Prof. Dr. Rudolf Wimmer

Extrabudgetary Professor for Leadership & Dynamics in Family Businesses


Alfred-Herrhausen-Str. 50
58448 Witten
Phone: +49 2302 926 515

Studied law, governance and public policy, political science and philosophy in Vienna; several years of research in Germany and the USA; habilitated in group dynamics and organisational consulting at Klagenfurt University; held the Chair of Leadership and Organisation at the Witten/Herdecke University’s newly founded Witten Institute for Family Business (WIFU) from 1999 to 2004; apl. professor at the WIFU Foundation Department of Leadership and Dynamics in Family Businesses at the Witten/Herdecke University since 2004. Vice president of this university from the end of 2012 to the end of 2016.

Freelance coach and consultant since 1977, managing partner at OSB, Gesellschaft für systemische Organisationsberatung in Vienna since 1988; specialises in issues around strategic development and change management, and in the design and implementation of new leadership structures. Member of various supervisory and advisory bodies in family-run businesses.

Founding member of the Austrian society for group dynamics and organisational consulting, from 1993 to 2003. Co-publisher and editor of the journal ‘Organisationsentwicklung’.

Author of various books and a range of articles in specialist journals and anthologies.

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