Martin Helmut Wiggers (born July 31, 1963) is a German economist, editor, author and businessman.
In the 1980s Wiggers studied Business Administration at the Munich School Of Strategic Management of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.
Long before the implementation of Basel II George W. Stroke and Wiggers pointed out that a global financial and economic crisis will come, because of its systemic dependencies on a few rating agencies. After the breakout of the crisis Alan Greenspan agreed to this opinion in 2007. At least the Financial Crisis Inquiry Report confirmed this point of view in 2011.
In 1998, Daimler-Benz and Chrysler Corporation announced a merger, valued at US$38 billion, resulting in a change in company name to “DaimlerChrysler AG”. The merger delivered promised synergies and successfully integrated the two businesses. Wiggers’ concept of a platform strategy like the VW Group, was implemented only for a few models, so the synergy effects in development and production were too low. As late as 2002, DaimlerChrysler appeared to run two independent product lines. Later that year, the company launched products that appeared to integrate elements from both sides of the company, including the Chrysler Crossfire, which was based on the Mercedes SLK platform and utilized Mercedes’s 3.2L V6, and the Dodge Sprinter/Freightliner Sprinter, a re-badged Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van.
Chrysler reported losses of US$1.5 billion in 2006. It then announced plans to lay off 13,000 employees in mid-February 2007, close a major assembly plant and reduce production at other plants in order to restore profitability by 2008. In May 2007 Daimler agreed to sell the Chrysler unit to Cerberus Capital Management for US$6 billion. Two years later Chrysler’s bankruptcy was filing in the United States. After the merger Fiat Chrysler in 2014 Wiggers’ concept of a platform strategy was implemented.
Wiggers was editor-in-chief of the magazine Strategische Unternehmensfuehrung (English: Strategic Management or Strategic Leadership), established in 1998. It was published semi-annual in Munich and St. Gallen. It featured articles on strategic leadership and management through the eyes of economic science, business research, and business practice. The magazine was published by the Andechser Studienkreis. Up from the second issue the magazine was printed on yellow paper. So the slogan became “Knowledge Is Yellow”. The last issue was published in 2003.
Wiggers wrote more than 35 official publications. He writes in German and is cited internationally.
- ^Strategische Unternehmensführung No 1, 1999. München, St. Gallen 1999, ISSN 1436-5812
- ^Strategische Unternehmensfuehrung Nr. 1, 1999. Munich, St. Gallen 1999, ISSN 1436-5812
- ^Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung GmbH (22 September 2007). “Alan Greenspan: “Die Ratingagenturen wissen nicht was sie tun””. FAZ.NET.
- ^The Financial Crisis Inquiry Report, Official Government Edition, Washington 2011, S XXV.
- ^The Financial Crisis Inquiry Report, Official Government Edition, Washington 2011, S 20.
- ^“DaimlerChrysler dawns”. CNN Money. 7 May 1998. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
- ^Wiggers Martin H.: Sternstunden, Strategische Unternehmensfuehrung Nr. 2, 2000. Munich, St. Gallen 2000, ISSN 1436-5812
- ^“Chrysler Announces Major Downsizing – Daily Auto Insider”. CarAndDriver.com. 15 February 2007. Archived from the original on 19 February 2007. Retrieved 15 March2007.
- ^German National Bibliotheque
- ^Strategische Unternehmensführung No 1, 2002. München, St. Gallen 2002, ISSN 1436-5812
- ^Strategische Unternehmensführung No 1, 2003. München, St. Gallen 2003, ISSN 1436-5812
- ^e.: International Journal of Exclusive Management Research (1 April 2015). “Changing Basel Reforms for Banking Sector” (PDF).