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 Denmark 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. In 2019, his second book on new ways of working is published, called “Teal Dots in an Orange World”, and covers modern design of the organization.

In addition, he acts as a mentor, speaker, inspirator, and motivator. Privately he is a keen jazz pianist, songwriter, and singer.

Key words for Erik as member as Board of Directors: Transformation, leadership and culture, growth, and digitization. (Download profile as BOD member in Danish here.)


In 2018, Erik published “The Responsive Leader“.

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

Articles in Danish and international magazines

Erik has been featured several times in e.g. Børsen and Mandag Morgen. Several international magazines have featured articles by Erik. Here are a few:

How to be a Chief Ecosystem Officer (article in CEO World)

The rhythm of the ecosystem (blog post for Global Peter Drucker Forum)

How to Keep Your Business in Sync With a Changing World (article in Fair Observer)

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)

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

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