Prof. Ph.D.

Björn Ambos

Ordentlicher Professor für Strategisches Management

Björn Ambos ist Lehrstuhlinhaber und Professor für Strategisches Management sowie Direktor des Instituts für Betriebswirtschaft (IfB-HSG) an der Universität St. Gallen. Professor Ambos studierte Betriebswirtschaftslehre mit Schwerpunkt auf Internationalem Management und Organisation an der Universität Hamburg (Dipl.-Kfm., Dr. rer. pol.) und der Florida State University. Seine Habilitation wurde ihm 2006 von der Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (WU) verliehen. Vor seiner Berufung an die HSG lehrte und forschte Prof. Ambos u. a. an der University of Edinburgh, der Universität Hamburg, der Bocconi University, Queens Universiy, der Florida International University und der WU Wien.

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Prof. Dr. Björn Ambos

Björn Ambos ist Professor für Strategisches Management sowie Direktor des Instituts für Management an der Universität St. Gallen. Professor Ambos studierte Betriebswirtschaftslehre mit Schwerpunkt auf Internationalem Management und Organisation an der Universität Hamburg (Dipl.-Kfm., Dr. rer. pol.) und der Florida State University. Seine Habilitation wurde ihm 2006 von der Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien verliehen. Vor seiner Berufung an die HSG lehrte und forschte Prof Ambos u. a. an der University of Edinburgh, der Universität Hamburg, der Bocconi University, Queens University, der Florida International University und der WU Wien.

Prof. Ambos forscht die Themen Strategie, Organisation und Innovation in multinationalen Unternehmen. Im Jahr 2014 wurde er zum Senior Editor des Journal of World Business ernannt und 2015 wurde er darüber hinaus Senior Consulting Editor des Global Strategy Journals. Zusätzlich ist er in den Editorial Boards des Strategic Management Journals, des Journal of International Management, der Management International Review sowie des Journals of International Business Studies tätig. Prof. Ambos war zudem Mitglied des Boards der European International Business Academy (EIBA) und hielt verschiedene Positionen innerhalb der Strategic Management Society. So war er beispielsweise im Jahr 2012 und 2015 Programmvorsitzender der Jahres- und Themenkonferenzen der Strategic Management Society in Prag und St. Gallen. Zuletzt unterstützte Prof. Ambos als wissenschaftlicher Berater das Wissenschaftsministerium der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate (UAE) und wirkte als Gutachter  im Rahmen der EFI Expert Group des Deutschen Bundestages.

Professor Ambos besitzt mehrjährige Industrieerfahrung in internationalen Managementpositionen in Vietnam, Italien, Paris und New York. Zu seinen Forschungs- und Beratungspartnern zählen u. a. Astellas, Airbus, Bundesrechungshof, Die Presse, Eli Lilly, Ford, France Telecom, Helvetia, Hutchison 3G, Honda, Jungheinrich, JP Morgan, Kia Motors,  L’Oreal, Nike, ÖVP, Pfizer, Porsche, Puma, Roland Berger, Royal Dutch Shell, die Rewe Group, das Royal Scottish National Orchestra, SAP, Siemens, Solvay, Unilever, Telekom Austria, Volkswagen und Villeroy & Boch.

Seine Forschung wurde in zahlreichen internationalen Fachzeitschriften wie International Business Review, Journal of International Management, Journal of World Business, Long Range Planning, Management International Review sowie Organizational Science, Research Policy und Strategic Management Journal veröffentlicht. In den vergangenen zehn Jahren hat er an mehr als sechzig Universitäten und Konferenzen seine wissenschaftliche Arbeit in Form von Artikeln und Vorträgen präsentiert.

Ausbildung

Jahr

Abschluss

Universität

2006 Venia Docendi (Dr. habil.) WU Wien, Österreich
2001 Ph.D. in Internationales Management Universität Hamburg, Deutschland
1998 „Dipl.-Kfm.“ (MA) Universität Hamburg, Deutschland & Florida State University, USA
1994 Vordiplom (BA) Universität Hamburg, Deutschland

Berufserfahrung

Jahr

Position

Organisation

2011-2014 Gastdozent Queen’s University, Grossbritannien
2009-2011 Gastdozent Bocconi University, Italien
2010 Gastdozent Florida International University, USA
2006-2012 Professor WU Wien, Österreich
2003-2006 Dozent University of Edinburgh, Grossbritannien
2001-2003 Assistenzprofessor WU Wien, Österreich
1998-2001 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter Universität Hamburg, Deutschland
1992-1998 Produktmanager Rainbow Tours – A.S. Reiseveranstaltungsgesellschaft bmH in Paris, New York, Venice, Südafrika und Vietnam

Auszeichnungen

Jahr

Auszeichnung

Preisverleiher

2013 Best Paper Award of the International Management Division Academy of Management
2012 Runner Up: CEMS Course of the Year Award „Global Strategic Management“ CEMS
2012 Finalist für den „Best Conference Paper Award“ der Special Conference Singapur Strategic Management Society
2009 IMR International Marketing Award EIBA Annual Conference
2009 Best MBA Lecturer WU Wien
2008 Course of the Year Award in „Global Strategic Management“ CEMS
2007 Best Paper Award on Emerging Markets EIBA Annual Conference

Artikel in Fachzeitschriften

Bücher

Buchkapitel

Sonstige Publikationen

Academic Commitments

  • Senior Editor
    • Journal of World Business
    • Global Strategy Journal (Senior Consulting Editor)
  • Guest Editor
    • Journal of International Management: The Concept of Distance in International Management Research
    • Management International Review: Do MNC Headquarters Add Value?
  • Editorial Board
    • Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Management International Review, Journal of International Management, Long Range Planing
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer
    • Journal of Management Studies, Journal of International Marketing, IEEE Transactions in Engineering, European Management Journal, Organisation Studies, R&D Management, Research Policy
  • Conference Co-Chair, Strategic Management Society 2015 Special Conference, St. Gallen.
  • Conference Co-Chair, Strategic Management Society 2012 Annual Conference, Prague.
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, Ministry of Higher Education, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Expert Testimony on the Role of German R&D abroad, presented to the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, on Feb 27th 3013.
  • Faculty Member, Doctoral Consortium, Strategic Management Society, Sinagpore, 2012.
  • Faculty Member, GSJ paper development Workshop, Strategic Management Society Annual Meeting, Miami Beach, FL. 2011.
  • Track Chair, “Multinational Enterprise Strategies”, European International Business Academy Annual Meeting, 2011, Bucharest
  • Chairman (Global Strategy IG), Strategic Management Society
  • Track Chair, “Subsidiary Evolution and Strategy”, Academy of International Business, San Diego, 2009

