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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

  • 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:  2020-2025
    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 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: Monica Perez (former ESMT Berlin), Friederike Kreßner (ESMT Berlin), Amelie Eckersley (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.

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 position, FRA-Faculty Research Assistants, who is available to the faculty on an ad hoc basis.


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"Regierungsbeirat rät von Subventionswettlauf mit den USA ab"

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Jörg Rocholl, president of ESMT Berlin, along with other experts, cautions against engaging in a subsidy race with the USA due to the controversial US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and recommends focusing on streamlining planning and approval procedures, improving infrastructure, and reducing tax and regulatory burdens in Europe instead.

"Maschinelles Lernen erhöht Arbeitsbelastung"

May 26, 2023 | Haufe
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Research contact

ESMT Berlin
Schlossplatz 1
10178 Berlin, Germany