Riccardo Keßler

Research Fellow at the Chair of Organisation and Development of Business Families


Alfred-Herrhausen-Str. 50
58448 Witten
Phone: +49 2302 926 564
Email: Riccardo.Kessler@uni-wh.de

Riccardo Keßler studied sociology and philosophy at the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena from 2007-2011 and graduated in 2014 with a master’s degree in sociology with a focus on family sociology. Afterwards he worked as a research assistant and doctoral student at the cooperative research college “Family Health in the Life Course” at the Witten/Herdecke University, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. In his doctoral thesis he investigates family behavior after surviving a severe sepsis. Since April 2019, Riccardo Keßler is a research assistant at the WIFU Chair of Organization and Development of Business Families. In his current work, Riccardo Keßler explores the family side of business families as a structural condition of family business. For example, he studies the form of socialization within a business family and its influence on the succession strategy of a family business. Riccardo Keßler represents a qualitative and reconstructive research approach.

Interests/ Areas of Research:

  • Socialization and identity formation in business families
  • Generational relationships in business families
  • The business family as a “special kind” of family
  • Qualitative and reconstructive research approaches in social science

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