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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Research Seminar on 08.12.2022

6. December 2022

Come and join our next research seminar with Prof. Giada Di Stefano, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Strategy at Bocconi University.

Time: Thursday 08.12.2022 from 12.15 – approx. 1.30 pm
Location: Room A 24-4-218 or online via Zoom
Title: Burying the hatchet? Collaboration, competition, and the performance effects of diversity

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

We are looking forward to this session!

Warum es so schwer ist, in unserer Wirtschaft menschlich zu handeln

5. December 2022

Viele rufen nach einer menschlicheren Wirtschaft. Einem humaneren, sozialeren Kapitalismus. Aber wie sollte dieser aussehen? Und was beinhaltet eigentlich ein menschlicheres wirtschaftliches Handeln? Lesen Sie selbst in diesem Beitrag von Eva Bilhuber Gali und Günter Müller-Stewens.

Sabine Keller-Busse zu Besuch in unserem Bachelor-Kurs

1. December 2022

Gestern hatten wir in unserem #Bachelor Kurs „Strategisches Management“ einen ganz besonderen Gast: Sabine Keller-Busse. Sie ist nicht nur #Alumna der Universität St.Gallen (HSG), sondern auch Teil des Group Executive Board der UBS Group AG, Präsidentin des Personal & Corporate Banking, Präsidentin des Executive Boards der UBS Schweiz AG und Präsidentin der UBS Schweiz.
In Ihrer Präsentation stellte Frau Keller-Busse die UBS den Studierenden aus einer #strategischen Perspektive vor und eröffnete anschliessend eine lebhafte Q&A Session.
Wir freuen uns sehr, Sabine Keller-Busse auf dem Campus der Universität St.Gallen begrüssen zu dürfen und hoffen auf ein baldiges Wiedersehen.

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.

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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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