Daniel Corsten

Daniel Corsten is Associate Professor of Operations Management at IE University. Before joining IE, he was an Associate Professor at London Business School and University of St. Gallen. He obtained his PhD at University St. Gallen where he was also Assistant Professor and Director of the Institute of Technology Management and Logistics. Daniel taught or researched as a visiting scholar at INSEAD (France and Singapore), the Wharton School, (USA) and the Harvard Business School (USA). 

Daniel is a frequent keynote speaker on Operational Innovation and Leadership, Strategy Execution, Scaling Start-Ups, Direct Brands, Retail Transformation, and Supply Chain Resilience. He received numerous awards for his engaging participant-centric teaching and directed many executive programs, among them the ECR Progressive Management Program, a collaboration between the University St. Gallen, Wharton School, WHU, London Business School and Cambridge University. Since joining IE, he has contributed to or directed programs in Austria, France, Germany, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, and the United States. 

Daniel is co-author of the book: Shelf-Confidence: A Practical Guide to Reducing Out-Of-Stocks and Improving Product Availability in Retail, which is based on 20 years of research with global retailers and sponsored by the Consumer Brands Association of America and the Procter & Gamble Company. He is also author of the Springer book: Supply Chain Management Implementation, member of the prestigious Supply Chain Thought Leaders Roundtable, and he led a research unit of Supply Chain, Risk and Finance sponsored by BMW.

Daniel´s research has been published by the Harvard Business Review, Management Science, Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management and the Journal of Marketing, among others. His work was featured in the Financial Times, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Neue Zuercher Zeitung, and his case studies have won several awards. He is co-founder or investor of several start-ups in the field of data science and business-to-business software and sits on the board of directors of several software and technology companies.


• International marketing manager, Bayer AG (Leverkusen)

• Logistics project manager, Agfa AG (New Jersey)


• Associate Professor, IE University, 2007- Present

• Visiting associate professor, London Business School, 2006 - 2007

• Associate professor, University of St. Gallen (Switzerland), 2001 - 2005

• Vice-Director, University of St Gallen’s Institutes of Technology Management and Logistics

• Research interests: retailing, fashion and supply chain management

• Author of several books on supply chain management

• Co-author of the benchmark study on worldwide retail out of stocks

• President of the ECR Research Foundation and editor of the ECR Journal

• Several awards for teaching and case studies in areas that include collaborative management and sustainable supply chains


• MSc, University of Cologne

• DBA/PhD, University of St. Gallen

Latest Publications

Corsten, D., Gruen, T. (2019). “Onlie Availability”. In Gallino, S. and Moreno, A. (Eds.). Operations in an Omnichannel World. Springer

• Markou, P., Corsten, D., Carduck, C.,  Koblbauer, M. (2018). “Commodity risk management at BMW: price indices and contracts”. In Wendy L Tate, Lydia Bals and Lisa Ellram (Eds.). Supply Chain Finance. Risk management, resilience and supplier management. Koga

• Panos, M., Corsten, D. (2017). “Linking Commodity Price Risk and Operations: Evidence from the Gold Mining Industry”. Foundations and Trends(R) in Technology, Information and Operations Management, Vol. 11 (1-2): 165-185

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