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Chair of Institutional Economics


LEIZ is headed by Prof Dr Josef Wieland, holder of the Endowed Chair of Institutional Economics – Organizational Governance, Integrity Management & Transcultural Leadership. In his research, teaching and consulting, Prof Wieland focuses on his governance economical approach, supported by his team of research assistants and fellows.

Prof Wieland was the founder and chairman of the Center for Business Ethics (ZfW) as well as the Forum Compliance & Integrity (FCI). Since 2012, Wieland has been Chairman of the German Business Ethics Network (DNWE) as well as a member of the CSR Forum of the Federal Ministry for Labor and Social Services. In the context of the German G20 presidency 2016/2017, Prof Wieland is part of the Think20 process, co-leading the Working Group „Sustainability in Global Value Chains“.

In 1999 Prof Wieland was awarded the Max Weber Award for Business Ethics by the BDI (Confederation of German Industry), and in 2004 he received the Research Award of the state of Baden-Württemberg.

Research assistants at the Chair of Institutional Economics:

  • Julika Baumann Montecinos: Research focus on informal institutions, transcultural management, and corporate responsibility in a transcultural context.
  • Dominik Fischer: Research focus on leadership, network governance, transcultural management.
  • Isabel Jandeisek: Research focus on governance economics, corporate responsibility and shared value.
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Curriculum Vitae



Focal areas

Qualität Hoch
Lehrstuhlvorstellung: Institutional Economics am LEIZ

Relational Leadership
Relational Leadership is based on a governance economic view discussing the firm as a nexus of stakeholders. In the context of a stakeholder-related theory of the firm, past leadership approaches like transactional and transformational leadership cannot explain sufficiently the corresponding leadership scenarios and roles towards societal and economic value creation. Consequently, a new leadership theory that is based on resource-, transaction-, and governance perspectives is required. Relational leadership competence is based on willingness and ability to cooperate as well as generation of cooperation rent. The research conducted by Prof. Josef Wieland and his team deepens the relational leadership approach towards an economic theory of leadership.

Qualität Hoch
Lehrstuhlvorstellung: Institutional Economics am LEIZ

Transcultural Management
Today's organizations operate within multi-dimensional cultural settings determined not only by organizational culture but also by global and local cultural environments.
Against this backdrop, a focus on the identification and development of transcultural commonalities paves the way towards research on new requirements for leadership and management in a globalized world. The research program on Transcultural Management Studies, conducted by the Chair of Prof. Josef Wieland, aims at understanding the conditions and determinants of productive transcultural cooperation, focusing on the related organizational and individual learning processes.

Corporate Governance
A shift in mentality can currently be observed both in society and business. Its common denominator is the intensification of normative demands exerted by law, politics and society on companies’ decisions and actions. In preventing human-rights abuses, accepting and creating remedy mechanisms, in complying with work and safety regulations, paying living wages, in the consideration of consumer interests and sustainability issues, there are numerous points at which companies are expected to express their social responsibility. In light of this discussion, the chair of institutional economics examines the establishement and implementation of management standards concerning the SDGs, CSR, Compliance & Integrity Management and Values Management. The research of corporate responsibility examines corporate structures and the participation of stakeholders to enhance learning processes along the entire global value chain.

Shared Value Creation
As a contribution to the current academic discussions on the well-received article of Michael Porter and Marc Kramer in Harvard Business Review in 2011, Prof. Josef Wieland and his team develop a concept of shared value creation that constitutes a firm as a nexus of stakeholders and discusses the related learning and legitimization processes. Under this perspective and in the context of his governance economics, research addresses not only the consequences of the shared value approach for business practice, especially in the context of corporate social responsibility, but also its implications for the relationship between economy and society. By this approach, the research program seeks to shed light on the understanding of the role and the nature of the firm in a globalized economy.

PhD program "Ethics and good business management"

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At the beginning of 2014, the Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin (LEIZ) and the Wittenberg Center for Global Ethics (WZGE) launched a joint PhD program. The program is supported by the Karl Schlecht Foundation (KSG) and awards scholarships to committed, internationally-minded PhD candidates interested in issues relating to good business management in a global context.

Having been developed jointly by Prof Dr Josef Wieland and Prof Dr Dr Karl Homann, the program constitutes the only platform of its kind for research in the field of business and corporate ethics. It combines:

Subject-specific qualification of doctoral candidates
Expertise of leading businessethics scholars (Prof Dr Dr Karl Homann, Prof Dr Josef Wieland, Prof Dr Andreas Suchanek, and many others)
Practice fora, project studies, lectures, and networking opportunities for participants with the business community and companies

The aim of the program is to produce theoretically grounded, yet practically relevant contributions toward responsible business management in the context of global competition, and thereby to shape the discourse within academia, corporations, and the general public.

Current research projects

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Transkulturelle Karawane:
| Ansatz: Die transkulturelle Karawane basiert auf der Idee, weniger das Trennende als vielmehr das Verbindende zwischen den Kulturen im Sinne von Transkulturalität herauszustellen. Die Karawane umfaßt drei Grundbausteine: (1) Wissen über die kulturellen Bedingungen der Globalisierung generieren, (2) Wissen vernetzen, (3) Wissen im Austausch verfeinern und verbreitern und damit einen Diskussionsbeitrag leisten. Im Vordergrund stehen bei alldem die Führungsherausforderungen des 21. Jahrhunderts.
| Essaywettbewerb: Studenten können einen Aufsatz einreichen, der sich aus kultureller Perspektive mit ethischer Führung beschäftigt. Die zehn besten Paper werden von Prof. Josef Wieland und Prof. Klaus Leisinger im Rahmen eines Sammelbandes herausgegeben
| Zum Webauftritt der Transkulturellen Karawane geht es hier.

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Team of the Chair

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