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Sven Kunisch

Ph.D., Associate Professor

Sven Kunisch


Sven Kunisch, Ph.D., is Associate Professor at Aarhus University (Denmark). He has held permanent and visiting positions at University of St.Gallen (Switzerland), Harvard Business School (Harvard University, USA), Saïd Business School (Oxford University, UK) and WU Vienna (Austria). Prior to his current position, Sven also served as the Executive Director of the master´s program in Business Management (MUG-HSG), which was ranked 9th in the 2019 QS Business Masters Ranking.

Sven´s research interests focus on various strategy topics such as strategic change, strategic leadership, corporate-level strategies, and corporate headquarters. He has a particular interest in grand societal challenges such as digital transformation, cyber security and climate change.

His work has been published or is scheduled for publication in the Academy of Management Annals, Business Horizons, Global Strategy Journal, Harvard Business Review, International Business Review, International Journal of Management Reviews, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Organization Design, Journal of World Business, Long Range Planning, McKinsey Quarterly, MIT Sloan Management Review, and Organizational Research Methods. He has also co-edited several management books on topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Strategic Leadership and the Demographic Change.

Sven serves on the editorial boards of several academic management journals:

  • Academy of Management Review (second term)
  • Corporate Governance: An International Journal (first term)
  • International Journal of Management Reviews (since 2022)
  • Journal of Management (first term)
  • Journal of Management Studies (since 2019)
  • Journal of Organization Design (since 2018)
  • Journal of World Business (since 2016)
  • Organizational Research Methods (since 2021)

In addition, he also regularly serves as ad-hoc reviewer for many other management journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, British Journal of Management, Business Horizons, Global Strategy Journal, Human Relations, Journal of Business Research, Journal of International Business Studies, Long Range Planning, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, and Strategic Organization.

Sven has received significant accolades for his scholarship in strategic and international management. For example, he received "Outstanding Reviewer Awards" from the Academy of Management Review (in 2019 and 2020) and a "Best Reviewer Award" from the Journal of World Business (in 2018). In the 2019 forschungsmonitoring ranking, he is listed 30 (i.e. top 10%) among all scientists in business administration “under 40 years” in the German speaking countries Germany, Austria and Switzerland and researchers who are born in these countries (just A+ publications; top 25% in other categories, respectively).


For students: I am very open to supervise Bachelor´s, Master´s and PhD projects related to my areas of interest.  Please do not hesitate to contact me.  


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