A broad network of sponsors and cooperation partners facilitates and supports the doctoral program hosted by the WCGE.

Operational Management

The WCGE hosts the doctoral program and leads it operationally.

Main Sponsor

The Karl Schlecht Foundation (KSG) finances the doctoral program and its dialogue platform.

Third Founding Partner

Besides the WCGE and the KSG, the Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin (LEIZ) of the Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen is the third founding partner of the doctoral program.

Academic Partner

The HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg and the Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen are the academic partners of the doctoral program. The doctoral students are enrolled according to the doctoral regulations of the respective institutions, and they receive their doctor’s degree from their home universities.

Cooperation Partner: Scholarship and Academic Exchange

  • The KSG finances the scholarships of the doctoral program.
  • The doctoral program cooperates with the Weltethos Institute (WEIT) of the Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen. Together they award the so-called WEIT scholarship, which is also financed by the KSG.
  • The doctoral program cooperates with the Stiftung der deutschen Wirtschaft (SDW) as an external scholarship provider. All Ph.D. scholarship holders of the SDW, also those who are not members of the doctoral program, are invited to attend seminars of the study program. This promotes the academic exchange between both groups of doctoral students.
  • There is a cooperation agreement between the doctoral program and the Graduate School of Sustainable Management of the Center for Advanced Sustainable Management (CASM) of the Cologne Business School (CBS). Their cooperation aim is to offer their doctoral students a wide-ranging and diverse course program, and to foster exchange between all doctoral students. Doctoral students of both programs can visit seminars and events of the partners, free of charge. Based on this cooperation, joint doctoral workshops are organized.