Human Resource Management is crucial for gaining competitive advantage. It has an important impact on the interaction of people within the company. In an inter-national and multicultural context, HRM becomes a fascinating field of research."2012 - today Rector of the Berlin Campus of ESCP Europe

2009 - 2011 European Research Dean, ESCP Europe

2008 Appointed Professor of Organization and Personnel, Heinrich-Heine-University Dusseldorf (She rejected)

2004 - 2012 Academic Director of the European Executive MBA program in Berlin, ESCP Europe

2003 Appointed Professor of Human Resource Management, Justus-Liebig-University of Gießen (She rejected)

2002 Habilitation at University of Paderborn (2-year scholarship from Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG) and obtaining of the venia legendi for business administration. Subject of her thesis: "The Globalization Process. An Interdisciplinary Perspective."

2002 - today Chair of Human Resources and Intercultural Management at ESCP Europe Berlin

1995 PhD (Dissertation; Dr. rer. pol.). Subject of her dissertation: "International Strategic Human Resource Management . A transaction cost theory-based empirical analysis."

1990 - 2002 Research Associate / Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Human Resources, University of Paderborn, Chair of Professor Wolfgang Weber

1984 - 1990 Studies of Economics, University of Paderborn / École Supérieure de Commerce in Toulouse, France

Marion Festing is married and has two children.

International Experience

Studies in Toulouse / France Practical work experience in Taipei / Taiwan Research stay in the context of a DAAD scholarship with Prof. Peter J. Dowling at Monash University in Melbourne / Australia Lecturer in French at the University of Sfax / Tunisia Research stay within the DFG-Scholarship in the U.S. at Michigan State University Deepening of research contacts at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and Cornell University


Associate Editor of the "International Journal of Human Resource Management" Editor of the "German Journal of Research in Human Research Management" (together with Prof. Dr. Christian Grund, Prof. Dr. Axel Haunschild, Prof. Dr. Michael Müller-Camen, Prof. Dr. Christian Scholz, Prof. Dr. Thomas Spengler, Prof. Dr . Susanne Tietze, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Weibler and Prof. Dr. Renate Ortlieb) Member of the editorial board of the journals "Career Development International" and "The International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business" Editor of the Book Series "International Human Resources and Strategy Research" (Hampp Verlag together with Prof. Dr. Susanne Royer) German Ambassador to the HR Division of the Academy of Management Reviewer for the journals "Journal of International Business Studies", "Human Resource Management", "Management International Review", "European Management Journal" Advisory Board of the Conference of International Human Resource Management Advisory Board of the Executive Master of Human Resource Management , University of Munich. Organizer of the Sixth Conference on International Human Resource Management in Paderborn (together with W. Weber and R. Kabst), 1998; co- organizer of the Fifth Conference on International Human Resource Management, San Diego / USA, 1996, Co-Chair for International Track Human Resource Management of IFSAM 2006 (together with Hartmut Wächter and Peter J. Dowling); track Co-Chair for Human Resource Management of IFSAM 2012 (with Chris Brewster and Peter J. Dowling) Co-Chair of the EIASM workshops on International Management in Berlin, October 2013 Co-Chair of the EIASM workshop on Talent Management in Berlin, October 2014


European International Business Academy Academy of International Business Academy of Management German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB) European Group of Organisation Studies

ESCP Europe Business School
PhD in Economical and Social Sciences (Dr. rer.pol.), Professor


Biography of Prof. Dr. Marion Festing


Professor of Human Resource Management and Intercultural Leadership

Academic Director of the Talent Management Institute (TMI) and of the Excellence Centre of Intercultural Management (CIM)

Rector of the Berlin Campus (2012-2017)

European Research Dean (2008-2011)

Academic Director of the European Executive MBA Program, Berlin Campus (2004-2012)


PhD and habilitation degrees (advanced doctoral studies),

University of Paderborn / Germany

Areas of Expertise (research & - teaching)





  • International human resource management (main focus: strategies, compensation, careers)
  • Global Leadership
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Intercultural Management
  • Globalization Processes


International Experience (studying, teaching and/or research)

Ecole Supérieure de Commerce, Toulouse/France -

Monash University/Melbourne/Australia -

Université de Sfax/Tunisia -

Michigan State University, East Lansing/U.S.A -

University of Wisconsin, Madison/ U.S.A -

Cornell University/U.S.A.

Academic Functions

Marion Festing is the Co-Editor of ZfP - German Journal of Research in Human Resource Management and serves on the editorial boards of International Journal of Human Resource Management, Career Development International,  - International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business and Zeitschrift für Management. She is active as a reviewer for various journals such as Management International Review, European Management Journal, Human Resource Management, International Journal of Human Resource Management and Thunderbird International Business Review.

Marion Festing was co-organizer of the sixth conference on International Human Resource Management in Paderborn in 1998, and co chair of the various IHRM tracks at the International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management (IFSAM) conferences including in Limerick in 2012. Her current research interests focus on transnational HRM strategies, global performance management, global careers and global compensation.


Research Interest


  • International Business Environment
  • Human Dimension of Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • HR Management

Geographical area

  • Other

Read about executive education

Other experts

Overview Natalia Smelova is a postdoctoral research associate in the AHRC project "The Syriac Galen Palimpsest: Galen''s On Simple Drugs and the Recovery of Lost Texts through Sophisticated Imaging Techniques". Her research areas cover the identification and transcription of the undertext in the ...
I am interested in future web-based cellulosic products that I believe will largely replace the curent mature generature of paper. I am pursuing two main lines in my research. The first is novel nanocellulose/inorganic compsites. These types of matrials resemble paper at first glance, but on clos...
Overview Adene Karhan is a Licensed Masters of Social Work (LMSW) with over 5 years of experience in private practice psychotherapy and over 22 years of work in the field of human services. Areas of professional interest include the impact of trauma on individuals, impact of early childhood attac...