Prof. Dr. Utz Schäffer
Institut für Management und Controlling


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Research Interests

  • Controlling & Strategy Execution
  • Roles of CFOs and Controllers
  • Digital Transformation of Controlling
Education and Career Progression
Date University Position
Since 9/2007 WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Vallendar, Germany Chair of Management Accounting & Control, Director of the Institute of Management Accounting and Control (with Marko Reimer & Jürgen Weber)
3/2002 –8/2007 EBS Business School, Oestrich-Winkel, Germany Chair of Management Accounting & Control
1998 – 2001 WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Vallendar, Germany Assistant Professor; Habilitation Thesis: "Kontrolle als Lernprozess", Venia Legendi for Business Administration
1994 – 1996 WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Vallendar, Germany Research Assistant at the Chair of Controlling and Logistics of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Weber, Dissertation Thesis: "Controlling für selbstabstimmende Gruppen?", second supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Horst Albach, Summa Cum Laude
1990 – 1996 Scholarship from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
1989 – 1993 WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Vallendar, Germany Studies in Business Administration with exchange semesters at J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, Chicago (USA), entered in the Dean's List of Honor, and EMLYON Business School, Lyon (France); Diploma with Distinction
1977 – 1986 Gymnasium Ditzingen, Germany A-Levels (Abitur)
Practical Experience
Date University Position
since 2009 International Controller Association (ICV) Member of Board of Trustees
since 2007 CTcon GmbH, Vallendar and Düsseldorf, Germany Member of Scientific Advisory Council
2001 – 2002 Center for Controlling & Management of WHU, Vallendar, Germany Founding Director
1996 – 1998 McKinsey & Company, Inc., Munich, Germany Associate and after 4/1997 Senior Associate, studies in insurance and banking
1993 – 1994 CTcon GmbH, Düsseldorf and Vallendar, Germany Consultant
1987 – 1989 Dresdner Bank AG, Stuttgart, Germany Banking Trainee
1986 – 1987 Basic Military Service Munich and Ludwigsburg, Germany
Memberships and further Interests
Academic appointments: Group Speaker WHU Management Group (2013-2019)
Group Speaker WHU Accounting & Control Group (2008–2013)
Member of the Senate of WHU (2007-2019)
Ombudsperson (since 2009)
Contact Person for the Joint Committee on the Handling of Security-Relevant Research (since 2015)
Assistant Dean of Research of EBS Business School (2003–2007)
Chair of the Doctoral Committee of EBS Business School (2003–2007)
Member of the Senate of EBS Business School (2002–2007)
Member of the Teaching and Academic Committee of EBS (2002–2003)
Management: Center for Controlling & Management (CCM) (since 2000)
Editorships: Controlling & Management Review, Journal of Management Control
Visiting professorships: Visiting Professor at Innsbruck, Austria (2003–2004), and Dalian, China (2012–2015)
Memberships: German Association of University Professors and Lecturers, Schmalenbach Society, European Accounting Association, American Accounting Association, Academy of Management, In Praxi e.V.

Our contribution to cutting-edge research –
A selection of refereed publication.

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