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Faculty of Management and Economics

    Reinhard Mohn Institute of Management (RMI)

    RMI-Team (from left to right): Clemens Wagner, Guido Möllering, Nina Bense, Johannes Busold, Sabrina Schuster, Johanne von Danwitz, Tina Azad, Günther Ortmann, Simone Schiller-Merkens, Maximilian Heimstädt, Alfred Kieser, Claudia Galys und Hendrik Wilhelm.
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    The Bertelsmann Stiftung has funded the Reinhard Mohn Institute (RMI), which is named after its founder, since its foundation in 2010.  With its research, teaching and culture of dialogue with practice, the institute provides substantial national and international impetus for reforming corporate governance theory and practice.

    The RMI operates in line with the participative and responsible governance philosophy of Reinhard Mohn, with a solid foundation of organization theory. Its new content conception perceives strategy, management, organization and control increasingly as inter-organizational processes in the sense of cooperative governance in networks.


    Twitter: @RMI_UWH


    November 21-22, 2019: Workshop "Moral Critique in and around Markets"
    About 30 international scientists in exchange at the RMI Workshop

    (@Johannes Buldmann, RMI)

    The research workshop "Moral Critique in and around Markets: Organizing (for) Alternatives in Troubled Times", organized by Simone Schiller-Merkens (RMI) and Philip Balsiger (Université de Neuchatel), gathered an international community of scholars from a variety of disciplines - organization studies, social movement studies, economic sociology, political economy, law and history - to talk about the grand challenges of our times and discuss ways to approach them. Different forms of alternative organizing of and in the economy were presented, located at various societal levels that ranged from social and solidarity economy, postcapitalism, community economies, moral markets, direct producer-consumer relationships to organizational processes in and between social enterprises, cooperatives and sustainable community movement organizations. Keynote speeches by three well-known scholars framed the discussions: Ignasi Martí Lanuza (ESADE) referred to the persistence of injust institutions, asked whether marginalized people are supposed to obey or have a chance to resist, and addressed ways of social repairing. Francesca Forno (Universidade di Trento) talked about the rise of local forms of mobilization after the shift of the global justice movement from visibility to latency, and the attempts of sustainable community movement organizations to build alternative ways of organizing economic exchanges at local levels. Tim Bartley (Washington University in St. Louis) reflected on the difficulties in the public and private regulation of global supply chains, and reminded us of the limits in the "hope of transcendence" that these regulations are supposed to give.

    The event was the second in a series of research workshops that broadly relate to questions of morality in the economy, and will be continued over the next years at different places and congresses, including the annual conferences of EGOS and SASE.


    November 20, 2019: Guest Seminar with Prof. Dr. Elke Schüßler
    September 02, 2019: New RSO volume “The Contested Moralities of Markets”
    July 08, 2019: RMI Research Seminar "Strategizing for Climate Change"
    June 06, 2019: "Trust and Culture" - RMI Research Seminar
    May 23, 2019: New publication on "Supply Chain Inclusion"
    April 9, 2019: RMI Distinguished Lecture with Prof. John Child "Cooperative Strategies"
    March 21, 2019: RMI in the Süddeutsche Zeitung on the topic of "Digital Civil Society"
    March 2, 2019: Maximilian Heimstädt gives lecture at the Evangelische Akademie Tutzing
    March 1, 2019: RMI Management Forum "Responsibility: Who is ready?"
    February 22, 2019: Eszter Simon Guest Researcher at the RMI
    February 15, 2019: Another strong RMI presence at WK-ORG in Münster
    February 1, 2019: Maximilian Heimstädt gives lecture on algorithm governance
    January 23, 2019: Prof. Dr. Rainer Strack at the World Economic Forum in Davos


    18 December 2018 - RMI Debate with Rita Süssmuth and Thomas Druyen
    Thomas Druyen, Rita Süssmuth and Guido Möllering (image source: RMI)

    How capable of change are people, organisations and society? On 18 December 2018, former President of the German Bundestag Professor Rita Süssmuth and the Professors Thomas Druyen and Guido Möllering discussed this issue during a public RMI Debate in the Audimax of the UW/H. The debate took place on 18 December 2018.

    Everyone is talking about modification, transformation or "change". Today's world seems increasingly volatile, unpredictable, complex and unclear, but change is rarely popular. Instead of seizing opportunities, inertia at the individual, organizational and social levels often takes hold. The RMI had invited the interested public to a debate on how capable of and ready for change we are in Germany. How do we go into the future? What do we learn from the past? What do we preserve? What are we adapting to? What are we shaping?

    RMI Director Guido Möllering gave a radio interview on this subject on the morning of the event.

