Our vision is to become a leading institute and primary resource for the development of intercultural competences and to conduct high-profile academic and practice-oriented research projects in the field of intercultural management, by collaborating with a large network of academics and organisations.

We are a group of researchers with experience in the field of intercultural management and we are passionate about human resources and (cultural) diversity. We believe strongly in the potential of an increasingly interconnected and diverse world, not only in terms of organisational benefits, but also in terms of a more tolerant and open-minded society. Workforce heterogeneity is a critical enabler for organisational creativity, as employees from different backgrounds bring their unique perspectives to the table. This in turn fosters an intercultural dialogue necessary to remove existing intercultural barriers, fears and prejudices.

Through this newly founded institute, we offer our independent expertise and knowledge to practitioners and academics alike.

Core Team

Marion Festing

Academic Director

Tobias Schumacher

Research Assistant & Contact Person

Prof. Dr. Marion Festing is the Academic Director of our Excellence Centre for Intercultural Management. At ESCP Europe in Berlin, she is the Chair of Human Resource Management and Intercultural Leadership. In her research she focuses on topics such as international HRM strategies and approaches, with special emphasis placed on emerging countries, female careers, global talent management and global performance management. In addition, she is also interested in intercultural leadership adjustments as well as in intercultural competences and careers. Marion Festing gained practical work experience in Taiwan, has researched at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and at Michigan State University, USA, and has lectured at the University of Sfaxiein, Tunisia, amongst many others. Moreover, Prof. Dr. Marion Festing has fulfilled functions as an (associated) editor and reviewer for several journals.


Tobias Schumacher joined the Chair of Human Resource Management and Intercultural Leadership at ESCP Europe in Berlin in April 2016 as a research assistant. His research interest lies in the potential of technologies for human resource development and in the development of intercultural competences and intercultural leadership. Before joining ESCP Europe, Tobias Schumacher studied Industrial Engineering and Management at Technical University of Berlin and at Davidson College, USA. He gained practical work experience as a project leader of a market and technology study for the Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz Institute, as a freelancing lecturer and content editor for Blinks Labs GmbH and as a trainer for soft skills.


Extended Academic Team

Kerstin Alfes

Professor of Organisation and Human Resource Management

Benjamin Voyer

Professor of Creativity Marketing

Markus Bick

Professor of Business Information Management

Maral Muratbekova-Touron

Professor of Strategy, Organizational Behavior and Human Resources

Béatrice Collin

Professor of International Strategy and Management

Chiara Succi

Professor of Organizational Behavior

Robert Wilken

Professor of International Marketing

Nathalie Prime

Professor of International Marketing and Intercultural Management

Katharina Balazs

Professor for Management

Stefan Schmid

Professor of International Management and Strategic Management

Frank Bournois

Professor of General Management and Intercultural Leadership, Dean of ESCP Europe

Florence Pinot de Villechenon

Professor and Academic Coordinator for Latin America at ESCP Europe

Diana Clarke

Professor for Organizational Behavior

About the ESCP Europe

Established in 1819, ESCP Europe is the oldest business school in the world. Its mission is to develop the next generation of transnational business leaders, preparing them to embrace the opportunities offered by cultural diversity.

With its six urban campuses in Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Turin and Warsaw, ESCP Europe’s true European identity enables the provision of a unique style of cross-cultural business education and a global perspective on international management issues.

Through a combination of innovative pedagogy, cross-campus programmes and a research-active faculty, ESCP Europe is an essential contributor to the development of the transnational management culture so essential in today’s global business environment.

Log in with your credentials

Forgot your details?