On a regular basis, the „Professional Campus“ team at Witten/Herdecke University offers courses and seminars for shareholders, successors, members of entrepreneurial families as well as persons who are genreally interested in the topic ‘Family Business.’  In this customized training series, lecturers of the WIFU offer thematic workshops regarding specific questions and problems of family businesses.


In 2017/2018 the Professional Campus of Witten/Herdecke University offers the following seminars:

Qualification program – Shareholder competence

As of July 2017, the third class of the qualification program is offered on the subject of shareholder competence. In four modules not only the relevant shareholder knowledge is presented, but in exchange among the participants and the speakers, the content will be practically applied. The target group are current and future shareholders of family businesses, that want to build and/or strengthen their skills as a shareholder in order to meet the challenges professionally and become more assured as a shareholder.

  • 22.-24. June 2018
    Module Introduction
    The features of family businesses
    The different roles of family members in business and family
    Different conditions, but similar challenges for the family
  • 09.-11. November 2018
    Module Company
    Fundamentals of business administration and management
    Financial statements (balance sheet, profit and loss account)
    – Cost accounting

    Strategy development and leadership
  • 08.-10. March 2019
    Module Family
    Family policy and family governance
    Dynamics of succession and staffing of committees
    Communication and conflict management
  • 24.-26. June 2019
    Module Ownership
    – Legal framework of family businesses
    – Shareholder of a family businesses
    – Tax law for shareholders
  • 13.-14. September 2019
    Concluding colloquium

For more information and registration please contact the team of „Professional Campus“ at Witten/Herdecke University, Sebastian Benkhofer, phone: +49 (0) 2302 926-754.


For WIFU events and cooperations please contact:

Tom RüsenProf. Dr. Tom Rüsen
Managing Director WIFU
CEO WIFU-Foundation

Room: 1.200
Phone: +49 (0) 2302 / 926-513
Fax: +49 (0) 2302 / 926-561
E-Mail: tom.ruesen@uni-wh.de