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Prof. Dr. Alexander Zimmermann

Assoziierter Professor
Lehrstuhl für Entrepreneurship und Strategisches Management
Studienleiter MBA in Technologie und Innovation
Institut für Entrepreneurship
Ausbildung
2010 — 2018

Habilitation (Venia legendi: Betriebswirtschaftslehre mit besonderer Berücksichtigung des strategischen Managements), Universität St. Gallen

2005 — 2010

Doktorat (Thema der Doktorarbeit: Organisationale Ambidextrie), Universität St. Gallen

2003 — 2003

Studiensemester, Stockholm School of Economics

1999 — 2005

Lizenziat in Betriebswirtschaftslehre mit besonderer Berücksichtigung des Medien- und Kommunkationsmanagements, Universität St. Gallen

Werdegang
2018

Assoziiertes Mitglied der Fakultät, Executive School of Managment, Technology, and Law, Universität St. Gallen

2017 — 2017

Leiter des Service Bereichs und der Weiterbildung (ad interim), Institut für Betriebswirtschaft, Universität St. Gallen

2014

Mitglied des Beirats, Franz-Haniel und Cie. GmbH, Duisburg, Deutschland

2011 — 2018

Assistenzprofessor für Organisation und Strategisches Management, Universität St. Gallen

2010 — 2018

Leiter Center for Organizational Excellence (CORE), Universität St. Gallen und Universität Genf

2006 — 2009

Mitglied des Gründungsteams, togedda.com, St. Gallen

2005 — 2010

Assistent am Lehrstuhl von Prof. em. Dr. Peter Gomez, Unviersität St. Gallen

2004 — 2004

Praktikant, McKinsey & Co. Inc., Zürich

2002 — 2002

Teammitglied, OzSnow Adventures, Sydney, Australien

2001 — 2002

Praktikant,Heineken Switzerland, Winterthur

Mitgliedschaften
2017

Verband der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft (VHB)

2007

Academy of Management

2006

Strategic Management Society

Portrait
Business Model Innovation
FFF-Förderprojekt, Juli 2018 bis Juni 2020

In Zeiten fortschreitender Digitalisierung, Individualisierung und Vernetzung von Ökosystemen reicht die Fähigkeit, klassische Produkt- und Prozessinnovation entwickeln zu können, alleine nicht mehr ... mehr

Tackling the Complexity of Managing Paradoxes
FFF-Förderprojekt, Mai 2018 bis April 2020

Unternehmen und andere Organisationen sehen sich mit immer mehr Anforderungen und Zielsetzungen von Seiten ihrer unterschiedlichen Anspruchsgruppen konfrontiert. Sie müssen unter anderem effizient ... mehr

  • Zimmermann, A., Raisch, S., & Cardinal, L. (2018). Managing Persistent Tensions on the Front-Line: A Configurational Perspective on Ambidexterity. Journal of Management Studies, 55(5), 739-769. (ABDC: A*; FT 50: 26; VHB: A)

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  • Linz, C., Müller-Stewens, G., & Zimmermann, A. (2017). Fit für die Zukunft. Harvard Business Manager(Juli).

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  • Zimmermann, A., Probst. G., Hermann, C., & Ferreira, P. (2016). Die grüne Hoffnung. Harvard Business Manager(Juni), 70-75.

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  • Birkinshaw, J., Zimmermann, A., & Raisch, S. (2016). How do Firms Adapt to Discontinous Change? Bridging the Dynamic Capabilitities and Ambidexterity Perspectives. California Management Review, 58(4), 36-58. (ABDC: A; ABS: 3; ISI: 3.412; VHB: B)

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  • Zimmermann, A., Raisch, S., & Birkinshaw, J. (2015). How is Ambidexterity Initiated? The Emergent Charter Definition Process. Organization Science(26 (4)), 1119-1139. (ABDC: A*; ABS: 4*; FT 50: 37; ISI: 5.431; VHB: A+)

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  • Jäckel, M., Gomez, P., & Zimmermann, A. (2014). Eine Frage des Klimas. Harvard Business Manager(Januar), 14-15.

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  • Zimmermann, A., Gomez, P., Probst, G., & Raisch, S. (2014). Creating Societal Benefits and Corporate Profits. MIT Sloan Management Review(Spring Issue), 18-21. (ABDC: A; ABS: 3; FT 50: ; ISI: 4.225; VHB: C)

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  • Zimmermann, A. (2013). Der Feind im eigenen Haus - Kommentar. Harvard Business Manager(August), 95.

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  • Zimmermann, A., Probst, G., & Angehrn, A. (2013). Wandel planbar machen - Dank nicht linearer Planungs- und Steuerungssysteme. zfo Zeitschrift Führung Organisation, Jg 82(2), 130-136. (VHB: D)

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  • Raisch, S., Zimmermann, A., & Cardinal, L. (2012). A Revised Blueprint of the Ambidextrous Organization: Reuniting Structural and Contextual Theories. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, 1-6.

