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Günter K. Stahl

Professor Dr. Günter K. Stahl

Office: D1, 5.066
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Position at IIB, other positions and academic career

Günter K. Stahl is Professor of International Management at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Vienna). Prior to joining WU Vienna, he served for eight years as a full-time faculty member at INSEAD, the leading international business school with campuses in France, Singapore and Abu Dhabi. He was also a member of the faculty at the University of Bayreuth and a visiting professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, the D'Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and Hitotsubashi University, among others.

Professor Stahl’s research interests include leadership and leadership development, corporate social responsibility, migration and acculturation, and the dynamics of international teams, alliances, mergers and acquisitions. His research has been published in leading academic and practitioner journals and recognized by many awards, including the Carolyn Dexter Award of the Academy of Management, the SAGE/ Journal of Leadership Award for the most significant contribution to advance leadership and organizational studies, the Best Global Leadership Article Award of the Global Leadership Advancement Center, and the Best Paper in International Ethics, Social Responsibility, and/or Sustainability Award of the Academy of Management. He has held responsible positions within various academic associations and is currently Editor-in-Chief of International Management of Organizations & People as well as Senior Editor of the Journal of World Business. He is a founding member of the International Organizational Behavior Research Network (ION), Academic Fellow of the Centre for International HRM at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, and Fellow of the Centre for Global Workforce Strategy at Simon Fraser University.

He is also an accomplished teacher who has won numerous Outstanding Teacher and Program Director awards, including the CEMS Course of the Year Awards 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014 for the most highly-rated course in the CEMS program worldwide, the WU Executive Academy Award for Teaching Excellence in the Professional MBA Program, the Outstanding Teaching Award in Executive MBA Program, HEC Université de Genève, and the Teaching Excellence Award of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management Executive MBA Program. He serves on the advisory boards of several for-profit- and non-profit organizations, including Catalyst, the research and advisory organization working globally with companies to build inclusive environments and expand opportunities for women in business. Professor Stahl has been involved in consulting and executive teaching for a variety of industrial and professional services companies including Alstom, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Alcatel, Anadolu Group, Astra Zeneca, Audi, Avea, Bank Mandiri, Bayer Healthcare, Beiersdorf, Berndorf, BMW, Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Commerzbank, DaimlerChrysler, Dogus Automotive, EVN, ExxonMobil, Fresenius, GlaxoSmithKline, Heineken, Henkel, MDM Bank, Nissan, Noble, Novartis, IBM, KPMG, Lufthansa, Mobilink, Siemens, Standard Chartered Bank, Telekom Austria, Türk Telekom, UGS and UniCredit Group, among others. In addition to teaching for WU Vienna and INSEAD, he regularly teaches courses in MBA and executive development programs at leading business schools around the world, including a program with Kellogg School of Management, Sabanci Executive Education Programs, the HEC Université de Genève EMBA, and Tel Aviv University’s Lahav Executive Education Center.

Research interest

A psychologist by training, Professor Stahl’s research interests are interdisciplinary in nature and lie at various points of intersection between organizational behavior, human resource management, and international management. His special areas of interest include leadership and leadership development; corporate social responsibility and business ethics; migration and acculturation; and the socio-cultural processes in international teams, alliances, mergers and acquisitions, and how to manage people and culture effectively in those contexts. His research has been published in leading academic journals, such as Organization Science, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Academy of Management Perspectives, Academy of Management Learning and Education, and Journal of Applied Psychology, and has been profiled in a wide range of media including the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times. His book Mergers and Acquisitions: Managing Culture and Human Resources (with Mark Mendenhall, Stanford University Press, 2005) – a unique collaboration between leading M&A scholars and M&A-experienced senior executives – has been praised as “the most insightful and practical account yet of how one can get a grip on the ‘softer’ social, psychological and cultural aspects that are at the heart of successful integration.” He is co-author of Managing Across Cultures (Prentice Hall Financial Times, 3rd ed., 2014), co-author of Global Leadership: Research, Practice and Development (Routledge, 2013, 2nd ed.), co-editor of Readings and Cases in International Human Resource Management (Routledge, 2012, 5th ed.), co-editor of the Handbook of Research in International Human Resource Management (Edward Elgar, 2012, 2nd ed.), and co-editor of Developing Global Business Leaders: Policies, Processes, and Innovations (Greenwich Publishing, 2001). Günter has served on several editorial boards and executive committees of professional societies and is currently co-editor of International Management of Organizations & People (with David A. Ralston) and a Senior Editor of the Journal of World Business. He is an Academic Fellow of the Centre for International Human Resource Management, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, a Research Fellow of the Centre for Global Workforce Strategy, Simon Fraser University, and principal investigator for the Asia-Pacific region of the Global Human Resource Research Alliance, a large-scale research project on global best practices in human resource management.