Research at the Institute of Management
The IoM aims to achieve rigor research and relevance of research for practitioners. Please find an overview on the projects and related researchers below.
The joint field of research of the IoM research team is strategic management. In order to get an overview on the specific research interests at the IoM please see the listed research areas and shortcuts to the chairs of the IoM below.
Chair Prof. Dr. Björn Ambos
Chair Prof. Dr. Claus Jacobs (SNF Professor)
Chair Prof. Dr. Tomi Laamanen
Chair Prof. Dr. Christoph Lechner
Chair Prof. Dr. Günter Müller-Stewens
Research areas of the Institute of Management
Activity Systems and their Renewal
In recent years, the phenomenon of activity systems has come to the forefront of strategy research. Previous scholars have identified interdependencies between activities as crucial to understand the strategic renewal of such complex systems. However, extant literature provides surprisingly few distinct dimensions of interdependence that characterize activity systems and influence strategic renewal success.
Business Model Renewal in the European Financial Service Industry
Currently the chair emphasis research in corporate management. This includes strategic leadership of diversified multi-business firms from the perspective of corporate management.
Diffusion and Innovation Dynamics
Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
From the perspective of strategic management we engage in management questions related to mergers and acquisitions of firms. M&A is a mechanism to implement a growth strategy.
Modeling and Simulation - System Dynamics
Performance Implications of Managing Corporate Programs
Multi-business corporations increasingly apply corporate programs to achieve their objectives and create value. With this project we intend to gain a better understanding of the phenomenon of corporate programs.
The focal field of research is strategic management. In order to support the teaching we permanently update our textbooks of strategic management, the development of accompanying case studies, and the provision of E-Learning-Programs.
Strategy as Discourse – Reconstructing a Social Practice (SNF Project)
Strategy, initially a military practice, has nowadays penetrated various domains of social life beyond the immediate realm of business firms. Its discourse and practices have entered adjacent academic disciplines; have spread from the private to the public sector and have also impacted not only on organizations but on their employees’ professional identities (Whittington et al., 2003). Strategy of organizations and strategic activities of their members are mainly incarnated in discursive dynamics that seem poorly understood to date. Thus, we need a subtler understanding how strategy is discursively constructed and constituted as a social practice.
Recently we started to investigate in the role of strategists. Here, we do not only refer to e.g. corporate strategists of the corporate development department or fulltime strategy consultants but also every manager taking strategic decisions as part of its range of responsibilities.