Prof. Dr. Matthias S. Fifka

Prof. Dr. Matthias S. Fifka

Full Professor (Business Administration)

Department of Economic Sciences
Strategic and International Management, Leadership, Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility, Business Ethics, Corporate Governance

Room: Room 1.033
Kochstraße 4 (17)
91054 Erlangen


  • Chairman of the Institute
  • Head of the section Business Administration
  • Manager of the bachelor programs and of the programs for teaching degrees

Short C.V.

Prof. Dr. Matthias S. Fifka is chairman of the Institute of Economics and Professor for Business Administration, particularly Business Ethics, at the University Erlangen-Nürnberg. He is also a visiting professor at University of Dallas, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, École Supérieure des Sciences Commerciales d’Angers (ESSCA), and Maastricht School of Management. Until September 2013, he held the Dr. Juergen Meyer Endowed Chair for International Business Ethics and Sustainability at Cologne Business School (CBS).

His research and teaching focuses on issues of strategic management—especially the strategic implementation of sustainability and corporate social responsibility—, business ethics, corporate governance and international economic relations.

He is and has been a member of several scientific committees and boards, for example for the European Union, the German Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and the German Working Group for ecologically aware management (B.A.U.M. e.V.). In addition, he is a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. Since the beginning of 2008, he is deputy director of the German American Institute in Nürnberg, and he advises businesses and organizations on issues of strategic management, sustainability, corporate social responsibility and corporate governance.

Matthias S. Fifka earned his doctorate in 2004 with a dissertation on business associations in the United States. In February 2011, he completed his Habilitation with a study on corporate citizenship in Germany and the United States. He holds a venia legendi for Business Administration and International Studies.

Areas of Research

  • Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Corporate Citizenship
  • Business Ethics
  • Corporate Governance
  • Strategic Management
  • International Management
  • International Economic Relations
  • Business-government relationship; policy research with a focus on parties and advocacy groups, particularly trade associations
  • Comparative Studies: Germany and the United States