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  • Zimmermann, A., & Raisch, S. (2011). Rightsizing: Ein Überblick zu Ansätzen und Methoden. Organisations Entwicklung(3), 90-93.

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  • Gomez, P., Probst, G., Raisch, S., & Zimmermann, A. (2011). Führung im Wandel - Sind Visionäre oder Pragmatiker erfolgreicher? Organisations Entwicklung(3), 90-93.

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  • Zimmermann, A., & Raisch, S. (2009). Ambidexterity in Inter-Firm Relationships: Governance Structures and Knowledge Processes. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, 1-7.

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  • Probst, G., Raisch, S., & ZImmermann, A. (2006). Wachstumsstrategien: Wie BMW Mercedes überholt hat. IO New Management(12), 54-59.

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  • Zimmermann, A. (2005). Aargauer Asphalt über das Meer. KMU Manager(9), 18-20.

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  • Linz, C., Müller-Stewens, G., & Zimmermann, A. (2017). Radical Business Model Transformation: Gaining the Competitive Edge in a Disruptive World. London: KoganPage.

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  • Zimmermann, A. (2009). Organizational Ambidexterity: How to Plan, Design, and Manage Exploratory Initiatives in Incumbent Firmgs. Bamberg: Difo-Druck.

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  • Zimmermann, A., Hill, S., Birkinshaw J., & Jäckel, M. (2017). How to Become Ambidextrous? The Interaction of Structure, Leadership, and Organizatiional Context. Paper presented at the 37th Annual International Conference of the Strategic Management Society, Houston, USA.

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  • Doblinger, C., Wales, B., & Zimmermann, A. (2017). Avoiding the Downturn? How Ambidexterity and Public Policy Influence Firm Performance Stability during Economic Crises. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Atlanta, USA.

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  • Zimmermann, A., Hill, S., Birkinshaw, J., & Jäckel, M. (2017). Complements of Substitutes? Investigating the Interplay amongst Drivers of Ambidexterity. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Atlanta, USA.

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  • Zimmermann, A., Hill, S., Birkinshaw, J., & Jäckel, M. (2016). The Interplay of Individual-Level, Group-Level, and Firm-Level Balancing Capabilities as Drivers of Ambidexterity. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Anaheim, USA.

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  • Zimmermann, A., & Cardinal, L. (2015). Cross-Functional Ambidexterity: Organizational Antecedents and Boundary Conditions. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada.

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  • Birkinshaw, J., & Zimmermann, A. (2015). How to adapt to Discontinous Change? Bridging Dynamic Capabilities and Ambidexterity Perspectives. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada.

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  • Zimmermann, A., & Cardinal, L. (2014). Organizing for Innovation: The Varying Needs of Sypply-Side and Demand-Side Search. Paper presented at the 34th Annual International Conference of the Strategic Management Society, Madrid, Spain.

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  • Jäckel, M., & Zimmermann, A. (2014). From Separation to Integration: How Compensatory Structuring Reconciles Exploration and Exploitation. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Phladelphia, USA.

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  • Jäckel, M., & Zimmermann, A. (2013). From Differentiation to Reconciliation: How Compensatory Structuring Reunites Exploration and Exploitation in SMEs. Paper presented at the 33rd Annual International Conference of the Strrategic Management Society, Atlanta, USA.

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  • Zimmermann, A., & Jäckel, M. (2013). Leading to Ambidexterity: The Direct and Indirect Effects of Managers' Behavioral Complexity in SMEs and Business Units. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Orlando, USA.

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  • ZImmermann, A., Raisch, S., & Birkinshaw, J. (2013). The Ergent Process of Ambidexterity. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Orlando, USA.

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  • Luger, J., Zimmermann, A., & Laamanen, T. (2012). Content Design of Acquisition Streams: Balancing Exploration and Exploitation. Paper presented at the 32nd Annual International Conference of the Strategic Management Society, Prague, Czech Republic.

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  • Raisch, S., Zimmermann, A., & Cardinal, L. (2012). A Revised Blueprint of the Ambidextrous Organization: Reuniting Structural and Contextual Theories. Paper presented at the Academy of Managment Annual Meeting, Boston, USA.

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  • Luger, J., & Zimmermann, A. (2011). Exploit what you Explore: Process Models of Structural and Contextual Ambidexterity. Paper presented at the 31st Annual International Conference of the Strategic Management Society, Miami, USA.

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  • Luger, J., Zimmermann, A., & Grösser, S. (2011). The Dynamics of Ambidextrous Decision Making. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, San Antonio, USA.

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  • Zimmermann, A., Raisch, S., & Birkinshaw, J. (2011). A Process Study of Inter-firm Relationships: Exploration, Exploitation, and Emergent Ambidexterity. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, San Antonio, USA.

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  • Zimmermann, A., & Welling, C. (2011). Intermediate Levels of Social Embeddedness in New Product Development: The Role of Contextual Antecedents. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, San Antonio, USA.

