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Honorary Doctorates

Honorary Doctorates

The Honorary Doctorate of Economics is awarded for outstanding achievements in the economic sciences or business practice.

Honorary Doctor of Economics 2024
Professor em. Dr. Helmut Krcmar

Head of KrcmarLab at the TUM School of Computation, Information and Technology of the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Awarded for his outstanding performance in the field of information systems at Dies Academicus on 25 May 2024.

Honorary Doctor of Economics 2023
Professor Dr. Felix Oberholzer-Gee

Faculty member at Harvard Business School in Boston, and since 2016 also a member of the executive board at Ringier AG in Switzerland, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in economics for his extraordinary achievements in the field of strategic management at Dies Academicus on 13 May 2023.

Honorary Doctor of Economics 2022
Professor Eileen Fischer, PhD

Professor of Marketing at the Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, she was awarded an honorary doctorate in economics at Dies Academicus on 21 May 2022, for being a leading scholar and international voice in the field of qualitative consumer research.

Honorary Doctor of Economics 2021
Professor Richard Whittington, PhD

Professor of Strategic Management at the Saïd Business School and Millman Fellow at New College, University of Oxford, was awarded an honorary doctorate in economics at the virtual Dies Academicus on 29 May 2021.

Honorary Doctor of Economics 2020
Professor Ann Langley, PhD

The honorary doctorate was awarded virtually on 14 September 2020, due to the cancellation of the Dies Academicus because of the COVID-19 situation.

Honorary Doctor of Economics 2019
Professor Ann Tarca, PhD
The University of St. Gallen awards Prof. Ann Tarca, PhD, an honorary doctorate in economics for outstanding scientific achievements in the fields of international accounting and standard setting.

Honorary Doctor of Economics 2018
Professor Gerry George, PhD

The University of St. Gallen awards Prof. Gerry George, PhD, an honorary doctorate in economics for outstanding scientific achievements in the fields of strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Honorary Doctor of Economics 2017
Professor Robert A. Burgelman, PhD

The University of St. Gallen honours Prof. Robert A. Burgelman, PhD, for his remarkable contributions in the field of strategic management, with a specific focus on strategy processes an strategic renewal.

Honorary Doctor of Economics 2016
Professor Ajay K. Kohli, PhD

The University of St. Gallen, hereby, honours Prof. Ajay K. Kohli, PhD,  for his remarkable contributions in marketing management, particularly those concerning the market orientation of companies.

Honorary Doctor of Economics 2015
Professor Anne Tsui, PhD

The University of St. Gallen honours Prof. Anne Tsui's outstanding work in the management field as well as her great commitment to Business Schools accepting an active role regarding matters of responsibility and sustainability.

Honorary Doctor of Economics 2014
Professor Martha S. Feldman, PhD

The University of St.Gallen honours with Prof. Martha S. Feldman, PhD, an impressive scholar who has rendered services to a process-oriented, dynamic, and open-development conception of organization. Martha S. Feldman’s publications have had a great deal of resonance both in academia and in practice. Martha S. Feldman embodies the interdisciplinary orientation of the School of Management. Furthermore, Martha S. Feldman is the first woman to be honoured with an Honorary Doctorate in Economic Sciences at the HSG on application of the School of Management.

Honorary Doctor of Economics 2013
Professor Dr. Günther Gebhardt
The University of St.Gallen honours Prof. Dr. Günther Gebhardt for his outstanding research in the field of capital market-oriented accounting, consolidated accounting, and international accounting, particularly regarding financial instruments, as well as his contributions for the development and regulation of accounting in theory and practice. The University of St.Gallen hereby honours his outstanding research in the field of capital market-oriented accounting, consolidated accounting, and international accounting, particularly regarding financial instruments, as well as his contributions for the development and regulation of accounting in theory and practice.

Honorary Doctor of Economics 2012
Professor Dr. Friedemann Schulz von Thun
In Prof. Dr. Friedemann Schulz von Thun, the University of St.Gallen is honouring an excellent communication researcher, an author of books which have sold in their millions, and a personality who has rendered particular services to the transfer of scientific findings into practice. His vivid models, concepts and methods enable people in organisations to communicate more clearly with each other and to understand each other better. Through his writings, Prof. Schulz von Thun has also enriched management theory from a communication perspective.

Honorary Doctor of Economics 2011
Professor Dr. Boas Shamir
The University of St.Gallen is awarding an Honorary Doctorate in Economic Sciences to Prof. Boas Shamir for his outstanding research in the field of leadership. In the past 30 years, he has worked on subjects areas such as charismatic leadership, life stories of executives, social distance and leadership, and followership, has introduced defining concepts in these areas and published his findings in more than 60 articles.

Honorary Doctor of Economics 2010
Professor Dr. Hermann Diller
The University of St.Gallen is awarding an Honorary Doctorate in Economic Sciences to Prof. Dr. Hermann Diller, a leading marketing expert in the German-speaking area, for his outstanding services to the development of the discipline of marketing, particularly his innovative contributions towards an empirical reorientation of the discipline and its receptiveness to new findings from the behavioural sciences.

Honorary Doctor of Economics 2009
Professor Dr. Michael Power
The University of St.Gallen is pleased to bestow the degree of Dr. oec. HSG honoris causae upon Michael Power for his outstanding contributions in the field of accounting, auditing and risk management. Michael Power has managed to combine academic research and the practical development of accounting together with subsections of economics, politics and social sciences and always participated as an active contributor to the academic and practical discourse.

Honorary Doctor of Economics 2008
Professor Dr. Eric Johnson

It is all leading economists' and psychologists' unanimous view that Professor Eric Johnson is one of the world's best behavioral psychologists. His research in the field of individual decision-making has influenced many economists', psychologists' and marketing scientists' ways of thinking. His numerous contributions about the decision-making behavior of purchasers are particularly noteworthy as they provided the central marketing discipline of "consumer behavior" with important and trail-blazing pointers.

Honorary Doctor of Economics 2007
Professor Dr. Wolffried Stucky

In Prof. Dr. Wolffried Stucky, the University of St.Gallen is honouring an internationally leading researcher in the field of business IT. His research focuses on databases, business information systems, business process and workflow management, mobile business applications and e-learning. His achievements in the field of Petri nets for the purposes of modelling and controlling business processes have attracted particular attention; they have had a crucial impact on developments in this field of business IT.

Honorary Doctor of Economics 2006
Professor Dr. Michael J. Brennan

With Prof. Michael Brennan the University of St. Gallen honours undoubtedly one of the leading pioneers of modern finance. His research on the analysis of contingent claims and option markets, on information on financial markets as well as his work on corporate finance have had a major influence on the development of finance.

Honorary Doctor of Economics 2005
Professor Dr. Klaus Backhaus

By awarding an honorary doctorate to Prof. Dr. Klaus Backhaus, the University of St.Gallen is honouring him for his outstanding and innovative academic achievements in the development of industrial goods management and international marketing, as well as for his effective involvement in the distribution and application of modern, empirical research methods in business administration.

Honorary Doctor of Economics 2004
Professor Dr. Karl E. Weick
The University of St.Gallen honors Prof. Dr. Karl E. Weick for his outstanding academic achievements in the field of psychology and organizational theory as a crucial contribution to the theoretical and practical understanding of organizing and sensemaking processes.

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