Careers at WIFU


The three research and teaching areas of Business Administration, Psychology/Sociology and Jurisprudence are an academic reflection of the structure of family businesses. We use this internationally unique set of conditions to consistently promote research, training and practical exchange in this particular form of organisation and generate innovative approaches to problems. With five departments and numerous internationally renowned visiting and honorary professors, as well as 30 events each year that encourage exchange between family entrepreneurs, the WIFU has been making a significant contribution to the ability of family businesses and business families to endure into the future and across generations for more than 20 years.


  • Networking with leading family businesses and business families
  • Unique field access for quantitative and qualitative research
  • Transdisciplinary orientation and many different topics
  • Intensive collaboration with the experts at the WIFU
  • Renowned international visiting professors
  • Dynamic, courageous and unconventional team


We ‘WIFUs’ are passionate about research, training, development and the education of potential successors in family businesses and about promoting the exchange of practice and experience between family entrepreneurs and members of business families.

About the team


The WIFU Foundation awards annual scholarships to support junior researchers in the field of family entrepreneurship. The aim of awarding doctoral and postdoctoral scholarships is to support research, training and education in the field of family entrepreneurship in academia and industry.

The current WIFU scholarship regulations can be found here:

Scholarship regulations

Announcements for scholarships at the WIFU can be found here:

Scholarship - Mental health of business families (available in German) Scholarship - Project The family behind the family business (available in German) Doctoral scholarship - Digitally transformed theory of the family business and the business family (available in German) Doctoral scholarship (available in German) Postdoctoral scholarship (available in German)


The WIFU Foundation supplies project funding via Witten/Herdecke University to finance selected research projects in the context of research on family businesses. We would be delighted to hear about your ideas and proposals for research projects in the field of family entrepreneurship.

Project funding (available in German) Rules of good academic practice at UWH (available in German)


We are looking to fill student assistant positions in the following areas as soon as possible:

Student assistant at the Endowed Chair for Digitalization and Corporate Entrepreneurship


Doctoral studies at the WIFU offer the opportunity to actively advance research in the field of family business studies. As part of the research training group, doctoral students are in regular exchange with other doctoral students, scientists and practitioners from family businesses. You can start a doctoral programme at the WIFU after successfully completing a three-stage admission process. Information on admission and the supervision agreement can be found here:

Dissertation requirements (German) Supervision agreement doctoral scholarship (German)


Prof. Dr. Heiko Kleve
Phone: +49 2302 926-513


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