Awards

WHU's faculty members consistently have been successful in gaining national and international awards for their outstanding research papers as well as for their performance as peer reviewers of renowned research journals:

Best Paper Awards

Nominee for Best Conceptual Paper IFERA 2020, The International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA), 2020

Assistant Professor Julia de Groote, Merck Finck Assistant Professor of Family Business


Winner of the Runner Up Best Paper Award 2021 at the International Product Development Conference with the paper ‘Innovation theater in corporate venturing activities.’, Product Development and Management Association, 2021

Professor Dries Faems, Chair of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technological Transformation


Winner of the 2021 SIG Strategic Management CENA Best Paper Award at the Euram conference with the paper ‘What drives the appointment of directors: Linking resource dependence and monitoring to human capital value in wind farm joint ventures.’, European Academy of Management, 2021

Professor Dries Faems, Chair of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technological Transformation


2021 Best Research Methods Paper Prize at the SMS Conference, Strategic Management Society (SMS), 2021

Professor Dries Faems, Chair of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technological Transformation


2022 Best Paper Award of the Strategic Management SIG at the EURAM conference, European Academy of Management, 2022

Professor Dries Faems, Chair of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technological Transformation


Finalist for Best Family Firm Paper Award with Jonas Soluk, Förderkreis Gründungs-Forschung e.V. (FGF), 2019

Professor Nadine Kammerlander, Chair of Family Business


Best PhD Student Paper Award for Jonas Soluk, The International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA), 2019

Professor Nadine Kammerlander, Chair of Family Business


Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management, 2020

Professor Nadine Kammerlander, Chair of Family Business


Honorable Mention for FBR Best Paper 2019, Family Firm Institute, Inc. (FFI), 2020

Professor Nadine Kammerlander, Chair of Family Business


Best Innovation Paper Award, EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht, 2020

Professor Nadine Kammerlander, Chair of Family Business


Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management, 2020

Professor Nadine Kammerlander, Chair of Family Business


Finalist EURAM 2021 Best Conference Paper, European Academy of Management, 2021

Professor Nadine Kammerlander, Chair of Family Business


Honorable Mention for FBR Best Paper 2020, Family Firm Institute, Inc. (FFI), 2021

Professor Nadine Kammerlander, Chair of Family Business


IFERA Best Conference Paper Award, The International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA), 2021

Professor Nadine Kammerlander, Chair of Family Business


IFERA Best Conference Theme Paper Award, The International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA), 2021

Professor Nadine Kammerlander, Chair of Family Business


Academy of Management Best Paper Award for Jana Hermle-Boersig, Academy of Management, 2022

Professor Nadine Kammerlander, Chair of Family Business


EBS Best Paper Award, EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht, 2020

Assistant Professor Priscilla Kraft, Technology & Innovation Management (Ass. Prof.)

Best Paper Award BFGA Conference 2022, Giessen Graduate Centre for Social Sciences, Business, Economics and Law (GGS) , 2022

Professor Christian Andres, Chair of Empirical Corporate Finance

Best Paper in Track: Industrial Marketing & Supply Chain Management, American Marketing Association, 2020

Professor Ove Jensen, Chair of Sales Management and Business-to-Business Marketing

Best Paper Notification Entrepreneurship Division AOM, Academy of Management, 2019

Assistant Professor Nicole Gottschalck, Economics (Ass. Prof.) at BLS


Best paper Proceedings of the AoM 2019 Entrepreneurship Division, Academy of Management, 2019

Professor Christina Günther, IHK-Chair of Small and Medium Sized-Enterprises


Finalist Best paper award G-Forum, Förderkreis Gründungs-Forschung e.V. (FGF), 2019

Professor Christina Günther, IHK-Chair of Small and Medium Sized-Enterprises


Finalist for Best paper Award at G-Forum, Förderkreis Gründungs-Forschung e.V. (FGF), 2020

Professor Christina Günther, IHK-Chair of Small and Medium Sized-Enterprises


Best conference paper selection at BCERC, Babson College, 2021

Professor Christina Günther, IHK-Chair of Small and Medium Sized-Enterprises


Best conference Paper Selection, Academy of Management, 2021

Professor Christina Günther, IHK-Chair of Small and Medium Sized-Enterprises


Best Conference Paper Selection, Babson College, 2022

Professor Christina Günther, IHK-Chair of Small and Medium Sized-Enterprises

Best Paper Award: Reversing the lens: developing a taxonomy of destructive follower behavior, Herbst Workshop 2020 der Wissenschaftlichen Kommission Personal, Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf, 2020

