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Günter K. Stahl

Günter Stahl

Univ. Prof. Dr. Günter K. Stahl

Office: D1.5.066
Office Hours: By appointment

Phone: +43-1-31336-4434
Fax: +43-1-31336-90-4434

E-Mail guenter.stahl@wu.ac.at

Günter K. Stahl is Professor and Chair of the Institute for Responsibility and Sustainability in Global Business (RSGBI) and Director of the Center for Sustainability Transformation and Responsibility (STaR) 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 also holds an appointment as Professor of People Management at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) and is an 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 was 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, Waseda University and Hitotsubashi University, among others.

Günter has served in various academic leadership roles and editorial capacities including Chair of the Teaching Committee of the International Management Division of the Academy of Management and Senior Editor of the Journal of World Business. 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 expand opportunities for women in business.


Günter’s research interests include corporate purpose and leadership, the drivers of organizational resilience, grand societal challenges and their implications for international business, sustainable human resource management, global mobility and migration, and the changing nature of global work.

His research has been published in leading academic journals, profiled in a wide range of media outlets including the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times, and been recognized by numerous prestigious awards including the Carolyn Dexter Award of the Academy of Management, the JIBS/ Palgrave Macmillan 2020 Decade Award for the most influential article in international business studies over the past decade, the SAGE/ Journal of Leadership Award for the most significant contribution to advance leadership and organizational studies, and the Academy of Management Best Paper in International Ethics, Social Responsibility, and Sustainability Award. He is ranked among the 10 most prolific authors in inter­national business and cross-cultural management in the world (Lopez-Duarte et al., 2016).


Günter is an accomplished teacher who has won numerous outstanding teacher and program director awards, including multiple winner of the CEMS Course of the Year Award, the WU Executive Academy Award for Teaching Excellence in the Professional MBA Program, the Outstanding Teaching Award in the Executive MBA Program of HEC Université de Genève, and the Teaching Excellence Award of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management Executive MBA Program.

He has been involved in consulting and executive teaching for a variety of industrial and professional services companies including Alstom, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Anadolu Group, Astra Zeneca, Audi, Avea, Bank Mandiri, Bayer Healthcare, Beiersdorf, Biomin, BMW, Booz & Company, Commerzbank, Daimler Chrysler, Dogus Automotive, EVN, Exxon Mobil, Fresenius, GlaxoSmithKline, Heineken, Henkel, Nissan, Novartis, IBM, KPMG, Lufthansa, MDM Bank, Mobilink, Porsche Holding, Siemens, Standard Chartered Bank, Telekom Austria, Türk Telekom, UGS and UniCredit Group, as well as for organizations in the non-profit sector such as More Than One Perspective, Transparency International, and the ERSTE Foundation NGO Academy. In addition to teaching for WU Vienna, he teaches in MBA, EMBA and executive programs at leading business schools around the world, including programs with the Kellogg School of Management, Duke Corporate Education, INSEAD, Sabanci and Bilgi Universities’ Executive Education Programs, the HEC Université de Genève EMBA, Tel Aviv University’s Lahav Executive Education Center, and GU Tech’s Middle East MBA Program in Muscat, Oman.