Prof. Dr. Tom A. Rüsen


CEO WIFU Foundation/Managing Director WIFU


ADDRESS

Alfred-Herrhausen-Str. 48
58448 Witten
Phone: +49 2302 926 519
Email: tom.ruesen@wifu-stiftung.de

Prof. Dr. Tom A. Rüsen is Managing Director of the Witten Institute for Family Businesses (WIFU), honorary professor of the economics faculty of the Private University of Witten/Herdecke and visiting professor at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. At the same time, he heads the non-profit WIFU Foundation as CEO. His research and teaching activities as well as his publications focus on the investigation of conflict and crisis dynamics in families and companies of family businesses and the development of practical solution concepts for the development of resilience structures within business families. As part of his coaching and consulting work, he accompanies succession processes, conflict and crisis situations, the development of family strategies and family-internal (self-) management systems. He also designs and teaches in open and in-house programs for the development of shareholder competence in business families. He is a member of the Commission for the Governance Code for Family Businesses and the Editorial Advisory Board of the Magazine for Family Businesses and Strategy. In 2020 and 2022 he was recognized by Family Capital as one of the world’s top 100 family influencers in the “Academics” category. Dr Rüsen is the father of two children.

Main areas of work, research and interest

  • Conflict and crisis management in family businesses
  • Structural risks in family businesses
  • Mental models in business families
  • Interim management in family businesses
  • Innovation in family businesses
  • Advising family businesses
  • Dynamics in business families (in particular succession arrangements, family strategies and management systems, coaching family members)

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