Habilitand (Junior Faculty Member / Assistant Professor, Area “Management”)
Dr. rer. pol. Dipl.-Kfm. Jan-Philipp Ahrens gained his doctoral degree from the University of Mannheim (2/2010-6/2013). During his dissertation he was a visiting student at the Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität München, following to a visit at the Humboldt University at Berlin in the BDPEMS-Program (Berlin Doctoral Program of Economics and Management Science). From 7/2013-9/2014 Dr. Ahrens joined the German Federal Ministry of Finance in Berlin as a political advisor in business restructuring.
Dr. Ahrens graduated from the University of Mannheim in 2008 as a Diplom-Kaufmann. He is author of the books "125 Jahre Mittelstand - Freiheit, Markwirtschaft, Soziale Verantwortung" and "Topics in Entrepreneurship and Family Business Management". His dissertation won multiple international peer-reviewed awards, including a "Best Paper Award" at the European Academy of Management in 2013, a "Best Paper Award" at 2014 Family Enterprise Research Conference (USA), the Best Unpublished Paper Award 2014 of the Family Firm Institute (USA / publisher of the Family Business Review), and an invitation to the "Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings" of the 2015 Academy of Management. His work on gender equality in CEO leadership was awarded with the WOVEN publish prize 2015. In 2016 his research was credited with an “honourable mention” at the European Academy of Management, and in 2017 his work on Family CEOs was awarded the “Best Article Award” at the Forum Mittelstandsforschung.
Dr. Ahrens’s research is frequently discussed in the public media, such as Deutschlandradio/Deutschlandfunk, Spiegel Online, Der Standard (Austria), PCGames Hardware, Heise online, or Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Marathon-Rowing is one of the passions of Dr. Ahrens. In 2007 he finished 3rd in the quad-scull team discipline of the international Rhine marathon contest and 1st in the eight-team of the Technical University Munich at the 2012 Roseninsel contest.
Dr. Ahrens's research interests include
- family business management
- succession in family firms
- gender equality in leadership
- digital entrepreneurship & crowdfunding
- strategic management
- turnaround management & corporate change
- controlling & value-based management
- corporate finance
- entrepreneurial economics
- development economics
Outstanding students who wish to dedicate their master thesis to quantitative research related to the above research interest and aim to continue as PhD student may apply for a supervision of their master thesis by Dr. Ahrens. For further information, it is referred to: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jan-Philipp_Ahrens. For research and evaluations of Dr. Ahrens please see the files provided below.