Prof. Dr. Björn Michaelis

Associate Professor of Management Practice

Prof. Dr. Björn Michaelis

Associate Professor of Management Practice

Björn Michaelis is Associate Professor of Management Practice at Kühne Logistics University. Before coming to KLU, Prof. Michaelis was a post-doc researcher and Habilitand at the UBS-Endowed Professorship for Strategic Management at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany. At the Goethe University Frankfurt he received his post-doctoral qualification (habilitation) and was granted the "venia legendi" in Business Administration (2011-2015). Moreover, Prof. Michaelis was an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior (2009-2011) and a Research Associate and doctoral student (2006-2009) at Heidelberg University, Germany. Gaining experience abroad he was a Visiting Fellow at the Graduate School of Business in Fontainebleau (France). His research interests include corporate strategy, mergers & acquisitions (M&A), joint ventures and strategic alliances, strategic human resource management, and leadership.

Prof. Michaelis has taught in diverse strategy, management, and leadership classes in bachelor, master, and executive education programs in various institutions. He served as the Program Director of China Development Bank’s (CDB) executive education program in “Strategy, Innovation, and Leadership” and taught in the CDB “Strategic Management for Financial Groups” program “ at Goethe Business School, Frankfurt. Björn Michaelis also serves as a lecturer in the executive education program on “Micro and SME Banking” and taught “Learning to Lead for New Leaders” and “Leading for Results” as well as in the Master’s Program in Management at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management (Bankakademie HFB). Moreover, Prof. Michaelis taught several bachelor’s and master’s level courses on strategy and global strategy, organization, and management at the Kühne Logistics University, the Goethe University Frankfurt, the University of Heidelberg, and the European Business School (EBS).

Putting Prof. Michaelis’ knowledge into practice, he advises firms in various industries on strategy, management, and leadership issues. He gained business experience, for example, in corporate strategy with Daimler AG in Stuttgart, in strategic human resource management with DaimlerChrysler Japan Holding, Ltd. in Tokyo, and in executive search and selection with Kienbaum Executive Consultants in Gummersbach.

Up Close & Personal

“For me, the entrepreneurial spirit sets KLU apart.”
– Prof. Dr. Björn Michaelis

Academic Positions

since 2015

Adjunct Professor for Management and Organization at Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg, Germany.

2011 - 2015

Post-Doc ("Habilitand"), Goethe University Frankfurt (Chair for Strategic Management), Germany.

2009 - 2011

Associate Professor in Organizational Behavior („Vertretungsprofessur“), Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg, Germany.

2006 - 2009

Research Assistant ("Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter"), Organizational Behavior, Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg, Germany.


2009 - 2015

"Habilitation" at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Goethe University Frankfurt; Granting of the "venia legendi" in Business Administration; Title of Habilitation: "Essays on Management: A Dynamic Capabilities, Human Resources, and Leadership Perspective“.

2006 - 2009

Ph.D., Organizational Behavior; Title of Dissertation: “Transformational and Charismatic Leadership Effects on Performance Outcomes: An Analysis of Linking Mechanisms and Boundary Conditions”; distinguished with Südwestmetall Dissertation Award 2010; Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Germany.

2003 - 2004

Academic year at the Graduate School of Business, Fontainebleau, France.

2000 - 2006

M.Sc., Undergraduate and Graduate Studies in Psychology and Business Administration with Majors in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management. Title of Master Thesis: “Leadership and Job Satisfaction in Western and Asian Cultures: A Comparison between German, Japanese, and Chinese Executives”; Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany.