Working Paper Series

Working Paper Serie15 publications have been released in the WIFU Working Paper Series so far, every one addressing a different topic of family business research. All Working Papers are available as a free download. Please let us know if you would like to have a printed copy.

Working Paper 1

Success patterns of multigenerational family firms – theoretical reflections and empirical findings

Dipl. Sozw. Torsten Groth
Dipl. Oek. Laura A. Slevogt

May 2004


Working Paper 2

Succession in first-generation-family-business – as perceived by the organisation

Prof. Dr. Arist von Schlippe
Dipl. Oec. Nils Dreyer

June 2007


Working Paper 3

Family businesses as social systems

Dipl. Psych. Markus Plate

June 2010


Working Paper 4

Organizational paradoxes and paradox management in family firms

Dipl. Psych. Markus Plate
Prof. Dr. Arist von Schlippe

June 2010


Working Paper 5

Family Businesses as a brand on their own

Dipl. Oec. Alexander Krappe
Prof. Dr. Arist von Schlippe

June 2010


Working Paper 6

Management structures in old German family businesses (manufacturing and industry)

A national study by the Witten Institute for Family Business

Sven Cravotta

May 2010


Working Paper 7

Portfolio entrepreneurship as firm design – a process analysis of portfolio entrepreneurship practices in the context of family businesses

Dipl.-Psych. Markus Plate

July 2010


Working Paper 8

Think  Tank small and middle sized companies
Study for the Deloitte Axia-Award 2010 in North Rhein-Westphalia

Dipl-Oec. Kirsten Georg
Dr. Tom Rüsen

February 2011


Working Paper 9

Attractiveness of family businesses as employers
‐ an empirical analysis from the perspective of young academics

Dipl.‐Oec. Kirsten Georg
Dr. Tom A. Rüsen

February 2011


Working Paper 10

Töchter in der Nachfolge – Ergebnisse einer Befragung von Familienmitgliedern aus Unternehmerfamilien in Kooperation mit DIE FAMILIENUNTERNEHMER ASU.

Dr. Christina Erdmann

September 2011


Working Paper 11

Daughters in Charge – Issues and pathways of female leadership succession in German family businesses

Dominique Otten, MBA

August 2011


Working Paper 12

Effiziente und flexible Unternehmenssteuerung in mittelständischen Familienunternehmen

Dipl.-Kfm. Thilo Pukall
Dr. Tom A. Rüsen
Prof. Andrea Calabrò, Ph.D.

January 2012


Working Paper 13

The transmission of values in family businesses – Stories as form of communicating cultural values

Dr. Mirko Zwack
Prof. Dr. Arist von Schlippe

October 2012

The Working Paper was transformed into a scientific article in the magazin “Management Learning”. The paper can be found here.

Working Paper 14

The changing system of the joint business family in India under the influence of informal institutions

Janina F. Schroeder
Prof. Dr. Rudolf Wimmer

April 2013


Working Paper 15

Property entails obligations – across generations. Shareholder competence in family businesses

Nicole Vöpel
Dr. Tom A. Rüsen
Prof. Andrea Calabrò
Dr. Christina Müller
Dr. Peter Bartels

Juli 2013



The ISSN of the WIFU Working Paper Series: ISSN 2191-1029