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WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management

WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management
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Type Private Business School
Established 1984
Dean Prof. Dr. Markus Rudolf
Academic staff
38 professors, 14 assistant professors, 3 adjunct professors, 269 doctoral students, 183 non-academic staff members (Sept. 2017)
Students 1,452 (September 2017)
Location Vallendar, Düsseldorf, Rhineland-Palatinate, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Campus Vallendar and Düsseldorf
Study programs

Bachelor in International Business Administration (BSc)
Master in Management (MSc)
Master in Finance (MSc)
Master in Entrepreneurship (MSc)
Full-Time MBA
Part-Time MBA
Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA

Doctoral Program
Colors          Blue and White

WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management (or WHU Vallendar) belongs to Germany's leading business schools with campuses in Vallendar and Düsseldorf, Germany. WHU was founded in 1984 by the Koblenz Chamber of Commerce.[1] WHU is the abbreviation of German Wissenschaftliche Hochschule für Unternehmensführung (English: academic institution of higher education for corporate management). The patron and main financier of the business school was the late billionaire and founder of the METRO Cash & Carry Group, Otto Beisheim.

WHU maintains a network of 204 partner universities worldwide, attracting exchange students from the US, Australia, China and many other countries, while also offering double degree programs with some partners such as University of Texas, Austin and the University of Western Australia.[2]

Currently, there are 1,452 students (including doctoral students) at WHU, about 183 employees and 52 professors (including junior professors).[3] The faculty includes the following centers: WHU Asia Center, Biopharma Management Center, Center for Collaborative Commerce, Center for Controlling & Management, Center for European Studies, Center of Asset and Wealth Management, Center for Sports and Management, Financial Accounting and Tax Center, Henkel Center for Consumer Goods, Center for Market-Oriented Corporate Management, Center for Responsible Leadership and Wipro Center for Business Resilience.[4]

Study programs

The Marienburg in Vallendar is the main building of WHU.

WHU offers the following programs. The language of instruction for the Bachelor's program is English or German, while all Master's programs are delivered entirely in English.[5]

Tuition and Selection Process

The tuition fee per academic year 2018/2019 for WHU Bachelor's students is €13,200 for those who are citizens of EEA countries and Switzerland, and €23,100 for citizens of non-EEA countries.[6] The tuition fee for the Master of Science in management, finance and entrepreneurship programs are 21,600€ for the 90 credit track and 26,800€ for the 120 credit track.[7] Scholarships, tuition waivers and financial aid schemes are available for some students.

The selection process for the undergraduate studies consists of two separate parts. Students are preselected according to their academic achievements or personal achievements and are offered a chance to compete for one of the roughly 200 seats per year at the final selection day. During that day, candidates have to hold presentations, talk to representatives of the private business sector and go through mathematical tests. Top applicants are then offered a place in the Bachelor of Science program. The acceptance rate of those offers ranges around 94%.[citation needed]


All WHU degree programs are recognized by the German state and accredited by the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA). In addition, WHU is certified by accreditations from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and from the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).[8] Together with ESMT Berlin, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and the University of Mannheim WHU is one of four German business schools to hold both AACSB and EQUIS accreditations.


According to the Financial Times, WHU is currently ranked fourth overall in Germany, after Mannheim and ESMT Berlin and Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. [1]

Its Master in Management Program ranked 7th worldwide and 1st in Germany according to the Financial Times Master in Management Ranking 2017.[9]. In the same year, the program was ranked third worldwide by The Economist. [10] The joint Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Program made 1st place in Germany and 23rd worldwide in the Financial Times Executive MBA Ranking 2017.[11] Furthermore, WHU was placed 3rd in Germany and 32nd in Europe in the overall Financial Times Business School Ranking 2016.[12] According to the QS Global 200 MBA Ranking 2014/2015, WHU ranked third in Germany and 33rd in Europe.[13] In the Economist 2015 ranking of EMBA programs, the joint Kellogg-WHU EMBA Program reached the 6th place overall.[14]


The faculty at WHU is organized into six groups: Finance and Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Management, Marketing and Sales, and Supply Chain Management. As of January 2017, there are 38 Chairs at WHU who teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels and contribute to the business school's research output:[15]