Professor Fabiola Gerpott, Chair of Leadership


OB Division: Best Paper Award, Academy of Management, 2022

Professor Fabiola Gerpott, Chair of Leadership


Academy of Management Best Student Paper, SAP Division, Academy of Management, 2019

Professor Jane Lê, Chair of Strategic Management


Carolyn B. Dexter Award, Winner 2019, Academy of Management, 2019

Professor Jane Lê, Chair of Strategic Management


Carolyn B. Dexter Award Finalist, Academy of Management, 2021

Professor Jane Lê, Chair of Strategic Management


Best Paper Award, SAP Division, Academy of Management, 2021

Professor Jane Lê, Chair of Strategic Management


Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management, 2022

Professor Miriam Müthel, Chair of Organizational Behavior


Best Management Accounting Paper Award American Accounting Association, American Accounting Association, 2021

Professor Utz Schäffer, Institute of Management Accounting and Control


Management Accounting Section Dissertation Paper Award, American Accounting Association, 2021

Assistant Professor Victor Van Pelt, Management Accounting & Control (Ass. Prof.)

"TOP 20 most read papers in JBL" among articles published between January 2017 and December 2018: Article "Multimarket Contact and the Use of Power in Buyer-Supplier Relationships" published in Journal of Business Logistics, 2017, 38 (1), 18-34,, John Wiley & Sons, 2019

Professor Lutz Kaufmann, Chair of Business Negotiations & Procurement I


AoM Conflict Management Division Best Paper Award for New Directions: Lutz Kaufmann and Katja Wölfl received the award for their paper “Changing Perspective – Toward a Configurational Perspective on Deception in Business Negotiations from a Target’s Viewpoint”, co-authored with Craig Carter (ASU). The judges nominated the paper both for its overall high quality and its innovative use of research methodologies., Academy of Management, 2022

Professor Lutz Kaufmann, Chair of Business Negotiations & Procurement I


"TOP 20 most read papers in JBL" among articles published between January 2017 and December 2018: Article: Reimann, F./Shen, P./Kaufmann, L.: Multimarket Contact and the Use of Power in Buyer-Supplier Relationships, in: Journal of Business Logistics, 2017, 38 (1), 18-34., John Wiley & Sons, 2019

Professor Felix Reimann, Chair of Business Negotiations & Procurement II


EURO Award for the Best European Journal of Operational Research (EJOR) Paper 2021, The Association of European Operational Research Societies, 2021

Professor Liji Shen, Chair of Operations Management

Best Reviewer Awards

Outstanding Reviewer Award 2019; Journal of Product Innovation Management, John Wiley & Sons, 2020

Professor Holger Ernst, Chair of Technology and Innovation Management


Top 1% Peer Reviewer Award, Elsevier, 2019

Professor Nadine Kammerlander, Chair of Family Business


Outstanding Reviewer, Academy of Management, 2021

Professor Nadine Kammerlander, Chair of Family Business

Best Reviewer Award AOM – Gender & Diversity in Organizations Division, Academy of Management, 2019

Professor Fabiola Gerpott, Chair of Leadership


Journal of Business & Psychology - Reviewer of the Year Award, Journal of Business & Psychology, 2022

Professor Fabiola Gerpott, Chair of Leadership


Academy of Management Outstanding Reviewer - SAP Division, Academy of Management, 2019

Professor Jane Lê, Chair of Strategic Management


Outstanding Reviewer Award, American Accounting Association, 2022

Professor Utz Schäffer, Institute of Management Accounting and Control

OSCM Outstanding Reviewer Award 2022: Lutz Kaufmann received a best reviewer award from the AoM Operations & Supply Chain Management (OSCM) division, after he was in 2021 the first ever Distinguished Scholar Award winner at the AoM across divisions from a continental European institution., Academy of Management, 2022

Professor Lutz Kaufmann, Chair of Business Negotiations & Procurement I

Other Awards

Winner of the 2019 SITE Innovation Management Award, EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht, 2019

Professor Dries Faems, Chair of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technological Transformation


