New collaborator with considerable knowledge about strategy

Ingo Kleindienst is new associate professor of strategy. His research interests are corporate strategy, corporate governance, and managerial psychology and cognition.

2013.09.18 | Julia Rolsted Stacey

Ingo Kleindienst's research interests are corporate strategy (product and international diversification), corporate governance (CEO succession and TMT composition), and managerial psychology and cognition (managerial discretion and strategic decision-making). Photo: Julia Rolsted Stacey, AU Communication, BSS.

As of 1 September, 2013 Ingo Kleindienst started as associate professor at the Department of Business Administration. He is originally from Calw in Germany and comes from a position within strategy processes at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Vallendar in Germany.

An expert within strategy

As associate professor of strategy Ingo Kleindienst will take part in the CORE research group. CORE works with Change, Organizational Renewal and Evolution and carries out basic and applied research into the innovative and development aspects of organization and management.

Ingo Kleindienst conducts research in the areas of strategic management and organizational behavior - with a focus on corporate strategy, corporate governance, and managerial psychology and cognition. His work spans product diversification, internationalisation, mergers and acquisitions, CEO succession, and managerial psychology and cognition with a special emphasis on behavioral, sociological, and psychological theories.

In his research Ingo Kleindienst looks for answers to questions such as:

  • Why are individuals with particular characteristics chosen as CEOs?
  • How do new business units of established multinational enterprises internationalise?
  • How do different types of similarity affect investors’ reactions to M&A announcements?
  • How does mindfulness affect the outcome of rare organisational events?

A researcher but also a family man

Ingo Kleindienst has worked in Denmark before as a visiting researcher. He joined CBS in Copenhagen in 2011 and came to Aarhus University in the spring of 2013. He enjoys working in Denmark. Accordingly, it was not a difficult decision when he was offered a position at the Department of Business Administration. He talked it through with his family and they decided to take up the challenge. Both Ingo Kleindienst and his wife have international family roots. They consider themselves as mobile and are excited about their latest adventure.

"My wife and I consider Denmark as very children-friendly, which is important for us. Moreover, our overall assessment of Danish people is very positive and we look forward to our stay in Aarhus," says Ingo.

Denmark as workplace

"I believe that Danes are very relaxed and I like that," says Ingo Kleindienst and continues:

"At the same time, they are also very effective and I think I can learn from their way of working. Given that I have always enjoyed teamwork, I also look forward to inspiring collaborations and hope I can bring in research related knowledge to the research group and moreover enrich teaching within strategy," he finishes.


Ingo Kleindienst

Associate Professor Ingo Kleindienst
Department of Business Administration
School of Business and Social Sciences
Aarhus University
T: +45 87 16 6116