Born 1934 in Bad-Salzuflen, Germany, married with S. v. Goessel-Steinmann, three children;

1970 – 1999: Professor of Management at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg; Dean of the Faculty (1973-1974). Head of Department of Business Administration (1972-1973, 1980 – 1981). Chairman of the Committee on International Affairs (1985 – 1998).

1968 – 1970: Professor of Business Administration and Operations Research at the Free University of Berlin.

1960 – 1968: Assistant Professor at the Technical University of Clausthal/Germany (PhD 1962: Thesis about “Linear Programming and Production Theory”).

1964/1965: LSE (London School of Economics) and INSEAD (Institut Européan d’Administration des Affaires) Fontainebleau/France (MBA).

1967: Habilitation at the Technical University of Clausthal. Habilitation-Thesis about “Social Responsibility of Management” (Privatdozent).

1954-1959: Studied Business Administration (Betriebswirtschaftslehre) at the University of Göttingen (Diplom-Kaufmann).
Doctor honoris causa: Faculty of Law and Economics, University of Bern/ Switzerland (1996); Université Robert Schuman, Strassbourg/France (1999);
Chairs Offered from other German Universities: Paderborn (1973), Darmstadt (1980), Free University of Berlin (1990).

1993-2000: Founder and President of the German Business Ethics Network (dnwe); 1986-1992 member of the board of EBEN (European Business Ethics Network); Editorial Board of the “Journal of Business Ethics” (1989 -1993).
Guest Professorships: 1986-1988 University of Bern; 1990-1991 Université Robert Schuman, Strassbourg; 2000-2001Technical University of Wroclaw/Poland.

Fields of interest: General Management, Corporate Government, Corporate ethics.


  • Textbook on “Management” (6th German ed. 2005; 4th Polish ed. 2001, with Prof. Schreyögg, Free University of Berlin), Gabler-Verlag Wiesbaden;
  • Grundlagen der Unternehmensethik (Foundations of Corporate Ethics); (2ndGerman ed. 1994; Tczech ed. 1995; Chinese ed. 2001, with Dr. A. Löhr, IHI Zittau), Poeschel-Verlag Stuttgart;
  • 12 other books (in German), as author or co-author, about a number of special topics of management and corporate governance.
  • (Co-) Editor: Unternehmensethik (Corporate Ethics); (2nd ed. 1991; with A.Löhr, Poeschel-Verlag); Cases in Business Ethics (1996; with H. v. Luijk, Amsterdam, and Brian Harvey, Manchester, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht u.a.); Lexikon der Wirtschaftsethik Handbook of Economic Ethics);(1993; mit G. Enderle u.a., Herder Verlag Freiburg; Portugese ed. Sáo Leopoldo 1997; Chinese ed. Shanghai 2001); Zwischen Universalismus und Relativismus, Philosophische Grundlagenprobleme des interkulturellen Managements (1998; with Prof. A. Scherer, Universität Zürich, Suhrkamp Verlag); 11 other books as editior or co-editor.

Some 290 articles as author or co-author on management, business ethics, corporate governance etc. in German and foreign journals.