Institute of Management & Strategy
of 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:


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in the FT ranking


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in the QS ranking


Master degrees

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of the students


PhD fellows

at the Institute


Business cooperations

on different topics

The four fields of the IoMS

We essentially operate in four different areas under the 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”:


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


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

Executive Education

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

Strategy Lab

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


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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 4 chairs and 6 competence centers focusing on various strategic topics.

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.

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.

Alliances, Platforms and Eco-Systems

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

Innovative Business Models & Competitive Strategies

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

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.

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.


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.


Get an overview of the current course portfolio based on current research results and characterized by a high practical relevance.

Bachelor and Master Theses

At the IoMS, students can write bachelor and master theses on research-related topics. Find out about open topics and contact us if you are interested.

Doctoral studies at the IoMS

The doctoral program will prepare you for an academic career or for academic work in practical working life. More information about the structure of the doctoral program and about our PhD students.

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.

Open Executive Education Programs

The Institute of Management & Strategy is the perfect choice for executive education in the domains of strategy, finance, leadership and general management. 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 production 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 & Strategy (IoMS) is the place at the University of St. Gallen where strategy has been researched, taught and implemented in the corporate environment for over 60 years and with much passion and great success. Our roles range from being a source of inspiration with regard to future management challenges and a sparring partner for executives to providing coaching and support for strategic initiatives or being an expert at conducting strategic studies.

Learn more about our services