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Press release

Berlin, March 1, 2013

ESMT wins two ecch Case Awards 2013

ESMT European School of Management and Technology received awards for two case studies in this year’s ecch Case Awards competition. ESMT, INSEAD, Harvard, and UCLA were the only business schools to receive more than one award. As one of the world’s largest providers of case studies, the European Case Clearing House (ecch) has honored excellent publications since 1991.

Urs Müller, program director at ESMT, and Ulrich Linnhoff, ESMT faculty member, won the “Hot Topic Case Writing Competition” with a case study on the German football club Borussia Dortmund. Co-authored by Bernhard Pellens from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, the case study “Defining the Purpose for Borussia Dortmund GmbH & CO. KGaA” poses the questions of which purpose an organization should serve and how to integrate the various interests of stakeholders.

The study “’Do you really think we are so stupid?’ A Letter to the CEO of Deutsche Telekom” by ESMT professor Konstantin Korotov and program directors Urs Müller and Ulf Schäfer received the ecch Case Award 2013 in the area of human resource management/organizational behavior. The study focuses on how to deal with a critical letter by an employee to a CEO, in this case, René Obermann, who received such a letter as the newly appointed CEO of Deutsche Telekom in 2007.

Konstantin Korotov and Ulf Schäfer also participated in the competition for academic case studies of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). The case study “Suicides at France Telekom” was highly commended in the area of responsible leadership.

About ESMT

ESMT European School of Management and Technology was founded in October 2002 by 25 leading global companies and institutions. The international business school offers a full-time MBA, an executive MBA, and open enrollment and customized executive education programs. ESMT focuses on three main topics: leadership and social responsibility, European competitiveness, and the management of technology. Additionally the business school provides an interdisciplinary platform for discourse between politics, business, and academia. ESMT is based in Berlin, Germany, with an additional campus in Schloss Gracht near Cologne, where USW Netzwerk runs the German-speaking executive education programs of the business school. ESMT is a private business school, accredited by the German state, AACSB, AMBA, and FIBAA.