Sabine Klein

Sabine KleinProf. Dr. Chair for Family Business, WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany

Sessions: Day 2, Track B Critical issues in transfer processes: Ownership and governance changes, ”Managing the changes of complexity when transferring the family firm: An application of the complexity theorem of corporate governance in family businesses”.

Prof. Dr. Sabine B. Klein, born in 1962, holds a chair at the INTES-Institute for Family Business at WHU, Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar, Germany. Dr. Klein, a third generation family business member, worked several years in her own family’s firm before she started her academic career. After having taught at the university at Trier, she was visiting research fellow at INSEAD, France. Later she went to EBS in Wiesbaden, Germany, were she led the newly founded European Family Business Center, before she joined WHU in January 2010.

Dr. Klein’s academic interest is especially to look at the interface of the family and the firm. Topics like corporate governance as well as family governance on one hand, and leadership and strategy on the other are of foremost interest for her. Dr. Klein wrote the first textbook on family businesses, now in the third edition. Apart from that she published in various journals, such as Family Business Review, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, Small Business Economics, and Journal of Business Research. Dr. Klein teaches at bachelor, master and MBA level, both family business and non-family business topics. Dr. Klein is a founding member of ifera (international family enterprise research academy) and ifera’s past-president. She serves on several boards as reviewer.
Dr. Klein is married and mother of three nearly adult children.