Academic Symposia

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The GUG’s academic symposia on selected themes stimulate historical research by identifying desiderata and providing a space for the discussion of scientific con-cerns. Every two years, the symposium is held in co-operation with a foreign busi-ness history organization.

Next Event:«1919 – der Versailler Vertrag, die Neuordnung Europas und die deutschen Unternehmen»

42. Academic Symposium

17 and 18 October 2019
in the Villa Hügel in Essen
Further Information can be found in
Call for Papers
The program will soon be shown here.

2020: «Verdammt zu Größe und Wachstum»

43. Academic Symposium

08 and 09 October 2020
with Draiflessen Collection gGmbH in Georgstraße 18 in Mettingen
Further Information can be found in
Call for Papers
The program will soon be shown here.

Review: Symposium 2018

The 41st Scientific Symposium of the Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte took place in cooperation with the Business History Society of Japan (BHSJ) on 13 and 14 September 2018 at Haus Metzler in Frankfurt am Main. It was dedicated to the topic "Corporate Governance in Japan and Germany in the 19th and 20th Century". Over two days, an international audience of well-known and young scientists discussed various aspects of corporate governance in the historical and comfortable atmosphere of the Metzler House. The special focus was on a cross-national comparison. Among other things, the history of German-Japanese relations and Germany's influence on Japan after the opening of the country were discussed. But also the different development of the capital market structures, the company organisation and the corporate law concepts of the two countries - also always in relation to the USA and Great Britain - were discussed. In addition to research on general developments and trends, case studies underpinned the theses.

The complete conference report can be found below in our download area


Review and Downloadarea


Programm und Tagungsbericht

41. Academic Symposium
41. Wissenschaftliches Symposium
Joint Conference BHSJ und GUG am 13. und 14. September 2018 in Frankfurt am Main: «Corporate Governance in Japan and Germany in the 19th and 20th Century»


The Programme and the complete conference report (in German) are available here:

The 40th symposium was held on 13 October 2017 in Leipzig on the subject of «West German Enterprises in the GDR».



39. Academic Symposium
Joint Conference ABH and Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte e.V. am 27./28. Mai 2016 in Berlin: «Creativity and Entreprenuership in the Global Economy»


Programm und Tagungsbericht

38. Academic Symposium
8 and 9 October 2015
Wien: «Erfahrung, Erwartung, Entscheidung – Entscheidungsprozesse im Unternehmen unter konzeptionellen Gesichtspunkten»


37. Academic Symposium
16 and 17 October 2014
Frankfurt am Main: «Wirtschaftskriminalität und Unternehmen»


36. Academic Symposium
10 and 11 October 2013
Mannheim: «Unternehmen und Krieg. Neuere Forschungen zum Ersten Weltkrieg»


35. Academic Symposium
11 and 12 October 2012
Berlin: «Internationalisierung und Management nach 1945»

Academic Symposium
19 March 2012
Frankfurt am Main: «Unternehmermut und Ordnungssinn». Der Bankier Georg Solmssen - ein früher Protagonist des «Rheinischen Kapitalismus»


34. Academic Symposium
6 and 7 October 2011
Frankfurt am Main: «Unternehmer und Migration»


33. Academic Symposium
7 and 8 October 2010
Düsseldorf: «Religion und Unternehmen»


32. Academic Symposium
8 and 9 October 2009
Wien: Verstaatlichung und Privatisierung

Academic Symposium in memory of Dr. Wilfired Guth
17 September 2009
Frankfurt am Main


31. Academic Symposium
8 and 9 October 2008
Frankfurt am Main
Unternehmen und Kunst in historischer Perspektive

Academic Symposium in memory of Gerald D. Feldmann
23 and 24 October 2008


30. Academic Symposium
8 and 9 October 2007
Munich: Struktureller Wandel der Unternehmensorganisation 1960-1980


29. Academic Symposium
12 and 13 October 2006
Stuttgart: Unternehmerische Netzwerke. Eine historische Organisationsform mit Zukunft?


28. Academic Symposium (9. European Business History Conference)
01-04 September
Frankfurt am Main: Corporate Images – Images of the Corporation


27. Academic Symposium
14 and 15 October 2004
Walldorf: Wissensmärkte von Unternehmen


26. Academic Symposium
01 and 01 October 2003
Recklinghausen: Regulierung und Deregulierung