Xavier Castañer holds a Bachelor and MBA from ESADE and a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota. He is Professor of Strategy at the Department of Strategy, Globalization and Society, HEC Lausanne, University of Lausanne (UNIL). Prior to joining UNIL, Professor Castañer was Assistant Professor at the Business Policy Departments of HEC Paris and ESADE. At ESADE he was the founding executive secretary of the Institute of Public Leadership and Management. He has also taught at the London Business School, the Technion and the University of Geneva, among others. Between 2009 and 2012, he was the co-director for the Cultural Management diploma at the Universities of Geneva and Lausanne. He has been interviewed for and featured in different media such as Bilan, Forbes, and NZZ on a variety of managerial and organizational issues.
Professor Castañer's research broadly deals with how actors with different backgrounds and interests engage in collective, hopefully coordinated, action, whether it is owners in the context of corporate governance, partners in alliances, acquiring and target employees in acquisitions or different members in innovation teams. Relatedly, he is interested in how integration is achieved within and across organizations. He is also conducting research on creativity and innovation, including in cultural organizations. Thus, his research spans the fields of corporate governance, strategy, innovation and organizational theory.
He has been or is member of several review boards of scientific journals in management such as Academy of Management Journal, Org Sci or Strategic Management Journal. He is also very active in professional associations such as AOM, CCC or SMS. Currently he is the VP for external relations of EURAM.
- Corporate strategy: choice of organizational boundaries/scope (diversification, geographical expansion, vertical integration)
- Ownership structure & corporate governance impact on strategy
- Choice & management of development modes (internal ventures, alliances, and acquisitions)
- Management of multibusiness & multinational companies
- Innovation & its diffusion
- Management of cultural organizations
Bruyaka, O., Philippe, D. and Castañer, X. (2018). Run Away or Stick Together: The Impact of Organization-Specific Adverse Events on Alliance Partner Defection. Academy of Management Review.
Castañer, X. (2016). Redefining Creativity and Innovation in Organizations: Suggestions for Redirecting Research. International Journal of Innovation Management, 20 (4): 1-23. Reprinted in Brem, Alexander et al (2017). The Role of Creativity in the Management of Innovation. State of the Art and Future Research Outlook. World Scientific, London. Series of Technology Management, 49-71.
Kavadis, N. and Castañer, X. (2015). Who Drives Corporate Restructuring? Co-Existing Owners in French Firms. Corporate Governance: An International Review, 23 (5): 417–433. Early view online since March 31, 2015.
Castañer, X., Mulotte, L., Garrette, B. and 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 (September issue). Early view 26 July 2013.
Castañer, X. and Kavadis, N. (2013). Does Good Corporate Governance Prevent Bad Strategies? An Empirical Analysis of Non-Value Creating Financial Diversification in French Companies, 2000-2006. Strategic Management Journal, 34: 863-876. Early view January 2013, published online May 2013.
De Clercq, D., Castañer, X. and Belausteguigoitia, I. (2011). Entrepreneurial Initiative Selling within Organizations: Towards a More Comprehensive Motivational Framework. Journal of Management Studies, 48: 1269-1290.
Garrette, B., Castañer, X. and Dussauge, P. (2009). Horizontal Alliances as an Alternative to Autonomous Production: Product Expansion Mode Choice in the Worldwide Aircraft Industry, 1945-2000. Strategic Management Journal, 30 (8): 885-894.
Ketokivi, M. and Castañer, X. (2004). Strategic Planning as an Integrative Device. Administrative Science Quarterly, 49: 337-365.
Castañer, X. and Campos, L. (2002). The Determinants of Artistic Innovation: Bringing the Role of Organizations. Journal of Cultural Economics, 26: 29-52. Reprinted in Towse, R. (ed) (2007), Recent Developments in Cultural Economics. Edward Elgar.