About me

I am a Professor of Strategy at SKEMA Business School based in Paris, France. Further, I am one of the directors for SKEMA's Global Doctor in Business Administration Programme in Sustainability. I also hold a permanent visiting professor position at University of Johannesburg, SZ and an adjunct professor position at CVFG French Vietnamese School of Management, Vietnam. Beside these positions, I currently serve as Associate Editor for the European Management Journal.

My professional experience

Previously, I was an Associate Professor of Strategy and Leadership at ESCP Business School's London campus, UK, and the Academic Director of the MBA in International Management in London. I joined ESCP from the

Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy, where I worked as Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Prior to this, I have been engaged as Assistant Professor of HRM and Organizational Behavior at the Otto-Friedrich University of Bamberg, Germany.

Beside faculty positions, I served as research manager for the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) which is part of the German Federal Employment Agency in Nuremberg, Germany. In this position, I was in charge of managing several change projects as well as research and management-related projects. I started my academic career as Research Associate at the Fraunhofer-Institute of Industrial Engineering, Stuttgart, Germany, and the Institute of Human Factors and Technology Management at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. During this time, I pursued my doctoral studies.

My non-academic career is very diverse. In the past, I for instance worked as IT consultant for SAP solutions in the health care area. Further, I am a certified Black Jack dealer and worked several years at the Spielbank Hamburg, Germany, during the first years at the Intercontinental Hotel and later on the Spielbank Reeperbahn. I also completed a 4-year vocational training in special needs care and worked in different care homes for people with multiple special needs. My responsibility was the support of people within day-to-day settings including medical and pedagogical/psychological assistance.

My research interests exceed the boundaries of business studies. At the moment, my research centres on entrepreneurship, strategy and small businesses with a particular interest on methodological questions. Beside these topics, I am also interested in ethical questions of doing business, sustainability, and diversity. For more information klick to the next page (Research).

My teaching experiences during the last decades has truly been an international and very diverse one, and I believe there barely is any nationality I do not have classroom experience with. I provided workshops, seminars, classical lectures, etc. on bachelor, master, grand ecole, doctoral, and executive programme level. Further, I taught in very small-group settings with 5-10 executives as well as in large lectures with more than 700 students. Examples of institutions where I taught classes and conducted research are CVFG French Vietnamese School of Management, Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, COTRUGLI Business School, Zagreb, Croatia and Belgrad, Serbia, CEIBS China Europe International Business School, Shanghai, China, the Ateneo de Manila University, Manila, The Philippines, the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, Chengdu, China, the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and many more.

Current positions

Professor of Strategy | SKEMA Business School, Paris, France

Director of Global DBA in Sustainability | SKEMA Business School, Paris, France

Adjunct Professor | CVFG French Vietnamese School of Management, Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Visiting Professor | University of Johannesburg, SZ

Associate Editor | European Management Journal

Pervious work experience

Associate Professor of Strategy and Leadership | ESCP Business School, London, UK

Academic Director of MBA in International Management | ESCP Business School, London, UK

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship | Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

Assistant Professor of HRM and Organizational Behavior | Otto-Friedrich University of Bamberg, Germany

Research Manager | Institute for Employment Research (IAB) of the German Federal Employment Agency, Nuremberg, Germany

Research Associate | Fraunhofer-Institute of Industrial Engineering, Stuttgart, Germany

Research Associate | Institute of Human Factors and Technology Management, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Research Associate | Pforzheim University, Business School, Germany

IT consultant ERP | STEEB Systemhaus, Biberach, Germany

Heilerziehungspfleger | Diakonie Stetten, Waiblingen, Germany


ASN Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale (Italian Habilitation) | Italian Ministry of University and Education (MIUR), Italy

Ph.D. (Technology Management, Dr.-Ing.) | University of Stuttgart, Germany

Ph.D. (Philosophy, Dr. phil.) | Munich School of Philosophy, SJ, Germany

MA (Entrepreneurship) | University of Hamburg, Germany

BA (Philosophy) | University of Ulm, Germany

BA (Business Administration) | University of Hamburg, Germany

Staatl. Geprft. Heilerziehungspfleger | Ludwig Schlaich Akademie, Waiblingen, Germany


Babson Entrepreneurship Educator Fellow | Babson College, Wellesley, USA

Certificate in Higher Education Teaching (1 year) | University of Stuttgart, Germany

Philosophicum | Munich School of Philosophy S.J., Germany

Black Jack Dealer | Hamburg Ministry of Finance, certified for Spielbank Hamburg, Germany