A business school must be of service to society by preparing the managers of the future for the challenges of a globalized economy and by considering relevant research issues in the field of general management. An important contribution is made to this mission by our research assistants and doctoral students. It is their task to contribute to the generation of high-quality research findings and other contributions to science and to integrate these into teaching and apply them in practice. It is in this way that WHU creates a stimulating environment for the education of outstanding alumni and builds a foundation for lifelong learning.
In doing so, WHU remains politically and ideologically independent in all respects. Our academic freedom in research and teaching is enshrined in the German constitution (Grundgesetz). We are amongst the most renowned German research institutes in the field of general mangement. Furthermore, since 2001, we have been the only private German business school to be accepted as a member of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). Our research output can, on the one hand, be seen as an objective gauge of the quality of our business school. On the other hand, the reputation of our research and our research activities act as a magnet for the brightest brains around. We want to attract excellent researchers in order to live up to our own aspirations.