    16 December 2018: Günther Ortmann gives lecture at Deutschlandfunk Nova Radio
    11 December 2018: New publication in the Journal Business Strategy and the Environment
    05 December 2018 - RMI Distinguished Lecture "Trusting Enemies" with Nick Wheeler
    15 November 2018: 12th bdvb Forum on the topic of "Digital Transformation”


    10. November 2017: Neue Publikation im European Management Journal
    19 October 2017: RMI at 4th network meeting of ZIM cooperation network "CopServ"
    13 October 2017: Journal of Trust Research 7(2) published
    6 October 2017: Maximilian Heimstädt appointed Wikimedia 'Open Science Fellow'
    1 October 2017: New offer: "Cooperation manager" management programme
    21 September 2017: Leona Henry and Guido Möllering at Trust Workshop, Birmingham
    15 September 2017: New publication: Dancing in chains
    4 August 2017: Academy of Management in Atlanta
    31 July 2017: 2nd RMI Impetus Day
    13 July 2017: Bayern 2 radio interview on learning a lesson from the financial crisis
    10 July 2017: RMI debate: Entrepreneurship ideology? Charisma, success and facts
    5 July 2017: EGOS Colloquium "The Good Organization"
    1 July 2017: Interview: Transparent management – Open-minded towards all and everything?
    26 June 2017: RMI Distinguished Lecture
    14 June 2017: Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS) Conference
    2 April 2017: New publication: Openwashing
    8 March 2017: Paper workshop and guest lecture in Oslo
    2 March 2017: Prof. Möllering at the 43rd Herrenhäuser Gespräch, NDR broadcasting station
    15 February 2017: Scientific Commission on Organization
    Kieser criticizes scientific publication system
    Book contribution on energy transition: Transformative Processes in the Constitution of Markets
    Guido Möllering new Journal of Trust Research editor


    Kieser criticizes scientific publication system
    Book contribution on energy transition: Transformative Processes in the Constitution of Markets
    Guido Möllering new Journal of Trust Research editor
    International guest lectures on Trust-Based Organizing
    RMI at FINT 2016 Workshop in Dublin
    DFG Network Meeting: Neo-Institutionalism
    Lecture: Trust without familiarity?
    Lectures by Prof. Dr. Günther Ortmann
    RMI at the Momentum Kongress 2016: Foundations of Power
    DFG Network Meeting: Events, Organization, Creativity
    New study: Cooperation, Trust and Networking
    Press release: RMI director on dispute between Volkswagen and Prevent
    RMI at EGOS Colloquium 2016: The Practices and Process of Organizational Trust
    Handbook of Research Methods on Trust

    RMI Symposium 2016: Balanced ratio of trust and control

    Press release

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    Prof. Dr. Guido Möllering
    Director of the Reinhard Mohn Institut of Management and holder of the Reinhard Mohn Endowed Chair of Corporate Governance at Witten/Herdecke University

    Prof. Dr. med. Martin Butzlaff
    President of Witten/Herdecke University and member of the Board of Trustees of the Reinhard Mohn Institut of Management

    Dr. Günther Horzetzky
    State Secretary, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy and Industry of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

    Aart De Geus
    CEO of Bertelsmann Stiftung and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Reinhard Mohn Institut of Management

    Åsa Lautenberg
    Head of Corporate HR & People Strategy at Lufthansa Group, Deutsche Lufthansa AG

    Prof. Dr. Rudolf Wimmer
    Vice President of Witten/Herdecke University; member of the Board of Trustees of the Reinhard Mohn Institut of Management; co-founder of osb Wien Consulting GmbH

    Dr. Bennet van Well
    Partner at Metaplan Structure & Strategy Consulting

    Dr. Miriam Wilhelm
    Associate Professor of International Management at the University of Groningen

    Prof. (em.) Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Alfred Kieser
    Professor emeritus of the University of Mannheim and visiting professor of organization theory at the Reinhard Mohn Institut of Management at Witten/Herdecke University

    The Board of Trustees of the Reinhard Mohn Institute serves as advisory, shaping and supervisory body. Members of the Board of Trustees:

    Aart de Geus (Chairman); CEO of Bertelsmann Stiftung

    Liz Mohn, Vice Chairwoman of the Executive Board of Bertelsmann Stiftung; Member of the Supervisory Board of Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA

    Dr. Immanuel Hermreck, Chief Human Resources Officer, Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA

    Dr. Brigitte Mohn, Member of the Executive Board of Bertelsmann Stiftung

    Prof. Dr. med. Martin Butzlaff, (Vice Chairman), President, Witten/Herdecke University

    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Marcel Tyrell, Faculty of Management and Economics, Witten/Herdecke University

    Katharina Weghmann, Partner by EY Forensic & Integrity Services, Head of Integrity

    Dr. Heike Schütter, Managing Director, Faculty of Management and Economics, Witten/Herdecke University

    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Guido Möllering

    Univ.-Prof. Dr.
    Guido Möllering

    Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaft
    Reinhard-Mohn-Institut für Unternehmensführung

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    Corona Virus: RMI Seminars in the Summer Semester 2020

    The RMI will run all seminars in the summer semester 2020 as planned. We are currently preparing virtual teaching options for each course. Please register as usual. You will receive detailed information about the seminars by April 14, 2020 at the latest. Stay healthy!


    Die Universität Witten/Herdecke ist durch das NRW-Wissenschaftsministerium unbefristet staatlich anerkannt und wird – sowohl als Institution wie auch für ihre einzelnen Studiengänge – regelmäßig akkreditiert durch: