Institut für Management und Controlling

#1 in Europe

WHU’s doctoral program in management accounting comes top for 4th year running.

For the 4th year in a row, the doctoral program of WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management in the area of management accounting has been ranked No. 1 in Europe. On a global scale, the program has been ranked No. 5.


At WHU, the research activities and doctoral studies in the field of management accounting are bundled at the Institute of Management Accounting & Control (IMC) under the leadership of its directors, Marko Reimer, Utz Schäffer, and Jürgen Weber who congratulate the IMC’s former doctoral students whose research contributions made the success possible. “We are extremely proud of our former and current students”, says Utz Schäffer. “The results show that our efforts to enable our doctoral students to contribute to international research are highly successful", adds Marko Reimer. “Having faculty members guiding you throughout the entire process really makes a difference”, according to Virginia Galster, who is currently completing her doctorate at the IMC. “We have the chance to dive deep into a broad range of topics related to management accounting and control – for instance compensation, digitalization, machine learning, top management teams or emotions. At the same time, we are able to participate in the best research conferences and colloquia, as well as make use of the huge WHU network.”

The BYU ranking, produced annually by Scott L. Summers and David A. Wood of Brigham Young University, relates to the number of peer-reviewed articles published in 12 of the world's most prestigious accounting journals in a 6-year post-graduation window. The quality of each PhD program is measured in terms of how often its graduates published in one of the selected journals during this period.

Find out more on the Doctoral Program here.