Invited Lectures and Panels

  • Ambos, B., On the Rationale of Corporate Parents, Research Seminar, London School of Economics, London, 7.2.2013.
  • Ambos, B., Filatotchev, I., Waltl, J.: , B., Treichl, A., Pioneering the Way Towards the East: Early Entry and Transition Challenges, Opening Plenary, Strategic Management Society Annual Meeting, Prague, 2012.
  • Ghosn, C. & Ambos, B., Awards Plenary to Honor Carlos Ghosn, Plenary, Strategic Management Society Annual Meeting, Prague, 2012.
  • Ambos, B., Kogut, B., Kostova, T. Siegel, J., Country Distance, Featured Showcase Panel, Strategic Management Society Annual Meeting, Miami Beach, 2011.
  • Ambos, B., Buckley, P., Collinson, S., Rugman, A., 50 Years + of International Business Theory, A changing View of the World, Special Interest Panel, Academy of International Business UK, Edinburgh, 2011.
  • Ambos, B., Parenting Advantage, Embeddedness and Value Added in the MNC, invited seminar, Koc University, Istanbul, 2010.
  • Ambos, B., On Strategy, Structure and Subsidiary Roles: Revisiting Birkinshaw and Morrison 1995, Memorable Award Plenary Honoring Julian Birkinshaw, European International Business Academy, Porto, 2010.
  • Ambos, B., The Antecedence of Psychic Distance, invited seminar, Florida International University, Miami, 2009.
  • Ambos, B., Birkinshaw, J., Egelhoff, W., Gupta, A., Tallman, S.: State-of-the-Art Research in Global Strategy: Headquarters, Subsidiaries and Global Structure, invited panel, Academy of International Business, San Diego, 2009.
  • Puck, J,, Hennart, J.-F., Ambos, B., Macharzina, K :The EIBA Fellows Award Recipient Panel, European International Business Academy, Tallinn, Estonia. 2008.
  • Ambos, B.: Doing Research on Global R&D: Cross-fertilization and Collaboration among Different Methodological Approaches, panel presentation, Academy of International Business, Milan, Italy.
  • Ambos, B.: The Impact of Distance on the Effectiveness of Knowledge Flows within the MNC, invited seminar, Singapore Management University (SMU), Singapore, 31.3.2008.
  • Ambos, B.: International Business Research: Where do we go from here?, invited panel, Nordic IB Workshop, Weybridge, UK, 2.6.2006.
  • Ambos, B.: From ‘Local’ Knowledge to ‘Global’ Advantage, PALS Lecture, Pacific Asian Management Institute, The University of Hawai’i at Manoa, USA, 26.7.2005.
  • Ambos, B.: The Knowledge Seeking Firm: Eine empirische Studie zur Standortentscheidung globaler Innovationsaktivitäten, invited lecture, Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena, Germany, 13.7.2005.
  • Ambos, B.: Control and the Sources of Competitive Advantage in Transnational Innovation Networks, Donau-Universität Krems, invited lecture, Krems, Austria, 4.3.2005.
  • Ambos, B.: The Organizational Challenge: Transfer Capabilities and the Effectiveness of Knowledge Flows, JIBS Conference on Emerging Research Frontiers in International Business, invited panel presentation, East Lansing, USA, 18.9.2004.
  • Ambos, B.: Offshore Centers of Excellence: Social Control and Success, Bocconi University, Research seminar. Milan, Italy, 24.10.2003.
  • Ambos, B.: Offshore Centers of Excellence: Social Control and Success, Copenhagen Business School, research seminar. Copenhagen, Denmark, 9.1.2003.
  • Ambos, B.: When being Close doesn’t help: About Social Control and Success in Offshore Centers of Excellence, University of Melbourne, research seminar. Melbourne, Australia, 28.10.2002.

