Prof. Dr. Kai-Alexander Schlevogt

German / Deutsch

Associate Professor of Management Practice

Department of Business Policy, NUS Business School


Kai-Alexander Schlevogt (D.Phil. Oxford) is an expert in transformational leadership, with a particular focus on crisis management and innovation.

He serves as the first professor of management practice at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School. Kai-Alexander writes the widely-read column “Prof. Kai on Strategic Leadership” for the Jakarta Post, the leading English-language newspaper in Indonesia. He also serves as columnist for Euro, the largest monthly capital market magazine in Germany. The European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS), the leading association for management research in Europe, appointed him as its National Correspondent for China. Besides, Kai-Alexander is an active member of the Academy of Management and Academy of International Business in the USA, as well as the Asia Academy of Management, the leading association for management research and practice in Asia. He holds an appointment as the Country Representative for Germany and China of the Academy of Management's International Division. Kai-Alexander has also been invited to become a Member of Duke Corporate Education (CE)’s Global Learning Resource Network, an elite circle of the world’s top executive educators. He also served as Program Director of the Nestlé Global Leadership Program, delivered in association with the London Business School (LBS). Besides, he joined the renowned London Speaker Bureau.

Kai-Alexander was appointed as Fellow of the McKinsey & Co. Global Institute (MGI), San Francisco and Shanghai, responsible for developing and implementing a MGI research agenda in Asia, with a special emphasis on public policy, economics and management. Before being awarded the MGI Fellowship, Kai-Alexander founded the Schlevogt Business School, the first business school in Germany focusing on European-Chinese economic relationships, and served as its President. He was also appointed as the first regular foreign professor in the history of Peking University. At its Guanghua School of Management, Kai-Alexander served as a professor of strategic management and international business, as well as senior research fellow, teaching his students management in Chinese. He was also a senior faculty member at the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM), a joint venture of the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney. Besides, he served as Visiting Full Professor at the Henley Management College (UK). 

He held two appointments at Harvard University, one as Associate at the Harvard Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, Asia Center, another as Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Business School (HBS). Further, he was elected as an editorial board member of the Asia Pacific Journal of Management, the official journal of the Asia Academy of Management.

Before joining Harvard, he worked as a strategic management consultant for McKinsey & Co. in Greater China. His consulting experience includes helping the Malaysian Prime Minister develop an "electronic government" and other flagship applications for the Multimedia Supercorridor (MSC). He also advised some of the largest Chinese and multinational companies throughout Asia on how to develop growth strategies and improve their organiza-tional effectiveness in industries such as construction materials, chemicals, automobile parts, and finance.

Prior to this China assignment, Kai-Alexander acted as pioneer in another emerging market: He served as country manager for "Colonia-Victoire" (now: AXA Colonia), a leading European financial services company, in the former Soviet Union. There, he led its Representative Office, advised the Russian strategic partner (Rossiya Insurance), set up a joint venture and introduced new insurance products to the Russian and Ukrainian market. He also was appointed as the Representative of the Association of German Insurers in the former Soviet Union, advising the Russian Government on insurance legislation.

Kai-Alexander is listed in the "Who's Who in the World" and the German “Who’s Who”. The Effective Executive magazine featured him as “Global Thinker on Global Business”. One of his four books, “The Art of Chinese Management” (Oxford University Press), has been hailed by reviewers as the standard text on the subject. He has published over 200 articles in a broad range of journals, magazines and newspapers such as Academy of Management Executive, Journal of International Business Studies, Organizational Studies, Thunderbird International Business Review, European Business Forum, Effective Executive, Journal of Management Consulting, Journal of Asia Pacific Management, Asia Pacific Business Review, Asian Business, Far Eastern Economic Review, China Business Review, China Economic Review, Wirtschaftswoche, Financial Times, China Daily, Straits Times, Business Times, Jakarta Post, The Nation, Bangkok Post, Die Welt, Frankfurter Rundschau, DieWoche und Neues Deutschland. Kai-Alexander also wrote the widely-read Asia-Column of Manager, a leading German business publication (“Notes from Asia”). He is a regular TV commentator for Channel NewsAsia and other stations. He gave exclusive radio interviews to the BBC World Service and Deutsche Welle (German National Radio).

