ESCP Europe Business School
International institute of management in technology


ESCP Europe Business School
Dr. rer. oec. (PhD equivalent), Professor


Kerstin Alfes is a Professor of Organisation and Human Resource Management at ESCP Europe, Campus Berlin. She is the Academic Director for the Master in European Business (MEB) at the Berlin Campus. Prior to joining ESCP Europe, Kerstin was a Senior Lecturer at Kingston University London and an Assistant Professor at Tilburg University (The Netherlands). Kerstin completed her Habilitation (2014) and her Dr. rer. oec. (PhD equivalent, 2008) at the University of Bern (Switzerland) and received her Master Degree (Diplom-Kauffrau) from the University of Mannheim (Germany) in 2004.


Kerstin’s research interests include Strategic Human Resource Management, employee engagement, overqualification and volunteering. She has published extensively in leading peer-reviewed journals including Human Resource Management, Human Resource Management Journal, Journal of Vocational Behavior and International Journal of Management Reviews. Kerstin has raised research funding from the Economic and Social Research Council, National Institute for Health Research, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and industry. Recently, she worked with a team of researchers based at the Institute of Employment Studies, University of Sussex, the University of Warwick and the University of Kent in conducting an evidence synthesis on employee engagement.


Kerstin teaches courses on Organisation and Human Resource Management on graduate, post-graduate and Executive levels in various programs at ESCP Europe. She also consults practitioners in the development and successful implementation of engagement strategies, and serves as a keynote speaker at practitioner conferences and seminars. 


Research Interest


  • Organizational Behavior
  • HR Management
  • Organization
  • Ethics
  • Corporate Social Responsibility

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