Prof. Ph.D.

Björn Ambos

Professor of Strategic Management

Björn Ambos is a chair holder and professor of strategic management, and Director of the Institute of Management & Strategy (IoMS-HSG) at the University of St. Gallen. Professor Ambos studied business administration at the University of Hamburg and Florida State University with a focus on international management and organization (degree in business administration, Dr. rer. pol.). In 2006 he received his habilitation from the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). Prior to his appointment at the HSG, Prof. Ambos taught and researched i.a. at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Hamburg, Bocconi University, Queens Universiy, Florida International University and Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Prof. Dr. Björn Ambos

Björn Ambos is Professor of Strategic Management and Director of the Institute of Management & Strategy (IoMS) at the University of St. Gallen. Professor Ambos studied business administration at the University of Hamburg and Florida State University with a focus on international management and organization (degree in business administration, Dr. rer. pol.). In 2006 he received his habilitation from the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Prior to his appointment at the HSG, Prof. Ambos taught and researched i.a. at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Hamburg, Bocconi University, Queens Universiy, Florida International University and Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Prof. Ambos conducts research into the topics of strategy, organization and innovation in multinational companies. In 2014, he was appointed Senior Editor of the Journal of World Business, and in 2015 he also became Senior Consulting Editor of the Global Strategy Journal. He also works for the editorial boards of the Strategic Management Journal, the Journal of International Management, the Management International Review and the Journal of International Business Studies. In addition, Prof. Ambos was a member of the Board of the European International Business Academy (EIBA) and held various positions within the Strategic Management Society. For example, in 2012 and 2015 he was Program Chairman of annual and thematic conferences of the Strategic Management Society in Prague and St. Gallen. Finally, Prof. Ambos was a scientific advisor to the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and worked as an expert within the framework of the EFI Expert Group of the German Bundestag.

Professor Ambos has several years of experience working in industry in international management positions in Vietnam, Italy, Paris and New York. The list of his research and consulting partners includes i.a. Astellas, Airbus, Federal Court of Justice, Die Presse, Eli Lilly, Ford, France Telecom, Helvetia, Hutchison 3G, Honda, Jungheinrich, JP Morgan, Kia Motors, L’Oreal, Nike, ÖVP, Pfizer , Porsche, Puma, Roland Berger, Royal Dutch Shell, die Rewe Group, das Royal Scottish National Orchestra, SAP, Siemens, Solvay, Unilever, Telekom Austria, Volkswagen and Villeroy & Boch.

The results of his research work were been published in numerous international journals like the International Business Review, Journal of International Management, the Journal of World Business, Long Range Planning, Management International Review, as well as in Organizational Science, Research Policy and the Strategic Management Journal. In the past ten years he has presented his scientific work in the form of articles and lectures at more than sixty universities and conferences.

Education

Year

Degree

University

2006 Venia docendi (Dr. habil.) Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
2001 Ph.D. in International Management University of Hamburg, Germany
1998 Degree in business administration (MA) University of Hamburg, Germany and Florida State University, USA
1994 Undergraduate degree (BA) University of Hamburg, Germany

Work experience

Year

Position

Organization

2011-2014 Visiting lecturer Queen’s University, UK
2009-2011 Visiting lecturer Bocconi University, Italy
2010 Visiting lecturer Florida International University, USA
2006-2012 Professor Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
2003-2006 Lecturer University of Edinburgh, UK
2001-2003 Assistant Professor Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
1998-2001 Research Assistant University of Hamburg, Germany
1992-1998 Product manager Rainbow Tours – A.S. Reiseveranstaltungsgesellschaft bmH in Paris, New York, Venice, South Africa and Vietnam

Awards

Year

Award

Awarding organization

2013 Best Paper Award of the International Management Division Academy of Management
2012 Runner Up: CEMS Course of the Year Award “Global Strategic Management” CEMS
2012 Finalist of the “Best Conference Paper Award”, Special Conference Singapore Strategic Management Society
2009 IMR International Marketing Award EIBA Annual Conference
2009 Best MBA Lecturer Vienna University of Economics and Business
2008 Course of the Year Award in “Global Strategic Management” CEMS
2007 Best Paper Award on Emerging Markets EIBA Annual Conference

Monographs

  • Ambos, B. & Schlegelmilch, B. (2010): The New Role of Regional Management, Palgrave McMillan.
  • Ambos, B. (2002): Internationales Forschungs- und Entwicklungsmanagement: Strategische Mandate, Koordination und Erfolg ausländischer Tochtergesellschaften, Wiesbaden: Gabler.

