Dr. Lorenz Graf-Vlachy is Professor of Corporate Management at TU Dortmund University and Senior Research Fellow at ESCP Business School's ESCP Research Institute of Management.

Dr. Graf-Vlachy's work has been published in, for example, the Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, the Journal of Management, the Journal of Product Innovation Management, the Journal of World Business, Long Range Planning, and the Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems. His research has received awards from the Academy of Management (AOM), the European Academy of Management (EURAM), the Strategic Management Society (SMS), and the Förderkreis Gründungs-Forschung (FGF). Dr. Graf-Vlachy further won awards for teaching and reviewing. He serves on the editorial boards of Management Review Quarterly and Corporate Governance: An International Review.

Prior to his current appointment, he was a Professor of Strategy at ESCP Business School in Berlin. Previously, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Passau. He was also a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University, a Scholar in Residence at the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business, a Visiting Scholar at Penn State University's Smeal College of Business, a Visiting Associate Research Scholar at Columbia University's Columbia Business School, and an Affiliated Research Fellow at IMD International in Lausanne. He was named a Schoeller Fellow by the Dr. Theo and Friedl Schoeller Research Center for Business and Society. He was a Barger Leadership Institute Visitor at the University of Michigan and gave invited talks at various universities including Tsinghua University, Imperial College London, IIM Bangalore, Rotterdam School of Management, CEIBS, the Stockholm School of Economics, and VU Amsterdam. He taught at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Business and ESMT Berlin and performs executive education programs for leading international companies.

Before his academic career, Dr. Graf-Vlachy was a Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Munich, where he supported telecom, high-tech, and industrial goods companies across Europe and Asia on projects related to strategy and organization. He was repeatedly invited to work with the BCG Henderson Institute in New York and was selected for a year-long secondment to serve as an advisor to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Geneva.

He gained additional work experience in Germany, China, and the U.S., holding positions at McKinsey & Company, various IT firms, and a publishing house. He also started a small software company that he sold to a U.S. competitor.

Dr. Graf-Vlachy holds a master's level degree in Information Systems and a doctoral degree from Friedrich-Alexander-University (FAU) Erlangen-Nuremberg as well as a habilitation from the University of Passau. He also studied in the MBA program of Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and at Tongji University in Shanghai.

He is a member of various academic societies, including the Academy of Management, the Strategic Management Society, the European Academy of Management, the IEEE (senior member), and the Association for Computing Machinery.


Peer-reviewed articles and archival conference proceedings

  • “Reviews Left and Right: The Link Between Reviewers’ Political Ideology and Online Review Language,” with T. Goyal, Y. Ouardi, & A. König, Business & Information Systems Engineering, forthcoming. DownloadLink
  • “Opportunity/Threat Perception and Inertia in Response to Discontinuous Change: Replicating and Extending Gilbert (2005),” with A. König, & M. Schöberl, Journal of Management, forthcoming. DownloadLink
  • “The Illusion of Independence: Spun-Off Firms’ Risk-Taking as a Function of Status and Attachment to the Parent Firm,” with S. Junge, J. Mammen, R. Meinhardt, & C. Gudd, Long Range Planning, 2021, 54(1): 101966. DownloadLink
  • “Strategic Leadership and Technological Innovation: A Comprehensive Review and Research Agenda,” with C. Kurzhals, & A. König, Corporate Governance: An International Review, 2020, 28(6): 437-464. DownloadLink
  • “Predictors of managers’ mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic,” with S. Sun, & S.X. Zhang, European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 2020, 11(1): 1834195. DownloadLink
  • “Social media use as a predictor of handwashing during a pandemic: Evidence from Covid-19 in Malaysia,” with S.X. Zhang, K.H. Looi, R. Su, J. Li, Epidemiology & Infection, 2020, 148: e261. DownloadLink
  • “Effects of an Advancing Tenure on CEO Cognitive Complexity,” with J. Bundy, & D.C. Hambrick, Organization Science, 2020, 31(4): 936–959. DownloadLink
  • “Media Coverage of Firms: Background, Integration, and Directions for Future Research,” with A.G. Oliver, R. Banfield, A. König, & J. Bundy, Journal of Management, 2020, 46(1): 36-69. DownloadLink
  • “A Blessing and a Curse: How CEOs’ Trait Empathy Affects Their Management of Organizational Crises,” with A. König, J. Bundy, & L.M. Little, Academy of Management Review, 2020, 45(1): 130–153. DownloadLink
  • “The Double-Edged Effects of Top Managers’ Commitment to the Status Quo on Firms’ Crisis Resolution,” with F. Struck, L. Milinski, L. Schaedler, & A. König, Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, 2019. Link
  • “Institutional Challenges of Discontinuous Change: The Case of the Sharing Economy,” with F. Weber, J. Lehmann, & A. König, Journal of Product Innovation Management, 2019, 36(5): 632–660. Link
  • “Talking Institutions in the Sharing Economy: A Content Analysis in the Print Media and a Taxonomy of Discursive Strategies,” with J. Lehmann, F. Weber, & A. König, Proceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), 2019. DownloadLink
  • “Like Student Like Manager? Using Student Subjects in Managerial Debiasing Research,” Review of Managerial Science, 2019, 13(2): 347–376. DownloadLink
  • “Mechanisms of Engagement With, and Disengagement From, Internet Applications: A Qualitative Study of Online Job Search,” with A. Reinartz, K. Buhtz, & A. König, Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), 2018. DownloadLink
  • “The Influence of Cognitive Frame Similarity on Contingency Planning in Strategic Alliances,” with M. Hanisch, C. Haeussler, A. König, & T. Cho, Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, 2018. Link
  • “Social Influence in Technology Adoption Research: Taking Stock and Moving Forward,” with K. Buhtz, & A. König, Management Review Quarterly , 2018, 68(1): 37-76. DownloadLink
  • “Political Ideology as a Predictor of Online Media Piracy,” with T. Goyal, Y. Ouardi, & A. König, Proceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), 2017. DownloadLink
  • “Social Influence in Technology Adoption Research: A Literature Review and Research Agenda,” with K. Buhtz, Proceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), 2017. DownloadLink
  • “Primary or complex? Towards a theory of metaphorical strategy communication in MNCs,” with A. König, A. Fehn, & J. Puck, Journal of World Business, 2017, 52(2): 270-285. DownloadLink
  • “The Cost of Sharing: The Effect of Sharing Inclination on Information Overload,” with Y. Ouardi, T. Goyal, J. Mammen, A. König, & C. Saunders, Proceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), 2016. DownloadLink
  • “Political Ideology as a Predictor of Online Consumer Review Characteristics,” with T. Goyal, Y. Ouardi, & A. König, Proceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), 2016. DownloadLink
  • “Parallel Patterns: What Organizations Can Learn From Supercomputers,” Management+Innovation (formerly: Business+Innovation), 2014, 5(1): 34-39. Download
  • “Second-Order Digital Inequality: The Case of E-Commerce,” with K. Buhtz, A. Reinartz, A. König, & J. Mammen, Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), 2014. DownloadLink
  • “Debiasing competitive irrationality: How managers can be prevented from trading off absolute for relative profit,” with A. König, A. Enders, & H. Hungenberg, European Management Journal, 2012, 30(4): 386-403. DownloadLink
  • “Conceptualizing Envy for Business Research,” Advances in Business-Related Scientific Research Journal, 2010, 1(2): 129-134. Download
  • “Modelle für die Outsourcing-Entscheidung von Softwareentwicklungsprojekten (Models for outsourcing decisions of software development projects),” with M. Amberg & M. Wiener, GI Lecture Notes in Informatics, 2005, Vol. P-68: 248-252. DownloadLink


