A doctoral degree from HHL enables you to choose from quite a variety of career options.
Depending on your own preferences you may either seize a next-level job opportunity with a company, even set up your own business, or - if you like teaching and research - pursue an academic career. At HHL you may also habilitate and thus further indulge in research.
In the last 20 years about 200 students have obtained their doctoral degree from HHL. More than 30 of these postgraduates now work as professors at universities or at universities of applied sciences.
HHL Alumni in Academia - Prof. Dr. T. Hutzschenreuter, Prof. Dr. C. Springer and Prof. Dr. A. Wilms
When I joined HHL as a research associate at the Chair of Strategy and Organization in 1995 HHL’s doctoral program was about to start. What I learned at our Chair is the unsubstitutable basis for my whole academic career. In addition, a course program oriented towards international scientific standards was established step by step. As a highlight, Arnis Vilks’ course Philosophy of Science opened up topics for me which I profit from almost on a daily basis. Thus, HHL’s doctoral program embedded in a wide and fruitful international network became and still is what I call: my academic home.
Prof. Dr. Thomas Hutzschenreuter
University Professor of International Management, Technical University Munich
2002-2015: University Professor, WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management
2001-2002: Assistant Professor, Boston University
1997: Completion of doctoral studies at HHL (Chair of Strategic Management and Organization)
Looking back at my doctoral studies at HHL I especially remember the valuable talks and discussions with other doctoral students that were very helpful for the efficient completion of my doctoral thesis. Interesting lectures and fireside chats with executives as well as the participation in doctoral colloquia and conferences made the doctoral program perfect and offered plenty of opportunities for networking. So, my time at HHL was not only a time of doing research but also of establishing long-lasting enriching relationships.
Prof. Dr. Christiane Springer
Professor of Business Administration, esp. Marketing, Hochschule für Telekommunikation (HfTL), University of Applied Sciences, Leipzig, Germany
2009-2010: CEO, Leipzig School of Media
2008: Completion of doctoral studies at HHL (Chair of Marketing Management)
After my graduate studies at HHL I decided to join HHL's doctoral program as a research associate at the Chair of Financial Management to continue working in the vibrant environment of academic excellence, innovation and business impact. I especially liked to develop and hold courses for the highly motivated and committed HHL students. These teaching experiences but also the research and project work prepared me well both for my former job as management consultant with BCG and for my current job as Professor of Finance.
Prof. Dr. Andreas Wilms
Professor of Business Administration, esp. Finance, and Vice President for Academic and International Affairs, Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences, Brandenburg, Germany
Further graduates of HHL's doctoral program work as professors at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW), Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK), KIT Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, IMD International Institute for Management Development (Switzerland), Philipps-Universität Marburg, University Duisburg-Essen, University of Bonn, University of Mannheim and at the University of Passau.
HHL Alumni in Companies - Dr. Beatrice Ermer and Dr. Christian Hoffmann
The doctoral program at HHL is very well structured and tightly planned - for me, these were ideal conditions for completing the doctorate. I also liked the work at the interface of theory and practice and the internationality of the students. The doctoral degree as well as the HHL network were very valuable for my further career. I gladly recommend HHL's doctoral program.
Dr. Beatrice Ermer
Retail Programme Management/Marketing, innogy, Essen, Germany
2014-2016 Project Lead "New Way of Working" (Change Management), RWE International SE Dortmund, Germany
2013-2014 Executive Assistant to the CEO of envia Mitteldeutsche Energie AG, Chemnitz, Germany
2013 Completion of doctoral studies at HHL (Prof. Dr. Manfred Kirchgeorg, Chair of Marketing Management)
After my graduate studies HHL’s doctoral program provided me with a unique opportunity to pursue my research interests and closely work together with outstanding supervisors as well as fellow researchers. Supervisors, faculty and fellow researchers at HHL were always available for help or advice on an idea I wanted to develop, a paper I had a hard time writing, or my dissertation that needed to be done well.
Dr. Christian Hoffmann
Senior Associate, McKinsey and Company, Düsseldorf, Germany
2014 Completion of doctoral studies at HHL (Prof. Dr. Torsten Wulf, Chair of Strategic Management and Family Business)
Further doctoral alumni work with SAP, EY - Ernst and Young, The Boston Consulting Group, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Otis, Roland Berger, Vodafone, Miele, BMW Group.
HHL Alumni Leading Their Own Business - Dr. Kai Thürbach
HHL has an environment that is truly inspiring academically with excellent ideas, excellent people and an excellent reputation. It is the ideal preparation for both, business as a rigorous academic discipline as well as for the challenges of everyday practice of entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership.
Dr. Kai Thürbach
Cologne Publishing Group, CEO, Cologne, Germany
T&L Publishing Group, CEO, Düsseldorf, Germany
2011: Completion of doctoral studies at HHL (Prof. Dr. Manfred Kirchgeorg, Chair of Marketing Management)
Further businesses founded by HHL doctoral alumni are Leverton (contract management software) and Coromandel (eco fashion).
The HHL Career Service guides you on your way to start a new employment or to develop on the job. The career support does not end once your aim is reached – you may contact the team of HHL’s career service also in later stages of your life.