Books

  • Ambos, B. & Ambos T., Tallman, S. (2017): Global Strategic Management, Routledge.
  • Ambos T., Ambos, B. & Birkinshaw, J. (2016): Headquarters-Subsidiary Relationships. Emerald Publishing.

Articles in Journals

  • Beugelsdijk, S., Ambos, B. & Nell, P.C. (2018). Conceptualizing and measuring distance in international business research: Recurring questions and best practice guidelines. Journal of International Business Studies.
  • Ambos, T., Ambos, B., Eich, K.J., & Puck, J. (2016): Imbalance and Isolation: How Team Configurations Affect Global Knowledge Sharing. Journal of International Management
  • Hakanson, L., Ambos, B., Schuster, A., Leicht-Deobald, U. (2016): The Psychology of Psychic Distance: Antecedents of Asymmetric Perceptions. Journal of World Business
  • Rogbeer, S., Almahendra, R., Ambos, B. (2015). Open Innovation Effectiveness: When does the Macro-Design of Alliance Portfolios Matter?, Journal of International Management
  • Kunsich, S., Menz, M. & Ambos, B. (2015). Changes at Corporate Headquarters: A Review and Research Agenda, Journal of International Management Reviews
  • Almahendra, R. & Ambos, B. (2015). Exploration and Exploitation: A-20 Year Review Of Evolution and Reconceptualization, International Journal of Innovation Management
  • Hoenen, A., Nell, P. & Ambos, B. (2014): MNE Entreprenuerial Capabilities at Intermediate Levels: The Roles of External Embeddedness and Heterogeneous Environments, Long Range Planning, 47, 76-86.
  • Ambos, B. & Hakanson, L. (2014). The Concept of Distance in International Management Research, Journal of International Management, 20 (1), 1-7
  • Raab, K., Ambos, B. & Tallman, S. (2014): Strong or Invisible Hands? Managerial Involvement in the Knowledge Sharing Processes of Globally Dispersed Knowledge Groups, Journal of World Business. 49 (1), 32-41.
  • Brenner, B., & Ambos, B. (2013): A Question of Legitimacy? A Dynamic Perspective on MNC Control, Organization Science, 24 (3), 773-795.
  • Nell, P. & Ambos, B. (2013): Parenting Advantage in the MNC: An Embeddedness Perspective on the Value Added by Headquarters, Strategic Management Journal, 34 (9), 1086-1103.
  • Mahnke, V., Ambos, B., Nell, P. & Hobdari, B. (2012): How do Regional Headquarters influence corporate decisions in networked MNCs?, Journal of International Management, 18 (3), 293-301.
  • Nell, P., Ambos, B., Schlegelmilch, B.B. (2011): The MNC as an externally embedded organization: An investigation of embeddedness overlap in local subsidiary networks, Journal of World Business, 46 (4) 497-505.
  • Ambos, B., Asakawa, K. & Ambos T. (2011): A Dynamic Perspective on Subsidiary Autonomy, Global Strategy Journal, 1 (2), 301-316
  • Ambos, B. & Ambos, T. (2011): Meeting the challenge of offshoring R&D: an examination of firm- and location-specific factors, R&D Management, 41 (2), 107-119.
  • Ambos, B. & Mahnke, V. (2010): How do MNC Headquarters Add Value?, Management International Review, 50 (4), 403-412.
  • Håkanson, L. & Ambos, B. (2010): The Antecedents of Psychic Distance, Journal of International Management. 16 (3), 195-210.
