Günter Wöhe

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Günter Wöhe (born May 2, 1924 in Zeitz ; † December 29, 2007 in Saarbrücken ) was a German economist .


Günter Wöhe was called up for military service in 1942 after graduating from high school . He was seriously wounded in Russia and was later taken prisoner by the Americans . From 1946 to 1948 Wöhe studied philosophy and history, and from 1948 economics at the Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg . In 1951 he graduated from there the diploma examination for economists and, in 1954, also in Würzburg , with the work The combination of multiplier theory and Akzelerationsprinzip as an economic theory to Dr. rer. pole. PhD . In 1958 he qualified as a professor in business administration in Würzburg. In 1959 he published his habilitation thesis entitled Basic Methodological Problems of Business Administration , which was later translated into Japanese and is still cited in the relevant literature today.

Wöhe was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Duisburg (1981) and University of Lüneburg (1989) for his outstanding scientific achievement . In 1992 Günter Wöhe retired .

Wöhe had been married since 1952 and had two children. The emeritus died on December 29, 2007 at the age of 83.


In 1960 Wöhe received a call on the Chair of Business Administration, in particular the operational tax teachings and audit and fiduciary nature, at the University of Saarland . In 1961 he also became director of the business administration seminar library at Saarland University. The economist turned down appointments to the University of Frankfurt am Main (1964) and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (1970).

For many years he was vice dean, from 1981 and 1983 dean of the Faculty of Law and Economics at Saarland University. At the same time, the academic teacher became involved as director of studies at the Saarland Academy for Work and Social Affairs from 1969, and as director of studies at the Saarland Administration and Business Academy from 1976. In 1984 Wöhe held a visiting professorship at the Japanese University of Kobe and gave lectures at Waseda University , Meiji University and Matsuyama University . In 1968, the federal government appointed the pioneer of business taxation to the Great Tax Reform Commission.

Wöhe dealt with methodical business administration and the fundamentals of business administration and published a considerable body of work with 14 monographs and textbooks as well as a large number of essays and scientific articles. His works on business administration and accounting are now standard literature. His introduction to general business administration (known as “der Wöhe”), first published in March 1960, is still the standard work in business administration today ; It systematically prepares the entire secured knowledge of business administration for the reader in one volume, without requiring any special prior knowledge. With over 1.5 million copies, it is the world's best-selling business book.

honors and awards

Since January 20, 2010, the Saarbrücken Business Schools and the Saarbrücken Business School have been named Günter Wöhe Schools for Business and Günter-Wöhe High School for Business in honor of Wöhe.


  • Introduction to the General Business Administration. 26th edition Verlag Franz Vahlen, Munich 2016, together with Ulrich Döring / Gerrit Brösel, ISBN 978-3-8006-5000-2 .
  • Introduction to general business administration - exercise book. 15th edition Verlag Franz Vahlen, Munich 2016, together with Ulrich Döring / Gerrit Brösel, ISBN 978-3-8006-5200-6 .
  • Basics of business taxation. 4th edition Verlag Franz Vahlen, Munich 1995, ISBN 3-8006-1927-X .
  • Basic principles of corporate finance. 10th edition Verlag Franz Vahlen, Munich 2009, ISBN 978-3-8006-3594-8 .
  • The trade and tax balance. 6th edition Verlag Franz Vahlen, Munich 2010, ISBN 978-3-8006-3715-7 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Academic commemoration on January 7th, 2009 at Saarland University . PDF file on the Wöhe Portal website, pages 6–7. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  2. boersenblatt.net: Vahlen author Günter Wöhe is dead
  3. Press release from Saarland University: The university mourns the loss of Professor Dr. Dr. hc mult. Günter Wöhe . In: idw from January 4, 2008, accessed on October 7, 2012.
  4. Wöhe Portal: Laudation on Wöhe's 80th birthday , accessed on October 7, 2012.
  5. ^ The Wöhe portal: home page. In: woehe-portal.de. Retrieved August 20, 2016 .
  6. ^ Günter Wöhe - curriculum vitae. In: woehe-portal.de. Retrieved June 4, 2017 .
  7. ^ Announcement of awards of the Saarland Order of Merit . In: Head of the State Chancellery (Ed.): Official Gazette of the Saarland . No. 5 . Saarbrücker Zeitung Verlag und Druckerei GmbH, Saarbrücken January 24, 1991, p. 103 ( uni-saarland.de [PDF; 423 kB ; accessed on June 4, 2017]).
  8. Pfaelzischer-Merkur.de: New name for the Saarbrücken business schools , accessed on January 26, 2010