. Prof. Dr. Edeltraud Günther. TU Dresden, accessed on May 13, 2017 (English).
  2. Prof. Dr. Edeltraud Günther. In: Gabler Wirtschaftslexikon. Springer Fachmedien, accessed on June 16, 2019 .
  3. ^ Edeltraud Günther. EMAN, accessed on May 13, 2017 .
  4. PRISMA - Center for Sustainability Assessment and Policy. Retrieved December 14, 2017 .
  5. a b Ms Prof. Dr. Edeltraud Günther. TU Dresden, accessed on May 13, 2017 (English).
  6. WORLD: UN University elects Edeltraud Günther as head of Dresden . In: THE WORLD . July 9, 2018 ( online [accessed October 18, 2018]).
  7. UNO moves into the Dresden WTC from June . February 28, 2012 ( online [accessed October 18, 2018]).
  8. ↑ Main research areas - Professorship for business administration, especially corporate environmental economics. TU Dresden, accessed on May 13, 2017 (English).
  9. Management functions in working groups - owner. TU Dresden, accessed on May 13, 2017 .
  10. management. (No longer available online.) Sustainable Management Working Group, archived from the original on October 15, 2016 ; accessed on May 13, 2017 .
  11. Members of the Green Controlling Expert Group. Internationaler Controller Verein eV, accessed on May 13, 2017 .
  12. Members of the Working Group - Integrated Reporting Working Group. Schmalenbach-Gesellschaft für Betriebswirtschaft eV, accessed on May 13, 2017 .
  13. Senate Commission for Water Research. DFG, May 9, 2017, accessed on May 13, 2017 .
  14. Members of the specialist forum. (No longer available online.) Hightech Forum, archived from the original on April 20, 2017 ; accessed on May 13, 2017 (English).
  15. Edeltraud Günther, Prof. Dr. rer. pole. - Saxon Academy of Sciences. Retrieved May 13, 2017 .
  16. ↑ Directory of members - Scientific Commission for Sustainability Management. Association of University Lecturers for Business Administration, accessed on May 13, 2017 .
  17. ^ ZfU - Journal for Environmental Policy & Environmental Law. dfv, accessed on May 13, 2017 .
  18. ^ Sustainable Production and Consumption Editorial Board. Elsevier, accessed May 13, 2017 .
  19. uwf UmweltWirtschaftsForum - publisher. Springer, accessed on May 13, 2017 .
  20. ^ Editorial Board - The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. Springer, accessed on May 13, 2017 .
  21. ^ Expert Reviewers, Government Reviewers and Other Scientific Advisors of the IPCC WGIII Fifth Assessment Report. (PDF) (No longer available online.) IPCC, archived from the original on May 13, 2017 ; accessed on May 13, 2017 (English).
  22. ↑ Chairholder Mrs. Prof. Dr. Edeltraud Günther. TU Dresden, accessed on May 13, 2017 (English).
  23. July 2015: Received the Best Paper Award from the Global Innovation and Knowledge Academy. Retrieved May 13, 2017 .
  24. 2011 Highly Commended Award for scientific publication in the field of environmental performance assessment. Retrieved May 13, 2017 .
  25. 2nd place in the competition "Plus energy house with e-mobility. Accessed on May 13, 2017 .
  26. BAUM Prize Winner 2008. Accessed on May 13, 2017 .