picture of Björn Ambos Björn Ambos University of St. Gallen

picture of Tomi Laamanen Tomi Laamanen University of St. Gallen

picture of Christoph Lechner Christoph Lechner University of St. Gallen

picture of Guenter Mueller-Stewens Guenter Mueller-Stewens University of St. Gallen

Welcome From The Program Chairs

Dear Colleagues:

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the SMS 2015 Special Conference to be held in St. Gallen, Switzerland!

In holding this special conference in St. Gallen, we build on the city’s long-standing history of attracting scholarly attention. In the early seventh century, the monk St. Gallus founded a monastery that still maintains one of the world’s largest and oldest abbey libraries. This magnificent place, with masterpieces created hundreds of years ago, has been recognized a UNESCO World Heritage site. Together with St. Gallen’s long economic history of embroidery, the spirit of this scholarly tradition has shaped the city’s modern face. Today St. Gallen is the economic center of eastern Switzerland. It is known for its beautifully preserved and fascinating old town as well as its location right next to Lake Constance and the Alps.

Being a small country with strong economic power, Switzerland has always experienced the necessity to interact in multinational settings. This competence has helped it host some of the best-known firms worldwide. It seems appropriate, therefore, to discuss a topic here that is at the heart of business and strategy for firms: the role of corporate headquarters.

In essence, we are looking at what it is that makes corporate headquarters the backbone of the world’s economic output. What is it that drives the value that corporate headquarters create for their subsidiaries? What might endanger the success of corporate headquarters? We are looking forward to taking perspectives on the scope of today’s corporations, the relationships between headquarters and their subsidiaries, the management of complexity and how it affects the added value of corporate parents, and the strategy making and execution in headquartered companies. We are interested in seeing different theoretical approaches to these contemporary questions from a wide array of researchers and schools from around the world.

At the St. Gallen conference, we will offer you the opportunity to discuss these topics with established scholars and practitioners in a set of exciting sessions on state-of-the-art knowledge, projects, and research. You are invited to join us on an intriguing program that will expose you to the historic traits and present-day vigor of this fascinating place in Switzerland.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in 2015 in St. Gallen!

Björn Ambos, Tomi Laamanen, Christoph Lechner, Günter Müller-Stewens

Strategic Management Society

St. Gallen