On the occasion of his resignation as Deputy Chairman of the WHU Foundation, Dr. Toni Calabretti, Chairman of the WHU Foundation, Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Sönke Albers, Professor of Innovation and Marketing at the Kiel University and Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg, and Professor Dr. Markus Rudolf, Dean of WHU, paid tribute to Brockhoff's scientific work and his dedicated work for WHU and the WHU Foundation. In his speech, Dr. Calabretti recalled Brockhoff's 20-year creative phase at WHU, during which he played a significant role in shaping the university: "Klaus Brockhoff secured WHU an important position as an established business school.” Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Albers, who did in the 1970s under the leadership of Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Brockhoff his doctorate, in particular, highlighted Brockhoff's scientific work, which in over 50 years of academic activity has produced over 300 publications in magazines and textbooks and over 20 books.
Also, Professor Dr. Markus Rudolf honored Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Brockhoff as an essential supporter of WHU with a reputation as one of the most committed researchers. Brockhoff spent almost 30 years of his academic career at Kiel University, was Dean of WHU from 1999-2004 and was involved in the WHU Foundation for 14 years. For his many years of service to WHU, the incumbent WHU Dean subsequently awarded Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Brockhoff an honorary doctorate from WHU. As of now, Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Brockhoff used his speech to thank the role models who shaped him and his life. Among them are his closest family members, such as his parents and his wife Dagmar, but also long-time scientific companions such as Professor Dr. Albert Rubenstein, Professor Dr. Herbert Giersch and Professor Dr. Jürgen Hauschildt, as well as great companions from his time at WHU.