Dr. Anja Kern

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Curriculum vitae

Dr. Anja Kern is professor of management at the DHBW Mosbach since December 2014. Before that, Dr. Kern was at Imperial College Business School in London, HEC Paris in Qatar, and LSE Health in London. Anja Kern obtained a PhD in 2006 jointly from the University of Stuttgart and the University Paris X/ESSEC. From 1996 to 2001 she was instructor at Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III) und DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) in Paris. She has a double degree in business from the University of Mannheim and und ESSEC (1996), with a specialisation in logistics and healthcare management and a minor in American studies (literature, linguistics, history, sociology). She also has experience as management accountant in a hospital, performance manager in an international logistics department (1996-2001) and consultant for market studies.


Dr. Kern’s research focusses on management control, activity-based costing, and performance management.


At DHBW Mosbach, Dr. Kern teaches cost accounting, management control, organization, sustainability, and research methods. Her teaching is in German and in English. At the chair of Management Accounting at KIT, Dr. Kern has offered several seminars for students in the study program of Industrial Engineering and Management.


Articles published or accepted in peer-reviewed journals

Anja Kern, Aziza Laguecir and Bernard Leca “Behind smoke and mirrors: A political approach to multiple Decoupling,” Organization Studies, accepted

Chapman, Christopher, Anja Kern, and Aziza Laguecir. "Costing practices in healthcare." Accounting Horizons, vol. 28, issue 2, 2014, pp. 353-364.

Chris Chapman and Anja Kern, “Reflections on the research and practice of costing,” Irish Accounting Review, vol. 19, 2012.

Chris Chapman and Anja Kern, “What do Academics do? Understanding the Practical Relevance of Research,” Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management, vol. 9, issue 3, 2012

Aziza Laguecir, Anja Kern and Philippe Lorino, “Une approche instrumentale des indicateurs de performance,”  Management &Avenir, issue 42, March 2011. pp. 111-132.

Anja Kern, “Exploring the relation between creativity and rules – The case of performing arts,” International Studies of Management and Organisation, vol. 36, n. 1, Spring 2006. pp. 64-82.

Anja Kern, Daniel Decup, Patrick Jourdain, Carole Thibault-Tenaillon and Serge Groshens, “Utilisation des outils médico-économiques et impact organisationnel exemple du GHM 184 au CH de Pontoise,“ Journal d’Economie Médicale, vol. 23, n. 2, 2005. pp. 83-92.

Commissioned reports

Chapman, C., Kern. A, Laguecir. A., Angele-Halgand, N., Angert A., Campenale, C., Cinquini, L., Doyle, G., Garrot, T., Hansen, A., Hartmann, F., Hinz, V., Mateus, C., Perego, P., Sikkut, R., Tenucci, A., Quentin, W., “International approaches to Clinical Costing.” 2013, Commissioned by HFMA and Monitor

Chris Chapman and Anja Kern, “Costing in the NHS: From Reporting to Managing.” 2010, Commissioned by CIMA

Books and chapters

Irmtraud Behr, Anja Kern, Jürgen Ritte, Jürgen Plewnia,  “Wirtschaft erzählen – Narrative Formatierungen von Ökonomie“ 2017, G Narr Verlag (Series of the Institut der deutschen Sprache).

Chris Chapman, Anja Kern, Aziza Laguecir and Wilm Quentin, Management accounting and efficiency in health services: the foundational role of cost analysis, in Health system efficiency - How to make measurement matter for policy and management, Jonathan Cylus, Irene Papanicolas and Peter C. Smith (eds), Series of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, 2016

Anja Kern, “The use of key figures and its impact on activity – The case of a hospital.” 2007, Peter Lang, Frankfurt

Irmtraud Behr, Dieter Hentschel, Michel Kaufmann and Anja Kern (eds), “Le Travail des Mots.“ 2007, Paris: PSN