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Press release

Berlin, February 13, 2018

R&D Annual Report 2017 shows excellence in research at ESMT Berlin

  • 19 peer-reviewed journal articles; 7 in A/A+ journals
  • Hidden Champions Institute (HCI) founded
  • Henry Sauermann joins as strategy professor

ESMT Berlin has recently issued its R&D Annual Report 2017, demonstrating the high-quality research output of the international business school. Members of the ESMT faculty published 19 peer-reviewed articles, seven of which appeared in the most influential A/A+ journals such as Academy of Management Journal, American Economic Review, Management Science, and Organization Science.

In 2017, ESMT faculty welcomed Henry Sauermann as an associate professor of strategy. Formerly of the Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology, he is the first holder of the POK Pühringer PS Chair in Entrepreneurship.

ESMT founded the Hidden Champions Institute (HCI), the first of its kind. The institute promotes practical research, executive education, and discourse around topics of importance to hidden champions.

Helping to stimulate intellectual exchange, ESMT held six conferences and 28 research seminars, at which scholars from ESMT and other universities presented their research. The school also hosted 10 open lectures with opinion leaders from both academia and industry. ESMT’s centers and institutes organized 29 additional events.

For the complete R&D Annual Report 2017, please visit:

Martha Ihlbrock, +49 (0)30 21231-1043,
Ulrike Schwarzberg, +49 (0)30 21231-1066,


About ESMT Berlin

ESMT Berlin was founded by 25 leading global companies and institutions. The international business school offers a full-time MBA, an executive MBA, a master’s in management, as well as open enrollment and customized executive education programs. ESMT focuses on three main topics: leadership and social responsibility, European competitiveness, and the management of technology. ESMT faculty publishes in top academic journals. Additionally, the business school provides an interdisciplinary platform for discourse between politics, business, and academia. The business school is based in Berlin, Germany, with Schloss Gracht as an additional location near Cologne. ESMT is a private business school with the right to grant PhDs and is accredited by the German state, AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS, and FIBAA.