Research at WHU

Creating a research environment –
Stimulating, intellectual, and international on all levels.

High quality and groundbreaking research in the fields of management, economics, and business administration is one of the key pillars of excellence at WHU. The school places particular emphasis on creating a stimulating environment for independent research in business and economics topics, coupled with attracting and supporting high-profile researchers with the ultimate aim of delivering first-class research outcomes. WHU further pursues its mission by combining academic rigor with tangible, practical relevance in all its research activities.

WHU is home to 57 professors who are currently engaged in research and have received significant academic acclaim through their involvement in numerous research projects both at home and abroad. WHU is also committed to supporting young academics. These highly motivated assistant professors, postdoctoral, and doctoral students greatly enrich the research capabilities of our school.

WHU’s high level of research capability can be attributed to the strict adherence to three fundamental research principles: these are quality, internationality, as well as practical and academic relevance. The school’s consistent long-term focus on independent cutting-edge research has already borne fruit: WHU has now become one of the most renowned German research institutions in the field of management studies and is on the verge of joining the leading group of European institutions in the field.

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The 57 WHU 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:

Research Principles at WHU

Basing research on three principles –
Quality, internationality, and practical relevance.

WHU’s capability to conduct and deliver first-rate research in business and management topics is a consequence of its adherence to three key research principles: these are quality, internationality, as well as practical and academic relevance. WHU researchers recognize that the interplay of these three principles is paramount to achieving excellence in research and truly tangible outcomes. It is precisely for this reason that both WHU as an institution and its researchers steadfastly adhere to these three cornerstone research principles.

“Quality not quantity” is the guiding principle for our faculty members. This manifests itself in our excellent research results being published in some of the most renowned and leading international journals.

Delivering cutting-edge, premium research is of paramount importance to WHU. WHU faculty members are engaged in an ongoing process of exchange with the research community and regularly in attendance at international conferences. They also frequently accept invitations to visit internationally renowned universities and attend their research colloquia.

WHU is currently in the unique position of being the sole private German business school with membership of the German Research Foundation (DFG). Membership of the DFG requires member institutions to comply with strict academic principles. It is for this reason that WHU has permanently established a commission to safeguard good scientific practice at WHU.

Researchers at WHU are aware that excellent research and outcomes typically are only achievable in an international research environment. This global research mindset motivates WHU to maintain close links to internationally renowned educational and research institutions such as the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University in Evanston Illinois, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, or the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai. 

Research in management studies should not merely advance theoretical knowledge in the field, but also be of significant value to the practical side of the discipline. The firm conviction we hold motivates us to place significant emphasis on enhancing the practical relevance of our research activities. Our researchers work in close cooperation with companies, examining practical issues from a theoretical perspective and creating a nexus between academia and business. This is reflected in particular in the WHU research centers, some of which are sponsored by leading companies.

WHU’s research results are also directly incorporated into the programs the business school offers to its students. The close and ongoing cooperation between the individual university groups ensures that the diverse programs are regularly updated to reflect the latest theoretical findings.

Doctoral Program

Have you ever thought about
our Doctoral Program?

Are you an academically excellent and highly motivated student interested in pursuing research in one of our fields of study?

We are delighted to receive applications from inspiring German and foreign candidates seeking to undertake doctoral studies in one of our fields of research:
Economics, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Finance & Accounting, Management, Marketing & Sales, and Supply Chain Management.

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Doctoral Program

Have you ever thought about
our Doctoral Program?

Are you an academically excellent and highly motivated student interested in pursuing research in one of our fields of study?

We are delighted to receive applications from inspiring German and foreign candidates seeking to undertake doctoral studies in one of our fields of research:
Economics, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Finance & Accounting, Management, Marketing & Sales, and Supply Chain Management.

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Selected publications

Selected research articles –
Published by WHU researchers in renowned journals.

Explore the publications of our WHU research experts in peer-reviewed journals and books on management education and business-related themes to discover our research in detail.

This paper uses forecast data from 1995 through 2014 to examine, whether the market consensus of exchange rate forecasts has an effect on the forecasts of individual experts. Such an effect could take the form of herding or anti-herding. We use a very comprehensive data set to study experts' forecasts of three of the most important exchange rates. The results indicate that anti-herding vis-à-vis the consensus of forecasts occurs more often than herding. We also show how the increase in the forecasting horizon and financial crises affect the intensity of anti-herding behavior. Moreover, we report that the (anti-)herding behavior does not affect the forecasting performance.

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.econmod.2019.04.011

Emergent leadership—the ascription of informal leadership responsibilities among team members—is a dynamic phenomenon that comes into place through social interactions. Yet, theory remains sparse about the importance of verbal behaviors for emergent leadership in self- managed teams over a team’s lifecycle. Adopting a functional perspective on leadership, we develop a temporal account that links changes in task-, change-, and relations-oriented communication to emergent leadership in early, middle, and late team phases. We test the hypothesized relationships in 42 teams that provided round-robin emergent leadership ratings and videotapes of their first, midterm, and final meetings. Team members’ verbal behaviors were captured using fine-grained empirical interaction coding. Multilevel modeling showed that task- oriented communication was a stable positive predictor of emergent leadership at all time points. Change-oriented communication predicted emergent leadership at the start of the project and diminished in relevance at the midterm and final meetings. Relations-oriented communication gained importance, such that an increase in relations-oriented behaviors toward the project end predicted emergent leadership. We discuss theoretical implications for conceptualizing the behavioral antecedents of emergent leadership from a time- and context-sensitive perspective.

https://doi.org/10.5465/amj.2017.0149

Consumers nominally pay the consumption tax, but theoretical and empirical evidence is mixed on whether corporations partly shoulder this burden, thereby affecting corporate investment. Using a quasi-natural experiment, we show that consumption taxes decrease investment. Firms facing more elastic demand decrease investment more strongly, because they bear more of the consumption tax. We corroborate the validity of our findings using 86 consumption tax changes in a cross-country panel. We document two mechanisms underlying the investment response: reduced firms’ profitability and lower aggregate consumption. Importantly, the magnitude of the investment response to consumption taxes is similar to that of corporate taxes.

https://doi.org/10.1093/rfs/hhy132

Editorial Services

Editorial services –
Contributions to the academic community.

WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management is committed to achieving the best possible outcomes in both teaching and research, coupled with the determination to adhere to the principles of social responsibility. WHU also makes significant contributions to the academic community, as faculty members take on additional tasks such as being a departmental editor or member of an editorial board.

Research Experts

WHU research experts –
Conducting and delivering first-rate research.

A total of 57 WHU professors are currently engaged in research and have received significant academic acclaim through their involvement in numerous research projects both at home and abroad. Feel free to browse through our expert database to find out more about the current main research areas of the WHU professors. 

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News and Stories

Read the latest research news –
Reflecting the vivid science scene at WHU.

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WHU researchers investigate the success of dark personality traits.

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Professor Michael Frenkel and Haiko Stefan investigate the effects of COVID-19 on the German economy.

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WHU Establishes Online Session Series on Corona

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Contact

Contact the research team –
We look forward to hearing from you.

Professor Dr. Christian Andres

Associate Dean Research

+49 (0)261 6509 225
christian.andres(at)whu.edu

Claudia Heymann

Director Doctoral Program

+49 (0)261 6509 190
claudia.heymann(at)whu.edu

Anja Ziegler

Personal Assistant to Professor Dr. Andres

+49 (0)261 6509 221
anja.ziegler(at)whu.edu