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Succeeding in the global economy as a mid-sized family-owned “hidden champion”

Target group

Learning target





per person including full board accommodation:

Concept & Agenda

Day 1

Session 1: The German Model: Management practices and the German business environment (overview) 
Prof. Dr. Bernd Venohr

  • Mittelstand companies: types and characteristics
  • Management “Made in Germany”: Niche market strategies; operational excellence; Family Business Culture
  • The business environment in Germany (access to capital; technology transfer; vocational training system)


Session 2: Best practices in key functions 1

Innovation processes to establish and sustain technology leadership:
Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner;
Frankfurt School of Finance & Management;
co-founder and partner of Munich Innovation Group

Opening Dinner

Day 2

Session 3: Best practices in key functions 2

  • Developing international sales and distribution networks:
    Mr. Erhard Bingel;
    Vice President Global Key Account Management, KSB AG
  • Manufacturing networks; Supply-Chain Management and Industry 4.0:
    Prof. Dr. Alexander Tsipoulanidis,
    Professor of Operations Management at the Berlin School of Law and Economics and former Senior Manufacturing Executive,
    Bombardier Transportation


Session 4: Managing the family business
Prof. Dr. Hermut Kormann holds honorary professorships at the Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen and at the University Leipzig.

  • Leadership culture
  • Governance: role of family / external managers  
  • Succession: ownership / operational management

Dinner with the owner: 
Dr. Gunther Wobser,
President and CEO,

Day 3

Field day: Company site visit 1: LAUDA Group

  • Factory visit
  • Meet the owner Dr. Gunther Wobser: company overview and one focus topic (e.g. managing global growth)
  • Q+A


Field day: Company site visit 2 (tbc)

  • Factory visit
  • Meet the owner / managing director : company overview and one focus topic (e.g.: what does Industry 4.0 mean for us?)
  • Q+A

Closing Dinner