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Humboldt Research Award for Prof. Dr. Matthias Kipping

Corporate Historian from York University in Toronto at Freie Universität for One Year

№ 325/2017 from Nov 21, 2017

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has approved a nomination by management researchers Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Georg Schreyögg and Prof. Dr. Jörg Sydow from Freie Universität to recognize the corporate historian Professor Dr. Matthias Kipping from York University in Toronto, Canada, with a Humboldt Research Award. Matthias Kipping will do research and teach at Freie Universität for a year. In Berlin he will examine, among other things, the extensive networks of former employees of German consulting firms as well as the development of in-house think tanks and their influence on the discussion of important economic, social, and political problems.

Matthias Kipping, who was born in 1961, studied history and German language and literature at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) and the Sorbonne in Paris as well as public administration at Harvard University. In 1993 he received his doctorate in economic history from LMU Munich. Subsequently, he taught and did research in Paris, Reading, Barcelona, and Vallendar, Germany. Since 2005 he has held the Chair of Corporate History at the Schulich School of Business at York University. His main area of research is the international transfer of management knowledge with a special focus on the development and role of management consulting and management education. In addition, he is one of the leading North American scholars – including the few who have a background in history – who pursue a historical perspective in management and organization. At the Management Department at Freie Universität, Kipping will encounter an environment where for many years great value has been placed on this type of research. In particular, within the framework of the Research Training Group "Research on Organizational Paths" (www.wiwiss.fu-berlin.de/en/forschung/pfadkolleg/index.html), which was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for nine years, research was done taking historical perspectives into account. The Research Training Group is led by two professors, Georg Schreyögg and Jörg Sydow, who nominated Kipping for the Humboldt Research Award. Currently, the research group "Organized Creativity" (www.wiwiss.fu-berlin.de/forschung/organized-creativity/index.html), funded by the DFG and led by Professor Jörg Sydow, will also benefit from this collaboration.

Every year the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation awards up to one hundred Humboldt Research Awards to researchers whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future. As part of the award, they are invited to spend a period of up to one year cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues at a research institution in Germany. The stay may be divided up into blocks. The nominations for the award are submitted by established researchers in Germany.


  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Georg Schreyögg, School of Business and Economics, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838-52960, Email: ls-schreyoegg@wiwiss.fu-berlin.de
  • Prof. Dr. Jörg Sydow, School of Business and Economics, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838-53782, Email: joerg.sydow@fu-berlin.de