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Springer to publish Schmalenbachs Zeitschrift für betriebswirtschaftliche Forschung and the Schmalenbach Business Review

Springer expands its portfolio to include two journals that cover current research in all fields of business administration

Heidelberg | New York, 11 January 2016

As of January 1, 2016, Springer is expanding its business administration journal portfolio to include two renowned research journals: Schmalenbachs Zeitschrift für betriebswirtschaftliche Forschung and its international counterpart, the Schmalenbach Business Review. Both journals are published on behalf of the German society Schmalenbach-Gesellschaft für Betriebswirtschaft e.V. and were previously part of the publishing program of Handelsblatt Fachmedien GmbH, which will, in the future, focus primarily on its wide spectrum of journals for practitioners.

Schmalenbachs Zeitschrift für betriebswirtschaftliche Forschung (ZfbF) is the oldest and most well-known German journal dealing with research in business administration. Founded by Eugen Schmalenbach in 1906 as the Zeitschrift für handelswissenschaftliche Forschung, the ZfbF has been published under its current name since 1963. Its aim is to publish innovative research that is relevant for business practice in the main areas of business and to foster communication and knowledge transfer between research and business practice. By addressing current, practical issues, this journal has decisively influenced business management development and practice in German-speaking countries.

“We are proud to add the ZfbF to our portfolio and, together with the society Schmalenbach-Gesellschaft, to further focus on the development of German business administration,” said Andreas Funk, Editorial Director at Springer Gabler.

Since 2000, the international journal Schmalenbach Business Review (SBR) has been published quarterly alongside the ZfbF. This journal is geared more strongly towards the global scientific community and addresses the diverse challenges presented by international business. By joining various business-administration disciplines and their respective methods, the SBR has earned a special position among business administration journals.

“By publishing the Schmalenbach Business Review as part of the Springer portfolio, we look forward to advancing even further into the international spotlight the insights into business administration fostered by the Schmalenbach-Gesellschaft,” explained Martina Bihn, Editorial Director at Springer.

“The cooperation with Springer, a publisher with extensive experience in publishing scientific journals, offers us new opportunities to further increase the appeal of ZfbF and SBR for authors and readers,” affirmed Alfred Wagenhofer, Managing Editor of ZfbF and SBR. Maria Engels, Managing Director of the Schmalenbach-Gesellschaft, added, “Both journals benefit from Springer’s high level of professionalism and international reach, something that is of crucial importance to our society. We thank Handelsblatt Fachmedien for the successful working relationship we enjoyed with them during the past few years and appreciate the professional way in which they managed ZfbF and SBR.”

The Schmalenbach-Gesellschaft für Betriebswirtschaft e.V. ( is the oldest business management association in Germany and looks back on a long tradition. As a charitable organization, it is both non-profit oriented and politically independent. Following Eugen Schmalenbach's example, it initiates and coordinates an open dialogue between business research, teaching and practice.

Handelsblatt Fachmedien GmbH is one of the leading providers of specialist information in the areas of law, business and economics, tax and management. As a subsidiary of the publishing group Handelsblatt, it fosters further research into legal, economic and business topics. It also creates and manages knowledge, thereby making it accessible to practitioners and professionals and helping them to achieve their goals. Handelsblatt Fachmedien’s portfolio includes well-known journals, online services, apps, studies and book series as well as the organization of a wide range of specialist conferences and seminars.

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