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Jens Schadendorf: Career

Stages in his career (highlights)

  • Founder and owner of SCHADENDORF. Books, Communications & Change (est. 2005)
  • Editorial/publishing director, Econ Verlag (Axel Springer Group/Bonnier); publisher of business and non-fiction literature collaborating with authors such as Jack Welch, Peter Drucker, Richard Pascale, Anita Roddick, Michael Hammer, Gary Hamel, Tom Peters, Philip Kotler,  Levine/Locke/Searls/Weinberger (Cluetrain Manifest0), Bill Clinton and Hans-Werner Sinn; Publication of works by authors from  consulting companies including Accenture, AT Kearney, Bain & Company, Boston Consulting Group, Ernst & Young, McKinsey, or PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Editorial director, Gabler Verlag (Bertelsmann Group), target group ‘management’ (media: management books, management seminars, management congresses, and business magazine); publishing authors such as Charles Handy, Dan Tapscott, or Stan Davis/Chris Meyer
  • Research associate, Seminar of New Political Economy at Fribourg University (Switzerland), bilingual (French/German)
  • Employee, marketing, Societé Auxiliaire de Transports et d’Industries, Paris (France) (working while a university student)

Awards and Scholarships (highlights)

  • Buchmarkt-Award (silver) for his work as a freelance editorial/publishing director or project developer, respectively, for conceptual design and commercial launch of a premium-segment non-fiction book imprint on behalf of a medium-sized renowned publishing group
  • CORINE International Book Award (2004), Category: „Best General Non-Fiction Book on Business and Economics of the Year“, Hans-Werner Sinn, „Ist Deutschland noch zu retten?“, released in 2003, Econ Verlag (published as well at MIT Press in 2007, “Can Germany be saved?”)
  • Financial Times Deutschland, Business Book Award (2003), Hans-Werner Sinn, „Ist Deutschland noch zu retten?“, released in 2003, Econ Verlag
  • Member of the High Potentials Circle at Gabler Verlag (Bertelsmann Group), Wiesbaden (1998 to 2000)
  • Rotary Foundation, GSE scholarship for young professionals (1992)


  • Advanced training courses in leadership, organisational change, team development, coaching, (intercultural) communications, e-learning
  • Post Graduate Studies of Culture, Economic Policy and Development Economics at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT/School of Management), Bangkok, and at Institute of South East Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore – both supported with a scholarship from the Swiss National Fund
  • Studied Economic and Social Sciences, specifically: Business Economics, Political Economics, and Development Economics at Fribourg University (Switzerland), bi-lingual (German/French), degree: Lic. rel. pol. (equivalent to a Masters degree)
  • Studied Business Administration (and Philosophy) at University of Hamburg (Germany), pre-degree