Konstantin Korotov

Professor of Organizational Behavior and Faculty Lead of the Executive MBA Program at ESMT



Prof. Konstantin Korotov joined ESMT European School of Management and Technology in August 2005. He received his tenure in 2011. He is currently a professor of organizational behavior and Faculty Lead in the Executive MBA program. He has previously held additional positions as the director of the ESMT Center for Leadership Development Research (CLDR), which he co-founded with Prof. Manfred Kets de Vries, and as Associate Dean of Executive Education. Konstantin received his PhD in Management (Organizational Behavior) at INSEAD (France, Singapore, and Abu-Dhabi). In addition to his academic work, he has over 25 years of practical management and leadership development experience in Europe, Asia, Middle East and the Americas.

Konstantin conducts research on leadership development, leadership coaching, careers, and executive education. He has authored, co-authored and co-edited seven books and multiple academic and practitioner articles, business cases, and book chapters on leadership development and executive coaching. He has won several awards for his case-studies, articles, and teaching excellence.

Konstantin is the program director for ESMT’s Leading with Psychological Intelligence executive program. He teaches Organizational Behavior in the ESMT EMBA program and People, Teams, and Organizations in the PTMBA and GOMBA. Konstantin oversees the Individual Leadership Development Itinerary of EMBA students. Konstantin is the founder of the ESMT Coaching Colloquia series – premier professional development events for the world’s leading executive coaches.

His executive education portfolio includes programs for, among others, Siemens, Bosch, Daimler, Allianz, Deutsche Telekom, RWE, EY, Axel Springer, KPMG, McDonald’s, BAT, Lufthansa, Symrise, Hereaus, Brose, Mahle, Compass Group, etc.

Konstantin consults companies worldwide on issues of leadership development, executive coaching, and mentoring. He is also a practicing leadership coach specializing in challenging leadership development cases.

Additionally, Konstantin has held positions as Director of Professional Development for Ernst & Young (CIS), consultant for the Center for Business Skills Development (CBSD), and researcher at New York University.


  • PhD (INSEAD)
  • Diploma (INSEAD)
  • MSc (INSEAD)
  • MSc (New York University)
  • Diploma in Linguistics (Moscow Linguistic University)

Current employment

ESMT European School of Management and Technology, Berlin, Germany.

  • Faculty Lead of the Executive MBA Program, February 2019-present
  • Professor, January 2018-present
  • Associate Dean of Executive Education, January 2018-January 2019
  • Associate Professor with tenure, August 2011–December 2017
  • Director of the Center for Leadership Development Research (CLDR), August 2011 – March 2019;
  • Associate Professor, August 2008–July 2011;
  • Assistant Professor, August 2005–August 2008;

Past employment

  • Executive Coach, INSEAD Global Leadership Center, Fontainebleau, France, since June 2004 (on project basis).
  • Research Fellow, INSEAD Global Leadership Center, Fontainebleau, France, February 1, 2004 – July 31, 2005.
  • Executive Professional Development Consultant, Ernst & Young (CIS) Ltd., Moscow, Russia, August 1999–July 2005 (part-time, in parallel with PhD work at INSEAD).
  • Adjunct Professor, American Institute of Business and Economics, Moscow, Russia, September 1998–December 2004.
  • Director of Professional Development, Ernst & Young (CIS) Ltd., Moscow, Russia, August 1996 – August 1999.
  • Consultant and Course Developer, Center for Business Skills Development, Moscow, Russia, September 1995–August 1996.
  • Research Assistant, New York University, New York, USA, December 1994–August 1995.
  • Instructor, Moscow Linguistic University, Moscow, Russia, July 1993–August 1994.
  • Consultant, Global Forestry Management Group, Moscow, Russia and Portland, Oregon, USA, January 1993–September 1995.


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