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Professor of Managerial Accounting

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Matthias D. Mahlendorf is Professor of Managerial Accounting. He is interested in the areas of performance measurement, dynamic target updating and incentives, data analytics and the digital transformation of management control. He publishes regularly in academic journals as well as in journals aiming at executives in corporate practice. Professor Mahlendorf ranks among the top four researchers worldwide in the category “managerial accounting publications in the last six years” of the BYU Ranking. He was a visiting scholar at Harvard Business School, Michigan State University and Arizona State University as well as adjunct professor at INSEAD.

He has published in journals such as The Accounting Review, Accounting, Organisations and Society, Contemporary Accounting Research and Organizational Research Methods. He is associate editor of European Accounting Review and member of the editorial boards of Accounting, Organisations and Society, Management Accounting Research und the Journal of Management Accounting Research and serves as a reviewer for The Accounting Review, Management Science, Accounting Organizations and Society, Contemporary Accounting Research and other journals. 

Professor Mahlendorf is initiator and academic director of the Master of Science program Corporate Performance & Restructuring. Moreover, he teaches in Executive MBA as well as MBA-Programs on topics such as management accounting and strategy implementation. In the Master of Finance, he gives the course “Restructuring & Strategic Management Control” and in the Master of Applied Data Science, he lectures a course on organizational strategy. In addition, he teaches the course “Performance Measurement and Incentives in the PhD program. He has received multiple "Best Teaching Awards“.

Matthias D. Mahlendorf is head of the Schmalenbach working group on value based management in medium sized companies and member of the working group on digital reporting. He has designed and taught seminars for executives of major international corporations like SAP, Bayer, Panasonic, and Henkel. He has consulted organizations such as The Federal Employment Agency, start-ups as well as medium sized companies on topics such as performance measurement and benchmarking. He regularly gives talks and key notes on current trends in management accounting and control, for example, at events of Roland Berger, the Schmalenbach Association, the German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB), the ERMC conference, and the Stuttgart Controlling & Management Forum.

Matthias D. Mahlendorf studied Industrial Engineering and Management at the Technical University of Dresden, London School of Economics, and Queen Mary's University London. He received his PhD from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. His dissertation on escalation of commitment in failing projects received the Péter Horváth Management Accounting Award 2009 and the Austrian Management Accounting Award. From 2009 to 2014, he worked as Assistant Professor at the Institute of Management Accounting and Control at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management.


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Title Programme Semester
Restructuring & Strategic Management Control Master winter
Managing Financial Performance MBA winter
Organisational Strategy Master winter