Lecture Series

Between Rigor and Relevance in Family Business Research

Family Business Research between Scientific Rigor and Entrepreneurial Relevance – the Lecture Series of WIFU

The Witten Institute for Family Business (WIFU) brings top-class international scientist to Witten/Herdecke University


Lectures winter semester 2017/2018:

  • 18th of October 2017
    Prof. Dr. Torsten Pieper, Cox Family Enterprise Center, Kennesaw State University, USA
    Topic: The Science of Succession: Myths and Realities about Successful Family Business Transitions
    Place: 2.303
  • 15th of November 2017
    Prof. Dr. Heiko Kleve, Wittener Institut für Familienunternehmen (WIFU)
    Topic: Das Rätsel der Unternehmerfamilie – Eine funktionale Analyse
    Place: room 2.303
  • 17th of January 2018
    Prof. (FH) Mag. Dr. Reinhard Altenburger, Institut für Unternehmensführung, IMC Fachhochschule Krems (Austria)
    Topic: CSR und Innovation – Gesellschaftliche Verantwortung als Innovationschance für Familienunternehmen
    Place: room D 497

The lectures take place at 6pm at Witten/Herdecke University. The participation is free of charge.

A flyer with more information will follow shortly.

Since 2009 the Witten Institute for Family Business (WIFU) invites renowned international researchers to the lecture series at Witten/Herdecke University.

Family business research conveys very complex research questions which often demand the involvement of different scientific disciplines. Especially family business research moves within a “paradox of relevance and rigour”. Research that follows strict rules and publishes exact data is mainly interesting for a small exclusive circle of scientists. By contrast, research that aims at relevance is oftentimes scientifically unspecific and its result, mainly soft and qualitative data, is often only relevant for practice, but irrelevant for science. Under the slogan “Family Business Research between Scientific Rigour and Entrepreneurial Relevance” the lecture series gives an insight into the range of national and international family business research and shows that the discrepancy between rigour and relevance is not inevitably necessary.

Lectures are given in English or German and dealt among others with the following topics: “Family Businesses in Europe: Future challenges and Fields of Action for Politics”, “Family Wars” and “Emotional Value: Corporate Ownership beyond the financial Paradigm”. We invited leading researchers from Spain, Austria, the UK, Sweden and Switzerland.

We do not only invite an expert audience only to our lecture series but interested people from all over. The lectures take place on the premises of Witten/Herdecke University, participation is free of charge.

You will find the past dates and lecturers of the lecture series here:

Rigor and Relevance SS 2017

Rigor and Relevance WS 2016

Rigor and Relevance SS 2016

Rigor and Relevance WS 2015

Rigor and Relevance SS 2015

Rigor and Relevance WS 2014

Rigor and Relevance SS 2014

Rigor and Relevance WS 2013

Rigor and Relevance SS 2013

Rigor and Relevance WS 2012

Rigor and Relevance SS 2012

Rigor and Relevance WS 2011

Rigor and Relevance SS 2011

Rigor and Relevance WS 2010

Rigor and Relevance SS 2010

Rigor and Relevance WS 2009


Stipendium zu vergeben!


Das WIFU vergibt ein Stipendium im Bereich Organisation und Entwicklung von Unternehmerfamilien. Ausführliche Informationen finden sich hier.