Meet the faculty
Olaf Plötner (Program director)
Professor of Practice and Dean of Executive Education, ESMT
Professor Olaf Plötner is the dean of ESMT Executive Education. He joined ESMT as one of the first faculty members and managing director of ESMT Customized Solutions GmbH in 2002. Professor Plötner’s current research and teaching focus on strategic management, industrial market management, and sales management in global B2B markets. His work is reflected in his most recent book Counter Strategies in Global Markets, published by Palgrave Macmillan, Springer, and SDX Shanghai. His research has been portrayed in journals such as Industrial Marketing Management and Journal of Business and Industrial Marking as well as in leading international media such as The Wall Street Journal, Times of India, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, China Daily Europe, and Financial Times.
Professor Plötner is a visiting professor at Darden School of Business and a regular guest lecturer at Freie Universität Berlin and ESCP Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris.
Professor Plötner also worked as a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group in Frankfurt and as a director at Siemens AG in Boston.
Johnson and Higgins Professor of Business Administration at the Darden School of Business
James Clawson is the Johnson and Higgins Professor of Business Administration at the Darden School of Business. His research addresses leadership, change, career management, and management development.
harald Hungenberg is a visiting lecturer at ESMT and a chaired professor of management at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen Nuremberg and an affiliated professor at the School of International Management at ENPC Paris. He is also the academic director of the Institute for Corporate Planning (IUP), a think tank supported by various leading German companies such as BASF, Robert Bosch, Deutsche Bank, SAP, Volkswagen, and others. Harald gained extensive experience while cooperating with companies and executives. He works as a consultant and lecturer for strategy and planning, innovation, and change management. Further, he is a member of Duke University’s Global Learning Resource Network. The results of his research have been documented in more than 100 books and articles. Before arriving in Nuremberg, Harald had been head of the strategic management department of the Leipzig Graduate School of Management for four years. He also worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company, Inc. for several years. He studied business administration at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Genfa Liu is the deputy director general of the Department of International Exchange and Program Development of China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong (CELAP).
Dr. Mark A. Young
ESMT Visiting Faculty Founding member, Rational Games Inc., USA
Mark A. Young is a member of the visiting faculty of the ESMT MBA Program. He is an independent consultant, trainer, writer and lecturer in the field of negotiation skills training and analysis. His company, Rational Games, Inc, serves a variety of clients in the public and private sectors in the US, UK and Germany. Although his first love has always been philosophy, Dr. Young’s focus remains firmly practical: his aim is to apply philosophical insights to practical problems in the business world. His business career has afforded him ample opportunities to do so, as he has served as a corporate lending officer at Chase Manhattan Bank, a strategic consultant at McKinsey & Company, a partner at Price Waterhouse Corporate Finance and a trade negotiator in the US Department of Commerce.