Dear partners and friends of the chair,
after a long and admirable struggle against his illness, Professor Thomas Fischer has passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2016, in Stuttgart. We all experienced and appreciated him as an open, profound and wise conversationalist, as honest and caring personality, and as compassionate and strong associate.
As its founder, from 1984 to 2011, he was in charge of the Center for Management Research at the German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research (DITF) in Denkendorf near Stuttgart. He held the Chair of Business Information Science and Information Management at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management for more than 20 years. Until summer 2011, he was also responsible for research and teaching in the field of management cybernetics at the Faculty of Engineering Design, Production Engineering and Automotive Engineering, University of Stuttgart.
In his academic career of more than 35 years, he guided more than 30 young scientists towards their doctorates, and a countless number of students to graduation. Each year he invited former students and colleagues to the Kesseldorffest at his Alsatian country house extending and maintaining his close personal relationships with co-workers throughout the years.
He was a researcher with heart and soul, and the personal relationships to his partners throughout Europe provided him momentum for his work.
His death fills us with deep sorrow, and our sympathy is directed to his family and all the people close to him. We have lost a sincere and special person in Thomas Fischer. We shall honor his memory in the gratitude of having known and worked with him.
In silent mourning, the Chair of Business Information Science at WHU.