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Entrepreneur of the Year OWL 2021: Laudation

Coverage of the award ceremony for Eudard Dörrenberg and Christoph Harras-Wolff and the laudatory speech

Real division at Dr. Oetker

WDRLokalzeit studio interview with Professor Becker on the effects of the real division at the Dr. Oekter Group (23.07.2021)

Tönnies sale?

Interview with Professor Becker on the rumour "Tönnies is being sold" on WDR3-Lokalzeit (19.03.2021)

Reporting on the change of function on the iFUn Executive Board

Two press organisations report on the handover:


Deutsche Bank: New main donor

To the press articles:


Dr Andreas Hettich completes the iFUn

Further press releases on the entry of Dr Andreas Hettich

Link to the nw interview.


Now with Law

An article on the cooperation with Law in "Institut für Familienunternehmen wächst", 8 February 2019,

Women in management positions in Bielefeld

Neue Westfälische: Interview: "The number of female founders is still low" Interview. Professors Christina Hoon and Sabrina Backs talk about women in management positions in Bielefeld. One demand is that companies should no longer keep female talent out of the management ranks. 30 per cent of family businesses are already planning with women for succession in company management, 08.03.2019. Texts and photos from the Neue Westfälische are protected by copyright. Reproduction only with written authorisation from the editors.

Takeover of the company Gerry Weber

WDR 3 (local time, 16/09/2019); Interview with Professor Becker on the takeover of Gerry Weber by financial investors.

Family business country

Article by Professor Hoon on "OWL is family business country" in the Westfalen-Blatt.

Inaugural lecture by Professors Kempny & Sanders

Inaugural lecture by iFUn members Kempny and Sanders and the pre-reporting state in the Neue Westfälische.

Clothing industry in OWL

WDR 3 (local time from 28/02/2019); Interview with Professor Becker on the clothing industry in general and specifically in OWL


The endowed chair "Management of Family Businesses" (Prof. Dr Christina Hoon) and the junior professorship "Management of Family Businesses" (JProf. Dr Kai Bormann) conducted the OWL Survey: Life and Work Attractiveness as part of the iFUn in 2018/19. The survey is supported by AG 2 for Biomedical Foundations (Bielefeld University). The nw reported on it.

FUn tick differently, the 2nd!

Press release by Neue Westfälische "Why family businesses tick differently" Science: An endowed chair at Bielefeld University has been researching this difference for a good three years. We asked five of the students: Are family-run companies really as outdated as many people think? 29.05.2019. [more] Neue Westfälische, 29.05.2019. Texts and photos from the Neue Westfälische are protected by copyright. Re-use only with written authorisation from the editors.


Family Businesses tick differently!

Article by Professor Hoon on "Family businesses tick differently" in Merton, the online organ of the Stifterverband, 9 March 2018.


Success of family businesses

Neue Westfälische: "Interview: Christina Hoon explains the success of family businesses" Interview: Bielefeld foundation professor Christina Hoon on initial research results and her findings on family businesses, 13/06/2017.


WDR 3 (local time from 06.12.2017): Interview with Professor Becker on S-Day and Gerry Weber AG

Entrepreneur of the Year: W. D. Meier-Scheuven

Report on the "Entrepreneur of the Year OWL" award to Wolf Dieter Meier-Scheuven (jury chairman and laudator Professor Becker)

Sell-off of German companies?

WDR 3 (local time from 18/01/2017): Interview with Professor Becker on the acquisition of family businesses in OWL by foreign investors.


Management structures

WDR 3 (local time from 13/12/2016): Interview with Professor Becker on the Dr. Oetker Group and the new management structure.

Sale Hamburg-Süd

WDR 3 (local time from 01/12/2016): Interview with Professor Becker on the Dr. Oetker Group and the sale of Hamburg-Süd.


Family business

Neue Westfälische: Interview with Professor Hoon: "What makes family-owned companies so successful" Important decisions are made at the kitchen table? 06.11.2015.

Shareholder disputes

WDR 3 (local time from 19 October 2015): Interview with Professor Becker on shareholder disputes in family businesses.

Professor Dr Christina Hoon

Neue Westfälische: "Family businesses tick differently" New endowed professorship: Economist Christina Hoon is looking forward to her new teaching role at Bielefeld University, 07.10.2015.

Entrepreneur of the Year "Böllhof Brothers"

Reporting (as a call or download) on the Böllhoff brothers being honoured as "Entrepreneur of the Year OWL" (jury chairman and laudator Professor Becker):

  • Article in the Neue Westfälische, 30/09/2015
  • Article in the Westfalenblatt, 30/09/2015

OWL.MK "The OWL.ManagementKolloquium continues", 30 October 2015.

Ethics on the job

Neue Westfälische: "Entrepreneurs and researchers from OWL discuss values in the workplace" Ethics at work as a challenge, 31 October 2015.


Endowed Chair

Bielefeld University press release on the new endowed chair, 5 June 2014.

Note in the Ostwestfälische Wirtschaft on the new endowed chair, July 2014.

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