  • Preventing competitive irrationality: An empirical analysis of factors and strategies influencing managers’ tendency to trade off absolute for relative profit, 2010, Berlin: Logos. Request digital copyLink

Contributions to edited volumes

  • “Künstliche Intelligenz: Strategische Herausforderungen für etablierte Unternehmen,” with J. Wolff, A. Keck, A. König, & J. Menacher, in: R. Obermaier (ed.): Handbuch Industrie 4.0 und Digitale Transformation: Betriebswirtschaftliche, technische und rechtliche Herausforderungen, 505-528, 2019, Wiesbaden: SpringerGabler. Link
  • “Industrie 4.0: Strategische Innovation durch Strategische Sensitivität,” with A. König, in: R. Obermaier (ed.): Industrie 4.0 als unternehmerische Gestaltungsaufgabe, 53-67, 2016, Wiesbaden: SpringerGabler, also reprinted in 2nd edition. Link

Case studies

  • “Shpock: Building the Boot Sale App,” The Case Centre, 2018, Reference no. 818-0002-1. DownloadLink
  • “When Scandal Breaks: The IAF Economic Advisory Board,” The Case Centre, 2017, Reference no. 717-0066-1. DownloadLink
  • “Semson US: Market Entry in New York City,” The Case Centre, 2017, Reference no. 717-0066-1. DownloadLink

Selected practitioner-oriented publications

  • “Preparing for the world after Covid-19: Leadership lessons from crises and discontinuous change,” LSE Business Review, 2021. Link
  • “Everything’s changing – or is it?,” The Coice, 2021. Link
  • “How independent are business spin-offs, really?,” The Conversation, 2020. Link
  • “Transitioning to a post-COVID19 world: Lessons for leaders from crises and discontinuous change,” ESCP Impact Papers, 2020. Download
  • “Gewinnen ist nicht alles: Warum soziale Vergleiche manchmal tückisch sind,” Wirtschaftspsychologie aktuell, 2019. Download
  • Connected World: Hyperconnected Travel and Transportation in Action, with T. Chiesa, P. Sayler, J. Lehtinen, J. Moavenzadeh, A. Mei-Pochtler, N. Lang, M. Rüssmann, J. Riedl, 2104, Geneva: World Economic Forum. Download
  • “Avoiding the Traps of Competitive Irrationality,” with A. Enders, A. König, IMD Tomorrow's Challenges, 2013, reprinted in Business Spectator and The Jakarta Post. Link
  • “Programming Organizations for Performance,” BCG Strategy Gallery, 2013. Link

Scientific software

  • “cv2: Stata module to calculate the coefficient of variation for variables,” Statistical Software Components, 2018. Link (Install by typing "ssc install cv2" in Stata)
  • “ira: Stata module to calculate rwg and related interrater agreement indices,” Statistical Software Components, 2017. Link (Install by typing "ssc install ira" in Stata)
  • “GIFT: Graphical Interface for TRAMO,” with J. Gary & D. Grebasch, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, 2004. Download (Requires prior installation of Java and DOS version of TRAMO)