Doctoral Program

The WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management Doctoral Program targets applicants who have completed a Diploma or Master program with outstanding success and who are motivated to accomplish academically sound work that is located in the exciting area between theory and practice.

Graduates of the Doctoral Program receive the title of Doctor of Economic Science (Dr. rer. pol.).



International Research Award for Dr. Wagner

Dr. Claudia M. Wagner’s doctoral research was chosen as Highly Commended Award winner of the 2016 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. The dissertation was titled “Intuition in supplier...



IMC Doctoral Program Ranked #1 in Europe

The PhD program at the Institute of Management Accounting and Control (IMC) of WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management ranks No. 1 in Europe and No. 9 in the world in the area of management...



Dissertation awards: Grand Slam completed

Dr. Barbara Yilmaz received the CSCMP 2016 Doctoral Dissertation Award (DDA) for her work titled “Implementing environmental supply chain management initiatives: A social network perspective.”...


WHU Doctoral Program

Basic information


  • Doctorate (Dr. rer. pol.) awarded on the basis of a dissertation and a disputation
  • Approx. 48 doctoral degrees awarded per year
  • Access to published dissertations: Books / Electronic publications 
  • Many of the graduates received awards for their dissertations

Program start:

  • Applications accepted and start possible at any time of the year
  • Internal and external study program
  • Duration: 3-5 years

Graduates of the WHU Doctoral Program: