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Department of Strategy, Globalization and Society (SGS)

The SGS Department comprises a diverse group of active researchers and has a strong reputation internationally. Department members publish in the top journals in strategy and management, such as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, and Strategic Management Journal, to name a few. Department members conduct research on the sources of firms' long term competitive advantage and sustainable performance. We particularly focus on the various strategies used by firms to gain and maintain competitive advantage and social approval.

Importantly, no matter in which industry or country they are located, firms operate in an environment that has a considerable impact on what affects business opportunities and threats. Facilitating understanding of this external environment of business firms and analyzing how forces like competition, technological change, public policies, societal trends and expectations at large impact firms and their strategies is at the core of our teaching and research. Our research and courses therefore differ from courses on organizational behavior, human resources, operations management and the management of information systems insofar as the focus is on the external environment within which business firms operate. The theories, tools and techniques that inform our research come from the fields of economics, management and organization science, political science communication studies, psychology and philosophy, among others. Thus, members of the department embrace a multi-disciplinary view and acknowledge the relevance of different epistemologies in research and teaching.



100 last publications

: Peer Reviewed

  N.B.: Publications appears only after the authors have joined HEC Lausanne.
For the complete publications list of authors, please, see their personal websites.

In Press

Debenedetti Alain, Philippe Déborah, Chaney Damien ; Humphreys Ashlee (in press). Maintaining legitimacy in contested mature markets through discursive strategies: The case of corporate environmentalism in the French automotive industry. Industrial Marketing Management.
Gonin Michael (in press). Auswirkungen des Social Entrepreneurship Trends für Sozialmanagement in der Schweiz. Soziale Versorgung zukunftsfähig gestalten. A. Fritze, B. Wütrich, & J. Amstutz.
Haack Patrick, Martignoni Dirk ; Schoeneborn Dennis (in press). A bait-and-switch model of corporate social responsibility. Academy of Management Review.
Kretschmer Tobias , Peukert Christian (in press). Video Killed the Radio Star? Online Music Videos and Recorded Music Sales. Information Systems Research. Peer Reviewed
Mata J. , Alves C. (in press). The survival of firms founded by immigrants: institutional distance between home and host country and experience in the host country. Strategic Management Journal. Peer Reviewed


Bitektine Alex, Haack Patrick, Bothello Joel ; Mair Johanna (2020). Inhabited Actors : Internalizing Institutions through Communication and Actorhood Models. Journal of Management Studies, 57, 885-897.
Block Joern , Petty Jeffrey S. (2020). How knowledge shapes the scope of early business planning. Journal of Small Business Management, 1-30. Peer Reviewed
Feix A. , Philippe D. (2020). Unpacking the narrative decontestation of CSR: Aspiration for change or defense of the status quo?. Business and Society, 59, 129-174. Peer Reviewed
Haack Patrick, Schilke Oliver ; Zucker Lynne (2020). Legitimacy Revisited: Disentangling Propriety, Validity, and Consensus. Journal of Management Studies.
Haack Patrick , Sieweke Jost (2020). Advancing the Measurement of Organizational Legitimacy, Reputation, and Status: First-order Judgments vs Second-order Judgments—Commentary on “Organizational legitimacy, reputation and status: Insights from micro-level management”. Academy of Management Discoveries, 6, 153-158.


Batikas Michail, Claussen Jörg ; Peukert Christian (2019). Follow the money: Online piracy and self-regulation in the advertising industry. International Journal of Industrial Organization, 65, 121-151. Peer Reviewed
Breitinger D. , Bonardi J.-P. (2019). Firms, Breach of Norms, and Reputation Damage. Business & Society, 58, 1143-1176. Peer Reviewed
Conti A., Dass N., Di Lorenzo F. ; Graham S.J.H. (2019). Venture capital investment strategies under financing constraints: Evidence from the 2008 financial crisis. Research Policy, 48, 799-812. Peer Reviewed
Conti A. , Graham S.J. H. (2019). Valuable Choices: Prominent Venture Capitalists' Influence on Startup CEO Replacements. Management Science. Peer Reviewed
George Lisa M. , Peukert Christian (2019). Social networks and the demand for news. Information Economics and Policy, 49, 100833. Peer Reviewed
Harmon Derek J., Haack Patrick ; Roulet Thomas J. (2019). Microfoundations of Institutions: A Matter of Structure Versus Agency or Level of Analysis?. Academy of Management Review, 44, 464-467. Peer Reviewed
Peukert Christian (2019). Determinants and heterogeneity of switching costs in IT outsourcing: estimates from firm-level data. European Journal of Information Systems, 28, 291-317. Peer Reviewed
Peukert Christian (2019). The next wave of digital technological change and the cultural industries. Journal of Cultural Economics, 43, 189-210. Peer Reviewed
Peukert Christian (2019). Flexible digital supply behavior. A research agenda for cultural economics (pp. 63-86). Edward Elgar.


Aguiar Luis, Claussen Jörg ; Peukert Christian (2018). Catch Me If You Can: Effectiveness and Consequences of Online Copyright Enforcement. Information Systems Research, 29, 656-678. Peer Reviewed
Amer Estefania (2018). The Penalization of Non-Communicating UN Global Compact's Companies by Investors and Its Implications for This Initiative's Effectiveness. Business & Society, 57, 255-291. Peer Reviewed
Bruyaka O., Philippe D. ; Castañer X. (2018). Run Away or Stick Together? The Impact of Organization-Specific Adverse Events on Alliance Partner Defection. Academy of Management Review, 43, 445-469. Peer Reviewed
Cadot O., Ferrantino M. J., Gourdon J. ; Reyes J.-D. (2018). Reforming Non-Tariff Measures: From Evidence to Policy Advice. World Bank Group.
Cadot O., Ferrantino M. J., Gourdon J. ; Reyes J.-D. (2018). The Policy Case for Tackling Non-Tariff Measures. Reforming Non-Tariff Measures: From Evidence to Policy Advice, 7-22.
Castañer X. , Ketokivi M. (2018). Toward a Theory of Organizational Integration. Advances in Strategic Management (pp. 53-80). Emerald Publishing Limited. Peer Reviewed
Claussen Jörg, Essling Christian ; Peukert Christian (2018). Demand variation, strategic flexibility and market entry: Evidence from the U.S. airline industry. Strategic Management Journal, 39, 2877-2898. Peer Reviewed
Haack P. , Sieweke J. (2018). The Legitimacy of Inequality: Integrating the Perspectives of System Justification and Social Judgment : The Legitimacy of Inequality. Journal of Management Studies, 55, 486-516. Peer Reviewed
KALANOSKI Dimitrija, Bonardi Jean-Philippe (Dir.) (2018). THREE ESSAYS ON INTER-FIRM ARRANGEMENTS AND FIRM COMPETITIVENESS. Université de Lausanne, Faculté des hautes études commerciales.
Palazzo G. (2018). Corporate Social Responsibility and Leadership. The Nature of Leadership (pp. 469-494). Sage Publications, Inc. Peer Reviewed
Schnider R., Haack P. ; Scherer A.G. (2018, Jul). Legitimacy Judgments about Corporate Tax Avoidance: A Deliberation Experiment. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2018 (pp. 1-6). Academy of Management. Peer Reviewed
Stephen Sarah (2018, Jul). Financial Performance of Environmentally Responsible Investment Funds: A Systematic Review. Academy of Management Proceedings, 28. Guclu Atinc. Peer Reviewed


