Prof. Dr. Jens Grundei

Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Dr Jens Grundei is professor for Business Economics, in particular Corporate Governance & Organisation at Quadriga University of Applied Sciences Berlin.


Jens Grundei studied business economics at the Technische Universität Berlin (TU/University of Technology) and – through a DAAD scholarship – at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 1999, he obtained his doctorate and in 2005 his habilitation in the field of business economics.


Professor Grundei possesses intensive teaching experience in the areas of strategic corporate management, organisational design and organisational behaviour. In 2008, he was offered and accepted a professorship at the FOM University of Applied Sciences in Berlin with a focus on the topics of organisation and personnel. It was there that he was also elected director of studies for FOM’s master programmes.


Professor Grundei’s areas of work centre upon organisational design, corporate governance and strategic management, he also researches and consults in these areas of expertise, e.g. having published three books and more than 50 articles. As a member of the task force “Organisation” of the Schmalenbach-Gesellschaft für Betriebswirtschaft (Schmalenbach association for economics) and further having a seat on the board of the gfo – Gesellschaft für Organisation (Society for Organisation), he is particularly fond of the topical exchange in the field of business organisation between academia and professional practice.



 Professor Grundei is specifically concerned with the structuring and steering of complex organisations. Here, he focuses on the targeted development of organisations, which is initially led up to by first and foremost developing a convincing strategy. The approach to be followed herewith is an intended-rational one, so as to be able to develop a strategy foundation as comprehensive as possible.


Corporate Governance builds the institutional framework within which the strategy is to be developed, it depicting the legal and factual mechanisms that regulate the competencies and relationships between the participants involved and which thus set the framework for the strategic development of the company. In terms of strategy implementation, Professor Grundei mainly focusses on shaping a corporation’s structural and management organisation which – in accordance with further development tools – is ultimately to influence the behavior of the members of the organisation


Current requirements and developments regarding company organisation

 Given the major importance of company organisation and with it the complexity regarding the problematic nature of its structuring, the obvious and rather persistent question and demand for particularly suitable organisational structures arises – especially in large, internationally operating corporations. The latest survey dealt with current challenges and developments regarding organisational design that are already underway and was conducted in association with the work group “Organisation” of the Schmalenbach-Gesellschaft für Betriebswirtschaft (Schmalenbach association for economics). The most current approach addresses the search for possible ways of promoting innovation within organisations.

Cooperation partner: Task force “Organisation” of the Schmalenbach-Gesellschaft für Betriebswirtschaft e.V. (Schmalenbach association for economics)

Organisation of Corporate Communications

 The field of corporate communications has gained significant importance throughout the past years and meanwhile plays an essential role for many corporations. The consistent information given by various stakeholders alone imposes increasing requirements on the efficient organisation of the various communication activities, “especially in large, international corporations”. Against that background, a research project is to work out the specific challenges regarding the organisation of corporate communications and particularly the structuring solutions of the corporate practice.

Cooperation partner: Prof. Dr Christoph Storck, Quadriga University of Applied Sciences Berlin

Structural vs. Process Organisation

 The implementation of process-oriented forms of organisation causes serious problems in the field. So it needs to be clarified how the ratio of competencies between process-oriented roles and positions in the organisational structure can be determined frictionless. In the first instance, the project is to show to what extent the integration of structural and process organisation can succeed respectively whether problems actually occur.

Cooperation partners: Prof. D.Eng. Uwe Dombrowski, managing director of the Institute for Production Management and Operations Research at the University of Technology Braunschweig and Prof. D.Eng. Paul R. Melcher, Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University of Applied Sciences.

Community and Partner


A professor’s work requires a thorough integration into all relevant communities. Thus, professor Grundei cultivates numerous contacts to colleagues at other universities as well as in the corporate practice area. Within the science community, he has frequently worked as a referee for magazines such as Organization Science, Journal of Management and Governance and the German-language magazine Führung und Organisation.


