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Stefan Güldenberg , PhD


Habilitation in Knowledge Management and Leadership, WU Vienna
PhD in Strategic Management and Management Control, WU Vienna
Diploma in Business Mathematics, University of Ulm


Full Professor

Teaching Location(s)

EHL Campus Lausanne

Courses and Modules Taught

MASTER IN HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT • Business Logics of the Hospitality Industry

Teaching Subject(s)

Strategic management in the hospitality industry

Area(s) of Expertise

Strategic Management
Leadership, Sustainability
Knowledge Management
Future of Work

Short Bio

Dr. Stefan Güldenberg is a Full Professor at EHL and Academic Director at EHL’s Graduate School. In 2020 Stefan joined EHL Campus Passugg as Adjunct Professor and in 2021 he became part of the Pathfinder Team. He studied Business Mathematics, Philosophy, and English at the University of Ulm, holds a PhD as well as Habilitation from the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU).

Before joining EHL Stefan Güldenberg worked as a Full Professor in International Management and Director of the Institute of Entrepreneurship at the University of Liechtenstein, as a Professor and Director of the Department of Human Resources and Organization at WHL (a private University in Germany) and as a Professor for Strategic Management and Management Control at WU Vienna.

Visiting Professorships abroad led him, among others, to Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the National University of Singapore. He is the current Vice President Practice of the European Academy of Management (EURAM) and President of the New Club of Paris, a think tank and agenda-setter for the knowledge economy.

Stefan has more than 25 years of working experience in strategy research, strategy consulting, and as an expert platform founder. He conducts research and teaches courses in strategic management, sustainable leadership, and knowledge management. He is in the Editorial Board of several scientific journals, including EURAM Sparks, the Journal of Knowledge Management and the Journal of Digital Economy.

Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Lettner, N., Wilhelm, S., Güldenberg, S. & Güttel, W (forthcoming). Customers as knowledge partners in a digital business ecosystem: From Customer Analytics Towards Knowledge Partnerships. Journal of Digital Economy.

Langhof, J. & Güldenberg, S. (forthcoming). Next Generation Leadership: The Rise of the Robot Servant Leaders? International Journal of Servant Leadership.

Langhof, J. & Güldenberg, S. (2021). Ethical Risks of Servant Leadership: Examining Operation Valkyrie. Journal of Management History. (ABDC: A)

Langhof, J. & Güldenberg, S. (2020). King Frederick the Great – Anti-Machiavellian and Servant Leader? Journal of Management History, 2(26), 137-164. (ABDC: A)

Langhof, J. & Güldenberg, S. (2020). Servant leadership: A Systematic Literature Review- toward a Model of Antecedents, Outcomes, Causes, and Effects. German Journal of Human Resource Management. 1(34), 32-68 (ABS: 2; ISI: 1.114; VHB: C)

Hauser, A., Egger, F., & Güldenberg, S. (2020). Strategic Decision-Making in SMEs: Effectuation, Causation and the Absence of Strategy. Small Business Economics: An Entrepreneurship Journal. 3(54), 775-790. (ABDC: A; ABS: 3; ISI: 3.414; VHB: B)

Klammer, A., & Güldenberg, S. (2020). Honor the old, welcome the new: An account of unlearning and forgetting in NPD teams. European Journal of Innovation Management, 23(4), 581-603. (ABS_2018: 1; ISI_2016: 0.457; ISI_2016_5year: 0.831; VHB_3: B)

Langhof, J. & Güldenberg, S. (2019). Leadership and the significance of formalized organizational structures: Crazy Horse vs Custer. Journal of Management History. 3(25), 341-363. (ABDC: A)

Hamann, T.; Güldenberg, S. & Renzl, B. (2019). Overshare and collapse: How sustainable are profit-oriented company-to-peer bike-sharing systems really? Die Unternehmung: Swiss Journal of Business Research and Practice. 4(73), 345-373.

Klammer, A.; Grishold, T. & Güldenberg, S. (2019). Introducing a ‘stop-doing’ culture: How to free your organization from rigidity. Business Horizons. 62(4), 451-458 (ABDC: C; ABS: 2; ISI: 3.329; VHB: C).

Langhof, J. & Güldenberg, S. (2019). Pirates, Ghosts and Customer Loyalty – Reviewing the Dark Ride Experience. Tourism Management Perspectives, 31, 398-420. (ABDC: A)

Klammer, A., & Güldenberg, S. (2019). Unlearning and Forgetting in Organizations: A Systematic Review of Literature. Journal of Knowledge Management, 23(5), 860-888. (ABDC: A; ABS: 2; ISI: 3.293; VHB: C)

Güldenberg, S., Hecker, L., Klammer, A., Wilhelm, S., Schurr, F., & Staub, P. (2017). Residential choice in polycentric border-crossing agglomeration areas: The example of the Lake Constance-Alpine Rhine Valley. International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, 8(4), 367-387.

Wilhelm, S., Güldenberg, S., & Güttel, W. (2013). Do You Know Your Valuable Customers? Journal of Knowledge Management, 17(5), 661 - 676. (ABDC: A; ABS: 2; ISI: 3.293; VHB: C)

Eggers, F., O'Dwyer, M., Kraus, S., Vallaster, C., & Güldenberg, S. (2013). The impact of brand authenticity on brand trust and SME growth: A CEO perspective. Journal of World Business, 48(3), 340-348. (ABDC: A; ABS: 4; ISI: 4.541; VHB: B)

Leitner, K.-H., & Güldenberg, S. (2010). Generic Strategies and Firm Performance in SMEs: A Longitudinal Study of Austrian SMEs. Small Business Economics: An Entrepreneurship Journal, 35(2), 169-189. (ABDC: A; ABS: 3; ISI: 3.414; VHB: B)

Güldenberg, S., & Helting, H. (2007). Bridging "The Great Divide": Nonaka's Synthesis of "Western" and "Eastern" Knowledge Concepts Reassessed. Organization (Special Issue on the Philosophical Foundations of Knowledge Management: Consequences for Organization Theory and Practice), 14, 101-122. (ABS: 3; ISI: 2.861; VHB: B)

Güldenberg, S., & Helting, H. (2004). Wissensmanagement falsch verstanden? Eine Fortsetzung des Dialoges zur Neuorientierung des Wissensmanagements. Die Betriebswirtschaft (DBW), 64(5), 523-537. (VHB: C)


Knowledge Management Award 2011 awarded by Knowledge Management Austria for the further development of Knowledge Research Knowledge Policy and Knowledge Management
"Top-Publication 2006" award granted by Vienna University of Economics and Business
“Innovative Teaching Award 2002” at the Vienna University of Economics and Business
"CEO of the future 2000"-Award granted by the Manager Magazin and McKinsey Germany
“Stephan-Koren-Award 1997” granted for the best doctoral thesis in 1996 and the included scientific research granted by the Association of Professors at the Vienna University of Economics and Business