Amer Estefania (2017, Jan). Foreign Markets and Environmental Performance: The Timing of the Response to Institutional Pressures. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2017 (pp. 13085). Academy of Management.
Bonoli Giuliano, Lalive Rafael, Oesch Daniel, Bigotta Maurizio, Cottier Lionel ; Fossati Flavia (2017). Evaluation de l’Unité commune ORP- CSR en Ville de Lausanne. Université de Lausanne; Ville de Lausanne.
Castañer X. , Yu H. (2017). The role of middle and top managers in the strategy process. Handbook of Middle Management Strategy Process Research (pp. 13-32). Edward Elgar Publishing.
Essling Christian, Koenen Johannes ; Peukert Christian (2017). Competition for attention in the digital age: The case of single releases in the recorded music industry. Information Economics and Policy, 40, 26-40. Peer Reviewed
Hadani M., Bonardi J.-P. ; Dahan N.M. (2017). Corporate political activity, public policy uncertainty, and firm outcomes: A meta-analysis. Strategic Organization, 15, 338-366. Peer Reviewed
Peukert Christian, Claussen Jörg ; Kretschmer Tobias (2017). Piracy and box office movie revenues: Evidence from Megaupload. International Journal of Industrial Organization, 52, 188-215. Peer Reviewed
Sorell Michael R. , Bonardi Jean-Philippe (Dir.) (2017). Organizational outcomes in an exploration-exploitation framework: Corporate social performance, capital structure and cash holdings. Université de Lausanne, Faculté des hautes études commerciales.
Stephen Sarah (2017, Jan). The Evolution of Emergent Practices in Mature Organisational Fields. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2017. Academy of Management. Peer Reviewed
Stephen Sarah (2017, Jan). From Niche Practices to Protoinstitutions: The Evolution of Emergent Practices in Mature Organisational Fields. 2016 Southern Management Association Conference Proceedings (pp. 14). Peer Reviewed
Stephen Sarah Lilian (2017, Jan). From Niche Practices to Protoinstitutions - The Evolution of Emergent Practices. Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society, 28 (pp. 298-310). Peer Reviewed
Suddaby R., Bitektine A. ; Haack P. (2017). Legitimacy. Academy of Management Annals, 11, 451-478. Peer Reviewed
Zehnder C., Herz H. ; Bonardi J.-P. (2017). A productive clash of cultures: Injecting economics into leadership research. The Leadership Quarterly, 28, 65-85. Peer Reviewed


Amer E. , Bonardi J.-P. (2016, Jan). CSR, Reputation Insurance and Firms’ Long Term Response to Negative Public Exposure. Academy of Management Proceedings (pp. 11969). Academy of Management. Peer Reviewed
Baumann-Pauly D., Scherer A.G. ; Palazzo G. (2016). Managing institutional complexity – a longitudinal study of legitimacy strategies at a sportswear brand. Journal of Business Ethics, 137, 31-51. Peer Reviewed
Bonardi J.-P. (2016). Reputation Cascades. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Corporate Reputation (pp. 626-629). SAGE Publications, Inc.
Breitinger D. , Bonardi J.-P. (2016). Private politics daily: What makes firms the target of internet/media criticism? An empirical investigation of firm, industry, and institutional factors. Advances in Strategic Management, 34, 331-363. Peer Reviewed
Cadot O. , Gourdon J. (2016). Non-tariff measures, preferential trade agreements, and prices: new evidence. Review of World Economics, 152, 227-249. Peer Reviewed
Cadot O. , Ing L. Y. (2016). How Restrictive Are ASEAN's Rules of Origin?. Asian Economic Papers, 15, 115-134. Peer Reviewed
Castañer X. (2016). Redefining Creativity and Innovation in Organisations: Suggestions for Redirecting Research. International Journal of Innovation Management, 20, 1640001. Peer Reviewed
Grassi S. , Ma C.-T. A. (2016). Information Acquisition, Referral, Organization. The RAND Journal of Economics, 47, 935-960. Peer Reviewed
Palazzo G. (2016). Globalization and the rise of the multinational corporation. The Routledge Companion to Philosophy in Organization Studies (pp. 395-402). Routledge, New York, NY, USA.
Palazzo G., Morhart F.M. ; Schrempf-Stirling J. (2016). Shopping for a Better World: How Consumer Decisions Can Help to Promote Sustainability and ,Human Rights. Business and Human Rights: From Principles to Practice (pp. 200-209). Routledge, New York, NY.
PHAM M. N. T., Palazzo G. (Dir.) (2016). WHY SWEATSHOPS PERSIST: FAILED STANDARDS, LEMONS, LIES AND HEGEMONIC FRAMES. Université de Lausanne, Faculté des hautes études commerciales.
Reinecke J., Arnold D. ; Palazzo G. (2016). Qualitative Methods in Business Ethics, Corporate Responsibility, and Sustainability Research. Business Ethics Quarterly, 26, XIII-XXII.
Scherer A.G, Rasche A., Palazzo G. ; Spicer A. (2016). Managing for political corporate social responsibility: New challenges and directions for PCSR 2.0. Journal of Management Studies, 53, 273-298. Peer Reviewed
Schrempf-Stirling J. , Palazzo G. (2016). Upstream Corporate Social Responsibility: The Evolution From Contract Responsibility to Full Producer Responsibility. Business & Society, 55, 491-527. Peer Reviewed
Schrempf-Stirling J., Palazzo G. ; Phillips R. A. (2016). Historic Corporate Social Responsibility. Academy of Management Review, 41, 700-719. Peer Reviewed
Yan Ing L., Fernandez de Cordoba S. ; Cadot O. (2016). Non-Tariff Measures in ASEAN. Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia/United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.