Academic Presentations

  • Zobel, N. & Ambos, B.: Context Matters – The Role of Culture in Employing Justice to Achieve MNC Alignment, to be presented at the Strategic Management Society Special Conference, Hong Kong, 10.-12.12.2016 (accepted)
  • Leinemann, A. & Ambos, B.: Mental Models and the Multinational – Performance Relationship: Attention, Complexity and Fit, presented at the Academy of International Business Annual Meeting, New Orleans, USA. 2016.
  • Leinemann, A. & Ambos, B.: Understanding Psychic Distance: A Collective or Individual Phenomenon, presented at the Academy of International Business Annual Meeting, Bangalore, India. 2015.
  • Schulte Steinberg, A., Ambos, B., Kunisch, S.: Towards the Micro-Foundations of Organizational Practice Adoption in the MNC: The Role of Core Self-Evaluation, presented at the Academy of International Business Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada. 2014.
  • Nell, P., Beugelsdijk, S. & Ambos, B.: Does Distance to Subsidiaries affect Headquarters Value Added?“ presented at the Academy of International Business Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada. 2014.
  • Leinemann, A. & Ambos, B.: Multinational Complexity and MNC Performance: A Strategic Schema Fit Model“ presented at the Academy of International Business Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada. 2014.
  • Schulte Steinberg, A., Ambos, B., Kunisch, S.: The Impact of Core Self-Evaluation on Organizational Practice Adoption in the MNC, presented at the SMS Special Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark. 2014.
  • Ambos, B & Ambos, T.: Embeddedness for Global Innovation: An Investigation of Differentiated Ties at Overseas R&D Subsidiaries, conference paper, presented at the 2013 SMS annual meeting, Atlanta.
  • Schuster, A. & Ambos, B.: I Feel Close to You, Don’t you? Antecedents of Psychic Distance Asymmetry,, conference paper, presented at the 2013 AOM meeting, Orlando, *** Included in the AoM Best Conference Paper Proceedings and winner or the AoM IMD Division Best Paper Award
  • Asakawa, K., Ambos, T. & Ambos, B.: Exploring the type and locus of embeddedness for global innovations, conference paper, presented at the 2013 Academy of International Management meeting, Istanbul.
  • Schuster, A. & Ambos, B.: I Feel Close to You, Don’t you? Antecedents of Psychic Distance Asymmetry,, conference paper, presented at the 2013 AOM meeting, Orlando,
  • Ambos, B., Ambos, T.C. & Raab, K.: Disentangling the Configurational Effects of Geographic and Cultural Dispersion on Knowledge Transfer in MNCs, Strategic Management Society Special Conference, Singapore, 2012
  • Ambos B., Mahnke, V. Hobdari, B. How Do Regional Headquarters Influence Corporate Decisions in Networked MNCs?, presented at Strategic Management Society Annual Meeting, Miami Beach, USA, 2011.
  • Nell, P., Ambos B. Shared Context and Its Effec on the Relevance of HQ Knowledge and Information for MNC Subsidiaries, presented at Strategic Management Society Annual Meeting, Miami Beach, USA, 2011.
  • Brenner, B., Ambos B., Schlegelmilch, B. How to Control Knowledgeable Subsidiaries, presented at European International Business Academy, Porto, Portugal, 2010.
  • Nell, P. & Ambos, B. Headquarters Value Creation in the Dispersed and Externally Embedded MNC – Evidence from European Manufacturing Subsidiaries, presented at Strategic Management Society Annual Meeting, Rome, Italy. 2010. *** Nominated for the Best Paper Award ***
  • Ambos, B., Ambos T., Robins, J. Towards a Dynamic Conceptualization of Knowledge Flows in the MNC, presented at Strategic Management Society Annual Meeting, Rome, Italy, 2010.
  • Ambos, B., Asakawa, K. & Ambos T. A Dynamic Perspective on Subsidiary Autonomy, presented at Academy of International Business Annual Meeting, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 2010.
  • Nell, P. & Ambos, B. Headquarters Value Creation in the Dispersed and Externally Embedded MNC – Evidence from European Manufacturing Subsidiaries, presented at Academy of International Business Annual Meeting, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 2010.
  • Ambos, B.: “The Value Added of Regional Headquarters”, symposium presentation, Academy of Management, Montreal, Canada 2010.
