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Dr Achim Schmitt

Dr Achim Schmitt


PhD (Dr. oec.) in Business Administration and Management, University of Geneva
Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (HDR), Université de Paris-Dauphine


Full Professor - Associate Dean - Graduate Programs

Teaching Subject(s)

Business Field Trip: Europe
Capstone Thesis
Hospitality Strategic Management in the 21st Century
Introduction to the MBA Program
Managing Underperforming Properties
Strategic Management in the Hospitality Industry

Area of expertise

Corporate strategy
Corporate turnaround
Organizational ambidexterity
Organizational decline
Strategic Management
Strategic renewal

Short Bio

Dr Achim Schmitt is a Full Professor at Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne and Associate Dean of Graduate Programs. He led the creation of three new Graduate Programs; the MSc Global Hospitality Business, the blended MBA in Hospitality, and the Hospitality EMBA. Dr Achim Schmitt holds a PhD from the University of Geneva, obtained his Habilitation at the University of Paris-Dauphine in France, and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Geneva as well as an Associate Researcher at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. Before joining the academic world, Dr Achim Schmitt was a strategy consultant for 4 years in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He has gained academic experience at Audencia Business School in Nantes (France), Columbia Business School (USA), HEC University of Geneva (Switzerland), Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota (Colombia) and China Europe International Business School (CEIBS, China).

Dr Achim Schmitt’s research focuses on organization theory and strategic management, with particular interest in organizational ambidexterity, organizational decline, corporate turnarounds and strategic renewal. His articles and papers have been published in diverse outlets including the International Journal of Management Research, Journal of Management Studies, Long Range Planning, and Management Learning. He currently serves on the scientific board of the International Association of Strategic Management (France) and the Editorial Board at Long Range Planning.


