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Striving for excellence.

Prof. Gianluca Carnabuci, 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

  • 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:  2020-2025, the new beneficiary is the European University Institute (EUI) as of September 2023

    Research team: Özlem Bedre-Defolie (ESMT Berlin), Willy Lefez (ESMT Berlin), Atara Oliver (former 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 Union H2020: EQUAL4EUROPE - Gender equality standards for AHMSSBL institutions throughout Europe

    EQUAL4EUROPE: Gender equality standards for AHMSSBL institutions throughout Europe

    Funding type: EU Horizon 2020 Framework Program​​​, Coordination and Support Action ​​​

    Funding period: 2020-2023

    Research team: Monica Perez (former ESMT Berlin), Friederike Kreßner (former ESMT Berlin), Amelie Eckersley (former 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, 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.

Upcoming events


Faculty Research Seminar by Tarkan Tan (University of Zurich)

May 8, 2024 | 12:00 - 13:15 | ESMTLC Schloss Gracht

Finance Seminar by Teri Yohn (Emory University, Goizueta Business School)

May 29, 2024 | 14:15 - 15:45 | ESMTLC Schloss Gracht


If you give companies R&D credits, they are more likely to acquire startups

April 22, 2024 | ESMT Press
Firms that receive research and development (R&D) credits are much more likely to acquire venture capital (VC) backed startups, alongside investing in their own R&D efforts, according to new research by ESMT Berlin.

Julia Langdon is new Volkswagen Group Junior Chair for Ethics and Diversity in Organizations

April 12, 2024
Julia Langdon, who joined ESMT as an assistant professor of organizational behavior in August 2023, has been appointed the Volkswagen Group Junior Chair for Ethics and Diversity in Organizations. The goal of the chair is to foster research on gender differences in career advancement, salaries, and entrepreneurial activities to identify opportunities to reduce inequalities in this area.

"Die USA ändern ihre Ausrichtung – egal wer Präsident wird"

April 11, 2024 | Handelsblatt
Jörg Rocholl, president at ESMT, expresses his opinion in Handelsblatt on the global challenges Europe is facing given the upcoming US election and how the EU could improve its position.


Research contact

ESMT Berlin

Schlossplatz 1

10178 Berlin, Germany