  • Dow, D., Ambos, B., Hakanson, L.: A Mediating Model of Psychic Distance and FDI Market Selection, presented at European International Business Academy, Valencia, Spain. 2009. *** IMR International Marketing Best Paper Award ***
  • Nell, P., Ambos, B., Schlegelmilch, B.B.: “The MNC as an inter-organizational network: An investigation of HQ linkages to local subsidiary networks”, presented at European International Business Academy, Valencia, Spain 2009.
  • Nell, P., Ambos, B.: The value added of MNC headquarters – Agency problems or benefits of structural hole positions? presented at European International Business Academy, Valencia, Spain 2009.
  • Raab, K. Ambos, B., Tallman, S.: Strong or Invisible Hands? Managerial Involvement in the Knowledge Sharing Processes of Globally Dispersed Knowledge Groups, presented at European Academy of International Business, Valencia, Spain, 2009.
  • Nell, P., Ambos, B.: The value added of MNC headquarters – Agency problems or benefits of structural hole positions?”, presented at the conference on Organizing for Internal and External Knowledge Creation and Innovation: The Role of Resources, Copenhagen Business School. 2009.
  • Almahendra, R., Rogbeer, S., Ambos, B.: Balancing Knowledge Configurations in the Alliance Portfolio Internationalization, Strategic Management Society 29th Annual International Conference, Washington D.C., USA, 11.10.-14.10.2009.
  • Raab, K., Ambos, B.: Strong or Invisible Hands: Managerial Involvement in the Knowledge Sharing Processes of Globally Dispersed Groups. Strategic Management Society 29th Annual International Conference, Washington D.C., USA, 11.10.-14.10.2009.
  • Brenner, B., Ambos, B.: A Question of Legitimacy: A Dynamic Perspective in Control in MNCs , Academy of Management, Chicago, 2009.
  • Ambos, B., Asakawa, K.: The Impact of External-Internal Embeddedness on Subsidiary Autonomy in International R&D Management, Academy of International Business, San Diego, 2009.
  • Nell, P., Ambos, B, Schlegelmilch, B.: MNC Relationships to the Local Context – Exploring the Phenomenon of Embeddedness Overlap, Academy of International Business, San Diego, 2009.
  • Brenner, Barbara, Ambos, Björn. A question of legitimacy? Control dynamics in MNCs, presented at Jahrestagung der Wissenschaftlichen Kommission Internationales Management, Berlin, Germany, 2009.
  • Raab, K. & Ambos, B.: Isolation and Separation in Teams: An Analysis of Configurations and their Impact on Knowledge Flows, presented at the Strategic Management Society, Cologne, Germany. 2008.*** Nominated for the Best Paper and the Best Practice Implication Awards ***
  • Gaerber, L., & Ambos, B.: The Knowledge-Power Game in MNCs, presented at at the Strategic Management Society, Cologne, Germany. 2008.
  • Brenner, B., Schlegelmilch, B., Ambos, B. Adding a third dimension: The value-added of Regional Headquarters. Presented at the Strategic Management Society, Cologne, Germany. 2008.
  • Gaerber, L., & Ambos, B.: How Knowledge leads to Power in the Differentiated MNC, presented at the Academy of Management, Anaheim, USA. 2008.
  • Gaerber, L., & Ambos, B.: Explaining Subsidiary Power from three Theoretical Angles, presented at the Academy of Management, Anaheim, USA. 2008.
  • Håkanson, L., & Ambos, B.: The Antecedents of Psychic Distance, presented at the Academy of International Business, Milan, Italy. 1.-3.7.2008.
  • Raab, K. & Ambos, B.: Changing Perspectives: Exploring the Configurational Aspects of Team Dispersion and Their Effects on Knowledge Flows, presented at the Academy of International Business, Milan, Italy. 1.-3.7.2008.
  • Gaerber, L., & Ambos, B.: Knowledge and Power in the MNC: A comparison of Burt and Coleman, fi presented at the European International Business Academy, Catania, Italy. 13.12.-15.12.2007
  • Håkanson, L., & Ambos, B.: The Antecedents of Psychic Distance, presented at the European International Business Academy, Catania, Italy. 13.12.-15.12.2007
  • Ambos, T., Schlegelmilch, B, Ambos, B., Brenner, B.: Functional and Divisional Tensions in the Internationalization Process of Banks: The Case of Unicredit in CEE, presented at the European International Business Academy, Catania, Italy. 13.12.-15.12.2007 *** Best Paper Award for Research on Emerging Markets ***
