WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management

WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management

By Klaus Brockhoff, Leinhäuser Language Services GmbH (Traductor), Otto Beisheim Stiftung Baar (Editor), München Otto Beisheim Stiftung (Editor)

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How can a personal desire to leave a lasting mark and criticism of the German university system lead to the establishment of an internationally renowned institution of higher education? Klaus Brockhoff provides the answer to this question by accurately tracing the detailed 35-year history of WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management – and highlighting all of its highs and lows in the process. Despite the challenges associated with founding and operating an institution of higher education, it was always and will continue to be the remarkable spirit of the donor, university administration members, employees as well as students, alumni and sponsors that make a decisive contribution to the overall success of WHU. At the same time, the history of WHU may also serve as an example for other universities wanting to position themselves successfully amid international competition that is becoming increasingly dynamic. Ever since the establishment of WHU, Professor Dr. Dr. h. c. Klaus Brockhoff has been monitoring the institution's evolution, served as its dean for five years and then went on to be part of the foundation's Executive Board for 13 years. His presentation relies on a comprehensive document analysis in addition to personal conversations with numerous contemporary witnesses and members of WHU. The Beisheim foundations in Switzerland and Germany remain committed to promoting the philanthropic legacy of Otto Beisheim, one of the co-founders of Metro. At the same time, both foundations are the primary sponsors of WHU, which has borne the name of the entrepreneur – Otto Beisheim School of Management – ever since he demonstrated such impressive personal commitment in 1993. The Beisheim foundations are the editors of this publication, which will also be published in German.

München Otto Beisheim Stiftung