Faculty of Management, Economics and Society

    Reinhard Mohn Institute of Management (RMI)

    The Reinhard Mohn Institute team in October 2019 (for Hendrik Wilhelm's inaugural lecture, 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.

    RMI's current focus areas include: Cooperative Relationships, Network and Alliance Strategies, Strategic Adaptation Processes, Managing Openness and Transparency, Trust in and between Organizations, Innovation and Learning in Organizations, New Forms of Leadership and Work in the Digital Age, and Corporate Responsibility.

    On June 29, 2021, Reinhard Mohn would have turned 100. RMI is contributing to the anniversary year with a commemorative publication and events, in particular the "RMI Tag der Unternehmensführung 2021" .


    Twitter: @RMI_UWH


    Announcement: May 20, 2021 - RMI Online Research Seminar with Eugenia Rosca on the Role of Intermediaries in Base of the Pyramid Supply Chains in Poverty Settings
    Dr. Eugenia Rosca

    Eugenia Rosca from Tilburg University presents research from a study that shows how different intermediaries can support sustainability in Base of the Pyramid (BOP) supply chains. In the project, Dr. Rosca and her international co-authors build on the observation that institutional gaps in areas of extreme poverty may need to be filled by intermediaries (here as organizations). Intermediaries aim to encourage local supply chains to take on not only economic but also social responsibility.

    In this RMI Online Research Seminar, Dr. Rosca aims to show how BOP companies can achieve economic and social viability through four pathways: Formalization, legitimacy for vulnerable stakeholders, development of social capital, and acquisition of complementary resources through an expanded network of intermediaries.

    Originally from Moldova/Romania, Dr. Eugenia Rosca is an Assistant Professor in Supply Chain Management and Academic Director at Tilburg University, The Netherlands and a Visiting Lecturer at Universidad Externado de Colombia. She was educated at Jacobs University Bremen and completed her PhD in 2018. Her research interests revolve around sustainability aspects in supply chains and industrial systems, with special a focus on developing economies and Base of the Pyramid markets. She has published in key journals such as Journal of Cleaner Production, International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Technological Forecasting and Social Change and, recently, Journal of Business Ethics.

    RMI Research Seminars provide a forum for discussing latest findings in research areas matching or complementing those of the Reinhard Mohn Institute of Management at Witten/Herdecke University. Speakers are usually international, early-career and/or interdisciplinary-minded researchers. Due to the corona pandemic, the seminars are currently held online via Zoom. 

    Further RMI Online Research Seminars will take place on 17 June 2021, Prof. Anne Gausdal (Kristiania University) on “Managing Networks” and 15 July 2021 Prof. Hannah Trittin-Ulbrich (Leuphana University) on “Digitalization and Organization”.

    The events are open to anyone interested. To register and obtain the joining instructions please email rmi@uni-wh.


    April 29, 2021: International conference "Betrieb as Corporate Actor" with a lecture by Günther Ortmann
    April 15, 2021: RMI Online Forum: Homesick for the office? Corona special of the Leadership Radar


    December 9, 2020: Mask have! Online lecture of the van Laack boss Christian von Daniels
    November 27, 2020: "My Good Example" award winners honored
    November 11, 2020: Online seminar on responsibility and transparency in the fashion industry
    October 14-17, 2020: Interdisciplinary Conference "Organization and Imagination"
    August 11, 2020: RMI well represented at the virtual Academy of Management Meeting 2020
    July 21, 2020: RMI represented by Simone Schiller-Merkens at this year's SASE Annual Meeting
    June 18, 2020: Capital reports on executive study on innovations
    June 07, 2020: New publication on trust in innovation networks
    March 05, 2020: Diversity in Corporate Cultures - RMI Day of Management 2020
    March 01, 2020: Maximilian Heimstädt takes over research group in Berlin
    February 27, 2020: First results of the Leadership Radar published
    February 20, 2020: First graduate starts with "Strategy and Organization"
    January 01, 2020: Bertelsmann foundation extends support for RMI

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

    Dr. Ralph Heck (Chairman), CEO of the Bertelsmann Stiftung

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

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

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

    Liz Mohn, Vice Chairwoman of the Executive Board of the Bertelsmann Stiftung

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

    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Erik Strauß, Dean, Faculty of Management, Economics and Society, Witten/Herdecke University

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

    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Guido Möllering

    Univ.-Prof. Dr.
    Guido Möllering

    Fakultät für Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft (Department für Management und Unternehmertum)
    Reinhard-Mohn-Institut für Unternehmensführung

    Phone: +49 (0)2302 / 926-501

    E-Mail: Guido.Moellering@uni-wh.de

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    Corona Virus: RMI Seminars in the Summer Semester 2021

    The RMI seminars will take place in the summer semester 2021, taking into account the current pandemic developments and the applicable regulations of the faculty, the University of Witten/Herdecke and the state government of NRW.

    Up-to-date information on the implementation can be found for the respective seminar in UWE and on Moodle. 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: