KDVI’s work is evidence-based—we draw on and contribute to academic research in our field; we consider our clients to be our research partners in an exploration of their unique questions and challenges; and we assess the results of our interventions.


KDVI has a team of management and leadership scholars, who have a multi-disciplinary background in economics, psychology, sociology, anthropology and psychoanalysis. We adopt an evidence-based approach based on 40 years of research and practice in the psychodynamic framework to provide basis for our intervention methodology and instrumentation development. We also provide benchmarking data for our clients by continuously building a database of over 30,000 executives across industries and countries and their leadership competencies. This database is also used by the research group to create world-leading academic research pertaining to leadership, executive development, and organisational change. For our clients, we also offer projects aimed at addressing major themes and challenges that executives face at different career and life stages.

Our research has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Fortune, Business Week, The Economist, The Financial Times, The International Herald Tribune  and the Harvard Business Review. Together, faculty members have published more than 40 books and 400 scientific papers, as well as numerous articles, book chapters and award-winning case studies.