Research Fund

Practical Family Business Research


The Research Fund of the Witten Institute for Family Business (WIFU)  finances extensive research projects, interesting individual projects or other projects with reference to research activities. These are projects examining the characteristics of family business and that contribute to the sustainability of this special entrepreneurial form.

The following projects have been financed and supported with the WIFU Resarch Fund in the past years:

Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneur Practices (STEP)

Family Business Almanac

Cross-generational family strategies

Shareholder competence in Family Businesses

Crises in Family Businesses

In order to realise more projects the Research Fund needs additional funding. The donations will be used directly to realised to finance present or planned research projects

Förderer des Forschungsfonds werden regelmäßig über die aktuellen Forschungsergebnisse informiert, bei Interesse können diese auch aktiv an dem jeweiligen Forschungsprojekt teilnehmen. Sie erhalten die Möglichkeit, Bachelor- und Masterarbeitsthemen an das WIFU bzw. an das Dekanat der Universität Witten/Herdecke zu vergeben sowie an Independent Studies (praxisnahe Forschungsprojekte) teilzunehmen. Selbstverständlich erhalten diese kurz nach Eingang Ihres Förderbetrages eine steuerlich abzugsfähige Spendenbescheinigung. Die weiteren Möglichkeiten zur Nutzung der universitären Angebote sowie der Leistungen für Mitglieder des Clubs der Institutsträger entfallen hier jedoch.

Sponsors of the Research Fund are informed on a regular basis about current research results. If they are interested they could also actively participate in the respective research project. You have the opportunity to allocate Bachelor or Master these to the WIFU or the Dean of Witten/Herdecke University as well as to take part in Independent Studies (practical research projects). As a matter of course also individual sponsors receive on receipt of the donation a tax-deductible donation receipt. Further opportunities to use offers of the University as well as services for members of the “Sponsors Club” are not included.

Contact person in all matters of funding is

Prof. Dr. Tom Rüsen

A current list of sponsors of the WIFU is available here.

The current flyer with all possibilities to support the WIFU is available here (in German only).