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  • Luger, J., & Zmmermann, A. (2010). In the Mix: A Longitudinal Perspective on Allocating Resources to Exploitation and Exploration. Paper presented at the 30th Annual International Conference of the Strategic Management Society, Rome, Italy.

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  • Welling, C., & Zimmermann, A. (2010). Midway to Social Embeddedness in NPD: The Role of Contextual Mechanisms. Paper presented at the 30th Annual International Conference of the Strategic Management Society, Rome, Italy.

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  • Zimmermann, A. (2010). Knowledge Recombination in New Product Development Boundary Types and Combinative Capabilities. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada.

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  • Zimmermann, A., & Raisch, S. (2009). Do Incumbents Really Fail to Innovate? The Role of Exploratory Search and Structural Contexts. Paper presented at the 29th Annual International Conference of the Strategic Management Society, Washington D.C., USA.

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  • Zimmermann, A., & Raisch, S. (2009). Ambidexterity in Inter-Firm Relationships: Governance Structures and Knowledge Processes. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Chicago, USA.

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  • Zimmermann, A., & Raisch, S. (2008). Intra-Project Ambidexterity in Technology Innovation: Antecedents and Outcomes. Paper presented at the 28th Annual International Conference of the Strategic Management Society, Colgone, Germany.

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  • Raisch, S., & Zimmermann, A. (2008). Exploratory Search in Mature Firms: Selecting Appropriate Structural Contexts. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Anaheim, USA.

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  • Welling, C., & Zimmermann, A. (2008). Configurational Aspects of Supplier Integration in New Product Development. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Anaheim, USA.

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  • Zimmermann, A. (2007). Separate Units or Parellel Networks: The Role of Innovation Types in Balanced Structures' Success. Paper presented at the 27 Annual International Conference of the Strategic Management Society, San Diego, USA.

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  • Raisch, S., & Zimmermann, A. (2007). Balanced Organizational Forms: Towards a Strategic Contingency Model. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, USA.

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  • Zimmermann, A., Raisch, S., & Knoll, S. (2006). Strategy as Balanced Evolution. Paper presented at the 26th Annual International Conference of the Strategic Management Society, Vienna, Austria.

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  • Raisch, S., & Zimmermann, A. (2017). Pathways to Ambidexterity: A Process Perspective on the Exploration-Exploitation Paradox. In W. S. M.W. Lewis (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Organizational Paradox: Approaches to Plurality, Tensions and Contradictions (pp. 315-332). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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  • Zimmermann, A., & Birkinshaw, J. (2016). Reconciling Capabilitites and Ambidexterity Theories: A Multi-Level Perspective. In D.J. Teece and S. Lee (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Dynamic Capabilities. Oxford: Oxford Handbooks Online.

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  • Zimmermann, A. (2012). Organisationsdesign - ein zeitloser Klassiker: Wo geht die Reise hin? In T. B. J. Rüegg-Stürm (Ed.), Unternehmerisches Management - Herausforderungen und Perspektiven (pp. 233-240). Bern: Haupt.

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  • Zimmermann, A., & Welling, C. (2009). Auf dem Weg zum "janusköpfigen Manager"? Komplementäre und integrierte Führungsstrukturen in Zeiten des Wandels. In C. W. S. Kunisch (Ed.), Stratgeische Führung auf dem Prüfstand: Herausforderungen und Chancen in Zeiten des Wandels (pp. 113-126). Heidelberg: Springer.

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  • Zimmermann, A., & Raisch, S. (2007). Nachhaltiges Wachstum: Wie BMW Mercedes überholte. In S. Raisch, P. Gomez & G. Probst (Eds.), Wege zum Wachstum: Wie Sie nachhaltigen Unternehmenserfolg erzielen (pp. 178-191). Wiesbaden: Gabler.

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  • Zimmermann, A. (2017). Managing Persistent Tensions. Research Seminar Series, Cass Business School, London, UK.

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  • Zimmermann, A. (2016). Responsibility can pay off-but does not have to. VfU Webtalk for Sustainability Professionals in Financial Institutions.

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  • Zimmermann, A. (2015). Strategy and R&D Efficiency. Metall Zug R&D Executive Meeting, Arbon, Switzerland.

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  • Zimmermann, A. (2015). Loosing Fear of Strategy Work. Metall Zug, R&D Executive Meeting, Baar, Switzerland.

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  • Zimmermann, A. (2014). Growth, Profit, or Both? Organizational Development in a Fast Growth Environment. Symbiotics SA Corporate Week, Geneva, Switzerland.

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  • Zimmermann, A. (2010). How much Growtz is Risky: The Corridor of Profitable Corporate Development. Swiss Re 8th Conference for Global Accounting Firms, Zurich, Switzerland.

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  • Zimmermann, A. (2008). New Organizational Approaches for the Simultaeous Pursuit of Innovation and Efficiency. Siemens AG Strategy Update, Feldafing, Germany.

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