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Dr. Horst Melcher

Dr. Horst Melcher



Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Lehrstuhl für Betriebswirtschaft, insbesondere für Wirtschaft in Japan
Dr. Horst Melcher
Oettingenstraße 67, Raum D 143
80538 München

Room: D 143

Office hours:
Please contact me via email to arrange an appointment.

Courses offering during winter terms

Research focus

  • Microeconomic drivers of competitiveness
  • Japanese economy
  • Network industries
  • Teching through the 'Case Method'

Prior experience

Horst Melcher is a 2015 ALI-Fellow at Harvard University and has been offering courses based on the Harvard 'Case Method' at LMU since 2012. Prior to that, he worked for 25 years in corporate management of German firms, mostly through expatriate assignments. His focus there was on Japan, where he worked first as CFO of the pharmaceutical firm Boehringer Ingelheim K.K. and then as CEO/President of Deutsche Telekom K.K. from 2001 - 2011. During this time he was both a member of the Keidanren and Keizai Doyukai associations of Japan.

Horst Melcher was first introduced to the 'Case Method' as a participant of the "Advanced Management Program" at Harvard Business School in 1992, followed by the Stanford Executive Program in 2000. He received his education at the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, where he graduated as Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur, followed by a doctorate in Finance & Controlling (Prof. Horvath).