Prof. Dr. Matthias Brauer

University of Mannheim
Chair for Strategic and International Management

L 4, 1
68161 Mannheim
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Phone: +49 621 181-1741
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Email: sekretariat.brauer (at)


Short CV

Prof. Dr. oec. Matthias Brauer is professor of Strategic and International Management at the University of Mannheim. Previously, he held positions as associate professor of Strategic Management at the University of St. Gallen (2005-2012) and Luxembourg (2012-2013). Additionally, he received various other offers from leading European business schools (e.g. Rotterdam School of Management, Warwick Business School).

Prof. Brauer engages in close dialogue and interaction with companies and government institutions to ensure that research and teaching activities are geared both towards scientific excellence and practical relevance.

His primary areas of expertise are corporate strategy (i.e. acquisitions, divestitures, downsizing) and governance. Recent manuscripts on these research topics have appeared or are forthcoming in leading international journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Strategic Organization, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, British Journal of Management, Journal of World Business, Journal of Management and Governance, and Corporate Governance: An International Review. For his research activities, he was awarded several national and international awards by various institutions, such as the Academy of Management, the Strategic Management Society, the Latsis Foundation,  and the University of St. Gallen.

In terms of executive education and company inhouse programs, he regularly teaches courses on Strategic Management, Corporate Strategy, Corporate Restructuring and Mergers & Acquisitions, and works as an instructor and coach for several multinational companies in the automotive, financial services, healthcare and utilities industries. For his training and teaching activities, he received several awards, such as the MBA Best Lecturer Award of the University of St. Gallen (2011, 2012).



  • Brauer, M. (2014). 'Sell-offs and firm performance: A matter of experience?' (with Mammen, J.; Luger, J.). Journal of Management, forthcoming.
  • Brauer, M. (2014). 'Workforce downsizing and firm performance: An organizational routine perspective' (with Laamanen, T.). Journal of Management Studies, 51(8): 1311-1333.
  • Brauer, M. (2014). ‘Performance of Acquirers of Divested Assets: Evidence from the U.S. Software Industry’ (with Laamanen, T.; Junna, O.). Strategic Management Journal, 35(6): 914-925.
  • Brauer, M. (2013). ‘Determinants and Temporal Dynamics of Strategic Divergence: Evidence from Europe’ (with Heitmann, M.). Journal of World Business, 48(1): 110-121.
  • Brauer, M. (2013). ‘The effects of short-term and long-term oriented managerial behavior on medium-term financial performance’ Journal of Business Economics and Management, 14(2): 386-402.
  • Brauer, M. (2012). ‘Industry Divestiture Waves: How a Firm’s Position Influences Investor Returns’ (with Wiersema, M.). Academy of Management Journal, 55(6): 1472-1492.
  • Brauer, M. (2012). ‘Firm Performance and Aspiration Levels as Determinants of a Firm's Strategic Repositioning within Strategic Group Structures’ (with Schimmer, M.). Strategic Organization, 10(4): 406-435.
  • Brauer, M. (2009). ‘Corporate and divisional manager involvement in divestitures – A contingent analysis’. British Journal of Management, 20(3): 341-362.
  • Brauer, M. (2006). ‘What have we acquired and what should we acquire in divestiture research? A review and research agenda.’ Journal of Management, 32(6): 751-785.
  • Brauer, M. (2006). ‘Strategic governance: how to assess board effectiveness in guiding strategy execution’ (with Schmidt, S.). Corporate Governance: An International Review, 14(1): 12-21. 


  • Mueller-Stewens, G. and Brauer, M. (2009). Corporate Strategy & Governance. Stuttgart: Schaeffer-Poeschel Verlag.