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 three fields of the IoMS

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»

we mainly operate in three different areas:


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


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

Executive Education

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


APE Manager of the Month April 2024

30. April 2024

We are excited to announce our “APE Manager of the Month” April 2024: Dr. Dominik Benner!

After studying business administration at the Universität St.Gallen (HSG) and at Insead Fontaineblau, Dr. Benner received his Dr. oec. HSG degree. Ever since he joined his family’s business in 2012, a variety of platforms such as “Schuhe24” and “Outfits24” have been created. With the most recent headline integration of fashionette, The Platform Group AG, of which Dr. Benner is Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO, has grown to the next level. We congratulate Dr. Benner to this remarkable success and are happy to announce him “APE Manager of the Month” April 2024!

New podcast online

2. April 2024

The new podcast from our competence center “Alliances, Platforms and Ecosystems” is online! In this episode, Prof. Dr. Nikolaus S. Lang from Boston Consulting Group (BCG) talks with Alexander Göritz from the competence center about geopolitical developments and their impact on bilateral agreements like Joint Ventures and on ecosystems.

We are at START24

21. March 2024

Reach for resilience, FailForward and dare to evolve – this year’s START Global Summit x Hack looks more than ever like an illustration of the University of St.Gallen’s brand promise: Experience the Competence Center “Alliances, Platforms & Ecosystems” and meet us at START Summit x Hack 2024: whether through academic study, research, teaching, training, forming partnerships, facilitating collaboration or networking – it is about realizing that the most successful and impactful ideas originate from academic roots. Our institution has been the cradle of numerous successful startups, well-known founders, and the START Summit, making it a unicorn in the European startup landscape.


We are looking for a Doctoral Candidate and/or Postdoctoral Researcher

7. March 2024

We are looking for a Doctoral Candidate and/or Postdoctoral Researcher 100 % (starting August 2024 or by mutual agreement).

The Chair of Professor Tomi Laamanen is seeking to hire a PhD Candidate and/or Postdoctoral Researcher who are motivated to assist and support the chair’s Master and PhD courses as well as to participate in the chair’s research and occasional practice projects. The topic area focus of the position is “Artificial Intelligence Strategy Processes with a specialization on M&A or Adaptive Strategy Implementation”.

Interested? More details here:


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.

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 & Ecosystems

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

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.

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.

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.