Department of Management

Peter Kesting

Dr. Habil, Associate professor

Peter Kesting
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Associate Professor, Centre of Organizational Renewal and Evolution, Department of Business Administration, Aarhus University


Peter Kesting has joined Aarhus University in the beginning of 2008. After his studies in Economics at the Universities of Bayreuth and Hamburg and a guest study at the University of New York (Campus of Oneonta), he earned his doctoral degree at the University of Hamburg and his Habilitation at the HHL-Leipzig Graduate School of Management. Throughout the year 2004, he was Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall in Cambridge (UK).

Research Areas

  • Innovation and business model change
  • Employee-driven innovation (currently with a specific focus on China)
  • Negotiations
  • The cognitive and conceptual foundation of routine and its impact on corporate change
  • The work of Joseph A. Schumpeter

Teaching Areas

  • Business Negotiations
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • Philosophy of Science


Peter Kesting is co-founder andscientific advisor of The Negotiation Challenge (TNC,, one of the leading negotition competitions in Europe. The contest allows students from leading universities from all over the world to come together and compete against each other in realistic team negotiation situations. TNC has been established in 2007. The latest editions were: 2012 in Paris, 2013 in Athens, and 2014 in Reykjavik.

Additionally, Peter Kesting is co-founder of the International Negotiation Teaching and Research Association (INTRA, see, an international scientific network for negotiation scholars with a specific focus on Europe.

Practical Experience

Peter Kesting is co-founder co-founder of the Book&Smile GmbH, an online travel price comparison (, exit after a successful trade sale), the Easy2Coach GmbH, an online soccer training platform (, and the ALLSEQ INC., a matchmaker for gene sequencing services ( Additionally, he is founding member of VIEW (Association for Innovation, New Venture Creation and Growth) and initiator of the Entrepreneur’s Network at HHL.

Furthermore, Peter Kesting has managed a number of different practical projects in cooperation with different companies and organizations, including the Airport Leipzig/Halle, Leipzig’s application for the Olympic Games 2012, the Gewandhausorchester zu Leipzig, the Business and Innovation Center (BIC) Leipzig, and the InnoTech GmbH Leipzig.

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