Ehrenfried PausenbergerAffiliation: University of Giessen

Bio: Ehrenfried Pausenberger was born in 1931 in Teisnach, Bavaria. He studied business administration, economics and law at the Universities of Munich and Freiburg (Breisgau). He was then a research assistant at the Institute for Business Administration at the University of Munich, where he received his PhD in 1957. After having spent some years in an auditing firm he returned to the university. In 1967 he received his “Habilitation”-degree from the University of Nuremberg.

In the turbulent year 1968 he became a full professor for business administration at the “Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Politik” of Hamburg. Five years later he took over a newly created chair for International Business at the Justus-Liebig-Universität in Giessen. At that time, this was the first chair of this kind in Germany. Since then about 1.000 students have studied this subject; they now work for multinational corporations.

In research, Pausenberger has worked mainly in the areas of international financial management, personnel management and on the relationship between MNCs and developing countries. He has published numerous books and articles on these subjects. Pausenberger also served as editor for the series “Gießener Schriftenreihe zur Internationalen Unternehmung”.

Apart from international management, Pausenberger also worked in the area of business combinations (alliances, mergers & acquisitions).

For nearly 25 years, Pausenberger has been the academic director of the working group “Organization and management of international corporations” of the Schmalenbach-Gesellschaft. About two dozen multinational corporations belong to this working group which was founded with the aim of exchanging ideas between academics and practitioners.

Pausenberger is a member of several national and international academic societies. He has been elected a Fellow by the AIB. When he retired (1999) he was honoured with a Festschrift by his pupils, colleagues and friends, entitled: “Globalization. Challenge for management at the beginning of the 21. century”.

Last Updated: January 1990