Hidden Champions Institute

HCI Research

We generate practical und scientifically relevant knowledge for and about hidden champions. On the one hand, we study the success factors of hidden champions. For this purpose, we conduct a regular survey among hidden champions and other companies – the HCI panel .

On the other hand, we examine the current and future challenges for hidden champions to support them in even better mastering the respective tasks. Examples of such topics are international competitive strategy, innovation, marketing and sales management as well as questions of governance, leadership, corporate culture and succession.

Our findings are published in field reports as well as in scientific papers and case studies for university teaching.

Recent publications

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For managers
For academics

For academics

Journal Article (Forthcoming)

Contracting in medical equipment maintenance services: An empirical investigation

Management Science

Tian Chan, Francis de Véricourt, Omar Besbes


Journal Article (Forthcoming)

Fire in the belly? Employee motives and innovative performance in startups versus established firms

Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal

Henry Sauermann


Journal Article (Forthcoming)

Willingness to rely on trust in global business collaborations: Context vs. demography

Journal of World Business

Francis Bidault, José de la Torre, Stelios H. Zanakis, Peter Smith Ring


 

 

For educators

For educators

ESMT Case Study

Heraeus: Mid-size company striving for global market leadership

ESMT Case Study No. ESMT-316-0174-1

Olaf Plötner, Bülent Gögdün (2016)


ESMT Case Study

Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co., Ltd (ZPMC)

ESMT Case Study No. ESMT-314-0148-1

Olaf Plötner, Peter Utzig, Xuyi Wang, Qing Zhang (2014)


ESMT Case Study

Voith Paper: Transforming sales costs into consulting revenue

ESMT Case Study No. ESMT-314-0148-1

Olaf Plötner (2009)