Institute of Management & Strategy at the University of St.Gallen (IoMS-HSG)

Welcome to our website! We are independently financed and positioned within the University of St.Gallen as the first point of contact for all aspects of strategic management.

A few facts about our institute

1. place SIM
in the world wide FT ranking

100+ Master degrees
per year

30+ Countries
of the students

10+ PhD fellows
at the institute

20+ Business cooperations
on different topics

The four fields of the IoMS

Unter dem Motto «We create and share knowledge in Strategic Management that is equally rigorous and relevant and
has a positive impact for academics, students, executives, and society at large»

operieren wir im Wesentlichen in vier verschiedenen Bereichen:


Find out more about our research activities, where predominantly scientific concepts are developed with the focus on the problem and the application.

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Discover our wide range of courses offered at bachelor, master and doctoral level.

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Executive Education

Learn about our executivce education programs in strategy, finance, general management and leadership.

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Strategy Lab

Get an overview of our cooperation with domestic and international companies of various industries.

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Ann-Kristin Zobel is winner of the 2022 Abbie Griffin High Impact Award

23. November 2022

Congratulations to Ann-Kristin Zobel winner of the 2022 Abbie Griffin High Impact Award, awarded to the paper with the greatest impact published five years earlier! Her paper, “Benefitting from Open Innovation: A Multidimensional Model of Absorptive Capacity” was selected by a special committee for this great honor.

Research Seminar on 20.10.2022

18. October 2022

Come and join our next research seminar with Prof. Maurizio Zollo, Professor of Strategy and Sustainability at Imperial College London.

Time: Thursday 20.10.2022 from 12.15 – approx. 1.30 pm
Location: Online, via Zoom
Title: The sustainability of business decisions and the development of related neuro-psychological dispositions can be influenced by meditative practice

If you want to join, please contact Prof. J. Peter Murmann for the link.

We are looking forward to this session!

We were there: 42nd Strategic Management Society Annual

29. September 2022

One week after the return of a group of our PostDocs and PhD students from the 42nd The Strategic Management Society AnnualConference, we are happy to share some impressions.

Dora Maric, Theresa Maria Seehofer, Alexander Göritz, Heinrich-Jakob Wild, Laura Weiss, Thomas Li, Sascha Mader, Stephan Ryf, Kata Isenring-Szabó, Joachim Stonig returned to Universität St.Gallen (HSG) full of new insights, research, contacts, and academic eagerness.

In london 🇬🇧, our representatives have successfully presented the #insights of their relentless research to a community of esteemed #StrategicManagement scholars. We are honoured and happy to find that our researchers’ contributions continue to bridge insight and impact across the world:

Dora Maric: coopetition and standard-setting in ecosystems, Joachim Stonig & Heinrich-Jakob Wild: incumbent adaption through platform creation, Laura Weiss: global city and the relevance of spatial heterogeneity, Thomas Li: emotions and its powers for accurate decision-making, Sascha Mader: revenue model diversification and venture growth, Stephan Ryf: more and less effective updating in organisational strategy work, Kata Isenring-Szabó: assessing post-pandemic firm performance with configurational methods

Das Richtige tun – Aufbruch zu einer menschlicheren Wirtschaft

12. September 2022

Wir freuen uns, Sie auf eine weitere Buchneuerscheinung hinzuweisen, die von Prof. Dr. Günter Müller-Stewens, Emeritus an unserem Institut, und Dr. Eva Bilhuber Galli, eine HSG-Alumna, verfasst wurde. Im Zentrum geht es darum, Führungskräfte dabei zu unterstützen, in komplexen Entscheidungssituationen Wege ausfindig zu machen, das Richtige zu tun. Unter dem Link findet sich bei den Medieninformationen Material in dem das Buch näher vorgestellt wird (Leseprobe, Video-Trailer usw.).

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Business management has undergone enormous change in recent years. In particular, framework conditions have been changed by technical and digital developments. Our institute has a total of 5 chairs and 6 competence centers focusing on various strategic topics.

Our Competence Centers

The IoMS focuses its research on the latest topics in business management. The aim is to offer the most up-to-date and useful knowledge both for society and for companies to respond to their challenges.

Global & Corporate Strategy

As globalization progresses, today’s top management places its holistic, global strategy at the center of its corporate mission.

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Mergers & Acquisitions

Mergers and acquisitions are an important engine of transformation in the global economy with significant influence on national and international production networks, market relations and competitive dynamics.

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Ecosystems & Platforms

Due to the advent of digital platforms, issues of cooperative strategies, both at the business, corporate and network levels, have again become increasingly important.

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Strategy Processes & Corporate Transformation

By identifying and defining new business processes that offer more efficient opportunities through digital technologies, new regulations, new markets, new customer profiles and new business practices, unique strategies can be formed.

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Innovative Business Models & Competitive Strategies

Through business model innovations, companies create and secure competitive advantages and adapt to the constant change.

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Circular Economy, Business Models & Sustainable Transformation

This Competence Center focuses on the promising alternative to today’s linearly functioning economic systems and presents a solution to the waste of resources and the creation of waste in the first place.

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The extensive range of courses offered at bachelor, master and doctoral level allows over 200 students per semester to build up comprehensive knowledge in the areas of strategic management, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. Our students benefit from close mentoring throughout the entire training process up to degree papers.

Curriculum - Overview
Degree papers - Open topics
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Executive Education

In addition to the high level of professional quality, our executive education programs impress with the exclusive network. The focus is always on personal contact with fellow students, speakers, executives or network partners. The heterogeneous field of participants from different industries promotes cross-industry and lasting contacts that will successfully contribute to your career.

Program overview

The Institute of Management and Strategy is the perfect choice for executive education programs in the areas of strategy, financen, general management and leadership. For many years, countless delighted participants have valued the high degree of practical relevance, the exclusive network and the renowned instructors.

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In-house executive education

We will accompany you in the development and implementation of executive education programs for executives and in the design of in-house academies. We evaluate your needs and develop a tailored concept for you.

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Strategy Lab

The Institute of Management and Strategy is the place at the University of St.Gallen where strategy in the corporate environment has been researched, taught and implemented with great passion and great success for over 60 years. Our roles range from a source of inspiration regarding future management challenges and a sparring partner for executives, to coaching and support for strategic initiatives or as an expert in strategic studies.

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