Excellence in

Prof. Dr. rer. pol. habil. Ing. Thomas Fischer

Research Areas

Supply Chain Management; Design and Coordination of Enterprise Networks (Virtually Extended and Dynamically Networked Enterprises Conceptions), Information Management and Knowledge Management in Enterprises and Networks; CSCW Research, especially Cooperative Innovation Management

Professor Dr. Thomas Fischer studied mathematics at the University of Stuttgart (Diplom-Mathematiker). He received his Ph.D. (Dr. rer. pol.) from the University of Frankfurt, followed by research and teaching activities for the University of Technology Darmstadt, the University of Münster and the University of Stuttgart, where he received his venia legendi (Dr. rer. pol., Habil. Ing.).


Professor Dr. Thomas Fischer is a faculty member at WHU where he has been the head of the the Chair of Business Information Science and Information Management since 1995. He was also in charge for the area of business cybernetics at the faculty of Engineering Design, Production Engineering and Automotive Engineering at the University of Stuttgar till summer 2011.

Furthermore, Professor Fischer was Head of the Centre for Management Research of the German Institutes for Textile and Fibre Research Denkendorf (DITF Denkendorf) (www.ditf-mr-denkendorf.de) from1984 till 2011. This centre takes a leading position in management research for the textile and clothing sector and the related networks of users and service providers. Professor Dr. Fischer participates in numerous practically oriented research projects of the European Union (DG Research, DG Information Society Technologies and DG Enterprise).

Professor Dr. Thomas Fischer and Professor Dr. Meike Tilebein, his successor in Denkendorf since summer 2011, have had a long research partnership which is also being continuead in current research projects.

Professor Dr. Fischer is advisor, co-ordinator of research projects and Project Technical Advisor for the European Union.
In 1998 he received the Max Kehren Award (Max-Kehren-Medaille) for his achievements in application-oriented research.

Professor Fischer is moreover chairman of the board of directors of the German Society for Business and Social Cybernetics (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Wirtschafts- und Sozialkybernetik).