Markus Menz 
Prof. M. Menz


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Markus Menz is Associate Professor of Strategic Management, Director of Faculty Development, and Co-Director of the Executive MBA Program at the Geneva School of Economics and Management, University of Geneva. From 2009 to 2015, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of St. Gallen, where he received the University-wide Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching 2015. He was also the Founding Executive Director of the Master’s Program in Business Management, a program that grew under his leadership to more than 400 students. Previously, he spent a year as a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University. Before his academic career, he worked in consulting, investment banking, and marketing. He received his Habilitation, Ph.D. (summa cum laude), and M.A. from the University of St. Gallen.

Markus Menz’s research focuses on strategic leadership, corporate strategy, and organization design, particularly chief strategy officers, top management team structures, and corporate headquarters. An expert on strategy processes in complex organizations, he has, since 2011, led an annual study of the chief strategy officers and strategy functions of the 500 largest European companies. His work has been published in leading journals, including the Academy of Management Annals, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, International Journal of Management Reviews, The European Business Review, and Harvard Business Manager. He co-authored a book on strategic initiatives and programs and co-edited a book on mergers and acquisitions. He received several awards and scholarships for his academic activities, for example, from the Swiss National Science Foundation. He was a Representative-at-Large of the Strategic Management Society’s Strategy Process Interest Group (2013-2014 term) and is the Scientific Advisor of the St. Gallen Symposium’s Wings of Excellence Award.


Research interests

  • Strategic Leadership (Chief Strategy Officers, Functional Executives, Top Management Team Structures)
  • Corporate Strategy (Corporate Headquarters)
  • Organization Design 

Selected publications

  • Menz, M., Kunisch, S., & Collis, D. J. 2015. The Corporate Headquarters in the Contemporary Corporation: Advancing a Multimarket Firm Perspective. The Academy of Management Annals, 9(1), 633-714.

  • Kunisch, S., Menz, M., & Ambos, B. 2015. Changes at Corporate Headquarters: Review, Integration and Research Agenda. International Journal of Management Reviews, 17(3), 356-381.

  • Menz, M. & Scheef, C. 2014. Chief Strategy Officers: Contingency Analysis of their Presence in Top Management Teams. Strategic Management Journal, 35(3), 461-471.

  • Menz, M., Müller-Stewens, G., Zimmermann, T., & Lattwein, C. 2013. The Chief Strategy Officer in the European Firm: Professionalising Strategy in Times of Uncertainty. The European Business Review, 2013(May/June), 5-8. 

  • Menz, M. 2012. Functional Top Management Team Members: A Review, Synthesis, and Research Agenda. Journal of Management, 38(1), 45-80.


Introduction to Management (Bachelor)
Corporate Governance and Strategic Leadership (Bachelor)
Management Innovation (Master)
Organization Design (EMBA)