WirtschaftsWoche Ökonomen-Ranking 2020: Rank 99, Handelsblatt Media Group GmbH & Co. KG, 2020

Professor Dries Faems, Chair of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technological Transformation


Albert L. Page Outstanding Professional Contribution Award 2018 with Alfredo De Massis, Lorraine Uhlaner, David Audretsch, John Wiley & Sons, 2019

Professor Nadine Kammerlander, Chair of Family Business


Ranking "Top 100" Ökonomen unter 40, Handelsblatt GmbH, 2019

Professor Nadine Kammerlander, Chair of Family Business


Best Project Proposal Award for Alexander Fries, Forschungszentren und Institute für Familienunternehmen (FIFU), 2019

Professor Nadine Kammerlander, Chair of Family Business


Koblenzer Hochschulpreis for Stephanie Querbach for dissertation, Hochschule Koblenz, 2020

Professor Nadine Kammerlander, Chair of Family Business


Ten Clarenwater Award for best Bachelor Thesis for Julian Lessing, Stichting Ten Clarenwater, 2020

Professor Nadine Kammerlander, Chair of Family Business


IFERA Best Dissertation Award by Jonas Soluk, The International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA), 2020

Professor Nadine Kammerlander, Chair of Family Business


FIFU Project Award for PhD Student Alexander Fries for literature review " Like father...like son?", Forschungszentren und Institute für Familienunternehmen (FIFU), 2020

Professor Nadine Kammerlander, Chair of Family Business


Best Research Video Award, University of Vermont (UVM), 2021

Professor Nadine Kammerlander, Chair of Family Business


TOP 100 Influencer (TOP 15) des Online-Magazin "Family Capital", Family Capital, 2022

Professor Nadine Kammerlander, Chair of Family Business


Best Presenter Award at the Schlesinger Global Family Enterprise Case Competition (SG-FECC) by Daniel Welz, University of Vermont (UVM), 2022

Professor Nadine Kammerlander, Chair of Family Business


Schulze Publication Award 2021 (Category Family Business)), Entrepreneur & Innovation Exchange (EIX), 2022

Professor Nadine Kammerlander, Chair of Family Business


IFERA Best PhD Research Proposal Award for Rolf Wilmes, The International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA), 2022

Professor Nadine Kammerlander, Chair of Family Business


Nomination for the 2022 William H. Newman Award for Jana Hermle-Boersig, Academy of Management, 2022

Professor Nadine Kammerlander, Chair of Family Business


Top Research-Oriented Economists under 40: Rank 9, WirtschaftsWoche Ökonomen-Ranking 2022, Handelsblatt Media Group GmbH & Co. KG, 2022

Professor Nadine Kammerlander, Chair of Family Business


Top Research-Oriented Economists between 2018 and 2022: Rank 23, WirtschaftsWoche Ökonomen-Ranking 2022, Handelsblatt Media Group GmbH & Co. KG, 2022

Professor Nadine Kammerlander, Chair of Family Business


Lifetime Achievement in Business Education, WirtschaftsWoche Ökonomen-Ranking 2022, Handelsblatt Media Group GmbH & Co. KG, 2022

Professor Nadine Kammerlander, Chair of Family Business


Lifetime Achievement in Business Education, WirtschaftsWoche Ranking ranking of the most successful research-oriented economists 2022, Handelsblatt Media Group GmbH & Co. KG, 2022

Professor Franz Kellermanns


Best Dissertation Award at the Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, 2019

Assistant Professor Priscilla Kraft, Technology & Innovation Management (Ass. Prof.)

Wirtschaftswoche Ranking "Die Top-Forscher in der BWL aus Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz 2020, WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, 2020

Professor Martin Jacob, adidas Chair of Finance, Accounting and Taxation


Wirtschaftswoche-Ranking "Lebenswerk", WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, 2020

Professor Martin Jacob, adidas Chair of Finance, Accounting and Taxation


Excellence in Refereeing 2021 (Journal of Accounting Research ), The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, 2022

Professor Martin Jacob, adidas Chair of Finance, Accounting and Taxation


Top Research-Oriented Economists under 40: Rank 1, WirtschaftsWoche Ökonomen-Ranking 2022, Handelsblatt Media Group GmbH & Co. KG, 2022