  • Tran, Y., Mahnke, V. & Ambos, B. (2010): The Effect of Quality, Quantity and Timing of Headquarters-Initiated Knowledge Flows on Subsidiary Performance, Management International Review, 50 (4), 50, 4, 493-511.
  • Ambos, T., Schlegelmilch, B, Ambos, B. & Brenner, B. (2009): Functional and Divisional Tensions in the Internationalization Process of Banks: The Case of Unicredit in CEE, Long Range Planning, 42, 633-653.
  • Ambos, T. & Ambos, B. (2009): Organizational Capabilities and the Effectiveness of Knowledge Flows within Multinational Corporations, Journal of International Management. Vol. 15 (1), pp. 1-15.
  • Ambos, B. & Ambos, T. (2009): Location Choice, Management and Performance of International R&D Investments in Peripheral Economies, International Journal of Technology Management. Vol. 48 (1), pp. 24-41.
  • Brenner, B. & Ambos, B. (2009): Dynamics in foreign markets – a study of strategic control in CEE. Marketing Review St. Gallen, pp. 28-32.
  • Ambos, B. & Schlegelmilch, B. (2008): Innovation in Multinational Firms: Is there a Fit between Culture and Performance?, Management International Review, Vol 48., No 2., pp. 189-206.
  • Ambos, B. & Schlegelmilch, B. (2007): Innovation and Control in the Multinational Firm: Political and Contingency Approaches, Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 28, pp. 473-486.
  • Ambos, T., Ambos, B. & Schlegelmilch, B. (2006): Learning from Foreign Subsidiaries: An Empirical Investigation of Headquarters’ Benefits from Reverse Knowledge Transfers, International Business Review, Vol. 15 (3), pp. 294-312.
  • Ambos, B. (2005): Foreign Direct Investment in Industrial Research and Development: A Study of German MNCs, Research Policy, Vol. 34, No 4, pp. 395-410
  • Ambos, B. & Schlegelmilch, B. (2005): In Search for Global Advantage, European Business Forum, Issue 21, Spring 2005, pp. 23-24.
  • Chini, T., Ambos, B. & Wehle, K. (2005): The Headquarters-Subsidiary Trench: Tracing Perception Gaps within the Multinational Corporation, European Management Journal, Vol. 23, No 2, pp. 145-153.
  • Ambos, B. & Reitsperger, W. (2004): Offshore Centers of Excellence: Social Control and Success, Management International Review, Special Issue, Vol. 44, No. 2, pp. 51-65
  • Ambôs, B. & Schlegelmilch, B. (2004): The Use of International R&D Teams – An Empirical Investigation of Selected Contingency Factors, Journal of World Business, Vol. 39, No. 1, pp. 37-48
  • Schlegelmilch, B. & Ambos, B. (2004): Multi-Utility: Strategic Option in deregulated markets? An Empirical Assessment Using Conjoint Measures, Journal of Strategic Marketing, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 57-68
  • Schlegelmilch, B. & Ambos, B., Chini, T. (2003): Mercati globali, ‘reverse knowledge’ e Corporate Governance, Symphonya Emerging Issues in Management, 2, pp. 1-7.
  • Schlegelmilch, B. & Ambos, B., Chini, T. (2003): Are you ready to learn from your offshore affiliates?, European Business Forum, Issue 16, Winter 2003/4, pp. 50-54