Department Chairholder
Mergers & Acquisitions Prof. Dr. Nihat Aktas
Empirical Corporate Finance Prof. Dr. Christian Andres
Technology and Innovation Management Prof. Dr. Holger Ernst
Marketing and Commerce Prof. Dr. Martin Fassnacht
Monetary Economics Prof. Dr. Ralf Fendel
Macroeconomics and International Economics Prof. Dr. Michael Frenkel
International Accounting Prof. Dr. Martin Glaum
Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Prof. Dr. Christina Günther
Intergenerational Economic Policy Prof. Dr. Christian Hagist
Market Research Prof. Dr. Walter Herzog
Entrepreneurship I Prof. Dr. Christoph Hienerth
Production Management Prof. Dr. Arnd Huchzermeier
Business Taxation Prof. Dr. Martin Jacob
Sales Management and B2B Marketing Prof. Dr. Ove Jensen
Empirical Market Research Prof. Dr. Lutz Johanning
Organization Theory Prof. Dr. Peter-J. Jost
Family Business Prof. Dr. Nadine Kammerlander
Corporate Management and Change Prof. Dr. Ayse Karaevli
International Business and Supply Management I Prof. Dr. Lutz Kaufmann
Financial Accounting Prof. Dr. Garen Markarian
Econometrics and Statistics Prof. Dr. Michael Massmann
Leadership and Human Resource Management Prof. Dr. Jochen Menges
Financial Reporting Prof. Dr. Maximilian Müller
Organizational Behavior Prof. Dr. Miriam Müthel
Innovation and Corporate Transformation Prof. Dr. Serden Ozcan
International Business and Supply Management II Prof. Dr. Felix Reimann
Finance Prof. Dr. Markus Rudolf
Institute of Management Accounting and Control Prof. Dr. Utz Schäffer
Digital Marketing Prof. Dr. Christian Schlereth
Sports and Management Prof. Dr. Sascha L. Schmidt
Operations Management Prof. Dr. Liji Shen
Kuehne Institute for Logistics Management Prof. Dr. Stefan Spinler
Services Marketing Prof. Dr. Tillmann Wagner
Kuehne Institute for Logistics Management Prof. Dr. Carl Marcus Wallenburg
Behavioral Finance Prof. Dr. Mei Wang
Institute of Management Accounting and Control Prof. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Weber
Industrial Organization Prof. Dr. Jürgen Weigand
Corporate Finance Prof. Dr. B. Burcin Yurtoglu

Student Body

WHU Student Clubs

Students at WHU founded a large variety of student clubs.[16] Among them are the conferences of the "Campus for..." - series:

Further student clubs are:

  • 3 Day Startup[23]
  • WHU Charity Concerts
  • confluentes[24]
  • Diversity & LGBT at WHU[25]
  • Enactus WHU[26]
  • Entrepreneurship Roundtable[27]
  • forumWHU
  • WHU Music Club
  • WHU Sports Club (HSSV)[28]
  • IdeaLab![29]
  • In Vino Veritas
  • SAIDA Consulting[30]
  • SensAbility[31]
  • SmartUp![32]
  • WHU Students' Theater Group[33]
  • TEDx WHU[34]
  • Vallendar Integration Program (VIP)
  • WHU Finance Society e.V.[35]
  • WHU Debating Union
  • WHU Euromasters[36]
  • WHU First Responder[37]
  • WHU GenerationsCup
  • WHU Golf
  • WHU Students Help e.V.[38]
  • WHU Walks for Charity


A selection of WHU Professors:


  • Birgit Bohle, CEO DB Fernverkehr
  • Thomas Buberl, CEO AXA Group[39]
  • Julian Deutz, CFO Axel Springer, Diploma[40]
  • Robert Gentz, Founder and Board Member Zalando, Diploma 2007 [41]
  • Michael Haenlein, Professor ESCP Europe, Diploma 1999
  • Jan Heitmann, Poker Player
  • Andreas Herrmann, Professor University of St. Gallen
  • Christoph Israng, German Diplomat
  • Philipp Justus, Managing Director of Google Germany, Austria and Switzerland
  • Ulrich Lichtenthaler, German Economist
  • Matthias Muck, Professor University of Bamberg
  • Andreas Nick, Member of the Bundestag (German parliament), Diploma 1990, PhD 1994[42]
  • Matthias J. Rapp, Finance Director, TÜV Süd
  • Thorsten Reitmeyer, former CEO comdirect bank
  • Oliver Samwer, CEO Rocket Internet, Diploma[43]
  • David Schneider, Founder and Board Member Zalando, Diploma 2007 [44]
  • Stephan Schubert, Founder OnVista
  • Margret Suckale, Board Member BASF, EMBA[45]
  • Axel Wieandt, German bank manager
  • Oliver Zipse, Board Member BMW, EMBA 1997[46]


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