Professor Martin Jacob, adidas Chair of Finance, Accounting and Taxation


Top Research-Oriented Economists between 2018 and 2022: Rank 14, WirtschaftsWoche Ökonomen-Ranking 2022, Handelsblatt Media Group GmbH & Co. KG, 2022

Professor Martin Jacob, adidas Chair of Finance, Accounting and Taxation


Lifetime Achievement in Business Education: Rank 92, WirtschaftsWoche Ökonomen-Ranking 2022, Handelsblatt Media Group GmbH & Co. KG, 2022

Professor Martin Jacob, adidas Chair of Finance, Accounting and Taxation


MAFAT Young Reseacher Award, Universität Mannheim, 2020

Assistant Professor Barbara Stage, Financial Accounting and Business Taxation (Ass. Prof.)

WirtschaftsWoche-Ökonomen-Ranking (unter 40) 2018, Handelsblatt Media Group GmbH & Co. KG, 2019

Professor Christian Schlereth, Chair of Digital Marketing


WirtschaftsWoche Ökonomenranking (unter 40), Handelsblatt Media Group GmbH & Co. KG, 2019

Professor Christian Schlereth, Chair of Digital Marketing


BME-Wissenschaftspreis für die Dissertation von Dr. Jörg Ralf Rottenburger; Betreuer und Co-Autor, Bundesverband Materialwirtschaft, Einkauf und Logistik e.V. (BME), 2019

Professor Christian Schlereth, Chair of Digital Marketing


2nd place at the Goldmedia-Award for Marie Walter’s master thesis "Elections 2019: Lessons Learned?", Goldmedia-Gruppe, 2020

Professor Christian Schlereth, Chair of Digital Marketing


Selection of our article for the "feature article" in Journal of Interactive Marketing (2021), vol. 49 (3): The article is selected by the editors as a feature article, based on its theoretical contribution and practical relevance, Marketing EDGE, 2021

Professor Christian Schlereth, Chair of Digital Marketing

IHK-Hochschulpreis der Wirtschaft 2019: WHU-Alumnus Daniel Davydov: „Internationalization Strategy and Location Analysis for an SME“, IHK Koblenz, 2019

Professor Christina Günther, IHK-Chair of Small and Medium Sized-Enterprises


Junge Elite - die Top 40 unter 40, Capital Magazin, 2019

Professor Christina Günther, IHK-Chair of Small and Medium Sized-Enterprises


Best Family Business Review Article Honorable Mention, Family Firm Institute, Inc. (FFI), 2020

Professor Christina Günther, IHK-Chair of Small and Medium Sized-Enterprises


Helena Yli-Renko Research Impact Award, Marshall School of Business, 2021

Professor Christina Günther, IHK-Chair of Small and Medium Sized-Enterprises

Top Research-Oriented Economists under 40: Rank 54, WirtschaftsWoche Ökonomen-Ranking 2022, Handelsblatt Media Group GmbH & Co. KG, 2022

Professor Fabiola Gerpott, Chair of Leadership


Lifetime Achievement in Business Education, WirtschaftsWoche Ökonomen-Ranking 2022, Handelsblatt Media Group GmbH & Co. KG, 2022

Professor Peter-Jürgen Jost, Chair of Organizational Theory


Emerald Literati Award for an Outstanding Autor Contribution, Emerald Publishing Ltd., 2021

Professor Jane Lê, Chair of Strategic Management


2021 Excellence Reviewing Recognition Award of the European Accounting Review (EAR), European Accounting Association, 2022

Professor Lukas Löhlein, Institute of Management Accounting and Control

2019 SCM List University Research Ranking, Arizona State University, 2019

Professor Arnd Huchzermeier, Chair of Production Management


SCM Journal List Ranking, Arizona State University, 2020

Professor Arnd Huchzermeier, Chair of Production Management


WirtschaftsWoche Ökonomen-Ranking 2020, Handelsblatt GmbH, 2020

Professor Arnd Huchzermeier, Chair of Production Management


Lifetime Achievement in Business Education, WirtschaftsWoche Ökonomen-Ranking 2022, Handelsblatt Media Group GmbH & Co. KG, 2022

