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About us

What we stand for, where we come from and who we are.

Strategy and Vision

Our 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”

Our Commitment

The guiding star we follow

We create and share most up-to-date knowledge in strategic management, which is equally profound, relevant and has a positive impact on graduates, students, management and society as a whole.

Our benefit promise to stakeholders

  1. Research
  2. Teaching
  3. Continuing education
  4. Business cooperations
  5. Management function
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Medium-term strategic and financial objectives

Self-financed and positioned within the University of St.Gallen as the first point of contact for all aspects of strategic management.

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What we stand for

  1. Excellent quality in everything we do
  2. Reliability and personal responsibility
  3. Initiative and creativity in finding solutions
  4. Integrity and protection of intellectual capital
  5. Respect and support of our employees’ work and development
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Facts and Stories

Take a journey back in time through the history of the IoMS. Ever since it was established in 1953, strategic management, organizational theory and design, and financial management have been among the core fields of the IoMS.

In the context of freedom of our society and economy, the issue of what should be understood by desired progress is aggravated.

On September 17, 2004, about 50 years following the establishment of the Institute, about 150 former and current employees of the IfB met for the anniversary conference in St. Gallen. The main focus was on the following questions: What do former and current employees of the IfB perceive today, 50 years after the establishment of the institute, as key issues and future challenges in management? Inspired by two keynote presentations by Professor Dr. Peter Ulrich and Dr. Beat Kappeler, extremely diverse, controversial and highly engaged discussions on such topical issues like management of uncertainty and change, corporate responsibility to society, social justice, progress and innovation through ongoing scientific achievements broke out.

In the future, the IfB will endeavor to make a valuable contribution to the analysis and design of challenges and trends for entrepreneurs and managers by means od the research, teaching and continuing education program as well as through close cooperation with companies.

Today, the IfB research activities are aimed at corporate strategy and governance, organization theory, corporate acquisitions and alliances, as well as systems methodology and competition theory.

The establishment of international relations predominantly in the Anglo-Saxon, Scandinavian and Asian regions was of crucial importance.

The conference on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the IfB in 1994 was dedicated to the successful mastering of entrepreneurial change. This particular topic should also become the characterizing program of the IfB, as far as the institute development in the following years is concerned. As a result, the establishment of international relations predominantly in the Anglo-Saxon, Scandinavian and Asian regions was of crucial importance. In 1995, for example, several American colleagues were invited to St. Gallen, while the institute management itself traveled to Japan to establish contacts with Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo. Similar contacts have been established with the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and the Warwick Business School (University of Warwick, Coventry/UK. These contacts could be purposefully used in the following years to attract several internationally leading scholars as guest professors and lectures at the HSG in St. Gallen to represent a tremendous enrichment for research and teaching.

Intensive cooperation with foreign colleagues being guest professors and lectures has meanwhile become an integral part of the IfB’s research culture and study offer, just like vice versa: the IfB lecturers have repeatedly been guest professors at Anglo-Saxon universities, e.g. in 2000 at the Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Since 1998, the «The IfB Annual Report» has also been published in two languages: German and English. In 1999, one fifth of all new publications by IfB researchers were in English. And since 2000, due to the increasing globalization of business and research, the IfB is increasingly focusing on the German-speaking world in all three areas of activity: research, teaching and continuing education.

In the context of freedom of our society and economy, the issue of what should be understood by desired progress is aggravated.

On September 17, 2004, about 50 years following the establishment of the Institute, about 150 former and current employees of the IfB met for the anniversary conference in St. Gallen. The main focus was on the following questions: What do former and current employees of the IfB perceive today, 50 years after the establishment of the institute, as key issues and future challenges in management? Inspired by two keynote presentations by Professor Dr. Peter Ulrich and Dr. Beat Kappeler, extremely diverse, controversial and highly engaged discussions on such topical issues like management of uncertainty and change, corporate responsibility to society, social justice, progress and innovation through ongoing scientific achievements broke out.

In the future, the IfB will endeavor to make a valuable contribution to the analysis and design of challenges and trends for entrepreneurs and managers by means od the research, teaching and continuing education program as well as through close cooperation with companies.

Today, the IfB research activities are aimed at corporate strategy and governance, organization theory, corporate acquisitions and alliances, as well as systems methodology and competition theory.

The establishment of international relations predominantly in the Anglo-Saxon, Scandinavian and Asian regions was of crucial importance.

The conference on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the IfB in 1994 was dedicated to the successful mastering of entrepreneurial change. This particular topic should also become the characterizing program of the IfB, as far as the institute development in the following years is concerned. As a result, the establishment of international relations predominantly in the Anglo-Saxon, Scandinavian and Asian regions was of crucial importance. In 1995, for example, several American colleagues were invited to St. Gallen, while the institute management itself traveled to Japan to establish contacts with Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo. Similar contacts have been established with the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and the Warwick Business School (University of Warwick, Coventry/UK. These contacts could be purposefully used in the following years to attract several internationally leading scholars as guest professors and lectures at the HSG in St. Gallen to represent a tremendous enrichment for research and teaching.

