Competence Centers

Solutions for business challenges

Competence Centers

HHL hosts competence centers which serve as platforms for the interaction of academics with the private sector. These think tanks aim to develop theoretically sound solutions for the business challenges faced by companies and organizations. Within the Center for Advanced Studies in Management (CASiM) HHL focuses on research activities about “business administration for the 21st century”. Further HHL competence centers in HHL's academic groups are:


Center for Advanced Studies in Management

The Center for Advanced Studies in Management (CASiM) is an interdisciplinary and international research center of HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management  for business administration in the 21st century.  The research focus of the Center is on pressing socio-economic challenges implied by globalization, technological development, environmental and demographic dynamics.

In the initial years since its foundation in 2012, the research agenda of the center was shaped by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Horst Albach, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Heribert Meffert, Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart and Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ralf Reichwald, four renowned researchers of business economics, marketing and innovation. During that period, next to the study of the role of trust in firms and market and change management in the accelerating world, the center addressed two important application areas, health care management and urban dynamics.

The leadership baton was passed on to Prof. Dr. Erwin Pesch in July 2016. The founding members continue supporting the Center, together with other outstanding experts from research and industry, as members of the advisory board. Professor Pesch, who also holds the Chair of Information Systems at the University of Siegen, complements the academic expertise of the Center with sound knowledge of quantitative methods and a stronger research focus on logistics, operations research, sharing economy, smart mobility and sustainability.

The research activities of the Center are financially supported by the Damp Foundation.


Center for Corporate Governance

The Center for Corporate Governance was established in April 2010 and is one of HHL’s established focal points in research and education. In its work, it also aims to achieve practical relevance.

The Center is under the direction of an academic board consisting of Prof. Dr. Marc Steffen Rapp (Philipps-Universität Marburg), Prof. Christian Strenger (Frankfurt) and Prof. Dr. Michael Wolff (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen).

The Center’s research deals with questions related to the relevance of good governance to performance, diversity and the development of corporate governance in emerging countries. Prof. Christian Strenger, co-director of the Center and member of the German Corporate Governance Commission and numerous supervisory boards, explains the CCG activities: “Apart from research and education especially in the area of corporate governance and performance, targeted events promote professional exchange between research and practice.”

The CCG cooperates with national and international entitites (including the IFC Global Corporate Governance Solutions Program). It is supported by Deutsche Asset Management Investment GmbH and E&Y Wirtschaftsprüfunggesellschaft.


Center for Corporate Transactions & Private Equity

The Center for Corporate Transactions & Private Equity (CCTPE) at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management will be officially relaunched in September 2018 and aims to establish the #1 think tank for private equity buyouts in Germany until 2023.
In the past years, a team consisting of renowned academics and former bankers and consultants from top-tier institutions has built up a competitive database on private equity buyouts and won several awards for its research. Drawing upon the prior success, the team now dedicates a whole research unit to private equity to significantly scale the academic output and improve public understanding of this asset class.
As the Center’s goals are ambitious, the management actively looks for partners to complement the existing collaborations with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and ValueTrust Financial Advisors. In exchange, partners can draw upon a broad range of benefits (further details available upon request from benjamin.hammer(at)


Center for Financial Reporting and Consolidation

The Center for Financial Reporting & Consolidation (CFRC) is assigned to the Chair of Accounting and Auditing. It began its activities in July 2009.

The aim of the CFRC is to provide high quality research and consulting services to help companies, investors, banks and analysts manage the challenging environment of international accounting (IFRS) and corporate valuation. Bringing together accounting and valuation experts from both academia and corporate practice, the CFRC aims at promoting understanding and knowledge of IFRS reporting, consolidation and valuation.

The CFRC thus combines consulting services with academic input based on scientific expertise in the area of international financial reporting and consolidation.


Prof. Dr. Henning Zülch (Academic Director)
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schwetzler (Academic Director)
Prof. Dr. Mark-Ken Erdmann (Member of the Advisory Board)
Dr. Johannes Wirth (Member of the Advisory Board)

Research Areas

The research activities of the Center for Financial Reporting and Consolidation (CFRC) focus on IFRS accounting, consolidation and valuation questions as well as on current topics in corporate practice.

The Center’s research is based on profound academic knowledge and the results excel in high relevance in practice. Besides current topics in the areas of international accounting, consolidation and valuation, the following fields are of particular relevance to the Center’s activities:

  • Accounting for business combinations according to IFRS 3
  • Impairment of assets according to IAS 36
  • Measuring corporate performance
  • Corporate valuation (in collaboration with HHL’s Center for Corporate Transactions)

Accounting for business combinations according to IFRS 3
Impairment of assets according to IAS 36
Measuring corporate performance
Corporate valuation (in collaboration with HHL’s Center for Corporate Transactions)
Accounting for business combinations according to IFRS 3
Impairment of assets according to IAS 36
Measuring corporate performance
Corporate valuation (in collaboration with HHL’s Center for Corporate Transactions)


Financial reporting, consolidation and valuation according to IFRS have evolved into a complex subject area that requires a high level of expertise. These topics have become even more demanding due to the high pace with which the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has published additional standards or revised existing ones.

