Faculty of Management, Economics and Society

    Reinhard Mohn Institute of Management (RMI)

    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.

    Twitter: @RMI_UWH                      

    Email: rmi@uni-wh.de


    Announcement: Juni 07, 2022 - RMI Research Seminar "Migrant business actors’ boundary work to navigate disturbances"

    Bernadette Bullinger (© IE University, Business School, Madrid)

    Bernadette Bullinger (IE University, Business School, Madrid) presents an ongoing research project that focuses on migrant shop owners and their employees and their practices facing disturbances and various boundaries, such as cultural and special boundaries.

    Boundary work – as individuals and collectives’ efforts to create, blur, or transform boundaries between groups – is crucial for our understanding of how actors, especially those who are migrants, navigate their social spaces and handle disturbances. Boundary work might take place at the complex intersection of different boundaries, which in its complexity has so far received little academic attention. It is however crucial for navigating disturbances. The ability to remain functioning in the face of disturbances is called resilience, which is also a key aspect of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. In the RMI Research Seminar, Bernadette will present a study for which she and her co-authors conducted 83 interviews focused on migrant business actors in an inner city and multi-cultural neighbourhood.

    Bernadette Bullinger is an assistant professor at IE University. Specializing in Organization Studies and Human Resource Management, her research touches on frontline workers, migration and questions of legitimacy in the context of career and recruitment—in addition to visual and multimodal methods of studying organizations and work. Bernadette has published articles in a range of journals such as Organization Studies, Journal of Management Inquiry, British Journal of Management and others.

    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.

    This seminar will take place on 07th June 2022 / 18:00 - 19:30 in the seminar room NB-BEGE.021 in the new building of the UW/H under the current Corona regulations. The event is open to anyone interested. Please register, indicating if you intend to participate in person on Campus or via Zoom (link will be sent), by  email:


    April 07, 2022 - RMI Research Seminar: "Shaping the Future in Times of Crises"
    February 10, 2022: New Leadership Radar on Gender Equality
    January 24, 2022: New publication in Business & Society on collaboration in sustainability projects
    January 13, 2022: New publication in the Journal of Management Studies on dynamic capabilities in organizations


    September 1, 2021: RMI welcomes visiting guest-researcher Joe Hamm
    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
    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
    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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    Research Assistants at the Chair of Strategic Organization

    Further Doctoral and Postdoctoral Researchers at the RMI

    M.A. Tina Azad
    Dr. Maximilian Heimstädt
    Dr. Simone Schiller-Merkens
    M.Sc. Sabrina Schuster
    M.Sc. Johanne von Danwitz
    M.A. Clemens Wagner

    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

    Corona Virus: RMI Seminars in the Winter Semester 2021/22

    The RMI seminars will take place in the winter semester 2021/22 currently in attendance - 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!



    November 21-22, 2019: Workshop "Moral Critique in and around Markets: Organizing (for) Alternatives in Troubled Times"


    Simone Schiller-Merkens (Reinhard Mohn Institute, Witten/Herdecke University)

    Philip Balsiger (Institute of Sociology, University of Neuchâtel)


    Keynote speakers

    Tim Bartley (Washington University, St. Louis)

    Francesca Forno (University of Trento)

    Ignasi Martí Lanuza (ESADE)


    Workshop Programme | November 21-22, 2019 | Witten/Herdecke University

    The aim of this research workshop is to look more deeply into the kinds of alternative organizing models for and in the economy that are currently discussed in the social sciences, and to explore their implications for markets and organizations.


    Thursday, November 21, 2019

    10:00 – 10:30


    Welcome to the workshop

    10:30 – 11:15


    Keynote Markets, Wasted Lives, and Social Repairing

    Ignasi Martí Lanuza (ESADE)

    11:15 – 11:30

    Short break

    11:30 – 13:00


    Alternative Organizing in the Food Sector

    Profit Sharing? The Emergence, Development, and Scaling of a New Social
    Enterprise Model in Coffee

    Janina Grabs (ETH Zurich) and Elizabeth A. Bennett (Lewis & Clark College)

    From CSAs to Intelligentsia: Comparative Consumer and Producer Politics in
    Quality Agriculture

    Elizabeth Carter (University of New Hampshire)

    complete program: see Pdf

    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: