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Chair of Family Business –

Thought leader on family firm research.

About us

Family firms - no matter whether big or small - are all around. At the same time, those firms are substantially different from other types of firms, for instance with regard to their goals, strategies, and resources. For this reason, the Chair of Family Business is dedicated to research the behavior of German and international family firms. We thereby focus on

  • innovation
  • entrepreneurship
  • strategy
  • governance
  • succession
  • Family Offices

The Chair of Family Businesses of WHU sees itself as a pioneer in the field of research into family business. This is achieved by focusing on issues that are relevant to both science and practice, providing intensive supervision of doctoral students and interested students, and fostering collaborations that result in top-level scientific publications. 

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  • the Chair of Family Business
  • the Chair of Small and Medium Sized Businesses
  • a project
  • the WHU Campus for Family Business

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Teaching

Professor Kammerlander teaches in bachelor, master, and Ph.D. courses and helds seminars in the field of family business and social entrepreneurship. She regularly supervises theses analyzing family business related topics. 

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Research

The Chair for Family Businesses dedicates itself to the research of specific challenges of family businesses and the communication of these research results, including the mediation of solutions in business practice.

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Corporate Connections

The goal of the WHU Campus for Family Business is to transfer and discuss new findings from science and practice with keynotes and interactive workshops.

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Team

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We look forward to hearing from you.

Professor Dr. Nadine Kammerlander

Chairholder

+49 (0)261 6509 780
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Michèle Kwiotek

Personal Assistant

+49 (0)261 6509 781
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Assistant Professor
Dr. Julia de Groote

Assistant Professor

+49 (0)261 6509 784

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Professor Franz W. Kellermanns, Ph.D.

Affiliated Professor

+49 (0)261 6509 781
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Professor Dr. Peter May

Honorary Professor

+49 (0)228 3678 011
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Moritz Feninger

Research Associate / Doctoral student

+49 (0)261 6509 785
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Alexander Fries

Research Associate / Doctoral student

+49 (0)261 6509 783
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Charlotte Marie Layher

Research Associate / Doctoral student

+49 (0)261 6509 782
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  • Jana Hermle-Boersig

  • Larissa Leitner
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  • Khadija Mubarka

  • Jürgen Neumann
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  • Marina Palm
  • Dr. Stephanie Querbach
  • Jan Eiben
    Director of Institute
  • Professor Dr. Andreas Hack
    Chaired Professor
  • Professor Dr. Sabine Rau
    Chaired Professor
  • Professor Fabian Bernhard
    Doctoral student
  • Dr. Pedram Faghfouri
    Doctoral student
  • Dr. Nils Kraiczy
    Doctoral student
  • Dr. Veronika Preuß
    Doctoral student
  • ​​​​​​Dr. Viktoria Siebke
    Doctoral student
  • Dr. Thomas Rieg
    Doctoral student
  • Jutta Walendy
    Personal assistant
  • Dr. René Sadowski
    Doctoral student
  • Dr. Andreas Röhm
    Doctoral student
  • Dr. Maximilian Wachter
    Doctoral student
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