Retrospect: Successful workshop on „foundation-owned companies” at TUM on 26 and 27 November 2015


From 26 to 27 November 2015, the first two-day workshop on „foundation-owned companies” took place at Technical University of Munich (TUM).

In cooperation with the University of Trier, the Maecenata Foundation, and the Förderkreis Gründungsforschung (FGF), Professor Achleitner and Anna Gerl (TUM) organized a workshop for both researchers and practitioners focusing on a wide range of different workshop themes. The participants eagerly discussed aspects including corporate strategy and economic success of foundation-owned corporations, social perception and responsibility, legal and tax aspects, and the role of donors in the construction of foundation-owned companies.

Particular highlights were three keynotes by Tilman Todenhöfer (Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG), Dr. Klaus Herberger (Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung), and Alexander Möller (ADAC e.V.). Further invited talks and panel discussions shed light on findings and experiences on foundation-owned companies from both science and practice for the more than 60 workshop participants.

The workshop results will be summarized in a new book on foundation-owned companies pubished by the SpringerGabler Verlag. If you are interested in a contribution or would like further information, please contact

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