Prof. Dr. Heiko Kleve

Academic Director/ Chairholder Organisation and Development of Business Families


Alfred-Herrhausen-Str. 48
58448 Witten
Phone: +49 2302 926 538

Prof. Dr. Heiko Kleve has led the WIFU Foundation’s Department of Organisation and Development of Business Families since July 2017. Since October 2020 Heiko Kleve leads the academic activities of the WIFU as Academic Director. He has also been working for around 20 years as a consultant, mediator, coach and supervisor for individuals, groups, teams, and organisations/businesses. After training as a data processing technician and working briefly in the field, Heiko Kleve (born 1969) studied social work and social education at the Alice Salomon University in Berlin from 1992 to 1996 and social sciences (sociology, political science and social philosophy) at the Humboldt University of Berlin from 1997 to 1999. In 1998, he gained a doctorate in sociology at the Free University of Berlin, achieving ‘summa cum laude’. He worked as a freelance social education worker in the psycho-social counselling of families, children and young people (sociopedagogic family counselling and care) and in sociopsychiatric outreach work with individuals, from 1997 to 2002. He was appointed Chair of Theory and History of Social Work at the Alice Salomon University in Berlin in 2002. He taught and researched at Potsdam University of Applied Sciences as a professor of sociological and social psychological foundations of social work from 2005 to 2017. There he was the Dean of the Social and Educational Sciences Department from 2013 to 2017, he was the director of the social work course specialising in families, and the academic director of further training in systemic case management, systemic coaching and systemic structures.

Professor Kleve possesses additional certifications as a systemic consultant (DGSF), supervisor and coach (DGSv), systemic and teaching supervisor (SG), conflict mediator and case manager (DGCC).

Main areas of work, research and interest

  • System theory for business families and family businesses
  • Socialisation, education and growing up in business families
  • Family governance/strategy
  • Consulting, coaching, mediation and organisational development, especially in business families
  • Theoretically analysing and practically dealing with ambivalent and paradoxical situations
  • Systemic methods of researching business families / family businesses, in particular systemic structures as an analytical and research method.
  • Theory and practice in applied social sciences, especially social work as a postmodern discipline and profession.

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