Scholarship recipient Dr. Thomas Urban, Jeanette Wolff, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Arist von Schlippe, scholarship recipient Sina Bohnen
Research and teaching of the endowed chair of the Witten Institute for Family Business (WIFU) focus on psychological, family psychological and sociological issues of family businesses and their connection with economics. The Chair stands out due to its comprehensive sociological and psychological know-how. In order to meet the challenges resulting from the interaction between family and business the chair adopts a systems perspective and promotes the corresponding theory development. The Chair for Leadership & Dynamics is unique in Germany as to its content and its affiliation to the Witten Institute for Family Business.
The majority of the businesses on the market are family businesses. They significantly contribute to the society’s value added. Due to the attachment of a family to the business over generations questions on economic as well as on sociological and psychological topics arise. The focus of research and teaching at the Chair is on the characteristics of family businesses – business, family and associates – from a sociological and psychological perspective.
Family businesses do not only shape economic matters across the world but also represent the prototype of operating activities. For this reason, the Chair co-operates closely with (international) research institutes and corporate networks in order to better understand the specific characteristics of this pivotal form of business organization and to promote the exchange of knowledge with industry professionals. The Chair follows different theoretical explanatory approaches for the analysis of family businesses and examines particular issues from a qualitative and an empirical perspective.
In addition, the Chair explicitly aims at promoting the transfer from theory to practice. It has connections to various organizations, such as the Foundation for Family Businesses and the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, thus establishing contacts with the professional world. This enables the Chair to promulgate research findings via these organizations and to let current issues in practice spark specific research activities.
Our teaching focuses on the specific characteristics of family businesses from a psychological and sociological perspective. Among others, this includes the following courses:
Detailed information on research topics, projects and publications of the Chair is available on the WIFU homepage at the WIFU-Homepage.
Schlippe, A.v., Frank, H.
Schlippe, A.v., Groth, T., Rüsen, T.
Schweitzer, J., Schlippe, A.v.
Schlippe, A.v., Frank, H.
Team of the Chair for Leadership & Dynamics in Family Businesses (WIFU):