Astebro T., Mata J. ; Santos-Pinto L. (2015). Skewness seeking: Risk loving, optimism or overweighting of small probabilities?. Theory and Decision, 78, 189-208. Peer Reviewed
Bonardi J.-P. , Vanden Bergh R. (2015). Political Knowledge and the Resource-Based View of the Firm. The Routledge Companion to Non-Market Strategy (pp. 12-28). Routledge, Oxon, UK.
Buss Philipp , Peukert Christian (2015). R&D outsourcing and intellectual property infringement. Research Policy, 44, 977-989. Peer Reviewed
Cadot O., Fernandes A., Gourdon J. ; Mattoo A. (2015). Are the Benefits of Export Support Durable? Evidence from Tunisia. Journal of International Economics, 97, 310-324. Peer Reviewed
Cadot O., Munadi E. ; Yan Ing L. (2015). Streamlining Non-Tariff Measures in ASEAN: The Way Forward. Asian Economic Papers, 14, 35-70. Peer Reviewed
Cavotta V., Palazzo G. (Dir.) (2015). Three essays on discourse and processes of institutional change and maintenance. Université de Lausanne, Faculté des hautes études commerciales.
Disdier A.-C., Fontagné L. ; Cadot O. (2015). North-South Standards Harmonization and International Trade. World Bank Economic Review, 29, 327-352. Peer Reviewed
Gonseth C., Cadot O., Mathys N. A. ; Thalmann P. (2015). Energy-tax changes and competitiveness: The role of adaptive capacity. Energy Economics, 48, 127-135. Peer Reviewed
Kavadis N. , Castañer X. (2015). Who drives corporate restructuring ? Co-existing owners in French firms. Corporate Governance: An International Review, 23, 417-433. Peer Reviewed
Orellana de Rickebusch A., Palazzo G. (Dir.) (2015). Three essays on corporate responsibility towards human rights, peace and security. Université de Lausanne, Faculté des hautes études commerciales.
Philippe D. (2015). Win-win. Le Dictionnaire de la Pensée Ecologique. Presses Universitaires de France.
Santos-Pinto L., Bruhin A., Mata J. ; Astebro T. (2015). Detecting Heterogeneous Risk Attitudes with Mixed Gambles. Theory and Decision, 79, 573-600. Peer Reviewed
Vaccaro A. , Palazzo G. (2015). Values against Violence: Institutional Change in Societies Dominated by Organized Crime. Academy of Management Journal, 58, 1075-1101. Peer Reviewed
Wirz M., Bonardi J.-P. , Bris A. (Dir.) (2015). Chapters on financing delay and liquidity in corporate finance. Université de Lausanne, Faculté des hautes études commerciales.
Woike J. K., Hoffrage U. ; Petty J. S. (2015). Picking profitable investments: The success of equal weighting in simulated venture capitalist decision making. Journal of Business Research, 68, 1705-1716. Peer Reviewed


