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Why did I choose HHL? Well, let me give you three reasons: First, HHL is a small business school with a friendly and family-like atmosphere. Second, my supervisor really takes time and effort to support and challenge my research. And finally, Leipzig is a great city which offers several leisure activities to balance out a hard day of work. The doctoral program at HHL includes courses which are designed exclusively for doctoral students. Discussing research topics with my fellow students allows me to broaden my academic knowledge.
Fabienne Orban, research associate at the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Junior Professorship in International Management
Fabienne Orban, research associate at the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Junior Professorship in International Management
I chose HHL because the Chair of Financial Management, led by Professor Bernhard Schwetzler, is specialized in private equity research, a research area I want to explore further. Concerning the doctoral program I especially appreciate its practical focus and the internationality of the course program.
Robert Loos, external doctoral candidate at the Chair of Financial Management
Robert Loos, External doctoral candidate at the Chair of Financial Management
My decision for HHL’s doctoral program was mainly based on the professor. Stephan Stubner is one of the few professors who combine family business research with strategic management research. At HHL, I especially like the frequent exchanges with doctoral students from other disciplines and the high level of support from professors. Also the clear structure for the way towards graduation and short ways between doctoral students and administration/professors are quite advantageous.
Matthias Baumann, CEO, Löffler Engineering + Service GmbH, external doctoral candidate at the Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG Chair of Strategic Management and Family Business
Matthias Baumann, CEO, Löffler Engineering + Service GmbH, external doctoral candidate at the Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG Chair of Strategic Management and Family Business
HHL and in particular the Chair of Marketing, held by Professor Manfred Kirchgeorg, are leaders in the field of business education and marketing, while also maintaining a friendly, collaborative and enriching personal environment. This personal nature and the close contact to the supervisor are what make HHL special for me.
Jens Stach, external doctoral candidate at the SVI-Endowed Chair of Marketing, esp. E-Commerce and Cross-Media Management
Jens Stach, external doctoral candidate at the SVI-Endowed Chair of Marketing, esp. E-Commerce and Cross-Media Management
I received a scholarship from the Wittenberg Center for Global Ethics (WCGE) and decided to choose HHL to be able to work closely together with Professor Suchanek as my doctoral supervisor, and to thereby learn from his knowledge, publications and research in the field of economics and business ethics. At HHL I enjoy the good infrastructure, the nice employees, the interesting courses and the great contacts HHL has because of its excellent reputation.
Michaël Suurendonk, external doctoral candidate, Dr. Werner Jackstädt Chair of Economic and Business Ethics
Michaël Suurendonk, external doctoral candidate, Dr. Werner Jackstädt Chair of Economic and Business Ethics

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3 Options to Join the HHL House of Talents

Research Associate at HHL
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We offer an environment that not only deepens your subject knowledge but also develops your personality and provides you with competencies that are essential for challenging positions
in business or academia.

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