Prof. Dr. Dr.

Tomi Laamanen

Professor of Strategic Management

Tomi Laamanen is chair holder and professor of strategic management, and Director of the Institute of Management & Strategy (IoMS) at the University of St. Gallen. Tomi Laamanen holds PhDs in Finance and Strategy and until his appointment at the HSG in 2011, he served as Managing Director of the Strategy Institute of Aalto University in Finland and was a visiting professor at St.Petersburg State University. Tomi is Academic Director of the Master Program in Strategy and International Management (SIM) and of the PhD Program in General Management. He is a board member and treasurer of the Strategic Management Society, editor-in-chief of the Long Range Planning journal and editorial board member of many other journals. Being a member of the supervisory board and strategy consultant, he cooperates with international companies in various industries.

Prof. Dr. Tomi Laamanen

Tomi Laamanen is Chair of Strategic Management, Director of the Institute of Management & Strategy (IoMS), Director of the PhD Program in General Management and Academic Director of the Master Program in Strategy and International Management (SIM) at the University of St. Gallen. Previously, he was Professor of Strategic Management and Director of the Institute of Strategy at Aalto University (1997-2011), Dean of the Faculty of Management (TKK, Tuotantotalous) (2001-2002) and visiting professor at the University of St. Gallen and the Graduate School of Management (GSOM) of St.Petersburg State University (2011-2013). Tomi Laamanen holds doctoral degrees in strategy and finance.Tomi Laamanen conducts research in the field of strategic management. Special emphasis is placed on mergers and acquisitions, particularly on acquisition programs and series buyer and strategy processes, managerial cognition and capability dynamics. Professor Laamanen’s works were published in leading international journals like the Strategic Management Journal, the Journal of Management, the Journal of International Business Studies, the Journal of Management Studies, the Academy of Management Learning and Education, the Research Policy, the Long Range Planning and the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, Strategic Organization and Harvard Business Review.Tomi Laamanen is Editor-in-Chief of Long Range Planning (2016–present), former Associate Editor of the Strategic Management Journal (2009-2015) and a member of editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Discoveries, the Journal of Management and the Strategic Management Journal. He also initiated and edited three special editions; on “Strategy Processes and Practices” in the Strategic Management Journal (2018), on “Business Models, Ecosystems, and Society in the Sharing Economy” at the Academy of Management Discoveries (2018), and on “Dispersion of Corporate Headquarters in Contemporary Firms” in the Journal of Management Studies (2017).As for strategic consulting, Professor Laamanen worked with companies of various industries as chairman, board member, consultant or strategy coach. He was chairman of five companies, including the listed SSH Communications Security Corporation (2002-2009: NASDAQ: SSH) and a board member in five other companies, including Helsinki’s second largest retail bank. Among the companies he worked with are ABB, Aldata Solution Oyj, Alma Media Oyj, Audi AG, Cable & Wireless Plc, Credit Suisse AG, Deltagon Oy, Electrobit Oyj, Elisa Oyj, Eltel Oy, Emtele Oy , Fortum Oyj, Fresenius SE, Forbo AG, Halton Oy, Helsingin OP Pankki Oyj, Honkarakenne Oyj, KPMG Finland and Switzerland, Kesko Oyj, Lemminkäinen Oyj, LähiTapiola, Metso Oyj, Nokia Oyj, Nokia Siemens Networks, Orion Oyj, Ponsse Oyj, Pöyry Oyj, Sanoma Oyj, SSH Communications Security, Teliasonera Oyj, TÜV-SÜD AG, UPM Kymmene Oyj, Wärtsilä Oyj and YIT Oyj.Particular focus in his applied research was on the Swiss private banking industry. Cooperation with KPMG resulted in seven studies that documented the state of private banking in Switzerland.Tomi Laamanen is a member of the senior management, a Board Member and Treasurer of the Strategic Management Society. He led two special conferences of the Strategic Management Society (in Lapland and St. Gallen), managed the Strategy Research Fund (SRF), the Strategy Process Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society, and the Strategic Activities and Practices (SAP) Interest Group of the Academy of Management. He is also former Chairman of the Strategic Management Interest Group of the European Academy of Management (2013-2017).

Education

Degree

University

Ph.D. in financeSchool of Economics & Business, Aalto University, Finland
Ph.D. in strategySchool of Science, Department of Management, Aalto University, Finland
M.Sc. in financeSchool of Economics & Business, Aalto University, Finland
M.Sc. in strategySchool of Science, Department of Management, Aalto University, Finland

Work experience

Year

Position

University

2011-2013Visiting ProfessorSt. Petersburg State University, Russia
1997-2011Director of the Institute of ManagementAalto University, Finland
1997-2011Professor of the Institute for Strategic ManagementAalto University, Finland
2001-2002Head of Management DepartmentAalto University, Finland

Awards

Award

Awarding organization

Distinguished Service Award for the role as the chair of the Strategic Management Interest GroupEuropean Academy of Management
Distinguished Service Award at the Strategic Management SocietyStrategic Process Interest Group
Distinguished Service Award for the role as the chair of the Strategizing Activities and Practices Interest GroupAcademy of Management
Best Teacher Award of the yearAalto Executive Education
Best Teacher Award of the yearDepartment of Industrial Management of the Aalto School of Science of Aalto University
Outstanding Reviewer Awards. Managerial and Organizational Cognition division, the Business Policy and Strategy division, and the Organizational and Management Theory division in multiple years.Academy of Management
Best Paper Runner-Up at the Strategic Management Society ConferenceStrategic Management Society
Co-Author of several Strategic Management Society PhD Student Best Paper AwardsStrategic Management Society

Alexander Wallot

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Anne Rickelt

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Di Bian

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Kata Isenring-Szabó

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Xena Welch Guerra

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