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. 



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.



Help yourself! A plea for more personal responsibility

In his column in "Wir Familienunternehmer", Prof. Christian Hagist addresses the topic of self-responsibility in our society



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.


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