Professor Arnd Huchzermeier, Chair of Production Management


BME-Wissenschaftspreis 2019 for Jörg Rottenburger: Jörg Rottenburger received the award of the German Association for Supply Chain Management, Procurement, and Logistics (BME) for his work on „Differentiating Deception: New Insights into Bluffing, Lying and Paltering in Business Negotiations“. The scientific jury pointed out that Jörg Rottenburger’s research yielded both, significant theoretical contributions and practically useful insights. The work was supervised by Professor Kaufmann., Bundesverband Materialwirtschaft, Einkauf und Logistik e.V. (BME), 2019

Professor Lutz Kaufmann, Chair of Business Negotiations & Procurement I


IPSERA Doctoral Dissertation Award 2019 for Jens Esslinger: Jens Esslinger received the award for his work on “Managing Unexpected Events in Joint Buyer-Supplier Projects.” The award is given to the author of the best doctoral dissertation in the field of Purchasing & Supply Management each year. The award committee judges all dissertations written at universities worldwide along the criteria originality, rigor, and scientific and practical impact. The work was supervised by Professor Kaufmann., IPSERA, 2019

Professor Lutz Kaufmann, Chair of Business Negotiations & Procurement I


In Praxi Outstanding Thesis Award 2020 for Charlotte Both: In her bachelor thesis, entitled "Sustainability’s Unintended Consequences", Charlotte Both identifies the (negative) unintended consequences of sustainable supply chain management initiatives (SSCM). The award is presented annually to recognize bachelor and master theses that examine topics of high relevance and practical impact to both business and society. The thesis was supervised by Professor Kaufmann., In Praxi e.V. - WHU alumni Association, 2020

Professor Lutz Kaufmann, Chair of Business Negotiations & Procurement I


IPSERA Doctoral Dissertation Award 2021 for Jiachun Lu: Jiachun Lu received the award for her work on “An Exploration of the Role of Advice Exchanges in Supply Management”. The award is given to the author of the best doctoral dissertation in the field of Purchasing & Supply Management each year. The award committee judges all dissertations written at universities worldwide along the criteria originality, rigor, and scientific and practical impact. The work was supervised by Professor Kaufmann., IPSERA, 2021

Professor Lutz Kaufmann, Chair of Business Negotiations & Procurement I


Distinguished Scholar Award of the Academy of Management: The Academy of Management (AoM) annually presents their most prestigious and significant awards for researchers, called “Distinguished Scholar Awards”. In August 2021, Lutz Kaufmann won the global award in the Operations & Supply Chain Management (OSCM) division. Across all AoM divisions, there has so far been no award winner from a continental European institution., Academy of Management, 2021

Professor Lutz Kaufmann, Chair of Business Negotiations & Procurement I


Lifetime Achievement in Business Education, WirtschaftsWoche Ökonomen-Ranking 2022, Handelsblatt Media Group GmbH & Co. KG, 2022

Professor Lutz Kaufmann, Chair of Business Negotiations & Procurement I


IPSERA Doctoral Dissertation Award 2021, International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association (IPSERA) , 2021

Assistant Professor Jiachun Lu, International Business & Supply Management (Ass. Prof.)


Finalist for the BME Wissenschaftspreis 2022, Bundesverband Materialwirtschaft, Einkauf und Logistik e.V. (BME), 2022

Assistant Professor Jiachun Lu, International Business & Supply Management (Ass. Prof.)


Best Associate Editor Award of the Journal of Supply Chain Management (JSCM): With the Best Associate Editor Award, JSCM recognizes exceptional contributions of their Associate Editors to the development of the Journal and the supply chain community. The award was presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts, John Wiley & Sons, 2019

Professor Felix Reimann, Chair of Business Negotiations & Procurement II


"Top BWL Professor" - WirtschaftsWoche Ökonomen-Ranking 2020, Handelsblatt Media Group GmbH & Co. KG, 2020

Professor Stefan Spinler, Chair of Logistics Management


"Lifetime Achievement" - WirtschaftsWoche, Handelsblatt Media Group GmbH & Co. KG, 2020

Professor Stefan Spinler, Chair of Logistics Management


Top Research-Oriented Economists between 2018 and 2022, WirtschaftsWoche Ökonomen-Ranking 2022, Handelsblatt Media Group GmbH & Co. KG, 2022

Professor Stefan Spinler, Chair of Logistics Management


Lifetime Achievement in Business Education, WirtschaftsWoche Ökonomen-Ranking 2022, Handelsblatt Media Group GmbH & Co. KG, 2022

Professor Stefan Spinler, Chair of Logistics Management