Also as a member of the work group “Organisation” of the Schmalenbach-Gesellschaft für Betriebswirtschaft e.V. (Schmalenbach association for economics) and as a board member of the gfo – Gesellschaft für Organisation (Society for Organisation), he maintains intensive interactions within the corporate practice area.

Some of his current cooperation partners are as follows:

Prof. D.Eng. Uwe Dombrowski, managing director of the Institut für Fabrikbetriebslehre and Unternehmensforschung at Technische Universität Braunschweig (University of Technology)

Prof. D.Eng. Paul R. Melcher, Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences

Prof. Dr rer. pol. habil. Matthias Graumann, Offenburg University of Applied Sciences

Prof. Dr Till Talaulicar, professorship of Organisation and Management, Faculty of Law and Political Science, University of Erfurt

Prof. Dr Axel v. Werder, professorship of Organisation and Corporation Management, Technische Universität Berlin (University of Technology)

Prof. Dr Joachim Zülch, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Ruhr University Bochum), faculty for engineering, professorship of Industrial Sales Engineering




For an overview on Prof. Grundei’s courses, please find a summary below as well as a list of courses from the preceding semester:

Degree programme MBA Communication & Leadership

  •    Corporate Strategy
  •    Management and Organisational Theory
  •    Organisational Behavior & Leadership
  •    Change Management

Degree programme M.A. Communication & Leadership

  • Strategic Management
  • Organisational Behavior & Leadership

Degree programme MBA Public Affairs & Leadership

  • Management and Organisational Theory
  • Organisational Behavior & Leadership
  • Applied Organisational Design
  • Corporate Strategy

Degree programme International MBA Communication & Leadership

  • Corporate Strategy





  • Grundei, Jens/Talaulicar, Till (2015): Grundlagen der Corporate Governance. In: Schweitzer, Marcell/Baumeister, Alexander (Hrsg.): Allgemeine Betriebswirtschaftslehre. Theorie und Politik des Wirtschaftens in Unternehmen, 11. Aufl. Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag. S. 95-142.

  • Dombrowski, Uwe/Grundei, Jens/Melcher, Paul R./Schmidtchen, Kai (2015): Prozessorganisation in deutschen Unternehmen: Eine Studie zum aktuellen Stand der Umsetzung. In: Zeitschrift Führung und Organisation, 84. Jg., S. 63-69.

  • Melcher, Paul R./Grundei, Jens/Dombrowski, Uwe (2015): Verpasste Chancen – Studie zum Stand der Prozessorganisation in Unternehmen. In: QZ: Qualität und Zuverlässigkeit, H. 8, S. 18-22.

  • Graumann, Matthias/Grundei, Jens (2015): Nachweis einer „angemessenen Information“ im Sinne der Business Judgment Rule. Rückgriff auf anerkannte betriebswirtschaftliche Verhaltensmaßstäbe – Dargestellt am Beispiel der Eliminierung einer Leitungsebene im Hause Siemens. In: Zeitschrift für Corporate Governance, 10. Jg., H. 5, S. 197-204.

  • Herzog, Henning/Grundei, Jens/Stephan, Gregor (2015): Die Compliance-Organisation. Berlin: Helios-Media.

  • Graumann, Matthias/Grundei, Jens (2014): Beurteilung der Informationsbasis zustimmungspflichtiger Geschäfte. In: Der Aufsichtsrat, 11. Jg., S. 21-23.

