Emory Executive Education Faculty Profile: Karl Kuhnert


Goizueta Business School
Professor in the Practice of Organization & Management | Goizueta Business School


Karl W. Kuhnert is Professor of the Practice in the Goizueta Business School at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

Karl’s research focuses on how leaders cognitively, interpersonally, and emotionally develop over the life course. His recent work includes using artificial intelligence to scale expert decision making. Karl has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles, 13 book chapters and made over 100 conference presentations and served on numerous editorial and review panels. He teaches leadership, organizational change and professional ethics. Karl has been recognized with numerous awards for teaching and research. Karl and a colleague have published a new book entitled “The Map: Finding Your Path to Effectiveness in Leadership, Life, and Legacy” by Baxley Press.

In 2000, Karl was awarded the Hammer Award from Vice President Al Gore for outstanding contributions to the federal government. More recently, Karl has created and facilitated a six-month leadership development program for the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. The program involves all 32 colleges in the state of Georgia. The Board of Regents program in 2012 was recognized by the Society of Human Resource Management as a best leadership program in education.

Karl also regularly teaches leadership development in the Executive Education Programs at Emory, UCLA, HEC Paris, and The University of Georgia. He has served as a consultant and executive educator with many large and small corporations, non-profit and government organizations including, United Parcel Service, The U.S. Department of Treasury, Siemens, The Jet Propulsion Lab, Cox Automotive, The Federal Reserve, Federal Home Loan Bank, The Robert Wood Foundation, Carnival Cruise Line, AECOM, Farmers Insurance, and The American Cancer Society.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Leadership Development and Assessment
  • Decision Making Artificial Intelligence
  • Organizational Change and Development
  • Survey Design and Evaluation


  • Kansas State University: Ph.D., Industrial/Organizational Psychology 1985
  • Kansas State University: M.S., Industrial/Organizational Psychology 1981
  • Pennsylvania State University: B.A., Psychology 1977

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