Welcome to the Institute of Family Business!

The Institute of Family Business at WHU (ifb@WHU) is a thought leader in the family business field.

With a dedicated team of 15 scholars and practitioners, we aim to study different aspects of family firms. Our most current research projects, for instance, aim to advance our understanding of innovation, leadership, succession, and financing of family firms as well as family offices.

But creating new insights is not enough. We also strive to discuss, transfer, and extend those insights in discussions with practitioners. This works out best by maintaining a continuous dialogue amongst scholars and practitioners. Our aim is to generate impact for family businesses. 



Is retirement with 40 realistic?

Prof. Hagist on the ZDF program "WISO"



Money, markets and comments

Dispute over pension policy - who finances our retirement?


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Our next Campus for Family Business will take place in Vallendar on Friday, 12th October, 2018.

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