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 degree of Doctor of Business and Economics (Dr. rer. pol.).



Research Award for WHU Alumna Dr. Wagner

WHU Alumna Dr. Claudia M. Wagner received the IPSERA Best Doctoral Dissertation Award 2016 for her work on “Intuition in supplier selection – An emotional perspective of team decision making”. The...



Doctoral Students Win EFMD Award

Peter M. Bican and Carsten C. Guderian received the 2016 EFMD Case Writing Competition Award in the category “Corporate Social Responsibility” for their case study entitled “Martin Bauer Group:...



Successful WHU Doctoral Colloquium on Campus Vallendar

The 1. WHU Doctoral Colloquium – organized by a team among the doctoral students’ representatives David Enzenhoefer and Monica Wagner – was a good opportunity for discussion and information on...


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: