Welcome at the Chair of Family Business at WHU

Family firms - no matter whether big or small - are all around. At the same time, those firms are substantially different from other types of firms, for instance with regard to their goals, strategies, and resources. For this reason, the Chair of Family Business is dedicated to research the behavior of German and international family firms. We thereby focus on topics around innovation / entrepreneurship / strategy, governance, and succession.


The Chair of Family Business at WHU aims to be a thought leader on family firm research. For this reason, we emphasize a close cooperation with our sponsors, intense coaching of doctoral and undergraduate students, and cooperations that allow us to conduct high quality research. 



Doctoral seminar December 2017

14 researchers attended the doctoral seminar at the beginning of December to exchange ideas on a broad range of topics on family firms.



Guest Lecture at "Creating Social Value Course" by Torsten Hebel

Torsten Hebel from Blu:boks Berlin gave an interesting speech on “Successful Journey of Social Enterprise (Blu:boks)” at our Creating Social Value Course.



We're hiring!

Motivated and smart research assistant / doctoral student with interest in family firm research wanted! Start date: Spring 2018 at the Vallendar Campus of WHU. For more information, please see:...



WHU – Campus for Family Business 2017

This year's "Campus for Family Business" took place on the 13th of October. The motto of this year's event was: „Entrepreneurship in Familienunternehmen – Langfristiges Denken in unsicheren Zeiten“.



We are pleased to inform you - roughly twice a year - on the latest activities and insights of the Family Business Institute. Please sign up with your name and email-address using the registration form.

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