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.


Strategy podcast –

In their podcast, Christian Underwood and Professor Jürgen Weigand demystify the myth of strategy and at the same time show how to win with strategic work in these volatile times.

Thereby there are the formats: Knowledge, Conversation, Stories and Interviews with renowned strategy makers* from the corporate front.

You can find the episode on WHU Knowledge, everywhere podcasts are available or here:


Strategy book

StrategyFrame®: The smart way to make strategy work

In uncertain times, only one thing is certain: Hope is not a strategy, and a forward-looking focus is more important for companies than ever before. At the same time, strategizing represents an immense feat of strength for entrepreneurs, executives and employees.

That is why Christian Underwood and Professor Jürgen Weigand have developed the StrategyFrame®. It brings order to the strategy process and creates a clear and comprehensible picture of the realignment through joint work. In the process, strategic know-how and momentum is generated among all participants and stakeholders.

Language: German
Published: May 17, 2023
Publisher: Campus Verlag


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