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Dr Achim Schmitt

Achim Schmitt , PhD


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 Location(s)

EHL Campus Lausanne
EHL Campus (Singapore)

Courses and Modules Taught

• Managing Underperforming Properties

• Business Field Trip: Europe

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(s) of Expertise

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

Short Bio

Dr Achim Schmitt is a Full Professor at EHL and Dean (a.i.) of EHL’s Graduate School. During the past 8 years, Achim led the creation of multiple new Graduate Programs: the MSc Global Hospitality Business, the MSc in Wine and Hospitality, the blended MBA in Hospitality, as well as the Hospitality EMBA. Dr 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.

Before joining the academic world, Achim was a turnaround consultant 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), the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, 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 Harvard Business Review, International Journal of Management Research, Journal of Management Studies, Long Range Planning, Management Learning, and MIT Sloan Management Review. He currently serves on two boards in the private sector, the academic advisory board at CEIBS Europe, as well as the Editorial Boards at Long Range Planning.

Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Raub, S., Borzillo, S., Perretten, G. & Schmitt, A. (2021). New employee orientation, role-related stressors and conflict at work: Consequences for work attitudes and performance of hospitality employees. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 94, 102857.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Schmitt, A., Barker, V., Raisch, S., & Whetten, D. (2016). Strategic renewal in times of environmental scarcity. Long Range Planning, 49(3), 361-376.

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.

Schmitt, A., & Raisch, S. (2013). Corporate turnarounds: The duality of retrenchment and recovery, Journal of Management Studies, (50)7, 1216-1244.

Borzillo, S., Schmitt, A., & Antino, M. (2012). Communities of practice: Keeping the company agile. Journal of Business Strategy, (33)6, 22-30.

Schmitt, A., Borzillo, S., & Probst, G. (2012). Don’t let knowledge walk away: Knowledge retention during employee downsizing. Management Learning, 43(1), 52-73.

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.

Schmitt, A., Probst, G., & Tushman, M. (2010). Management in times of economic crisis: Insights into organizational ambidexterity. M@n@gement 13(3), 128-150.

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.

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.

Funded Research Projects

Schmitt, A., Project: A Behavioral Process Perspective on Hotel Corporation's Investment Decisions, Date: 01.09.2017 to 30.06.2019, External Fundraising: HES-SO.
Schmitt, A. Project: Scale development of gambling fallacy and its effect on gambling problem behaviors: A cross cultural study among Korea, USA, and Switzerland (Kyung Hee University, South Korea and the University of Houston, USA), Date: 01.09.2016 – 31.08.2019, External Fundraising.


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