PD Dr. Tobias Köllner

Project manager "The social, cultural and religious embeddedness of family firms and business families"


Alfred-Herrhausen-Str. 48
58448 Witten
Phone: +49 2302 926 541
Email: tobias.koellner@uni-wh.de

PD Dr. Tobias Köllner complements the research at WIFU with his anthropological perspective on business families and family firms. Since 2020, he is heading a research project that examines the social, cultural and religious embeddedness of family firms and business families cross-culturally. Articles by PD Dr. Köllner have been published by Europe-Asia Studies; Journal of Religion, State and Society; Ethnography and Qualitative Social Research; Anthropology Today and others. From 2006 to 2009, PD Dr. Köllner worked as a PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle and completed his dissertation on the relation between businesspeople and Orthodox religion in contemporary Russia at the University of Leipzig in 2011. Subsequently, he conducted a research project that was funded by the German Research Foundation. This research forms the basis for his habilitation, which he finished in 2019.


Main areas of work, research and interests:

  • Embeddedness of economic activity
  • Cross-cultural comparisons and anthropology
  • Economy and religion
  • Russia and Eastern Europe

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