Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy

Associate professor
dr. phil.

Room: POR/18.B-3.126

I have joined CBS as an Associate Professor for Business History in 2008. In 1999, I have earned my Dr. phil. at University of Bielefeld (Economic History), from 2000 through 2008 I have been researching and teaching Economic and Social History, at the Department of Economics, University of Cologne.

My current research relates to economic change (project: "The Emergence of a »New Economy« - Industrial and Institutional Revolution in the Rhineland, 1790-1860"), to Entrepreneurship and Innovation (project "Beiersdorf"), and to Corporate Governance (project "Beiersdorf"). I am beginning more comprehensive work into "Stability and Instability of Political Economic Regimes" (see my paper "Weimar Germany: The First Open Access Order that Failed", more work is forthcoming).

I am co-editor of the book series Economic and Social History of Modern Europe (Nomos: Baden-Baden)
Secretary of the Council of the European Business History Association (2015-2019)
Coordinator of the The Alliance of Centres for Business History in Europe.
and member of the editorial advisory board of ‘Scandinavian Economic History Review

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

"Tillidsrepresentant" (Union representative or 'shop steward') at MPP

Curriculum Vitae
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  • Introduction to Economic Sociology (Business Administration and Sociology)
  • Strategy and Regulation in European Business (Globe)


  • From the Financial Crisis 2007/08 to BREXIT and beyond. Crises, contagion, political and corporate response (International Business and Politics)



I am very much interested in projects dealing with
• Financial/Economic Crises
• Corporate Response to Crises
• Entrepreneurship and Innovation
• Industrial Organization
• Corporate Governance
• Business in Germany

Other teaching activities

Previously taught courses (e.g.)
• Economic Theory and Economic & Corporate Development (CM elective)
• The Financial Crisis and Its Predecessors: Crisis, Contagion, Political and Corporate Response (CM elective)
• Entrepreneurship and Innovation in a Global Perspective. Concepts, Development, and Challenges (BSc Soc Elective)
• Business History (BA Business & Philosophy)

Selected publications


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Alfred Reckendrees / Beiersdorf : Die Geschichte des Unternehmens hinter den Marken Nivea, tesa, Hansaplast & Co.
München : Verlag C.H. Beck 2018, 410 p.
Book > peer review
Alfred Reckendrees / Beiersdorf : The Company behind the Brands NIVEA, tesa, Hansaplast & Co.
München : Verlag C.H. Beck 2018, 400 p.
Book > peer review
Alfred Reckendrees / Companies, Industry, and ‘Crafts and Trades’
In: Germany in Data. ed. /Thomas Rahlf. Bonn : Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung 2017
Book chapter > peer review
Alfred Reckendrees / Dynamics of Overlapping Clusters : Industrial and Institutional Revolution in the Industrial District of Aachen, 1800-1860.
In: Revista de Historia Industrial, Vol. 26, No. 66, 2017, p. 37-75
Journal article > peer review
Alfred Reckendrees / Economic History in Times of Transition
In: Scandinavian Economic History Review, Vol. 65, No. 1, 2017, p. 1–5
Editorial > peer review
Alfred Reckendrees / Albert Vögler (1877-1945)
In: Unternehmer in der Weimarer Republik. ed. /Patrick Bormann; Judith Michel; Joachim Scholtyseck. Stuttgart : Franz Steiner Verlag 2016, p. 259-275 (Beiträge zur Unternehmensgeschichte, Vol. 35)
Book chapter > peer review
Jari Ojala; Alfred Reckendrees / Towards Debate and Open Conversation
In: Scandinavian Economic History Review, Vol. 64, No. 1, 2016, p. 1-5
Editorial > peer review
Alfred Reckendrees / Die „Neue Ökonomie“ des industriellen Kapitalismus : Eine industrielle und institutionelle Revolution.
In: MPIfG Jahrbuch 2015–2016. ed. /Jens Beckert. Köln : Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung 2015, p. 103-110
Report chapter
Alfred Reckendrees; Jacob Weisdorf / Scandinavian Economic History Review 2011–2014 : A Report.
In: Scandinavian Economic History Review, Vol. 63, No. 1, 2015, p. 102-105
Editorial > peer review
Alfred Reckendrees / Unternehmen, Industrie und Handwerk
In: Deutschland in Daten: Zeitreihen zur Historischen Statistik. . ed. /Thomas Rahlf. Bonn : Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung 2015, p. 250-265
Book chapter > peer review
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