Tomi Laamanen

Tomi Laamanen

Tomi Laamanen

Prof. Dr. Dr.

Full Professor of Strategic Management

Institute of Management & Strategy (IoMS-HSG / IfB-HSG)
Büro 4-235
Dufourstrasse 40a
9000 St. Gallen
Main Focuses

Strategic Management

Corporate acquisitions

Strategy processes and practices

Cognition and attention-based view

Strategic change and renewal

Corporate headquarters

Fields of research

Strategic management with a special emphasis on corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, management cognition, strategy process, capability dynamics, and strategy execution

Mergers and Acquisitions

Management cognition

Strategy process

Capability dynamics

Professional Career

Chair of Strategic Management of Aalto University, 1998-2011
Director of the Institute of Strategy of Aalto University, Until 2011

Teaching Activities

Strategic Management (SIM Course)
Strategic Renewal (SIM Course)
Research in Management (SIM Course)
Strategy Execution (MUG Course)
Corporate Restructuring (MUG Course)
Corporate and Competitive Strategy (PhD Course)
Strategy Process and Cognition (PhD Course)


Accenture (CH)

Audi AG

Deloitte (CH and DE)



Academy of Management
Strategic Management Society

Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief of Long Range Planning
Past Associate Editor of Strategic Management Journal
Editorial Board Member of Strategic Management Journal
Editorial Board Member of Academy of Management Journal
Editorial Board Member of Academy of Management Discovery
Editorial Board Member of Journal of Management
Editorial Board Member of Africa Journal of Management

Research Cooperation

Accenture (CH)

Audi AG

Deloitte (CH and DE)


Additional Information

Tomi Laamanen is Chaired Professor of Strategic Management, Director of the Institute of Management, Director of the PhD Program of General Management, and Academic Director of the Strategy and International Management Master (SIM) Program of the University of St.Gallen. Before University of St.Gallen he was Professor of Strategic Management and Director of the Institute of Strategy at Aalto University (1997-2011), Dean of the Department of Management (TKK, Tuotantotalous) (2001-2002), and External visiting professor at the St.Petersburg State University’s Graduate School of Management (GSOM) (2011-2013). Tomi Laamanen holds two D.Sc. degrees; one in Strategy and one in Finance.  

Professor Laamanen’s research covers the strategic management field broadly ranging from corporate strategy to strategy execution. The special emphasis of his research is on mergers and acquisitions, and in particular, acquisition programs and serial acquirers, management’s cognition, strategy processes and strategic issue management, and capability dynamics. Tomi Laamanen is former Associate Editor of Strategic Management Journal (2009-2015), Editor-in-Chief of Long Range Planning (2016-), and member of the Editorial Boards of Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Discovery, Journal of Management, and Strategic Management Journal. He has also Edited three Special Issues on “Strategy Processes and Practices” in Strategic Management Journal, “Dispersion of Corporate Headquarters of Multinational Companies” in Journal of Management Studies, and “Business Models, Ecosystems and Society in the Sharing Economy” in Academy of Management Discovery.  

In terms of strategic advisory, Professor Laamanen has worked with firms from different industries in different roles as Chairman, Member of the Board, advisor, or strategy trainer. He has been Chairman of five firm’s including the stock listed SSH Communications Security Corporation (2002-2009: NASDAQ: SSH) and Board Member in five others, including the second largest retail bank of Helsinki. Some of the firms that he has worked with include, among others, ABB, Aldata Solution Oyj, Alma Media Oyj, Audi AG, Cable & Wireless Plc, Credit Suisse AG, Deltagon Oy, Electrobit Oyj, Elisa Oyj, Eltel Oy, Emtele Oy, Fortum Oyj, Fresenius S.E., Forbo, Halton Oy, Helsingin OP Pankki Oyj, Honkarakenne Oyj, KPMG Finland and Switzerland, Kesko Oyj, Lemminkäinen Oyj, LähiTapiola, Metso Oyj, Nokia Oyj, Nokia Siemens Networks, Orion Oyj, Pöyry Oyj, Sanoma Oyj, SSH Communications Security Oyj, Teliasonera Oyj, TUV-SUD AG, UPM Kymmene Oyj, Wärtsilä Oyj, and YIT Oyj. A recent focus area of Professor Laamanen has been to study the private banking industry in Switzerland together with KPMG. This collaboration has resulted into seven Private banking reports reporting the state-of-the art of private banking industry in Switzerland.  

In terms of academic positions, Tomi Laamanen is Member of the Executive Board and the Board of the Strategic Management Society and its Treasurer. He has co-chaired two Strategic Management Society’s Special Conferences (in Lapland and in St.Gallen), the Strategy Research Fund (SRF), the Strategy Process IG of the SMS, and the Strategizing Activities and Practices (SAP) IG at the Academy of Management. In addition, he was the Chair of the Strategic Management SIG of EURAM.  

Professor Laamanen has been published in leading international journals, including Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Research Policy, Long Range Planning, Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, Strategic Organization, and Harvard Business Review.  

Selected Publications:  

  • Heimeriks KH, Bingham CB, Laamanen T. 2015. Unveiling the Temporally Contingent Role of Codification in Alliance Success. Strategic Management Journal 36(3): 462-473.
  • Laamanen T, Brauer M, Junna O. 2014. Performance of Acquirers of Divested Assets: Evidence from the U.S. Software Industry. Strategic Management Journal 35(6): 914-925.
  • Laamanen T, Simula T, Torstila S. 2012. Cross-Border Relocations of Headquarters in Europe. Journal of International Business Studies 43(2): 187-210.
  • Laamanen T, Wallin J. 2009. Cognitive Dynamics of Capability Development Paths. Journal of Management Studies 46(6): 950-981.  
  • Laamanen T, Keil T. 2008. Performance of Serial Acquirers: Toward an Acquisition Program Perspective. Strategic Management Journal 29(6): 663-672.