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Friedrichshafen Institute for Family Entrepreneurship | FIF

The Friedrichshafen Institute for Family Entrepreneurship | FIF was founded in 2009. In research, education and training it has ever since engaged strongly with the central entrepreneurial and familial challenges and opportunities of family businesses with respect to their sustainability. In this context all topics such as strategy, innovation, brand management and corporate succession are contemplated from a generation-overlapping and interdisciplinary perspective. Our basic approach is deliberately strong in the field of research and at the same time application-oriented and entrepreneurial.

The FIF vigorously contributes to further shape the long-term viability of family businesses and consequently actively collaborates with all generations of a family business:

  • With the next generation in the context of “Projekt 2024” and through special courses offered in the Bachelor and Master Degree Programs at Zeppelin University
  • With the successor generation who intend to, before or while receiving the operational responsibility in the family business, further educate their selves as part of the executive Master degree program eMA FESH
  • With the generation in charge in the FIF-Panel and through regular exchanges in various events, workshops and case studies
Friedrichshafener Institut für Familienunternehmen | FIF
Friedrichshafener Institut für Familienunternehmen | FIF

Institute management

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Kormann, Hermut Hon Prof Dr
Phone:+49 731 3788-0059
Fax:+49 731 7188-8030

Mietzner, Mark Prof Dr
Chair for Banking and Finance | Dean ZU Executive Education
Phone:+49 7541 6009-1232
Fax:+49 7541 6009-1299
Room:Semi 1.04

Prügl, Reinhard Prof Dr
Phone:+49 7541 6009-1283
Fax:+49 7541 6009-1299
Room:Semi 0.13
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Wiedemann, Andreas Hon Prof Dr
Phone:+49 7541 6009-1261
Fax:+49 7541 6009-1299

Research fellows

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Lude, Maximilian Dr rer pol
Phone:+49 7541 6009-2082
Fax:+49 7541 6009-1299
Room:Semi 1.26

Rauschendorfer, Natalie
Phone:+49 7541 6009-1285
Fax:+49 7541 6009-1299
Room:Semi 1.25

Spitzley, Dinah
Phone:+49 7541 6009-2080

Executive Master for Family Entrepreneurship | eMA FESH

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Have you completed your studies but still do not feel quite ready for your family´s business? Have you gained professional experience already, yet lack the time to reflect on it? Would you like to study once more, but only with family entrepreneurs? Then find out more about the Executive Master for Family Entrepreneurship.

Additional Information


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We would like to thank the sponsors of the FIF

| EQUA gemeinnützige Stiftung, München
| Grieshaber Logistik AG, Weingarten
| IHK Bodensee - Oberschwaben, Weingarten
| IHK Schwaben, Augsburg
| IHK Ulm, Ulm
| Ilse Lang, Worms
| KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
| Münster Stegmaier Rombach Family Office GmbH, Bad Waldsee
| PERI GmbH, Weißenhorn
| Seeberger GmbH, Ulm
| Siegfried Weishaupt, Schwendi
| Stiftung Familienunternehmen, München