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Xavier Castaner


Full Professor
Department of Strategy, Globalization and Society

Internef, room 602
Tel 021.692.33.47

Postal address
Université de Lausanne
Quartier UNIL-Chamberonne
Bâtiment Internef
1015 Lausanne



Research areas

Corporate Strategy
Professor Castañer's research broadly deals with corporate strategy and development, with special interest in when and how organizations create synergies from their portfolio (whether across activities in the same value chain, businesses, or countries), and how they successfully develop through internal ventures, acquisitions and/or alliances. Relatedly, he is interested in how integration is achieved within and across organizations.

He is also conducting research on creativity and innovation, including in cultural organizations and creative industries.

Some of his past research dealt with territorial competitiveness, and industrial policy.


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Ph.D. in Business Administration
Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

B.A. and M.B.A.
Bachelor in Business Administration, ESADE, Barcelona
M.B.A. in International Management, ESADE, Barcelona

Work experience

Assistant Professor of Corporate Strategy and Development
HEC Lausanne

Assistant Professor, Strategy and Business Policy Department
HEC Paris (France)

Assistant Professor of Business Policy and Public Management
ESADE Barcelone (Espagne)

Other activities

Teaching and other activities
At HEC Lausanne, Prof. Castañer teaches a master course on corporate strategy and development and a PhD seminar on interorganizational relations and strategies (alliances and acquisitions). He has also taught strategy at undergraduate and graduate levels at HEC Paris, ESADE (Barcelona), the Carlson School of Management (U. of Minnesota), the CERISDI (Italy), the Sibelius Academy (Finland), Georgetown University (Geneva Summer School) and the University of Barcelona.

He has published on strategic planning and organizational integration in the Administrative Science Quarterly, intraorganizational lobbying in the Journal of Management Studies, product expansion mode choice and governance in the Strategic Management Journal, synergies and integration in acquisitions at the Journal of Management and artistic innovation in the Journal of Cultural Economics, among other publications. For his research, he has received distinctions from the Academy of Management (AOM) and the Association for Cultural Economics International.

Dr. Castañer has been a member of the Research Committee of the Business Policy and Strategy (BPS) division of the Academy of Management (AOM), and a representative at large of the Corporate Strategy & Governance Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society (SMS). Currently, he is a member of the Executive Committee of the BPS division of the AOM, and a representative at large of Strategy Process Interest Group of the SMS. He further serves in the Editorial Review Board of the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science and the Strategic Management Journal.

Xavier has taught in the executive education programs for Bouygues (France) and SIG (Switzerland), the cultural management program at ESADE, and he is co-director of the program in Cultural Management of the Universities of Genève and Lausanne. He has also consulted for private and public organizations, including the City Council of Barcelona and the Catalan Institute for Women.

2002-2008 Executive Board Member, Association for Cultural Economics International (ACEI).
2003-2007 Appointed Representative for France, Business Policy and Strategy (BPS) Division, Academy of Management (AOM).
2007-2009 Elected representative at large, IG Corporate Strategy & Governance, Strategic Management Society (SMS).
2008-2010 Member of Research Committee, BPS division (AOM).
2010-2012 Elected Representative-at-large, IG Strategy Process (SMS)
2010-2012 Executive Committee Member, BPS Division (AOM).
2012-2014 Elected officer, Strategy Process IG (SMS)
2014-2017 National representative for Switzerland, EURAM board
2017- VP, external relations, EURAM (member of the exec com & board)

Scientific Activities
Membership to scientific or professional organization:
Academy of Management (BPS, TIM, IM & OMT)
Strategic Management Society
Informs-College of Organization Science
Academy of International Business
European Academy of Management (EURAM)
Iberoamerican Academy of Management
Catalan Society of Economics
Association Cultural Economics International

Editorial Activities
2008-> Editorial Review Board member, Organization Science
2010-> Editorial Board member, Strategic Management Journal
2010-> Associate Editor, Nonprofit Management and Leadership
2011-> Editorial Review Board, Academy of Management Journal

Reviewer for: Academy of Management Journal-BPS division (2000), Administrative Science Quarterly, European Management Review, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Cultural Economics, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Science, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, and Strategic Management Journal.

Meeting organization
Assistant to the co-editors, Miniconference for the Special Issue of the Strategic Management Journal on Strategic Networks, Kellogg School of - Management, Northwestern University, 1999

Co-organizer and presenter, Managing Your Dissertation workshop, BPS Division, Academy of Management, August 2004, New Orleans

Proponent and Chair of the Organizing Committee, First Preconference Graduate Student Workshop, International Conference on Cultural Economics, ACEI, Vienna, Austria, July 2006

Co-organizer and presenter, "M&As as Research Context" Symposium, BPS Division, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Atlanta, August 2006

Member, Scientific Committee, Cultural Policy Conference, Lille 3, France, March 2007

Organizer of PDW "Motivation and Strategy", AOM, Montréal, August 2010

Co-organizer of PDW "Multiple Corporate Development Modes", AOM, Montréal, August 2010

Academic honors

MBA thesis with honors
Année : 1994

ESADE doctoral fellowship (1993-1994)
Année : 1993

ESADE doctoral fellowship
Année : 1994

Finalist, Joan Sardà prize for the best research book in economics published in Catalunya
Col.legi d'Economistes de Catalunya
Année : 1996

La Caixa fellowship for doctoral studies in the US
Année : 1997

La Caixa fellowship for doctoral studies in the US
Année : 1998

La Caixa fellowship for doctoral studies in the US
Année : 1999

Finalist, Juran fellowship, Carlson School of Management
Année : 2000

Finalist, Juran fellowship, Carlson School of Management
Année : 2001

Carlson School of Management doctoral dissertation fellowship
Année : 2000

Carlson School of Management doctoral dissertation fellowship
Année : 2001

Presidents' prize for best graduate student paper, Association for Cultural Economics International, Eleventh Conference
Minneapolis, May 2000
Année : 2000

Finalist, Best Dissertation Award, Business Policy and Strategy (BPS) Division, Academy of Management Annual Meeting
Seattle, August 2003
Année : 2003

Best Reviewer, Business Policy and Strategy (BPS) Division, Academy of Management Annual meeting Seattle
Année : 2003

Best Reviewer, Business Policy and Strategy (BPS) Division, Academy of Management Annual meeting New Orleans
Année : 2004

Best Reviewer, Business Policy and Strategy (BPS) Division, Academy of Management Annual meeting Honolulu
Année : 2005


  • alliances
  • corporate strategy and development
  • culture and arts management
  • diversification strategy
  • governance
  • innovation
  • m&a
  • organizational design and integration
  • strategy (2)


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