Horst Albach was born in 1931 in Essen, Germany. After a year of study at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, USA, he continued his studies of management
and economics at Cologne University, Germany, where he received his doctoral degree in business economics in 1958. He taught at Darmstadt Technical
University (1958–1960) and Kiel University (1960–1961), Germany, and Graz University (1960), Austria. He accepted an offer to become Full Professor of
Business Economics at Bonn University in 1961, cofounded the private Coblence School of Management in 1984, and taught there on leave of absence from Bonn
until 1987 when he became Professor of Industrial Economics at the Free University Berlin. After the unification of Germany, he became a Professor of Management
Science at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Professor Albach holds honorary degrees from the Swedish School of Management in Stockholm, the Finnish School
of Business in Helsinki, the universities of Kiel, Bielefeld, Cottbus, Graz, Alcalá de Henares, Waseda, Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME, and the Russian Academy
of Sciences. He is a member of the German Order Pour le mérite for Sciences and Arts and was its Chancellor from 2004 to 2009. From 2012 to 2016, Professor
Albach was a member of the Executive Board of the Center for Advanced Studies in Management (CASiM) at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, Leipzig,
Germany.