Ulrich Gehmann


“Management and the Myths of Functionality”

Having in mind the social, human, cultural and systemic problems management is confronted with today, but also the intricate relationships between ars and techne, the recent predominant understanding of what ‘management’ is settles upon its technical, that is, functional character. For such a mindset, … Read more

My Claim: “To reflect the mindset constituting recent management practices, and to find out ways how to overcome them.”

My Expectations: “To cooperate with people in direction of this claim.”

Ulrich Gehmann studied Biology and Anthropology at the universities of Zürich, Tübingen, Freiburg, Business Administration at the University of St. Gallen (HSG), and history in Karlsruhe.  After having worked in the chemical industry, also in managerial positions, he joined an international consulting firm (former Coopers & Lybrand) where he was responsible for the reorganization of projects in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, including Central Asia; Pakistan, the Levante and the Sahel belt. Issues covered were enterprise restructuring, institutional development & cooperation, and policy development for ministries. He obtained various managerial positions: e.g. for two years in Romania as CEO for Coopers & Lybrand’s Management Consulting Division.

He lectures in business administration and gives seminars on dynamics and behaviour of organizations at the University of Wuppertal.

Ulrich Gehmann is founder and editor-in-chief of the journal New Frontiers in Spatial Concepts as well as founder and head of the permanent working group Formatting of Social Spaces, both at University of Karlsruhe (KIT) and Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG).

He is initiator and manager of the project Dynamics of Life, assisted by the Landesstiftung, CEO of a firm dealing with developmental dynamics and their representation, as well as partner in the Particip Consultancy Group.