Competence Center Global and Corporate Strategy

In the past 30 years, the advancing globalization is one of the most central topics among top management of companies. However, companies and their global value chains are under increasing pressure: growing government regulations, Britain’s exit from the European Union, punitive tariffs, increasing migration and the new trade powers of China and India are just a few of the issues companies face worldwide.

In addition, technological change towards digitized value creation and the ability to market globally at lower costs are always raising new issues. We address these challenges with our research work at the Competence Center for Global & Corporate Strategy.

Current research projects explore how companies categorize opportunities and threats as a result of environmental change, deal with uncertainty, respond to new competitors from China and India, how resources affect the scope and connectivity of a company with business segments, how the composition of resources affects the results of mergers and acquisitions, how diversified companies are managed most effectively, and why and when a sale becomes feasible.

Competence Center Management

Prof. Dr. Björn Ambos

Björn Ambos is a chair holder and professor of strategic management at the University of St.Gallen. He holds a degree in business administration from the University of Hamburg and Florida State University, a degree in business administration and the title of Doctor of International Management from the University of Hamburg. Prof. Ambos received his habilitation at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Previously, he was a guest professor at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Hamburg, Bocconi University, Florida International University and Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Prof. Dr.  Christoph Lechner

Christoph Lechner is Director at the Institute of Management & Strategy (IoMS) and holds the chair for strategic management at the University of St. Gallen. In addition to his academic duties, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Helvetia (insurance). He was Vice President of the Board of Directors of Hügli (Food) for 18 years until it was sold to Coop in 2018. As a strategy consultant and in executive education Prof. Lechner has worked with companies such as ABB, Altana, BASF, Clariant, Credit Suisse, Danaher, Klöckner, Novartis, Richemont, Siemens, Santander, Shell, Tata, and Zeiss worldwide.

Prof. Ph.D. J. Peter Murmann

Johann Peter Murmann is Chair and Professor of Management at the University of St. Gallen, as well as AGSM Fellow at the UNSW Australia Business School. He received a BA in Philosophy with Honors from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master’s and PhD degree with distinction in Management and Organizations (1998) from Columbia University.