WIFU DEPARTMENTS

MANAGEMENT OF FAMILY BUSINESSES


The aim of the WIFU Department of Management of Family Businesses is to contribute to the development of a theory of family businesses. Family business research is closely linked to entrepreneurial issues and also connected to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurial firms.

The transformation from an industrial to a knowledge society places particular demands on family businesses. Because of their (family-) specific resources, appropriate management and organisational structures are needed to cope with these transformations. We focus our research on the management and organisation of family businesses, strategy and innovation, as well as the changing role of family businesses in economic and social transformation processes. The Department investigates the following research questions, among others:

  • Which specific management and business models are used in family businesses?
  • What influence do corporate governance mechanisms have on family businesses?
  • How do resource-specific characteristics and dynamic abilities provide family businesses with competitive advantages?
  • What role do top management teams, mixed management teams and corporate succession play in family businesses?
  • How can innovation processes and success be steered and increased in family businesses?
  • How do family businesses overcome crises and stay viable?

TEACHING EVENTS


  • Foundations of academic work and empirical research
  • Advanced qualitative methods
  • Management of organisations
  • Strategy development in family businesses
  • Personnel management
  • Economics of strategy
  • Current issues in family business management
  • WIFU research colloquium

TEAM


Sandra Wiegard
Secretariat managing and academic director / Chair of Management of Family Businesses
Prof. Dr. Marcel Hülsbeck
Academic Director WIFU/Endowed Chair of Management of in Family Businesses
Dr. Maike Gerken
Research Fellow at the Endowed Chair of Management of Family Businesses
Dr. Anne Katarina Heider
CO-director of the Witten Institute for Family Business/ Research Fellow at the Endowed Chair of Management of Family Businesses

STAFF OF RESEARCH AND TEACHING AREAS


CONTACT

Prof. Dr. Marcel Hülsbeck

Phone: +49 2302 926 513

Email: marcel.huelsbeck@uni-wh.de

Professor Dr Marcel Hülsbeck studied business economics at Augsburg University and social behavioural sciences and philosophy at Hagen University. He gained his doctorate and habilitated at Augsburg University’s business school. He represented the Work, Personnel and Organisation Department of Trier University in the summer semesters of 2012 and 2013. Before his academic career, he was a freelance entrepreneur and consultant in the fields of strategic and organisational development. Professor Dr Marcel Hülsbeck has held the WIFU Foundation Chair of Management of Family Businesses since 2013, and been Academic Director of WIFU since 2017.

Main areas of work, research and interest

  • Selecting, consolidating and developing employees
  • Corporate governance
  • Executive coaching
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Regional economy

PUBLICATIONS (SELECTION)


  • Gaertner, C.; Duschek, S.; Ortmann, G.; Schuessler, E.; Mueller-Seitz, G. & Huelsbeck, M. (2017): Emergence of Responsiveness Across Organizations, Networks, and Clusters from a Dynamic Capability Perspective. In: Journal of Competences, Strategy & Management, Vol. 9, p. 7-32.
  • Hülsbeck, M. & Pickavé, E. (2014): Regional Knowledge Production as Determinant of High-technology Entrepreneurship: Empirical Evidence for Germany. In: International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, Vol. 10, No. 1, p. 121-138.
  • Audretsch, D.; Hülsbeck, M. & Lehmann, E. (2013): Families as Active Monitors of Firm Performance. In: Journal of Family Business Strategy, Vol. 4, No. 2, p. 118-130.
  • Hülsbeck, M.; Lehmann, E.; Weiß, D. & Wirsching, K. (2012): Innovationsverhalten in Familienunternehmen. In: Zeitschrift für Betriebswirtschaft, Vol. 82, No. 3, p. 71-91.
  • Audretsch, D.; Hülsbeck, M. & Lehmann, E. (2012): Regional Competitiveness, University Spillovers, and Entrepreneurial Activity. In: Small Business Economics, Vol. 39, No. 3, p. 587-601.

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CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS


  • Innovation processes and capabilities in family businesses
  • Digital business model innovation
  • Corporate entrepreneurship in family businesses
  • Corporate crises and turnaround management in family businesses
  • Family-specific influences on internationalisation in family businesses
  • Expertise and motives in corporate succession
  • Employee trust and organisational engagement in family businesses
  • Mixed management teams in family businesses
  • Regional employer appeal in family businesses
  • Corporate governance in family businesses
  • M&A and private equity strategies in family businesses

DISSERTATIONS

  • Die Rolle von Vertrauen im Kontext von Nachfolgeprozessen in Familienunternehmen (The role of trust in the context of succession processes in family businesses)
  • Externe Führung in Familienunternehmen – Erfolgsfaktoren bei der Kooperation von familieninternen und familienexternen Führungskräften (External leadership in family businesses – success factors in the cooperation of family and non-family leaders)
  • Family Business Models: The Family as Strategic Asset across Different Stages of the Businesses Naturity
  • Families Investing in Families – Survival Factors of Family Firms
  • Geschäftsmodellinnovation in Familienunternehmen (Business model innovation in family businesses)
  • Long-term Compensation of CEOs and M&A Returns
  • Managing the intricate Relationship of Hierarchy and Democracy within Organizations
  • Top Management Team Diversity and International M&A Performance

HABILITATIONS

  • Dr Anne Heider: Innovationsverhalten in Familienunternehmen (Innovation behavior in family businesses)
  • Dr Maike Gerken: Human Resource Management in Familienunternehmen (Human resource management in family businesses)