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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 & Awards

Research staff

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


Research associates

*denotes postdoctoral.

Research assistants

  • Melike Demir (FRA*, Research Department)

*We have many research assistants supporting our faculty. Above, we have only noted those with longer contracts. Additionally, we have a pool of research assistants (*FRA-Faculty Research Assistants), who are available to the faculty on an ad hoc basis.

Upcoming events
Jun 13
Jun 15
Project: DIPVAR

22nd CEPR/JIE Conference on Applied Industrial Organization

June 13, 2022 - June 15, 2022 | 12:30 - 13:00 | ESMT Berlin
Jun 19
Jun 22

2022 Nagymaros Conference

June 19, 2022 - June 22, 2022 | 18:30 - 15:45 | ESMT Berlin

"Der Westen braucht eine globalere Perspektive"

May 19, 2022 | Handelsblatt
Half of the world's population lives in countries that do not condemn the war in Ukraine. The democratic countries must draw conclusions from this, says Jörg Rocholl.

"Patentschutz für Impfstoffe aussetzen? Experten fürchten den Präzedenzfall"

May 14, 2022 | Welt Online
Stefan Wagner , professor at ESMT, speaks about the global distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines and that the desire for a temporary suspension of exclusive rights is understandable.

"Glück ist der am meisten unterschätzte Karriere-Faktor"

April 22, 2022 | Sheconomy
Chengwei Liu, associate professor at ESMT, is convinced that companies could advance their diversity if they cleverly use the principle of chance in their selection processes.

"Warum es wichtig ist, über Misserfolge zu sprechen"

April 19, 2022 | Leipziger Volkszeitung
Jan Hagen, professor at ESMT, encourages superiors to talk openly about their own mistakes and encourages employees to do the same.

Research contact

Schlossplatz 1

10178 Berlin, Germany