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Department of Management and Technology

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Biographical note

Born November 1st, 1968. Degree in Economics from the University of St. Gallen. PhD in Economics, University of St. Gallen.

Academic CV


Markus Venzin is a Professor for Global Strategy at the Management Department of Bocconi University and Senior Lecturer at SDA Bocconi. He is the Director of the Master of Science in International Management at Bocconi University. He is the initiator and Director of the new flagship program of SDA Bocconi: the Senior Executive Program. Markus Venzin was the chair of the organizing committee of the Academy of International Management Conference 2008 at Bocconi University. He held visiting positions and teaching assignments at University of Michigan, Fudan University (Shanghai), Copenhagen Business School, Essec (Paris), ESADE (Barcelona), Steinbeis University (Berlin) and St. Gallen University.

Research areas

Markus Venzin is conducting research projects with firms on their internationalization strategies, the management of their subsidiary network, global knowledge management systems as well as the development of formal planning and control processes. His current research interests include topics such as the study of global knowledge sharing systems of the cement industry, internationalization processes of retail banks, export strategies of small and medium sized firms, innovation and cross-border commercialization of financial service products as well as the logic and process of cross-border mergers and acquisitions of banks. His latest book Internationalization of Financial Services Firms: How Successful Firms Design and Execute Cross-Border Strategies has been published by Oxford University Press in January 2009.

Selected publications

Ram Mudambi and Markus Venzin, The strategic nexus of offshoring and outsourcing decisions, Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 47, Number 8, December 2010, pp. 1510-1533



Markus Venzin, Cosntructing power to drive strategy processes in multinational firms, in: Mazzola, P. and F. W. Kellermanns (eds). Handbook of research on strategy process. Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, MA, Edward Elgar, 2010, pp. 452 470.


Markus Venzin, Building an International Financial Services Firm: How to design and execute cross-border strategies, Oxford University Press, January, 2009.


Volker Mahnke, Torben Pedersen and Markus Venzin, Does Knowledge Sharing Pay? An MNC Subsidiary Perspective on Knowledge Outflows, Advances in International Management (Elsevier), 2009, pp.123 - 149.


Markus Venzin, Vikas Kumar and Jens Kleine, Internationalization of Retail Banks: A Micro-Level Study of the Multinationality-Performance Relationship, Management International Review, 2008/4, Vol . 48, pp. 463-485.


Gabriella Lojacono and Markus Venzin, Economia & Management, 4/2008: "Da Export Manager a International Business Developer nelle PMI del sistema arredo", p. 54-55.


Volker Mahnke, Markus Venzin and Shaker Zahra, Governing entrepreneurial opportunity recognition in the MNE: Aligning interests and cognition under uncertainty, Journal of Management Studies, 44:7 November 2007, pp. 1278-1298.


Jens Kleine, Volker Mahnke and Markus Venzin, Finanzkonzerne: Welche Werte schaffen Zentralen?, Die Bank, No. 1, January 2006, pp.48 53.


Volker Mahnke, Torben Pedersen Markus Venzin, The impact of knowledge management on MNC subsidiary performance: the role of absorptive capacity, Management International Review, 2005, pp. 101 - 119.


Carlo Alberto Carnevale Maffè and Markus Venzin, Sfide e linee guida per la crescita internazionale delle imprese familiari, Economia & Management, 5, 2005, pp. 6 7.


"The Internationalization Process of Digital Good Providers" (con V. Mahnke), in Management International Review, 2003/1, pp. 115-142.


 "Corporate Governance of K-teams in MNCs" (con V. Mahnke), in Management International Review, november 2003.


"Knowledge Management", in Cems Business Review, 2, 1998, pp. 205-210; Der Strategieprozess: Analyse ? Planung - Umsetzung (con C. Rasner e V. Mahnke), Campus Verlag, spring 2003


"Communities of Strategic Practice: How Managers Create and Share Intuition in Strategic Processes", in: Beerli, Diemers, Falk Knowledge Management in Practice, New York: AMACOM, 2002, pp. 137-155.


"The Concept of Knowledge in Strategic Management: Assumptions, Appearances and Applications" (con G. von Krogh e J. Roos), in G. von Krogh, J. Roos e D. Kleine (eds.), The Epistemological Challenge: Understanding and Measuring Organizational Knowledge, Sage Publications, 1998, pp. 26-67.


"Knowledge Management" (con G. von Krogh e J. Roos), in Tschirky, Frauenfelder, Koruna (eds.), Technologiemanagement in Theorie und Praxis, 1998.