Kleve, Heiko (Prof. Dr. phil.)

Inhaber WIFU-Stiftungslehrstuhl für Organisation und Entwicklung von Unternehmerfamilien
Chairholder Organisation and Development of Business Families

Alfred-Herrhausen-Str. 50
58448 Witten
Room: 1.200
Telephone: +49 2302 926 538
Fax: +49 2302 926 561
E-Mail: heiko.kleve@uni-wh.de

Heiko Kleve studied social pedagogy at the Alice-Salomon-Hochschule in Berlin from 1992 to 1996, and from 1997 to 1999 social sciences (sociology, political science and social philosophy) at Humboldt University Berlin. He received his doctor’s degree in 1998 at the Freie Universität Berlin in sociology with “summa cum laude”. From 1997 to 2002 he worked as an independent social pedagogue in the psycho-social counseling of families. In 2002 he took over a professorship for the theory and history of social work at the Alice-Salomon-Hochschule. Between 2005 and 2017 he taught and researched as a professor of sociology and social psychology at the Fachhochschule Potsdam. From 2013 to 2017, he was the dean of the Department of Social and Educational Sciences, head of the social work degree programme, focusing on the family, as the scientific director of the further education systemic case management, systemic coaching and systemic constellations. He has also been a consultant, mediator, coach and supervisor for individuals, groups, teams and organisations/companies for about 20 years. Since July 2017, he owns the WIFU Foundation Chair for Organisation and Development of Business Families.

Professor Kleve has certified additional qualifications as Systemic Advisor (DGSF), Supervisor and Coach (DGSv), Systemic and Teaching Supervisor (SG), as Conflict Mediator and Case Management Trainer (DGCC).

Work, research and interests:

  • Sociological system theory of the business family and the family business
  • Family Governance/Family Strategy
  • Counseling, coaching, mediation and organisational development, particularly of business families
  • Reflection on and dealing with the complexity of face-to-face ambivalent and paradoxical situations in psychical and social systems
  • Systemic methods for researching business families/family businesses, in particular systemic statements as a consulting and research method
  • Theory and practice of applied social sciences, especially social work as discipline and profession
  • Liberalism as a perspective of social philosophy and economics, especially the Austrian school of the national economy

Recent publications:

  • Das Tetralemma der Unternehmerfamilie. Skizze eines systemischen Forschungsprogramms. Erscheint in: systeme, 2/2017.
  • Komplexität gestalten. Soziale Arbeit und Case Management mit unsicheren Systemen Heidelberg: Carl Auer (2016).
  • Autonomie und Mündigkeit in der Sozialen Arbeit. Hrsg. Weinheim/Basel: Beltz/Juventa (2016).