The Centre for hospital management was in 1994 by the Bertelsmann Stiftung founded, Gütersloh and the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster attached as an institute. At the initiative of founding couple Reinhard and Liz Mohn, the CKM performs various projects in the healthcare sector and in this follows the philosophy of the Bertelsmann Foundation to take up social issues, to develop exemplary solutions with experts from science and practice and these models in selected areas of social life to realize. The tasks of the CKM include in this framework, substantive and methodological support of health institutions, the professionalization of the professional groups to deal with management tasks as well as the practical research and teaching.

Our objective is to identify ways in which tried and tested management methods from industry, trade and services industry can be used in hospitals and other health institutions. We face the task, supposedly bringing incompatible consistent: quality improvement generally means lower costs.