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Prof. Dr. Alexander Zimmermann

Associate Professor
Chair of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management
Studienleiter MBA in Technologie und Innovation
Institute for Entrepreneurship
Education
2010 — 2018

Habilitation (Venia legendi: Business Administration with a focus on Strategic Management), University of St. Gallen

2005 — 2010

PhD in Business Administration (Title of Dissertation: Organizational Abidexterity), University of St. Gallen

2003

Exchange Semester, Stockholm School of Economics

1999 — 2005

Diploma in Business Administration with a focus on Media- and Communications-Management), University of St. Gallen

Career
since 2018

Associated Faculty Member, Executive School of Management, Technology, and Law, University of St. Gallen

2017

Head of Services and Executive Education (ad interim), Institute of Management, University of St. Gallen

since 2014

Member of the Advisory Board, Franz-Haniel und Cie. GmbH, Duisburg, Germany

2011 — 2018

Assistant Professor of Organization and Strategic Management, University of St. Gallen

2010 — 2018

Project Manager, Center for Organizational Excellence (CORE), University of St. Gallen and University of Geneva

2006 — 2009

member of the Founding Team, togedda.com, St. Gallen

2005 — 2010

Assistant at the Chair of Prof. em. Dr. Peter Gomez, University of St. Gallen

2004

Intern, McKinsey & Co. Inc., Zürich

2002

TEam Member, OzSnow Adventures, Sydney, Australia

2001 — 2002

Intern, Heineken Switzerland, Winterthur

Memberships
since 2017

German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB)

since 2007

Academy of Management

since 2006

Stategic Management Society

Portrait
Developing leaders for a complex world: The emergence and effects of charismatic leadership and organizational unlearning
FFF-Förderprojekt, March 2019 until March 2021

Effective leadership allows companies to navigate the uncertainties inherent in rapidly changing markets. These challenges are usually met by high adaptability, which relies on a managerial force ... more ...

Linking Ambidexterity to Finance
Preproposal PhD-Thesis, since February 2019

The aim of the dissertation is to establish a link between the strategic and financial literatures by investigating if ambidexterity (the ability of companies to be innovative and efficient at the ... more ...

Business Model Innovation
FFF-Förderprojekt, July 2018 until June 2020

Over the last two decades, the concepts of business models (BM) and, more recently, business model innovation (BMI) have gained increasing academic and corporate interest whereby BMI has been ... more ...

Tackling the Complexity of Managing Paradoxes
FFF-Förderprojekt, May 2018 until April 2020

Companies and organizations in general are facing an ever growing set of expectations from their different stakeholders. They are supposed to be efficient and profitable, they must be innovative and ... more ...

  • 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. (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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  • Luger, J., Zimmermann, A., Schäffer, M., & Bertram, F. (2014). Innovation richtig organisieren;: Neue Technologien erfolgreich implementieren. zfo Zeitschrift Führung Organisation, Jg. 83(Ausgabe 5), 340-346. (VHB: D)

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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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