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Striving for excellence.

Prof. Linus Dahlander, Director of Research

One of the key research elements of the school is the connection of the business perspective with an overall economic perspective. Research conducted at ESMT aims at having a significant impact at the highest academic levels, generating new knowledge, and boosting sustainable growth.

ESMT's research findings aspire to enlighten the judgment of business leaders and policy makers, thereby improving human societies and organizations. The research output from ESMT's faculty is published in international academic journals, which are first-class in their respective fields. These research findings also provide cutting-edge and profound insights for the business community as well as the classroom through managerial publications and case studies.

Research projects

  • European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant: Digital platforms: Pricing, variety and quality provision

    Digital platforms: Pricing, variety and quality provision

    Funding type: European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant
    Funding period:   2020-2024
    Research team:   Özlem Bedre-Defolie (ESMT Berlin), Atara Oliver (ESMT Berlin)

    Digital platforms, such as Amazon, Alibaba, Google, have become important global players. Their practices have led to significant anti-trust and regulatory scrutiny, and interventions. The existing theoretical models are not suited for the analysis of most of digital platforms as they fail to capture their important aspects and dynamics. This project’s first goal is to develop tractable and applicable models of markets with digital platforms capturing their unique features. The second goal is to investigate the implications of digital platforms’ business practices on prices, variety and quality provision to buyers, on small rivals, and on potential platform entry. The findings of this project will highlight potential distortions in these multi-billion markets and ultimately suggest effective policy recommendations for competition policy in digital markets, which can greatly improve consumer welfare in the EU.

    More detailed information can be found on the official project website

  • European Commission H2020: EQUAL4EUROPE: Gender equality standards for AHMSSBL institutions throughout Europe

    EQUAL4EUROPE: Gender equality standards for AHMSSBL institutions throughout Europe

    Funding type: Horizon 2020 Framework Programme
    Funding period: 2020-2023
    Research team at ESMT: Monica Perez (ESMT Berlin), Friederike  Kreßner (ESMT Berlin)
    Cooperating institutions and partners: ESADE (coordinator), Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, Comenius University Bratislava, IEDC Bled School of Management, ESMT Berlin, INSEAD, EFMD, PNO Consultants

    The EQUAL4EUROPE project, comprising eight research institutions and accreditation organizations, aims at removing barriers to the recruitment, retention, and career progression of female researchers. Within the four-year project, which is divided into eight parts, ESMT will focus on the identification and evaluation of gender issues.

    Women in the EU still account for only 33 percent of overall and 24 percent of top-level (grade A) researchers according to EU statistics. In order to bring about sustainable cultural and institutional change, the research institutions will develop and implement evidence-based gender equality plans as well as establish best practices and recommendations for others. In addition, the accreditation organizations plan to include the project results into their international standards.


    More detailed information can be found on the official project website.


Honors and awards

Research staff

Researchers and our research staff play an integral role at ESMT Berlin.


Research associates

*denotes postdoctoral.

Research assistants+

+We have many research assistants supporting our faculty. Above, we have only noted those with longer contracts. Additionally, we have a position, FRA-Faculty Research Assistants, who is available to the faculty on an ad hoc basis.

Upcoming events
Vali Berlin

ESMT Demo Day 2022

September 30, 2022 | 14:00 - 19:00 | ESMT Berlin

Finance Seminar by Dirk Jenter (London School of Economics and Political Science)

October 20, 2022 | 14:15 - 15:45 | HU Webinar See:

Finance Seminar by Christoph Schneider (University of Münster, Finance Center Münster)

October 27, 2022 | 14:15 - 15:45 | Humboldt UniversityDorotheen Str. 1, Room 405 or online

"„Wir erleben den Sicherheitsgurt-Moment in der Cybersicherheit“"

September 26, 2022 | Tagesspiegel
In an interview with Tagesspiegel, Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar, director of the Digital Society Institute (DSI) at ESMT, talks about the new opportunities at DSI, the challenges posed by Brussels regulations for small and medium-sized companies, and a general paradigm shift in cybersecurity.

"„Es gibt beim Thema Biodiversität enormen Nachholbedarf“"

September 24, 2022 | Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Jörg Rocholl, President of ESMT, gives an interview to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung where he talks about the links between economy, biodiversity, and pandemic.

"Expertin: Warum Chefs mit Demut führen sollten"

September 15, 2022 | (Zeitung für kommunale Wirtschaft)
Franziska Frank, visiting faculty at ESMT Berlin, presents the results of her research on how bosses and employees assess each other, and gives a conclusion that humble leadership has a positive effect on managers, employees, and organizations.

"Machines are never going to think like humans: Francis de Vericourt"

September 6, 2022 | People Matters
People Matters reports on Francis de Véricourt's, Professor of Management Science at ESMT Berlin, speech at the People Matters TechHR Singapore Conference 2022 where he talks about the reasons why humans and machines are different.

Research contact

Schlossplatz 1

10178 Berlin, Germany