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Prof. (em.) Dr. Erich Frese

Prof. (em.) Dr. Erich Frese

Room: 3.28, Herbert-Lewin-Straße 2

Phone: +49 (0) 221 / 470 – 5660 (secretary)
Fax: +49 (0) 221/ 470 – 7883
Office hours: by appointment


Professor Frese studied Business Administration at the University of Mannheim and the University of Cologne. After completing his Diplom in Cologne (1963), he worked as a research and teaching assistant at the Institute of Organization Design at the University of Cologne, where he also received his Ph.D. (1966). Supported by a grant from the German Science Foundation (DFG), Professor Frese became a research associate at the Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA (1969-1970) and completed his habilitation in Cologne (1970). From 1973 to 1986, he was chaired full professor of the Institute for Production Management and Organization Design at the Aachen Institute of Technology (RWTH). Starting in 1986, he was a full professor for Business Administration and Organization Design, and since 2003 an Emeritus professor, at the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Science at the University of Cologne.


Research Interests

  • Internal markets
  • Organizational knowledge of large German companies in the 1920’s and 1930’s 

Selected Publications (since 2000)


  • Frese, E., Graumann, M., & Theuvsen, L. 2012. Grundlagen der Organisation. Entscheidungsorientiertes Konzept der Organisationsgestaltung (10 ed.). Wiesbaden.
  • Frese, E. 2010. Grundlagen der Organisationsgestaltung. Konzept, Prinzipien, Strukturen. Tokio: Bunshindo Publishing. (Japanese Translation)
  • Frese, E. 2004. Plan- und Marktsteuerung in der Unternehmung. Interne Märkte im öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunk. Wiesbaden.
  • Frese, E. & Stöber, H. (Eds.). 2002. E-Organistion: Strategische und organistorische Herausforderungen des Internets. Wiesbaden.
  • Frese, E. & Hax, H. (Eds.). 2000. Das Unternehmen im Spannungsfeld von Planung und Marktkontrolle.

Book Chapters and Articles in Journals

  • Frese, E. 2016. German managers’ organizational know-how in the inter-war period (1918 – 1939): A cross-country inquiry on national contextual environments. Vierteljahrschrift für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte, 103: 145-177.
  • Egelhoff, W. G., & Frese, E. 2011. How German, Japanese, and U.S. Executives View Markets and Planning as Alternative Coordinating Mechanisms. Management International Review, 51(4): 511-532.
  • Frese, E. & Graumann, M. 2011. Die Überwachung des Vorstands börsennotierter Aktiengesellschaften: eine Analyse bisheriger Reformansätze aus organisationstheoretischer Sicht. Zeitschrift für Corporate Governance, 6(4): 157-164.
  • Egelhoff, W., & Frese, E. 2009. Understanding managers' preferences for internal markets versus business planning: A comparative study of German and U.S. managers. Journal of International Management, 15(1): 77-91.
  • Frese, E., & Lubatkin, M. 2006. Flowernet GmbH Case Study. In R. D. Ireland & R. Hoskison & M. Hitt (Eds.), Understanding Business Strategy. Concept and Cases. Mason: Thomson South-Western.
  • Frese, E., Heberer, M., Hurlebaus, T., & Lehmann, P. 2004. "Diagnosis Related Groups" (DRG) und kosteneffiziente Steuerungssysteme im Krankenhaus. Zeitschrift für betriebswirtschaftliche Forschung, 56: 737-759.
  • Frese, E. 2004. Interne Märkte. In G. Schreyögg & A. Werder (Eds.), Handwörterbuch Unternehmensführung und Organisation, 4 ed.: 552-560. Stuttgart: Schaeffer-Poeschel.
  • Frese, E. 2004. Organisationsinnovation. In G. Schreyögg & A. Werder (Eds.), Handwörterbuch Unternehmensführung und Organisation, 4 ed.: 1008-1017. Stuttgart: Schaeffer-Poeschel.
  • Frese, E. 2003. Steuerungskonzepte zwischen Plan und Markt. Marktwirtschaft in der Unternehmung. In P. Horvath & R. Gleich (Eds.), Neugestaltung der Unternehmensplanung. Innovative Konzepte und erfolgreiche Praxislösungen: 19-32. Stuttgart: Schaeffer-Poeschel.
  • Frese, E. 2000. Ausgleichsgesetz der Planung und Pretiale Lenkung. Betrachtungen zur Entwicklung der Betriebswirtschaftslehre aus Anlass der Geburtstage von Eugen Schmalenbach und Erich Gutenberg. In: Das Unternehmen im Spannungsfeld von Planung und Marktkontrolle. Düsseldorf, Frankfurt (Main): Verlagsgruppe Handelsblatt 1. Aufl.: 1-37.

Conference Papers/Presentations

  • Frese, E. 2010. National Embeddedness of German Managers’ Organizational Know-how in the Inter-war Period (1918-1939). A Cross Country Inquiry. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting 2010 of the Academy of Management, Montreal, Canada.
  • Frese, E. 2007. Organization Know-how of Large German Companies in the Inter-war Period of the Last Century. A Historical Inquiry in National Backwardness Based on Organization Theory. Paper presented at the Symposium Struktureller Wandel der Unternehmensorganisation 1960 bis 1980 der  Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte, München, Germany.
  • Frese, E., Egelhoff, W., & Zettler, I. 2006. Do Managers Introduce Internal Markets to Offset Planning Failures? A Cross Country Study. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting 2006 of the Academy of Management, Atlanta, USA.
  • Egelhoff, W. & Frese, E. 2005. How German, Japanese, and U.S. Managers View Markets and Panning as Alternative Mechanisms for Economic Coordination. Paper presented at the 31st. Annual Conference 2005 of the European International Business Conference (EIBA), Oslo, Norway.

A list of all publications can be found here.

Other Activities

Service as Editor

  • Co-Editor „Zeitschrift für betriebswirtschaftliche Forschung“ (1985-1998)
  • Senior Editor „Organization Science” (1992-1996)

Edited Volumes

  • Co-Editor „Zeitschrift für betriebswirtschaftliche Forschung“ (1985-1998)
  • Senior Editor „Organization Science (1992-1996)

Academic Services and Memberships

  • Committee for the Appointment of Public Accountants, Ministry of Economic Affairs, North Rhine-Westphalia (1981-1987)
  • Chairman of the Committee for Organization Design, Schmalenbach Gesellschaft (1986-2003)
  • Chairman of the Committee for Organization Theory, German Academic Association for Business Research (1989-1990)
  • Dean of the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Science, University of Cologne (1988-1989)
  • Committee for Restructuring the Faculty for Business Administration and Economics, University of Leipzig (1991-1992)
  • Pro-Rector of the University of Cologne (1995-1997)
  • Honorary Member of the Polish Academy of Science, Department Organization and Management, Warsaw