The purpose of the Center for Financial Reporting and Consolidation (CFRC) is to promote HHL’s involvement in consulting challenges regarding current issues in these demanding areas.

The CFRC’s consulting services are based on academic input and scientific expertise in international financial reporting, consolidation and valuation. Contributions from experienced accounting and consolidation practitioners as well as valuation experts are a main part of the solutions the Center offers and round up our consulting approach.


We are looking forward to hearing from you.

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Ludwig Fresenius Center for Health Care Management and Regulation

The Center for Health Care Management and Regulation was founded in December 2013. The development of the Center is supported by the COGNOS AG education group in the framework of its strategic partnership with HHL. The three academic directors, Prof. Dr. Andreas Beivers, Prof. Dr. iur. Liv Jaeckel and Prof. Dr. Dr. Wilfried von Eiff are leading the Center.

The establishment of the Chair of Law of Economic Regulation reflects the increasing importance of regulation knowledge for business practice. The Center connects with an interdisciplinary basis medical, economical and legal questions, which cover the basis of general legal national insurance as well as the differentiated arrangement of particular areas and its protagonists, as e.g. the hospital's position and arrangement, the medical profession and the pharmaceutical and medical devices market.

Academic Director Prof. Dr. Dr. Wilfried von Eiff on the background of the Center: "Hospitals and the pharmaceutical industry will be organized in completely new forms of integrative health care networks. Their development, regulation and optimization will require considerable research and transfer activities as well as significantly improved offers in further education for executives in the health care sector, and for different kinds of medical and health care professionals.”


Center for IT-based Logistics

The Center for IT-based Logistics Leipzig (CITLOG) was initiated thanks to the financial support of the Leipzig Foundation of Innovation and Technology Transfer.

The competence center is organizationally assigned to the Heinz Nixdorf Chair of IT-based Logistics at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management. The aim of the center is application-oriented project work as well as research in the field of IT-based logistics. In close cooperation with companies, the exchange of knowledge as well as the transfer of innovation and technologies will be ensured. The Center's focus lies on cooperations with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Leipzig region.


Center for Leading Innovation and Cooperation

The Center for Leading Innovation & Cooperation (CLIC) is a joint initiative driven by scientists from Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management and Technische Universität München (TUM) which is chaired by HHL. CLIC considers itself as think tank in the field of managing innovation in enterprises and markets. In doing so CLIC pools the experience and expertise of a strong international network consisting of institutions and experts in the branch of innovations research.  

Leadership of innovation and cooperation are key challenges of the 21st century as we move from more productivity orientation and competition to value creation models that build on innovation and cooperation in a global context. We understand CLIC as a think tank and exploration lab for researchers and practitioners who jointly address current and future key challenges in the fields of leadership, innovation and cooperation.  

CLIC already runs joint initiatives with more than 60 corporate partners and an international academic network. It is the innovative spirit of our network of collaborators that makes CLIC a 'hot spot' for exploring possible futures, designing innovations and learning across boundaries.

PRODISYS – Engineering of Production-Related Service Systems

Service systems enable manufacturing companies to interlink and coordinate processes and thereby open up new value creation opportunities in the light of digitization. PRODISYS examines how already existing service systems in the manufacturing sector can be designed in practice.

In a sub-project, CLIC plans and implements service systems with potentials for new forms of value creation and develops techniques for assessing and measuring the productivity of these solutions.

PRODISYS is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (Grant Code: 02K16C054).

PROFUND - Process-oriented configuration of value creation in textile networks for mass customization in SME

The aim of the project PROFUND is to create an appropriate network structure for the development of customized technical textiles in a cross-company network. This network structure aims at enabling small and medium-sized enterprises to make optimal use of their resources in networks for mass customization along the textile value chain.

By exchanging and processing information on customer requirements, preliminary products and manufacturing processes in the form of development data and by means of configuration tools, development orders can be processed faster and more cost efficiently. Besides, customer requirements in the B2B segment are highly diverse and complex. The question of how these needs can be addressed efficiently in the value co-creation process has remained unanswered in research and practice. In the project, CLIC will focus on the design and implementation of suitable configuration tools to support the individualization process.

The project PROFUND is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (Grant Code: 03ZZ0618B).

