Competence Center Innovative Business Models and Competitive Strategies

This Competence Center focuses on issues affecting companies and their interaction within product and factor markets. Among other things, the Center deals with the following matters: for example, what are business development dimensions and drivers? How do companies interact with each other and with their environment? What are the properties and effects of these interactions? What is a competitive advantage? How can companies build a competitive advantage and benefit from it in a changing world?

At the same time, we examine how companies can create value with business model innovations and secure parts of this value for their own business. The objective is to make a contribution to business model research and, particularly, to enable companies or organizations to build their business model in a more strategic and differentiated manner.

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.

Prof. Dr. Karolin Frankenberger

Prof. Dr. Karolin Frankenberger is Full Professor in the field of Strategy and Innovation, Director of the Institute of Management and Strategy, and Academic Director of the Executive MBA at the University of St. Gallen. Her research focuses mainly on the topics of business model innovation, (digital) business transformation, ecosystems, and circular economy. Prior to her academic career, Prof. Frankenberger worked at the management consulting company McKinsey & Company for almost 7 years.