Mission and Concept

Mission

The Chair of Strategic and International Management at Technical University Munich acts at the intersection of management, technology, and globalization. We provide excellent teaching to students, generate theory-grounded as well as relevant research results, and cooperate with partners from academia, the business community as well as society. Our chair serves as an intellectual and stimulating environment that fosters the creation, application, and transfer of new knowledge in a fast changing world.

Concept

At the Chair of Strategic and International Management, research, teaching, and collaboration with business practice are focused on three interrelated and complementary fields:

• Dynamic Corporate Strategies,
• Dynamic Competitive Strategies, and
• Dynamic Strategy Processes.

In order to do research in these fields, we incorporate a dynamic perspective and employ longitudinal research methods. 

Research 

In particular, we are interested in the change of multinational enterprises' product, geographic, and functional scope as well as their approaches to compete over time (process of strategic change). We investigate which factors strategic change depends on (antecedents of strategic change) and which consequences different patterns of strategic change have (outcomes of strategic change). 

Since digitization and (anti)globalization play a dominating role for almost all companies, we are especially interested in how firms change their competitive strategies. Thus, digital transformation, timing of foreign competitive actions, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, challenges resulting from foreign competition, and offshoring are some of the topics that absorb our attention.

Furthermore, uncertainty, volatility, and changes in corporate environmental lanscapes have become ubiquitous and are driven by digitization, political and economic instabilities, as well as geopolitical power shifts. Dynamic strategy processes, i.e. corporate transformation, as effective instruments to proactively tackle environmental pressures are therefore often found on the agenda of executives. Correspondingly, our research investigates how corporations actually shift resources and strategic priorities as well as how firms should be transformed in order to survive in a fast changing world.

Teaching

Our teaching reflects our research interests and methodologies. The topics of our classroom activities range from corporate development of MNEs at the undergraduate level (BSc) to competitive and corporate strategies of MNEs at the master level (MSc). We further offer courses on tools in decision making (MSc) as well as seminars on scientific knowledge and skills (PhD level).

Practice

Collaboration with business practice is central to our approach of creating and transferring impactful knowledge. We do not only incorporate ideas from the business community in our research and teaching but also return insights to practitioners via a multitude of formats, such as practice essays, keynote speeches, and research oriented consulting projects.