Institute for Industrial Organization –

Committed to excellence in education and research.

About us

The Institute for Industrial Organization, led by Professor Dr. Jürgen Weigand, analyzes competitive markets and their implications for business strategies and their applicability to the strategic decision processes of business leaders and teams.

Our research

Research at the leading edge –
Focusing on economics for strategic leaders.

The research focus of the Institute members is the economics of firms and industries and, in particular, its implications for competitive markets and politics. 

Research projects have been conducted in the fields of theoretical and empirical industrial organization, competition policy and regulation, computational economics, business simulations, monetary economics, corporate governance, and sport economics.


Hope is not a strategy –
the podcast for strategy makers.

In the podcast "Hope is not a strategy", management consultant Christian Underwood and Prof. Dr. Jürgen Weigand show how you can win with strategic work in volatile times. Three different formats offer a 360-degree all-round view of the topic of strategy on a fortnightly basis.

Strategy Knowledge lays the theoretical foundation for central strategy questions, interviews with leading strategy makers provide insight into practice, and in Strategy Talk Prof. Dr. Jürgen Weigand and Christian Underwood deal with prejudices, myths and the latest findings from research and practice.

You can also listen to the current episode via the embedded webplayer, the WHU Knowledge Center or wherever podcasts are available.


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The International Handbook of Competition, Second Edition –
Shaping modern competition policy.

The book aims to further our understanding of how economic reasoning and legal expertise complement each other in defining the fundamental issues and principles in competition policy. In specially commissioned chapters the book provides a scholarly review of economic theory, empirical evidence and standards of legal evaluation with respect to monopolization of markets, exploitation of market power and mergers, among other issues.


Writing a doctoral thesis at the Institute for Industrial Organization.

Current job opening:

Research Assistant/Doctoral Student (f/m/d) - Institute for Industrial Organization

Final MBA Project

Completing a Final MBA Project at the Institute for Industrial Organization

Please contact Professor Weigand directly (cc Simon Lübke) with a potential topic or your general research interest. We will contact you so that we can define the project outline together.


Get to know our team –
Working together to inspire and achieve.

Professor Dr.
Jürgen Weigand

+49 (0)261 6509 227

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Ilona Thelen

Personal Assistant
+49 (0)261 6509 271

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Professor, Ph.D.
David Audretsch

Honorary Professor

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Professor (interim)
Martin Prause

Economics Group University of Koblenz/Landau

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Phares Akari

Research Assistant
+49 (0)261 6509 276

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Simon Lübke

Research Assistant
+49 (0)261 6509 275

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Jieyu Zhang

Research Assistant
+49 (0)261 6509 274

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Keeping in touch –
Meet our alumni.

The Institute for Industrial Organization has over 25 alumni working in academic institutions and business and we maintain close contact with them.

Here is a full list of our alumni