Throughout the world, he frequently runs degree courses and executive education programs for top leaders in politics and business, teaching in Chinese and other world languages. Examples include the Nestlé Global Leadership Program, Bosch Global Leadership Development Program, Panasonic Asian Management Seminar, Evonik-Degussa Strategy Workshop, NUS Asia Pacific Advanced Management Program, UCLA-NUS Executive MBA, NUS Asia-Pacific Executive MBA program and Zhuhai City Government Strategy Seminar in China.

Kai-Alexander pursued postdoctoral studies at Harvard University. He holds a D.Phil. in Management Studies from the University of Oxford, Saďd Business School, Christ Church (College), where he received the Economic Research and Development Council (ESRC) Award. In addition, he earned two Master degrees in Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the Community of European Management Schools (CEMS). He also holds diplomas and certificates in International Enterprise Management from the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing and Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris, as well as a Bachelor (Honors) degree in Management from the London School of Economics. He also completed the McKinsey Master of Business Administration (MMBA) program. A German national, he speaks fluent Chinese (teaching top leaders in Mandarin) and seven other world languages. Kai-Alexander lives in Singapore.

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Office: BIZ 1 #04-41

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General Expertise
Emerging markets; Asia/China; Macroeconomic policy; Strategic Management; International Business; Leadership

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The Art of Chinese Management: Theory, evidence and applications.  New York: Oxford University Press (ISBN 0-19-513644-6). Hardcover. 416 pages. 1st edition (June 15, 2002).


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TV Interviews

Channel NewsAsia: Singapore Business Tonight – Interview with Prof. Dr. Kai-A. Schlevogt. Topic:

The technological challenges of financial markets. 7th September 2007.


Channel NewsAsia: Singapore Business Tonight – Interview with Prof. Dr. Kai-A. Schlevogt. Topic:

The challenges of stock exchanges around the world. 5th June 2007.


Channel NewsAsia: Singapore Business Tonight – Interview with Prof. Dr. Kai-A. Schlevogt. Topic:

The value of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for internationalizing companies. 16th May 2007.


Channel NewsAsia: Singapore Business Tonight – Interview of the Week with Prof. Dr. Kai-A. Schlevogt. Topic: China's financial system under pressure. 2nd March 2007.

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Channel NewsAsia: Singapore Business Tonight – Interview of the Week with Prof. Dr. Kai-A. Schlevogt. Topic: Competition in the global aviation space is heating up - Emerging global trends, Singapore Airlines' strategy, and the future of the Singapore Girl.

21st February 2007.

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Channel NewsAsia - S2006. International Monetary Fund/ World Bank Group Boards of Governors Annual Meetings Special Report - Interview with Prof. Dr. Kai-Alexander Schlevogt: The IMF and World Bank Group -

. September 8, 2006.

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Channel NewsAsia: Singapore Business Tonight – Interview of the Week with Prof. Dr. Kai-A. Schlevogt. Topic: High-impact leadership transition. 28th July, 2006.

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Newspaper Articles

A policy zigzag that veered off course. The Straits Times. 8 June 2007.


Speculative fever too hot to handle. The Straits Times. 15 May 2007.


Mid-East is where the action is. The Straits Times. 2 May 2007.


Money first, ideology can wait. The Straits Times. 30 March 2007.


Kids, it's your life, so plan for it. The Straits Times. 15 March 2007.


SingPost well-placed after reform. The Business Times. 14 March 2007.


Desperately seeking the Midas touch. The Straits Times. 2 March 2007.


It's guerilla warfare for MNCs in China. The Business Times. 25 January 2007.


The courage not to change. The Straits Times. 23 January 2007.


Ethical tide starting to hit Asian firms. The Business Times. 19 December 2006.


How Asian investors can win the West. The Straits Times. 17 October 2006.


Germany - doing the right thing for the wrong reason. The Straits Times. 30 September 2006.


A single spark on dry wood can ignite an inferno. The Straits Times. 18 September 2006.


Re-inventing SingPost in the global era. Business Times. August 3, 2006.


Will SingPost, faced with technological shocks, industry convergence and internal transformation, remain successful after losing the exclusive licence for basic mail services next year?

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Articles in Chinese

When to stop innovation? (Chinese title: 何时叫停创新). Business Management Review (商学院). April 2007. P. 64



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