Intensive cooperation with foreign colleagues being guest professors and lectures has meanwhile become an integral part of the IfB’s research culture and study offer, just like vice versa: the IfB lecturers have repeatedly been guest professors at Anglo-Saxon universities, e.g. in 2000 at the Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Since 1998, the «The IfB Annual Report» has also been published in two languages: German and English. In 1999, one fifth of all new publications by IfB researchers were in English. And since 2000, due to the increasing globalization of business and research, the IfB is increasingly focusing on the German-speaking world in all three areas of activity: research, teaching and continuing education.

The aim was to consistently develop the system-oriented management approach to integrated management.

In the eighties, the number of students at the University of St. Gallen increased enormously. “The wave of the baby boomer generation sweeps over the University with undiminished force”, it was said in 1984. And already in 1985, this wave developed into a flood tide. In 1987, the recording 3,500 students were enrolled at the University, which was a tenfold increase compared to the founding times of the IfB.

At the end of eighties, the University reacted energetically to this growing number of students and expanded the teaching staff consistently. However, this growth step not only led to less work for the lecturers and better supervision of the students. It was also accompanied, as often happens when institutions grow, by a growing differentiation and specialization of professional profiles of the newly selected lecturers, and did not stop at the Institute’s environment. The Department of Human Resources and Leadership of the IfB headed by Professor Dr. Rolf Wunderer has been merged into the Research Center for Human Resource Management and Leadership, which was completely outsourced from the institute in 1988 and expanded to become the independent Institute for Leadership and Human Resource Management (I.FPM-HSG). Likewise, with the resignation of Professor Hans Siegwart, who was Rector of the HSG from 1974 to 1978, the accounting professorship he was responsible for did not integrate with the IfB but with the Institute for Accounting Control and Auditing (ACA-HSG). The same scenario unfolded in relation to the Research Center for International Management (FIM-HSG) founded by Professor Emil Brauchlin. After the resignation of Professor Dr. Robert Staerkle and as a result of spin-offs, the chair of Leadership doubled and was staffed with Professor Dr. Peter Gomez and Professor Dr. Günter Müller-Stewens. At the same time, under the supervision of Professor Dr. Thomas Dyllick-Brenzinger (currently Vice-rector of the HSG) the Department of Environmentally Conscious Management was founded at the IfB, which then transferred in 1995 to the newly-founded Institute for Economy and Ecology (IWÖ-HSG).

Finally, this era of the development of the Institute was characterized by very strong growth, new topics development and an increasing specialization and subject-specific differentiation as well as the institutional spin-off of various topics.

Already at that time, Hans Ulrich postulated the development of a management philosophy that, in addition to purely economic objectives, would have to contain fundamental statements on social responsibility.

In 1979/80, the main focus was on the 25th anniversary of the IfB which gave reason to review the successes of the past years. The Institute could look back on more than 1,000 successful consulting assignments, on hundreds of conferences and seminars with more than 10,000 attendees. About 200,000 copies of more than 200 titles of the Institute’s own publications, books and brochures, had been distributed. Licensed editions were published in French, Italian, Spanish and Dutch. The Institute’s services have gained widespread acceptance both in the Swiss and foreign economy.

The Institute’s own research in human resources management, corporate organization, finance and accounting, decision-making methods, operations research and corporate policy, and especially its independent research approach of a system-oriented management theory received international recognition.

Following the tradition of the IfB, it was very important to prudently put into practice the innovative management approach – the idea of management as a way of coping with complexity.

After just a few years under Professor Dr. Hans Ulrich’s corporate management, the Institute for Business Management had become the largest university institute of the HSG in terms of staff and funding: in 1964, it already had nine lecturers and thirty other employees. At that time, the annual budget exceeded 3.2 million Swiss francs with most of the expenditure being covered by the Institute’s self-generated revenue. At the end of this first epoch, about 400 figures and enterprises participated in the sponsorship company that supported the institute with considerable annual contributions. The consulting work under the leadership of Professor Dr. Hans Siegwart who had taken this role over from Dr. Hans Ulrich Baumberger and later under the leadership of Ernst Nauer was carried out in the areas of organization, planning, staff and accounting. The consultancy services were also increasingly used by foreign clients. The first ten-day business seminar led by Professor Dr. Robert Staerkle was given in 1964, and today it still plays a key role among the seminars conducted by the IfB. Starting from 1967, the activities of the institute have shifted more to education, training and research.

