A first-class faculty of experts –

Research, teaching, and real-world relevance.

About the Faculty

WHU’s faculty members are a diverse team of academic experts, engaged in pioneering and dynamic research, fundamental to our mission of achieving excellence in management education.

Incorporating this cutting-edge research into the curriculum, many of our ever-increasing faculty also teach students at varying degree levels. WHU is at the forefront of innovation in management education, with our faculty of experts generating groundbreaking research and bringing hands-on, practical references to the classroom.

WHU is the only private German university that is a member of the German Research Foundation (DFG). This membership is a testament to our academics’ dedication to their profession. International connections complement our distinguished faculty with top practitioners from around the world, strengthening collaborations and relationships for continued excellence.

A growing faculty for dynamic research and development in education:

39 Professors

19 Assistant

3 Adjunct



17 Honorary

Faculty Members

Dedicated to research –
Providing academic excellence.

At present, 39 professors are currently conducting high-quality research at WHU. Every member of our faculty is an international expert in their field, serving the academic world through innovative research collaboration projects:

In addition to WHU’s full time faculty, some members have a joint appointment with another university. While their main position remains at the other institution, part of their annual teaching takes place at WHU, as well as elements of their research activities – often in conjunction with WHU faculty members:

Academics that still teach at WHU regularly can adopt the title of “Außerplanmäßige” Professor (Apl. Prof.) if they have completed their habilitation or have received a positive evaluation at the end of their time as an Assistant Professor:

WHU takes great pride and value in the quality of its faculty. With the title of Honorary Professor, WHU awards individuals who demonstrate extraordinary scientific or professional achievements and who, as individuals, maintain a high degree of importance in the wider corporate or academic world.

Honorary Professors are part of a long-term relationship with WHU, dedicating their professional life to the continued excellence of the school. During the 30-year history of the school, 17 esteemed individuals bear the title “Honorary Professor of WHU”:

A Senior Fellow of WHU is an exceptional personality from an economic, political or societal background who has rendered remarkable services to the school:

    • Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Jaakko Honko (†)
    • Professor Dr. h.c. mult. Donald Jacobs (†)
    • Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Peter Mertens
    • Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Dieter Ordelheide (†)
    • Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Paul Riebel (†)
    • Dr. h.c. Nikolaus Schweickart
    • Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Pierre Tabatoni (†)
    • Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Carl Zimmerer (†)
    • Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Erich Greipl (†)
    • Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Otto Beisheim (†)
    • Dr. h.c. Albrecht Deyhle
    • Professor Dr. h.c. Klaus-Michael Kühne
    • Dr. h.c. Hans-Joachim Spittler (†)
    • Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Reinhard H. Schmidt
    • Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Klaus Brockhoff

    • Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Karl-Friedrich Meyer

    Research Groups and Chairs

    Academic groups at WHU –
    Provoking innovative research.

    A unique collaborative approach to research throughout the school strengthens WHU’s contribution to the academic community. Our faculty unite across fields of expertise in Groups to share their knowledge, practices, and innovative ideas, continually advancing the school’s influence in leading business research.


    The Economics Group connects chairs from across WHU to generate collaboration between experts in the field. Comprised of leading academics from both WHU and external institutions, the Group organizes the Research Seminar in Economics, creating the opportunity for economics experts to present their work to the wider community.

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    Entrepreneurship & Innovation

    The Entrepreneurship & Innovation Group is part of a prosperous partnership with the Center for Research in Innovation & Technology at Kellogg School of Management. The partnership serves as a platform for innovation and collaboration around the world to share information and transform it in practice.

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    Finance & Accounting

    Bringing together independent chairs around WHU, the Finance and Accounting Group leverages synergies across related fields and coordinates teaching around the school. The Group also maintains the Center for Private Banking and the Financial Accounting & Tax Center, generating resources for financial researchers and decision-makers.

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    Leadership, management, and behaviour unite under the Management Group at WHU. Understanding an organization’s challenges, structure, and motivations can be the defining factor between successful and frustration. The Management Group supports independent chairs across the school in their continued research into the complexities behind organizational behaviour. 

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    Marketing & Sales

    The Marketing and Sales Group maintains an active presence in the scientific community through its publications, business engagement, and outstanding teaching. Bridging the gap between academia and managerial practice, the Group provides executive education courses, organizes seminars for the dissemination of research, and models its teaching to ensure students will thrive in real-world business scenarios.

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    Supply Chain Management

    Recognized for its top position in supply chain management research, WHU was ranked 6th in a global comparison of universities producing empirical supply chain management (SCM) research by the 2019 SCM Journal List. As the highest-ranked supply chain management research institution outside the United States, the Supply Chain Management Group is leading cutting-edge research around the school’s associated chairs.

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