Prof. Dr. Markus Plate

Senior Research Fellow


Alfred-Herrhausen-Str. 48
58448 Witten

Prof. Dr Markus Plate has been supporting the WIFU since April 2015 as an associated senior research fellow. He is an assistant professor at Jönköping International Business School in Sweden. On the research side, he works on identity and relationship processes in owning families. He also works as a consultant, mediator and seminar leader in the areas of family strategy, interpersonal communication and conflicts. From 2013 to 2015, Dr Plate was a postdoctoral research fellow, and from 2005 to 2012, he was a research assistant for the chair of Prof. Dr Arist von Schlippe and completed his doctorate on ‘Familyness in Family Businesses’. He studied psychology at the Philipps University in Marburg and the University of Osnabrück.

Main areas of work, research and interest

  • Succession
  • Dialogue and fair process
  • Family governance and family strategy
  • Entrepreneurship in family businesses
  • The practice and methods of interpersonal communication, coaching and mediation

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