Department of Business Humanities and Law

  • Centre for Business History
  • Governance, Culture & Learning Unit
Associate professor
dr. phil.

Room: POR/18.B-2.135
Alfred Reckendrees

I have joined CBS as an Associate Professor for Business History in 2008, after having worked for eight years as Assistant and Associate Professor (non-tenured) for Economic and Social History at the Department of Economics, University of Cologne. Previously, I have studied Modern History, Eastern European History, German Philology, and Philosophy at University of Münster and have earned my Dr. phil. at University of Bielefeld (Economic History) in 1999.

In the field of Business History I am particularly interested in Corporate Governance, Organizational Change, and Entrepreneurship and Innovation. In the field of Economic History I employ predominantly, but not exclusively qualitative historical approaches enriched by perspectives from Economic Sociology and Political Economy, I am particularly interested in economic and institutional change in 19th and 20th centuries across Europe, and in the Evolution and Change of Social Orders.

I am co-editor of the book series Economic and Social History of Modern Europe (Nomos: Baden-Baden) and member of the editorial advisory board of ‘Scandinavian Economic History Review

At CBS I am the academic director of the study programme Business Administration and Sociology (BSc Soc).

Primary research areas

Business History

  • Organizational Change
  • Corporate Governance
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Economic History

  • Economic Development (Industrial and Institutional Revolutions)
  • Evolution of Social Orders
Administrative tasks

Programme director BSc Business Administraton and Sociology

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Course Coordinator: Introduction to Economic Sociology (BSc Soc)
Course coordinator: Historical Foundations of Financial Institutions (Cand. Phil)
Online Tutorial Bachelor Projects

Previously taught courses (e.g.)

  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation in a Global Perspective. Concepts, Development, and Challenges (BSc Soc)
  • Strategy and Regulation in European Business (IB / Globe)
  • From the Financial Crisis 2007/08 to BREXIT and beyond (BSc IBP)
  • The Financial Crisis & Its Predecessors: Crisis, Contagion, Political and Corporate Response (Cand.Merc.)
  • Economic Theory and Economic & Corporate Development (Cand.Merc.)
  • Course coordinator: Bachelor Projects BSc SEM, BSc EB

I am supervising Bachelor and Master projects in the following areas:
• Financial/Economic Crises (and Corporate Response)
• Entrepreneurship and Innovation (particularly corporate entrepreneurship/intrapreneurship)
• Organisational Change
• Corporate Governance
• Projects related to the German Economy/Society


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Isabel Heinemann; Alfred Reckendrees / Gendering the Company : A Critical Perspective on German Business History.
Munich : Munich Personal RePEc Archive 2023, 24 p. (MPRA Paper, No. 119086)
Working paper
Alfred Reckendrees / Intergovernmental Economic Cooperation and Institutional Integration before the Founding of the German Empire
In: An Economic History of the First German Unification: State Formation and Economic Development in a European Perspective. . ed. /Ulrich Pfister; Nikolaus Wolf. Abingdon : Routledge 2023, p. 38-55 (Explorations in Economic History)
Book chapter > peer review
Alfred Reckendrees (Editor) ; Boris Gehlen (Editor) ; Christian Marx (Editor) / International Business, Multi-Nationals, and the Nationality of the Company : Special issue of Business History.
Abingdon : Routledge 2022, 179 p. (Business History, No. 9, Vol. 64)
Alfred Reckendrees; Boris Gehlen; Christian Marx / International Business, Multinational Enterprises and Nationality of the Company : A Constructive Review of Literature.
In: Business History, Vol. 64, No. 9, 12.2022, p. 1567-1599
Journal article > peer review
Alfred Reckendrees / Teresa Brandt, Paradoxien der Unternehmensgeschichtsschreibung
In: Zeitschrift für Unternehmensgeschichte, Vol. 67, No. 2, 2022, p. 303-306
Book review
Alfred Reckendrees / Unternehmen, Industrie und Handwerk
In: Deutschland in Daten: Zeitreihen zur Historischen Statistik. . ed. /Thomas Rahlf. Bonn : Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung 2022, p. 256-271
Book chapter > peer review
Alfred Reckendrees / Zwischenstaatliche kooperation und institutionelle integration vor der gründung des Kaiserreichs
In: Deutschland 1871: Die Nationalstaatsbildung und der Weg in die moderne Wirtschaft. . ed. /Ulrich Pfister; Jan-Otmar Hesse; Mark Spoerer ; Nikolaus Wolf. Tübingen : Mohr Siebeck 2021, p. 49-69 (Die Einheit der Gesellschaftswissenschaften im 21. Jahrhundert, No. 6)
Book chapter > peer review
Boris Gehlen; Christian Marx; Alfred Reckendrees / Ambivalences of Nationality - Economic Nationalism, Nationality of the Company, Nationalism as Strategy : An Introduction.
In: Journal of Modern European History, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2.2020, p. 16-27
Journal article > peer review
Boris Gehlen (Editor) ; Christian Marx (Editor) ; Alfred Reckendrees (Editor) / Special Issue : Economic Nationalism and the Nationality of the Company.
London : SAGE Publications 2020, 114 p. (Journal of Modern European History, No. 1, Vol. 18)
Anthology > peer review
Alfred Reckendrees / Toni Pierenkemper (1944-2019)
In: Historische Zeitschrift, Vol. 311, No. 3, 12.2020, p. 667-676
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Research Projects
Outside activities
  • Beiersdorf AG, 2015: Corporate History Research Project
  • Beiersdorf AG, 2016: Corporate History Research Project
  • Beiersdorf AG, 2017: Corporate History Research Project
  • Beiersdorf AG, 2018: Corporate History Research Project