TACIT – Teaching and Coaching Innovation/Entrepreneurship Innovatively

The TACIT Knowledge Alliance project with a duration of 3 years will provide Europe’s higher education and economy with a profound open-source toolbox and robust methodology for teaching innovation effectively. The aim is to develop and test mechanisms to build implicit knowledge in individuals, enabling them to apply innovation and entrepreneurship successfully and thus support change in their organizations. One of the core project results will be a certified training course for higher education and education of practitioners.

TACIT is co-funded by Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. (Grant code: 562459-EPP-1-2015-1-UK-EPPKA2-KA)

futureTEX Basis Project Mass Customization

The Basis Project Mass Customization (MC) seeks to close the research gap regarding mass customization on business markets. The focus is on the growth market Technical Textiles. The goal is to investigate the key elements of introducing MC on B2B-markets for complex products, considering MC-based business models, the strategic development of MC-related competences, and technological prerequisites of MC. The textile industry as well as companies from other sectors benefit from these findings. Thereby, the project supports the development of small and medium-sized textile enterprises in Eastern Germany towards sustainable and customer-centered value networks.

The project futureTEX is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) (Grant Code: 03ZZ0604A).

S-CPS - Cyber-Physical Systems and People

The research focus is to shed light on the collaboration of cyber-physical systems and people (S-CPS). New S-CPSs are developed to facilitate and support services which accompany industry production, e.g. reparation or maintenance work, which affect or interrupt regular production. The project aims to identify and analyse productivity relevant factors for service operations to allow effective and efficient service operations, by respecting local and technical conditions, e.g. wind energy production industry.

The project is part of the overall initiative “Industry 4.0” financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. S-CPS is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Science (BMBF) (Grant Code: 02PJ4026).

Peter Pribilla Foundation

The foundation supports science, research, and academic teaching in the field of innovation and leadership. Since the official inception of the Peter-Pribilla-Foundation at the beginning of the year 2006 a network of excellence has been developed, whose members meet several times a year. The activities of the foundation enhance the development of personal contacts between business people and academics. Furthermore the ambition is to publish a specific selection of reports, highlighting promising new ideas in the context of innovation and leadership. The Peter Pribilla Foundation is joint project with the Technische Universität München.


Center for Strategy and Scenario Planning

What will my industry look like five or ten years from now? What products will customers buy in the future? How will Asian economies evolve with their growing middle class? In our complex and volatile world, traditional strategy tools such as Porter's Five Forces and Ansoff's Product-Market Matrix fail to provide convincing answers.

Experience from the current crisis shows that we must take non-linear developments into account and that we need to be prepared for different futures possible. Scenario planning is a tool to achieve this. By developing and describing different visions of the future, the method provides the foundations for a new level of strategic planning and management.

The Center for Strategy and Scenario Planning is a leader in the field of scenario management. Established as a joint initiative by HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, the Center aims to fully exploit the potential of scenario planning methods in theory and practice. We refine the techniques involved and encourage public debate of the method.

We pursue three main areas of activity:

  • Serving as the core of an international platform of experts, think tanks, academics and practitioners
  • Supporting scenario projects for companies, governmental institutions and other organizations by developing, evaluating and monitoring scenarios
  • Conducting academic research and education in scenario planning

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Research Areas

Scenarios and their behavioral effects in organizations

We analyze the role of scenario planning in organizations' decision-making processes. Research questions include: How does using scenarios change the mindset of individuals and an organization as a whole? Do management teams behave differently if they use scenarios as a basis for their long-term planning?

Scenario planning as an integrated approach
We assess the links between every step of the scenario and strategy development processes. Research questions include: How do corporate planners best integrate scenario planning into their existing strategy development process? What tools can be applied to make scenario planning an efficient management tool?

Scenario development for an uncertain future
We develop scenario studies that allow decision-makers to plan for a complex, uncertain and volatile future. Research questions include: How can scenarios meet the requirements of corporate planning in today's global market environments?


  • Prof. Dr. Torsten Wulf (Academic Director)
  • Prof. Dr. Burkhard Schwenker (Academic Director)
  • Dr. Philip Meissner (Affiliated Member)


Institute for Family Businesses and Entrepreneurial Succession

The Institute for Family Businesses & Entrepreneurial Succession (IFU) is the missing link between business owners of small- and middle-sized entities in Saxony looking for successors and promising business leaders who are willing and able to satisfy that need. 

The Institute supports the entrepreneurial succession process by analyzing potential business owners and successors to find the perfect match between each party’s wishes and demands. Our ultimate goal is  to create a sustainable platform that facilitates the search for a business successor, which can be a long and arduous process, to create long-lasting wealth and employment in the greater Saxony area.

For detailed information about our Institute we invite you to visit the German website.


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#1 for Entrepreneurship
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