WHU Receives Two Best Research Awards

At this year's 22nd Interdisciplinary Annual Conference on Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and SMEs (G-Forum) on October 11 in Stuttgart, WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management received two Best Paper Awards. Professor Dr. Nadine Kammerlander and Jonas Soluk from the Institute of Family Business at WHU were honored in the "Family Business and Medium-Sized Business Research Award" category. In the "Sustainable Entrepreneurship Research Award" category, Professor Dr. Christina Günther, Chair of the IHK-Chair of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises at WHU, and her co-author Professor Dr. Min Liu won.

Professor Dr. Klaus Fichter (Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, chairman of the jury) presents Professor Dr. Christina Günther (WHU, laureate) with the Best Research Award certificate (Photos: Felix Pilz)

Professor Dr. Nadine Kammerlander, Director and Chairholder for Family Business, and Jonas Soluk, external doctoral student at the Institute of Family Business at WHU, received the first prize of 1,000 euros for their paper "The Role of Dynamic Capabilities in Responding to Disruptive Technologies: Lessons from the Digital Transformation of DACH-Country Mittelstand Firms". In their study, they examined the digital transformation process in 15 medium-sized companies in the German-speaking regions.

Professor Dr. Christina Günther, Chair of the IHK-Chair for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises at WHU, and Professor Dr. Min Liu from Durham University Business School won the research award, which was presented for the seventh time and endowed with 1,000 euros. In their paper "Where does sustainable entrepreneurship emerge? The regional interplay of incumbents and sustainable new ventures in the German electricity Market" the authors examined the origins of energy cooperatives, newly founded sustainable initiatives to solve energy supply problems in the region.

The "Family Business and Medium-Sized Business Research Award" was presented by the EQUA Foundation and the Förderkreis Gründungs-Forschung e.V. (Association for the Promotion of Entrepreneurship Research). (FGF) e.V. This research award aims to make scientific and practical knowledge available to family businesses and to provide practical recommendations for action on topics such as entrepreneurship, innovation, and succession in medium-sized companies.

The "Sustainable Entrepreneurship Research Award" was presented by the Hans Sauer Foundation and the Social Entrepreneurship Academy. This award aims to support projects that promote a more sustainable environment and social entrepreneurship in society.

The chairwoman of the jury, Professor Dr. Birgit Felden (Berlin School of Economics and Law, left) and Dr. Rena Haftlmeier-Seiffert, director of EQUA-Foundation (right), with Jonas Soluk (external doctoral student at WHU)