Scientific Fundament

A sustainable scientific basis is decisive for the success of CAMP BECKENBAUER. Therefore, we have set up an assistant professorship and formed a dedicated Competence Team at the Center for Sports and Management at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Düsseldorf, Germany. The Professor and Competence Team ensure that the topics of CAMP BECKENBAUER are systematically defined and the results are rigorously evaluated. In parallel to studies and other scientific work, the WHU team organizes franz. ( and conducts the YOUNG LEADERS IN SPORTS Summit once a year.

The team at WHU works under the direction of Prof. Dr. Sascha L. Schmidt. He studied economics at University Essen, University Zurich and at Harvard Business School in Boston. After finishing his PhD, he worked several years for McKinsey & Company and led the ICS Research Program at University St. Gallen. After his habilitation at EBS University in Oestrich-Winkel, Prof. Schmidt was perennially active as an entrepreneur before he founded the Center for Sports & Management (CSM) at WHU in Düsseldorf.