  • Ambos, B. & Ambos, T. Organizing for Discontinuous Knowledge Flows: A New Perspective on the Management of Knowledge and Innovation in MNCs, presented at the 27th Strategic Management Society Annual Meeting, San Diego, 14.10.-17.10.2007.
  • Brenner, B., & Ambos, B.: Swinging Back the Pendulum: Explaining the persistence of formal control mechanisms in MNCs, presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, 3.8.-8.8.2007.
  • Ambos, B., Ambos, T.: Knowledge Seeking FDI: An Examination of Firm- and Location-Specific Factors, presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, 3.8.-8.8.2007.
  • Brenner, B. & Ambos, B.: Control Mechanisms in MNCs Revisited: A Qualitative Investigation on Subsidiary Control, presented at the Academy of International Business Annual Conference, Indianapolis, 25.6.-28.6.2007.
  • Brenner, B., & Ambos, B.: Swinging Back the Pendulum: Explaining the persistence of formal control mechanisms in MNCs, presented at the Nordic Workshop, Traunsee, 9.5.-11.5.2007.
  • Ambos, B., Hakanson, L.: Cultural Distance Revisited, presented at the Nordic Workshop, Traunsee, 9.5.-11.5.2007.
  • Ambos, B., Knowledge Seeking FDI: An Examination of Firm- and Location-Specific Factors, presented at the Jahrestagung der Kommission Internationales Management, Vienna, 15.-16.2.2007
  • Ambos, B. & Schlegelmilch, B.: Sources of Competitive Advantage in Global Innovation Networks: Centers of Excellence versus Global Teams, presented at the 26th Strategic Management Society Annual Meeting, Vienna, 29.10.-1-11.2006.
  • Ambos, T. & Ambos, B.: Organizational Capabilities and the Effectiveness of Knowledge Flows within the Multinational Corporation, presented at the 26th Strategic Management Society Annual Meeting, Vienna, 29.10.-1-11.2006.
  • Ambos, T. & Ambos, B.: Knowledge Transfer Practices in MNCs: Enhancing the Speed of Knowledge Transfer, presented at the Academy of International Business Annual Conference, Beijing, 23.6.-26.6.2006
  • Ambos, T. & Ambos, B.: Organizational Capabilities and the Effectiveness of Knowledge Flows: The Impact of Distance within the Multinational Corporation, presented at the Academy of International Business Annual Conference, Beijing, 23.6.-26.6.2006
  • Schlegelmilch, B., Ambos, B.: Drivers of Regional Headquarters Formation within European Regions, presented at the AMA Winter Educators’ Conference, St. Petersburg, USA, 17.2.-20.2.2006.
  • Chini, T, & Ambos, B.: Choosing the dependent variable in empirical studies of intra-organizational knowledge flows, presented at the 31st annual EIBA Conference, Oslo, Norway.
  • Chini, T. & Ambos, B.: Knowledge Transfer Practices in MNCs: Enhancing the Speed of Knowledge Transfer, presented at the 31st annual EIBA Conference, Oslo, Norway.
  • Ambos, B. & Chini, T., B.: Multinationals’ Location Strategies in R&D: An Empirical Investigation, presented at the 25th Strategic Management Society Annual Meeting, Orlando, 23.-26.10.2005.
  • Chini, T. & Ambos, B.: Choosing the Dependent Variable in Empirical Studies on Knowledge Flows in MNCs, presented at the 25th Strategic Management Society Annual Meeting, Orlando, 23.-26.10.2005.
  • Chini, T, & Ambos, B.: Choosing the Dependent Variable in Empirical Studies on Knowledge Flows, presented at the 3rd Annual JIBS/CIBER Emerging Research in International Business Conference, Rotterdam, 28.9.-30.9.2005. *** Nominated for the JIBS Research Frontiers Award
  • Chini, T. & Ambos, B.: Capabilities, Cultural Distance and the Effectiveness of Knowledge Flows Within the MNC, conference paper, presented at the 2005 AOM meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii, 5.8.-10.8.2005 *** Included in the AoM Best Conference Paper Proceedings
  • Ambos, B. & Chini, C.: Revisiting Location Choice – A Replicate Extension of Kuemmerle’s Framework, conference paper, presented at 30th annual EIBA conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 5.12.-8.12.2004.
  • Ambos, B. & Schlegelmilch, B.: Managing Global R&D Networks: A Comparison of Organizational and Political Approaches to Control, conference paper, presented at 24th Strategic Management Society Annual Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 31.10.-3.11.2004. *** Nominated for the McKinsey/SMS Best Conference Paper Award

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