The Institute aimed at close integration of scientific methods and practical, application-oriented issues

After the end of the war, a long-lasting period of growth and differentiation began for the former St. Gallen College of Commerce. Strong and sustained economic growth as a result of post-war reconstruction led to rapidly growing numbers of students mastering in business management. At the same time, efforts were made in Switzerland to systematically anchor business management and more technologically oriented management sciences at Swiss universities. In such a manner, the present University of St. Gallen was founded in 1898 by the then St Galler textile entrepreneurs as a commercial academy with great foresightedness and also out of their descendants’ direct self-interest in qualified education. Accordingly, it exhibited an unambiguous emphasis and developed in 1911 into the St. Gallen Commercial College (HHS). Only in 1938, forty years after its founding, it received the right to award doctorates essential for a university.

The highest body of the Institute for Business Management was, and still is, the Executive Committee consisting of Business Department professors, a representative of the sponsorship company and the Director of the Institute.

The original research content included business organization, human resources, quantitative methods (accounting, data processing, operations research), business planning, sales, corporate management and corporate policy. Publication activities of the IfB were focused on concise publications that directly addressed the practice of interest.

‘The Institute aimed at close integration of scientific methods and practical, application-oriented issues’

After the end of the war, a long-lasting period of growth and differentiation began for the former St. Gallen College of Commerce. Strong and sustained economic growth as a result of post-war reconstruction led to rapidly growing numbers of students mastering in business management. At the same time, efforts were made in Switzerland to systematically anchor business management and more technologically oriented management sciences at Swiss universities. In such a manner, the present University of St. Gallen was founded in 1898 by the then St Galler textile entrepreneurs as a commercial academy with great foresightedness and also out of their descendants’ direct self-interest in qualified education. Accordingly, it exhibited an unambiguous emphasis and developed in 1911 into the St. Gallen Commercial College (HHS). Only in 1938, forty years after its founding, it received the right to award doctorates essential for a university.

The highest body of the Institute for Business Management was, and still is, the Executive Committee consisting of Business Department professors, a representative of the sponsorship company and the Director of the Institute.

The original research content included business organization, human resources, quantitative methods (accounting, data processing, operations research), business planning, sales, corporate management and corporate policy. Publication activities of the IfB were focused on concise publications that directly addressed the practice of interest.

Team

Isabel Alpers

M.Sc.
PhD Candidate, Research Associate

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+41 71 224 39 05

Björn Ambos

Prof. Ph.D.
Professor of Strategic Management

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+41 71 224 76 10

Erdinc Aras

M.Sc.
PhD student, Research Project Member

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Omid Aschari

Prof. Dr.
Adjunct Professor and Senior Lecturer of Strategic Management

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+41 71 224 7603

Di Bian

M.Sc.
PhD student, Research Associate

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+41 71 224 27 56

Franziska Cadonau

Project Manager IoMS Executive Education

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+41 71 224 39 22

Maximilian Dexheimer

M.A. HSG
PhD Candidate, Research Associate

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+41 71 224 71 08

Brigitte Häfliger

Project Manager IoMS Executive Education

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+41 71 224 23 26

Gunnar Hauptmann

M.A. HSG
PhD Candidate, Research Associate

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+41 71 224 76 11

Susanne Hoare-Widmer

Human Resources, IT Administration, Services

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+41 71 224 23 59

Victoria Keel

Project Manager IoMS Executive Education

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+41 71 224 76 15

Anja Koller-Zihlmann

Back Office Executive Education IoMS

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+41 71 224 23 69

Tomi Laamanen

Prof. Dr. Dr.
Professor of Strategic Management

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+41 71 224 23 63

Christoph Lechner

Prof. Dr.
Professor of Strategic Management

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+41 71 224 39 03

Nina Luber

M.Sc.
Marketing & Communication Manager

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+41 71 224 23 69

Johannes Luger

Prof. Dr.
Affiliated researcher

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Boryana Milova

Executive Assistant to the Managing Director, SIM-HSG

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Günter Müller-Stewens

Prof. em. Dr.
Professor em. of Management

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J. Peter Murmann

Prof. Ph.D.
Professor of Strategic Management

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Thorsten Reiter

MIB, M.Sc.
PhD Candidate, Research Associate

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Anne Rickelt

M.Sc.
PhD Candidate, Research Project Member

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+41 71 224 23 54

Nadine Eve Rusch-Schenker

M.Sc.
Executive Director Master in Business Management (MUG-HSG) & PhD Candidate Chair Prof. Christoph Lechner

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+41 71 224 39 04

Torsten Schmid

Prof. Dr.
Assistant Professor for Qualitative Methods

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+41 71 224 25 07

Markus Schwaninger

Prof. em. Dr.
Professor em. of Management

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+41 71 224 23 82

Volker Stadlmüller

Vice Director Institute of Management & Strategy (IoMS), Director Executive Education

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Joachim Stonig

M.A. HSG
PhD Candidate & Research Associate

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+41 71 224 76 19

Fabian Takacs

M.A.
PhD Candidate & Research Associate

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Annelies Van Herck

SIM-HSG Manager & Deputy Director

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+41 71 224 24 55

Marisa Waldburger

Accounting & Administration Support

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Alexander Wallot

M.Sc.
PhD Candidate, Research Associate

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