(2014). Aid for Trade: What have we learnt? Which way ahead?. CEPR Press and FERDI, London, UK.
Cadot O., Carrère C. ; Strauss-Kahn V. (2014). OECD imports: Diversification of suppliers and quality search. Review of World Economics / Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv, 150, 1-24. Peer Reviewed
Cadot O., Fernandes A., Gourdon J., Mattoo A. ; de Melo J. (2014). Evaluating Aid for Trade: A survey of recent studies. The World Economy, 37, 516-529. Peer Reviewed
Cadot O. , de Melo J. (2014). Evaluation in Aid for Trade: Introduction to the Symposium. The World Economy, 37, 511-515.
Cadot O. , Gourdon J. (2014). Assessing the Price-Raising Effect of Non-Tariff Measures in Africa. Journal of African Economies, 23, 425-463. Peer Reviewed
Castañer X. (2014). Cultural Innovation by Cultural Organizations. Handbook of the Economics of Arts and Culture, vol. 2 (Vol. 2, pp. 263-276). Elsevier.
Castañer X., Mulotte L., Garrette B. ; Dussauge P. (2014). Governance mode vs. governance fit: Performance implications of make-or-ally choices for product innovation in the worldwide aircraft industry, 1942-2000. Strategic Management Journal, 35, 1386-1397. Peer Reviewed
Collet F. , Philippe D. (2014). From hot cakes to cold feet: A contingent perspective on the relationship between market uncertainty and status homophily in the formation of alliances. Journal of Management Studies, 51, 406-432. Peer Reviewed
Crane A., Palazzo G., Spence L.J. ; Matten D. (2014). Contesting the Value of “Creating Shared Value”. California Management Review, 56, 130-153. Peer Reviewed
de Treville S., Petty J. S. ; Wager S. (2014). Economies of Extremes: Lessons from Venture-Capital Decision Making. Journal of Operations Management, 32, 387-398. Peer Reviewed
Kavadis N. , Castaner X. (2014). Ownership Effects on Unrelated Diversification: An Institutions' Perspective. Finance and Strategy (Vol. 31, pp. 253-288). Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, UK.
M. Gonin N. Gachet B. Klaiber G. Ngounou & N. Crettenand (2014). Sécurisation de l'alimentation électrique dans les hôpitaux de disctrict du Cameroun. Université de Lausanne et Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne (EPFL).
Philippe D. , Debenedetti A. (2014). Le rôle des ambassadeurs des marques de luxe : méritocratie, aristocratie et légitimité. Le cas de la Haute Horlogerie. Le Marketing du Luxe. Stratégies innovantes et nouvelles pratiques (pp. 91-106). éditions EMS, Cormeilles Le Royal.
Scherer A.G., Palazzo G. ; Matten D. (2014). The business firm as a political actor: A new theory of the firm for a globalized world. Business and Society, 53, 143-156. Peer Reviewed


(2013). La coopérative, un modèle d'avenir ? Colloque interdisciplinaire sur le présent et devenir des coopératives en suisse romande. Actes du colloque organisé le 13 novembre 2012 par les facultés des Sciences Sociales et Politiques et des Hautes Etudes Commerciales à l'Université de Lausanne.
Andriamananjara S., Cadot O. ; Grether J.-M. (2013). Tools for Applied Goods Trade Policy Analysis: An Introduction. Handbook of Trade Policy for Development. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Augier P., Cadot O. ; Dovis M. (2013). Imports and TFP at the firm level: The role of asorptive capacity. Canadian Journal of Economics / Revue Canadienne d'Économique, 46, 956-981. Peer Reviewed
Augier P., Cadot O., Gourdon J. ; Malouche M. (2013). Non-tariff measures: Regional cooperation and competitiveness through regulatory governance. The Arab Spring: Implications for Economic Integration. London, UK: CEPR/FEMISE.
Bonardi J.-P. , Urbiztondo S. (2013). Asset freezing, corporate political resources and the Tullock paradox. Business and Politics, 15, 275-293. Peer Reviewed
Breitinger D. , Bonardi J.-P. (2013, Jan). The phenomenon of reputational damage: What is it? What does it cause?. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2013 (pp. 12893). The Academy of Management. Peer Reviewed
Cadot O., Carrère C. ; Strauss-Kahn V. (2013). Trade diversification, income, and growth: What do we know?. Journal of Economic Surveys, 27, 790-812. Peer Reviewed
Cadot O., Iacovone L., Pierola M. D. ; Rauch F. (2013). Success and failure of African exporters. Journal of Development Economics, 101, 284-296. Peer Reviewed
Castañer X. (2013). Management Challenges of Cultural Heritage Organizations. Handbook On The Economics of Cultural Heritage (pp. 209-230). Edward Elgar.
Castañer X. , Karim S. (2013). Implementing Acquirers' Synergistic Intent: Cost Reduction, Revenue Enhancement and Bilateral Interactions with the Target. Mergers and Acquisitions: Practices, Performance and Perspectives (pp. 75-108). Nova publishers, New York.
Castañer X. , Kavadis N. (2013). Does good governance prevent bad strategy? A study of corporate governance, financial diversification, and value creation by French corporations, 2000–2006. Strategic Management Journal, 34, 863-876. Peer Reviewed


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