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Dr. Ernst von Kimakowitz

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Ernst von Kimakowitz

Dr. Ernst von Kimakowitz is Director and co-founder of the Humanistic Management Center. His work is focused on advancing the Center by developing thought leadership, engaging in higher education activities and providing advisory services on impactful business conduct to private and public sector organizations.

Ernstís specializations include corporate responsibilities, ethical dimensions of being in business and the integration of ethical reflection into managerial decision making. His scholarly work is grounded in legitimacy and stakeholder theory as well as integrative economic ethics in service of human dignity. Through this he helps equip executives with a moral compass, necessary to support organizations in their efforts towards responsible corporate citizenship. Furthermore he is providing advice on managing stakeholder conflict and establishing and conducting stakeholder dialogues. He has undertaken substantial scholarly works in development theory and the impact of private sector foreign direct investment in developing countries. His current research activities are centered on further developing the Centerís approach to humanistic management.

Dr. Ernst von Kimakowitz is Lecturer in Leadership Skills at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland where he is teaching courses on the management of stakeholder dialogues. He has given guest lectures and speeches at universities around the world including Stonehill College, Easton MA., USA, EAN University, BogotŠ, Colombia and SOKA University, Tokyo, Japan. He is also one of the directors of The Humanistic Management Centerís sister organization, the Humanistic Management Network, that complements the Center, providing an open and collaborative platform aiming to facilitate broad based progress towards a humanistic business paradigm. The Humanistic Management Network is also the series editor of the Humanism in Business book series at our publishers Palgrave Macmillan.

Dr. Ernst von Kimakowitz holds a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics (LSE), London, UK and has also studied at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, in Mainz, Germany and the Universidad de los Andes, Merida, Venezuela. Following his Masters Degree he spent four years working in strategy consulting with a leading management consulting firm based in London, England. Subsequently he went to the University of St Gallen in St Gallen, Switzerland where he earned an award winning Ph.D. from the Universityís Institute for Business Ethics.

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