The staff of the Witten Institute for Family Business (WIFU) publishes numerous publications each year. In addition to the many papers and articles on family businesses  specialized books have been published.

The complete list of WIFU books is available here (mostly German).

A list of WIFU contributions and chapters in other books is available here (mostly German).


Selected Publications:

Cover Das kommt in den besten Familien vorDas kommt in den besten Familien vor… (Systemic Conflict Counceling in Families and Family Firms)

Publication by Arist von Schlippe

Concadora Verlag, 2014



Die beiden Seiten der Unternehmerfamilie: Familienstrategie über Generationen (Family Strategy throughout Generations)

Publication by Arist von Schlippe, Torsten Groth and Tom A. Rüsen

V&R Verlag, 2017



Die Familie des Familienunternehmens (The Family of the Family Business)

Publication by Fritz B. Simon

Carl-Auer Verlag, 3rd edition, 2011



Familienunternehmen (Family Businesses)

Publication by Rudolf Wimmer, Hermut Kormann, Torsten Groth and Miachael Blanc

Verlag Recht und Wirtschaft, 2nd edition, 2012


Familienunternehmen – Auslaufmodell oder Erfolgstyp? (Family Businesses – Discontinued model or guarantor of success)

Publication by Rudolf Wimmer, Ernst Domayer, Margit Oswald and Gudrun Vater

Gabler Wissenschaftsverlag, 2005


Familienunternehmen erfolgreich sanieren (Successfully reconstructing Family Businesses)

Publication by Tom A. Rüsen

Erich Schmidt Verlag, 20111


Familienunternehmen verstehen (Understanding Family Businesses)

Publication by Arist von Schlippe, Almute Nischak and Mohammed El Hachimi

Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2008


Große deutsche Familienunternehmen (Big German Family Businesses)

Publication by Markus Plate, Torsten Groth, Volker Ackermann and Arist von Schlippe

Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2011


cover-krisen_kleinKrisen und Krisenmanagement in Familienunternehmen (Crises and crises management)

Publication by Tom A. Rüsen

Gabler Verlag, 2nd Ed., 2016


8. Management von FamilienunternehmenManagement von Familienunternehmen (Management of Family Businesses)

Publication by Prof. Dr. Andreas Hack and Prof. Dr. Birgit Felden

SpringerGabler Verlag, 2014


Mehr-Generationen-Familienunternehmen (Multi-generational Family Firms)

Publication by Fritz B. Simon, Rudolf Wimmer and Thorsten Groth

Carl-Auer Verlag, 2005



The Modern Family Business

Publication by Lorna Collins, Louis Grisoni, John Tucker, Claire Seaman, Stuart Graham, Rebecca Fakoussa and Dominique Otten

Palgrave Macmillan, 2012


Paradoxer Alltag (Daily Routine Paradoxes)

Publication by Arist von Schlippe and Björn von Schlippe

Klett-Cotta, 2012

Unternehmensnachfolge (Corporate Succession)

Publication by Rainer Lorz and Rainer Kirchdörfer.

C.H. Beck Verlag, 2nd edition, 2011