  • Grundei, Jens/Zaumseil, Peter (Hrsg.) (2012): Der Aufsichtsrat im System der Corporate GovernanPublikce: Betriebswirtschaftliche und juristische Perspektiven. Wiesbaden: Gabler.
  • Graumann, Matthias/Grundei, Jens (2011): Wann entsprechen unternehmerische Entscheidungen der gesellschaftsrechtlichen Anforderung »angemessener Information«? In: Die Betriebswirtschaft, 71. Jg., H. 4, S. 379-399.
  • Grundei, Jens/Graumann, Matthias (2011): Was behindert offene Diskussionen im Aufsichtsrat? In: Der Aufsichtsrat, 8. Jg.,S. 86-88.
  • Graumann, Matthias/Linderhaus, Holger/Grundei, Jens (2010): Wann haften Manager für Fehlentscheidungen? Ein Überblick über die Rechtsgrundlagen der zivilrechtlichen Innenhaftung. In: Wirtschaftswissenschaftliches Studium, 39. Jg., S. 325-330.
  • v. Werder, Axel/Grundei, Jens (2009): Evaluation der Corporate Governance. In: Handbuch Corporate Governance. Leitung und Überwachung börsennotierter Unternehmen in der Rechts- und Wirtschaftspraxis. 2. Aufl., hrsg. v. Peter Hommelhoff, Klaus J. Hopt und Axel v. Werder. Stuttgart - Köln: Schäffer-Poeschel und Dr. Otto Schmidt, S. 629-652.
  • Graumann, Matthias/Linderhaus,Holger/Grundei, Jens (2009): Wann ist die Risikobereitschaft bei unternehmerischen Entscheidungen »in unzulässiger Weise« überspannt? In: Betriebswirtschaftliche Forschung und Praxis, 61. Jg., S. 492-505.
  • Becker, Ludger/Grundei, Jens (2009): Management von Führungsbeziehungen in internationalen Konzernen. In: Der Betrieb, 62. Jg., S. 1137-1141.
  • Grundei, Jens/Graumann, Matthias (2009): Beurteilung der Qualität von Management-entscheidungen durch den Aufsichtsrat.In: Der Aufsichtsrat, 6. Jg., S. 53-55.
  • Grundei, Jens/Becker, Ludger (2009): Herausforderung Organisations-Controlling ? Entwicklung von Bewertungskriterien für die Aufbau- und Führungsorganisation. In: Zeitschrift für Controlling & Management, 53. Jg., S. 117-126.
  • Graumann, Matthias/Grundei, Jens/Linderhaus, Holger (2009): Ausübung des Geschäftsleiterermessens bei riskanten Entscheidungen - Die Business Judgment Rule als Beitrag zu guter Corporate Governance. In: Zeitschrift für Corporate Governance, 4. Jg., S. 20-26.
  • v. Werder, Axel/Grundei, Jens (2009): Organisationale Verankerung der Kommunikation in Unternehmen. In: Handbuch Kommunikation: Grundlagen, Innovative Ansätze, Praktische Umsetzungen, hrsg. v. Manfred Bruhn, Franz-Rudolf Esch und Tobias Langner. Wiesbaden: Gabler, S. 1179-1197.
  • Grundei, Jens (2008): Are Managers Agents or Stewards of Their Principals? Logic, Critique, and Reconciliation of Two Conflicting Theories of Corporate Governance. In: Journal für Betriebswirtschaft, 58. Jg., S. 141-166.
  • Krüger, Wilfried/v. Werder, Axel/Grundei, Jens (2007): Center-Konzepte: Strategieorientierte Organisation von Unternehmensfunktionen. In: Zeitschrift Führung und Organisation, 76. Jg., S. 4-11.
  • v. Werder, Axel/Stöber, Harald/Grundei, Jens (Hrsg.) (2006): Organisations-Controlling: Konzepte und Praxisbeispiele. Wiesbaden: Gabler.
  • Grundei, Jens/v. Werder, Axel (2005): Die Angemessenheit der Informationsgrundlage als Anwendungsvoraussetzung der Business Judgment Rule - Anforderungen an die Fundierung strategischer Entscheidungen aus betriebswirtschaftlicher Sicht. In: Die Aktiengesellschaft, 50. Jg., S. 825-834.
  • Talaulicar, Till/Grundei, Jens/v. Werder, Axel (2005): Strategic Decision Making in Start-ups: The Effect of Top Management Team Organization and Processes on Speed and Comprehensiveness. In: Journal of Business Venturing, 20. Jg., S. 519-541.