Erik Korsvik Østergaard

Erik Korsvik Østergaard (b. 1973) is partner in Bloch&Østergaard, which he founded in 2014. He holds a degree as Master of Science (M.Sc.) from the Technical University of Copenhagen with a thesis in chaos mathematics, and has an EBA in cross-cultural project management.

Erik has worked with leadership, digitization, strategy, change management, and organizational transformation in +15 years, as manager, project manager, and consultant – and has a burning passion for leadership and engagement.

Over the past years Erik has focused on codifying the mechanisms for the future of work, striving to establish a leadership framework that provides the modern organizations and leaders with a coupling between megatrends, theory, and real-life practice. This has led to a line of correlated models for strategy execution, innovation in daily-life, culture, and the networked organization, which has been justified in a long number of situations in both large, international organizations, and in scale-up companies. Combined, this has provided good, measurable results; especially on people analytics.

The four key findings in his work is gathered in his book “The Responsive Leader”, published February 2018 via LID Publishing, and includes three cases of modern organizations.

Erik is chairman of the think tank on “Digitalisation and Leadership”, facilitated by the danish organisation for managers, Lederne.

In addition, he acts as a mentor, speaker, inspirator, and motivator. He is a regular guest lecturer at Copenhagen Business School (CBS), and is also a keen jazz pianist, songwriter, and singer.


In 2018, Erik published “The Responsive Leader“.

In 2019, Erik will publish the follow-up, “Teal Dots in an Orange World“.

Articles in Danish and international magazines

Erik is featured in e.g. Børsen and Mandag Morgen:

Nu sker det – de moderne organisationer kommer (article in Børsen)

Omorganiseringen – en usleben diamant i moderne ledelse (article in Børsen)

Several international magazines have featured articles by Erik. Here are a few:

The Responsive Leader (article in Thinkers50)

When your culture is your product (article in Thrive)

Building organizations, where people want to show up (article in Thrive)

“Why in a world of frequent change it is of utmost importance to create workplaces where people want to show up” (interview in Thrive)

Embrace the Paradigm Shift (article in EnSpirit Global)

What is the role and responsibility of the modern leader? (Danish)

As part of the series AgendaSætter, Erik presents his view on modern leadership.

5-minute excerpt from a key note (English)