Book sections

  • Dow, D., Ambos, B. & Hakanson, L. (2014): A Mediating Model of Psychic Distance and FDI Market Selection, Progress in International Business Research. Verbeke, A. (ed).
  • Nell, P.; Andersson, U. & Ambos, B. (2013): “Redundancies in External Relationships of Multinational Corporations – A Firm-Level Conceptual Model” in Cook, G., Johns, J. (eds.): “The Changing Geography of International Business”, Vol. 20, Houndmills, Basingstoke, U.K.: Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Nell, P., Ambos, B. (2011): Global Pharma – Das Ende eines erfolgreichen Business Models?, in: J. Zentis, B. Swoboda, Morschett, D. (Eds.), Fallstudien zum Internationalen Management: 4th Ed., Gabler, in press.
  • Nell, P. C.; Ambos, B.; Schlegelmilch, B.B. (2011): “The benefits of hierarchy? – Exploring the Effects of Regional Headquarters in Multinational Corporations”. in Asmussen, C., Pedersen, T., Devinney, T., Tihanyi, L. Advances in International Management, 24, 85-106.
  • Nell, P., Ambos, B. (2008): Pfizer und die Globale Pharmaindustrie, in: J. Zentis and B. Swoboda (Ed.), Fallstudien zum Internationalen Management: Gabler, 818-839.
  • Ambos, B., Ambos, T., Raab, K. (2008): Auf der Suche nach Wissen: Eine Empirische Analyse von Ausländischen Direktinvestitionen in F&E, in: R. Moser (Ed.), Tagungsband der Kommission IM, Deutscher Unversitätsverlag. 143-161.
  • Ambos, B. & Ambos, T. (2007): Outside the Triad: An Examination of International R&D Investments within Peripheral Economies, in: R. Narula and G. Benito (Eds.), Multinationals on the Periphery, Palgrave Macmillan. 188-205.
  • Ambos, B. & Ambos, T. (2007): Organizing for Discontinuous Knowledge Flows: A New Perspective on the Management of Knowledge and Innovation in MNCs, in: S. Tallman (Ed.), A new Generation in International Strategic Management, Edgar, 142-161.
  • Chini, T. & Ambos, B. (2006): Knowledge Transfer Practices in MNCs: Enhancing the Speed of Knowledge Transfer, in: M. Geppert and M. Mayer (Eds.), Global, National and Local Practices in Multinational Corporations, Palgrave Macmillan, 146-163.
  • Ambos, B. et al. (2000): Interkulturelle Kompetenz an Hamburger Hochschulen, in: A. Windisch (Ed.), Hochschuldidaktische Arbeitspapiere, Hamburg, pp. 141-158.
  • Reitsperger, W.; Buhk, P.; Ambos, B. (1998): Auswirkung der Anti-Diskriminierungsgesetzgebung in den USA auf die Personalbeschaffung und –auswahl, in: Kumar/Wagner (Eds.), Handbuch für Internationales Personalmanagement, Munich: Beck Verlag, pp. 335-372.

Other publications

  • Schuster, A. & Ambos, B. (2013): I Feel Close to You, Don’t you? Antecedents of Psychic Distance Asymmetry, AoM Best Conference Paper Proceedings
  • Villanueva-Weinzierl,G., Schlegelmilch, B. & Ambos, B. (2013): Puma Prague – Learning from the Sports Shoe Industry, WU Vienna Case Series. REF 0007/2013
  • Brenner, B., Ambos, B. & Schlegelmilch, B (2013): Inside the Nike Matrix, WU Vienna Case Series. REF 0001/2013
  • Nell, P., Ambos, B. (2011). Fallstudienlösung “Global Pharma – Das Ende eines Erfolgreichen Business Models?”. Zentes, J., Swoboda, B., Morschett, D. (eds.), “Fallstudien zum Internationalen Management”, 4. Auflage, Gabler Verlag, Wiesbaden.
  • Nell, P., Ambos, B. (2009). Pfizer and the Challenges of the Global Pharmaceutical Industry. Case Study. Copenhagen Business School, published via ECCH.
  • Nell, P., Ambos, B. (2008). Fallstudienlösung “Pfizer und die globale Pharmaindustrie”. Zentes, J., Swoboda, B., Morschett, D. (eds.), “Fallstudien zum Internationalen Management”, 3. Auflage, Gabler Verlag, Wiesbaden.
  • Chini, T. & Ambos, B. (2005): Capabilities, Cultural Distance and the Effectiveness of Knowledge Flows Within the MNC, AoM Best Conference Paper Proceedings
  • Ambos, B. (2001): Management ausländischer FuE Einheiten in deutschen Unternehmen: Ergebnisse einer empirischen Studie, Company Report: Universität Hamburg.

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