Best of Fredmund Malik in the Media

06.07.2016: Who could fill the Brexit leadership?, Financial Times (UK)

In one of his latest columns in the Financial Times, journalist Andrew Hill points out that the EU referendum campaign in Britain and its aftermath have exposed a lack of leadership in the UK and Europe. The question is: Who could fill the Brexit leadership vacuum?

Andrew Hill quotes a few experts, including Professor Fredmund Malik, to identify what kind of leadership is needed. He asks the experts which leader—living or dead—would best offer a way out of the current crisis. Read the article


03/2013: The systemic thinker from St. Gallen, Harvard Business Manager (DE)

Over the past decades Malik has shaped the discussion on the development of management theory. In its March issue 2013, the Harvard Business Manager 2013 headlights Malik’s fundamentally different approach from numerous other economists: “A constant companion are the sciences about which business economists rarely talk: Cybernetics and Bionics”. Malik lists “to prepare companies, organizations or entire areas for the new era” as his goal and vision. He also mentions his promising China project which aims at re-organizing the local academic system. more (in German)


01/2013: The 500 list, Cicero (DE)

In the magazine Cicero’s ranking Fredmund Malik is listed as one of the most influential German-speaking intellectuals of the past ten years. The ascertainment is based on criteria such as presence in the most important German media, on internet quotations and and hits in the scientific literature research Google Scholar. The first three places in the ranking seize authors Günter Grass, Peter Handke, and Martin Walser. Fredmund Malik seizes place 286. more (in German)


24.12.2012: Management is business administration, education and character, FAZ (DE)

The reduction of management to financial key numbers is a mistake, Fredmund Malik says. As long as there are numbers, everything is actually really simple: “Real management begins where calculating stops.” During the presentation of the book Maucher und Malik über Management (Maucher and Malik on management) in Frankfurt the former CEO of Nestlé Helmut Maucher draws similar conclusions. “Management is business administration plus character plus education,” Maucher says. The investor’s short term-thinking is contrary to a company’s long term interest of survival, Maucher and Malik agree. more (in German)


June 10, 2012: Economics reveals its essential weakness, Deutschlandradio (DE)

Economics had its roots in the previous century, and was no longer suitable for mastering the challenges of today, according to Fredmund Malik in an interview with Deutschlandradio. In reality, the supposed rescue measures upheld the system that had led to the disaster more (in German)


February 26, 2012: Diabolical downwards spiral looming, Handelsblatt (DE)

Fredmund Malik in a Handelsblatt interview on the causes of the crisis and why it is so dangerous. His gloomy forecast: a stock market crash is looming. more (in German)


October 14, 2011: Renunciation of fast money, Financial Times Deutschland (DE)

"American management is in retreat," according to the Financial Times Deutschland. Professor Fredmund Malik on the end of the shareholder value model and the alternative. more (in German)


October 13, 2011: The system is killing itself, Handelszeitung (CH)

In an interview the Swiss Handelszeitung asked Professor Malik how the crisis could be solved and organizations made to function. The media had now realized that the crisis was not over, as previously supposed. more (in German)


April 9, 2011: Letter to young economists, KarriereSpiegel (DE)

"You have the opportunity for the best and most interesting careers yet seen in history as no other manager generation before you," Malik wrote in his letter to "Managers of tomorrow." more (in German)


January 17, 2011: Profit as management parameter is passé, Handelsblatt (DE)

MMalik on the great transformation 21 and its consequences for the financial system, what necessary economic changes are impending and what this means for managers in future. more (in German)


July 9, 2010: The third act in the crisis, 20 Minutes Online (CH)

Malik shows that the current situation exactly matches the pattern of the last great crisis between autumn 1929 - April 1930. The individual phases take longer, because the financial cycle currently underway is at least one dimension larger than that of the thirties. more (in German)


02/2010: Drucker's Impact: An interview with Fredmund Malik, Emerald Group (UK)

FFredmund Malik on his work and relationship with management leading light and doyen Peter Drucker, the worst management errors and the future of self-styled "management gurus." more (in German)


November 5, 2008: The debacle is yet to come, Weltwoche (DE)

On the short-term effect of bank rescue measures and why the economy will not recover quickly; shareholder value thinking deserves to be abolished and money-driven managers laid off. more (in German)


September 2, 2002: Masterpiece of disinformation, Spiegel (DE)

Fredmund Malik on the US economic boom of the nineties as gigantic bluff, statisticians’ tricks, the false USA model and new sobriety in German companies. more (in German)


December 31, 1999: We need leaders with charisma, Handelsblatt (DE)

Managers naturally have to meet high requirements. But recently the notion has arisen that managers – especially those at the top – have to be charismatic universal geniuses. Fredmund Malik on the often unheeded danger that charismatic people can pose. more (in German)