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


    July 10, 2022: RMI was well represented at the 38th EGOS Colloquium in Vienna

    Hendrik Wilhelm, Maximilian Heimstädt and Simone Schiller-Merkens at this year's EGOS in Vienna (© RMI)

    At the 38th EGOS Colloquium, which took place this year in Vienna from 07 to 09 July 2022 under the motto "Organizing: the beauty of imperfection", three scientists from the RMI team were actively involved:

    Hendrik Wilhelm (RMI), Clarissa Weber (University of Göttigen) and Norbert Steigenberger (Umeå University, Sweden). In their article about crowdfunding, they investigated what impact overfunding – which at first seems to be a positive outcome of a crowdfunding campaign - can have on the later product development results.

    Maximilian Heimstädt (RMI and Weizenbaum Institute Berlin) presented two studies on "expertise": a literature review on the concept of expertise in management research with Tomi Koljonen (University of Liverpool) and Kasper Trolle Elmholdt (Aalborg University), and additionally, a study on experts and the public with Katharina Berr and Sascha Friesike (both Weizenbaum Institute).

    Simone Schiller-Merkens (RMI), together with Klaus Weber (Northwestern University, US) and Daniel Waeger (Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada), organized a pre-colloquium paper development workshop on "Social Movements in Transformations towards Sustainability, Democracy and Equality" within the framework of the four-year Standing Working Group (SWG) "Social Movements and Organizations", as well as the EGOS sub-theme "Movements, Markets and Morality: Common Grounds and Unchartered Territories," together with Philip Balsiger (Université de Neuchatel, Schweiz) und Sebastian Koos (Konstanz University). She also presented her paper "Social Transformation through Prefigurative Organizing? Prefiguring an Alternative Economy and its Struggles".

    July 06, 2022: Ivana Kupala - the Ukrainian Midsummer Festival was celebrated in the garden of the UW/H
    Juni 07, 2022 - RMI Research Seminar "Migrant business actors’ boundary work to navigate disturbances"
    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
    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

    PG Dipl. Strategie Eiko Gerten
    Dr. Maximilian Heimstädt
    Dr. Simone Schiller-Merkens
    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 Summer Semester 2022 and in the Winter Semester 2022/23

    The RMI seminars will currently take place 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: