Institute for Business Management
of the University of St.Gallen (IfB-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:


SIM’s place

in the FT ranking


MBM’s place

in the QS ranking


Master degrees

per year



of the students


PhD fellows

at the Institute


Business cooperations

on different topics

The four fields of the IfB

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.

Continuing education

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

Strategy Lab

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


“I do not think there will be a back-to-normal”

8. February 2021

“I do not think there will be a back-to-normal”. Have a look at this interesting interview with Prof. Dr. Günter Müller-Stewens in which he reflects on his new book «The New Strategist”. Strategizing in times of uncertainty, on organizational resilience, purpose and how to keep an open mindset, yet have the courage to stand up for own values.

A Step Toward Making Your Company More Sustainable

14. January 2021

What would you do differently today if you were responsible for taking back all the products you sold? To tackle urgent planetary challenges such as resource depletion and climate change, we need to fundamentally rethink the way we do business in industrialized systems. Have a look at the new article in the Harvard Business Review from Prof. Karolin Frankenberger and Fabian Takacs showing how companies can become more sustainable.

Wir suchen Verstärkung im MUG-Team!

17. December 2020

Wir suchen Verstärkung im MUG-Team: Administrative/r Leiter/in Master in Unternehmensführung MUG – 75% (befristet, ab 01.05.2021 bis 31.08.2021).

Jetzt bewerben! Wir freuen uns :-)

Wir suchen Verstärkung!

16. November 2020

Wir suchen eine(n) Koordinator/in im Master in Unternehmensführung (MUG)/ Doktorand/in (m/w/d) mit einem Pensum von 70% ab dem 1. Dezember 2020.

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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 3 chairs and 5 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 & 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.

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.

Innovative Business Models & Competitive Strategies

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

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.

Degree papers

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

Doctorate 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.

Continuing education

In addition to the high level of professional quality, our continuing 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.

Public continuing education program

The Institute for Business Management is the perfect choice for continuing 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 continuing education

We will accompany you in the production and implementation of continuing 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