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Jan Schmitt

Jan Schmitt

Jan Schmitt, M.Sc., MIM

Office: D1, 3.036
Office Hours: By appointment

Tel: + 43-1-31336-5906
Fax: +43-1-31336-90-5906


Position at IIB, other positions and academic career

Jan joined the Institute for International Business as a Research and Teaching Associate/PhD Student in September 2016. During his PhD studies, he joined University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business as a visiting scholar for one semester. He is a CEMS graduate from Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Vienna) and University of Sydney. Before that, he completed a dual study program and obtained his Bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration from Hochschule Ludwigshafen.

As part of his Bachelor’s degree, Jan joined BASF for three years and worked in a variety of business areas both in Germany and Chile. During his Master’s studies, he completed two consulting internships with A.T. Kearney as well as Horváth & Partners and did several consulting projects for multinational corporations as part of his studies.

In his leisure time, he likes travelling, motorsports, running, and all kinds of racket sports.

Research interest

In his research, Jan studies the changing role of headquarters (HQs) in multinational corporations using unique quantitative longitudinal datasets, rich qualitative longitudinal case studies, and novel survey data. In his dissertation, he focuses on the emerging phenomenon of cross-border HQ relocations. He is passionate about enhancing our understanding of HQ relocations by approaching the phenomenon from different theoretical lenses (such as institutional, agency, and upper echelons theory). In the four papers of his dissertation, he holistically investigates the antecedents, the process, as well as the consequences of those organizational moves. This approach allows him to contribute to research at the intersection of international business, global strategy, organizational design, and economic geography. Additionally, he is interested in how the ongoing digital transformation affects HQ roles and location choices.

For more information, please visit Jan’s personal website.