Schmitt, A., Raub, S., Schmid, S., & Harrigan, K.R. (2019). Changing tires on a moving car: the role of timing in hospitality and service turnaround processes. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 77, 549-561. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhm.2018.08.019
Cruz, M., & Schmitt, A. (2019). Strategy and knowledge management in humanitarian organizations. In Villa, S, et al (Eds.), Decision-making in Humanitarian Operations: Strategy, Behavior, and System Dynamics. Palgrave Mcmillan.
Ahn, J., Lee, C.K., Back, K.J., & Schmitt, A. (2019). Brand experiential value for creating integrated resort customers’ co-creation behavior. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 81, 104-112. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhm.2019.03.009
Back, K-J., Lee, C-K, Ahn, J., Schmitt, A., & Kim, H. (2019). A mixed method approach to developing a multidimensional scale for gambling fallacy in the Korean context. International Gambling Studies, 19(2), 220-240. https://doi.org/10.1080/14459795.2018.1541244
Schmitt, A., Raisch, S., & Volberda, H.W. (2018). Strategic renewal: Past research, theoretical tensions and future challenges. International Journal of Management Reviews, 20(1), 81-98. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijmr.12117
Josserand, E., Schmitt, A., & Borzillo, S. (2017). Balancing present needs and future options: How employees leverage social networks with clients. Journal of Business Strategy, 38(1), 14-21. https://doi.org/10.1108/JBS-01-2016-0003
Barker, V., & Schmitt, A. (2017). Firm turnarounds in knowledge intensive industries. In J. Adriaanse and J.-P. van der Rest (Eds.), Turnaround Management and Bankruptcy: A research companion: 327- 345. Routledge/Taylor & Francis: New York.
Schmitt, A., Barker, V., Raisch, S., & Whetten, D. (2016). Strategic renewal in times of environmental scarcity. Long Range Planning, 49(3), 361-376. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijmr.12117
Marmenout, K., & Schmitt, A. (2016). Organisational Change and Human Resource Management. In J. Crawshaw, P. Budhwar, A. Davis (Eds.), Strategic Human Resource Management: Challenges and Practice, 2nd edition. SAGE: Oxford.
Schmitt, A., & Klarner, P. (2015). From snapshot to continuity: A dynamic model of organizational adaptation to environmental changes, Scandinavian Journal of Management, 31(1), 3-13. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scaman.2014.06.003
Schmitt, A., & Raisch, S. (2015). Wie Experten die Krise meistern. Harvard Business Manager Magazine, (2),10-12.
Schmitt, A., & Devins, G. (2015). Einführung in das Produktionsmanagement. In T. Straub (Ed), Einführung in die moderne Betriebswirtschaftslehre, 2nd edition, Pearson Education: Munich.
Schmitt, A., & Marmenout, K. (2014). Organisational change and HRM. In Crawshaw, J., Budhwar, P.S., & Davies, A., Human Resource Management: Strategic and International Perspectives, 48-68. Sage Publications.
Schmitt, A., & Raisch, S. (2013). Corporate turnarounds: The duality of retrenchment and recovery, Journal of Management Studies, (50)7, 1216-1244. https://doi.org/10.1111/joms.12045
Schmitt, A., & Devins, G. (2013). Gestion de la production. In T. Straub (Ed), Découvrir la nouvelle gestion d‘entreprise: 37 pages. Pearson Education: Munich.
Schmitt, A., & Probst, G. (2013). Downsize, don’t dumbsize. The Smart Manager, 55-56.
Borzillo, S., Schmitt, A., & Antino, M. (2012). Communities of practice: Keeping the company agile. Journal of Business Strategy, (33)6, 22-30. https://doi.org/10.1108/02756661211281480
Schmitt, A., Borzillo, S., & Probst, G. (2012). Don’t let knowledge walk away: Knowledge retention during employee downsizing. Management Learning, 43(1), 52-73. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1350507611411630
Schmitt, A., & Devins, G. (2012). Einführung in das Produktionsmanagement. In T. Straub (Ed), Einführung in die moderne Betriebswirtschaftslehre: 208-237, Pearson Education: Munich.
Borzillo, S., Aznar, S., & Schmitt, A. (2011). A journey through communities of practice: How and why members move from the periphery to the core. European Management Journal, 29(1), 25-42. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.emj.2010.08.004
Schmitt, A., Probst, G., & Tushman, M. (2010). Management in times of economic crisis: Insights into organizational ambidexterity. M@n@gement 13(3), 128-150. https://doi.org/10.3917/mana.133.0128
Stadtler, L., Schmitt, A., Klarner, P., & Straub, T. (Eds.). (2010). More than Bricks in the Wall: Organizational Perspectives for Sustainable Success: A tribute to Professor Dr. Gilbert Probst. Springer Science & Business Media. Gabler Verlag: Wiesbaden. doi.org/10.1007/978-3-8349-8945-1
Schmitt, A. (2010). When crises represent an opportunity: Insights into corporate turnarounds. In L. Stadtler, A. Schmitt, P. Klarner, T. Straub (Eds.), More than Bricks in the Wall: Organizational Perspectives for Sustainable Success. How to achieve sustainable corporate success: 78-86. Gabler Verlag: Wiesbaden. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-8349-8945-1_8
Klarner, P., & Schmitt, A. (2010). It's more than just bricks in the wall: Three decades of organizational studies, continued learning, and leadership. In A. Schmitt, L. Stadtler, P. Klarner, T. Straub (Eds.), More than Bricks in the Wall: Organizational Perspectives for Sustainable Success. How to achieve sustainable corporate success: 198-200. Gabler Verlag: Wiesbaden. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-8349-8945-1_21
Schmitt, A., & Raisch, S. (2010). Neither black nor white yet both: The shifting balance perspective of corporate turnarounds, Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings: Montréal, Canada, 1-6. Doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2010.54499469


Best Reviewer Award 2016/2014/2010: BPS Division, Academy of Management Meeting, USA
Nominated for the Best Conference Paper Prize; 31st Strategic Management Society Annual Conference, Miami, USA
Best Division Reviewer Award 2011: Strategic Management Track
Finalist Best Conference Reviewer Award 2011; EURAM Conference, June 2-4, in Tallinn, Estonia
Best Paper Proceedings 2010; Academy of Management Meeting in Montreal, Canada
Nominated for the Best Conference Paper Prize for Practice Implications; 29th Strategic Management Society Annual Conference, Washington. D.C., USA