Dr Gerhard Schnyder

Director of the Institute for International Management

Gerhard Schnyder

Dr. Gerhard Schnyder is a Reader in International Management and joined the Institute for International Management from King’s College London in July 2017.

Dr. Gerhard Schnyder is a Professor of International Management and Political Economy and joined the University from King’s College London in July 2017. At King’s, Gerhard was the Director of the MSc in International Management (2014-2017) and taught Global Corporate Governance, Comparative Management, International Business, and International Strategy modules in his previous role.
Gerhard has published 20 refereed journal articles and book chapters and has co-authored a book on the history of Swiss corporate governance. He has obtained several research fellowships from the Swiss National Science Foundation and a large grant from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). He is member of the editorial advisory board of ‘Accounting, Law and Economics – A Convivium’ 

Academic background

Gerhard graduated from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) in 2001 with a BA (Licence) in Political Science. He obtained an MA (Diplôme d’études approfondies, DEA) in Political Science from the Universities of Lausanne and Geneva (Switzerland) in 2003. He then went on to doctoral studies and completed his PhD in Political Science at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) in January 2008. He recently finished an MA in Social Science Data Analysis at the University of Essex. 
Gerhard completed a post doctoral degree with the Centre for Business Research (CBR) at the University of Cambridge (2007-2009), working on the ESRC funded research project “Law, Finance, and Development” (RES-156-25-0037). In 2009, he also worked as a research fellow at SOAS, the University of London and the University of Bath, before joining King’s College London as a Lecturer in Comparative Management in September 2009. Gerhard was a Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer, and Reader at King’s between 2009-2017, and took on the role of Director for MSc in International Management from 2015-2017.

Current research and collaborations

Gerhard’s research adopts an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to investigate the institutional and political determinants of economic activity. More specifically, Gerhard researches the impact of the state, law, and informal institutions on firm-level corporate governance practices and strategies.
A first strand of research focuses on formal institutions. Gerhard recently completed an ESRC-funded research project entitled Law & Agency: The micro-foundations of institutional change in national corporate governance systems (RES-061-25-0518). This project investigated the impact of legal minority shareholder protection on the evolution of shareholder-orientated corporate governance practices in different European countries.
A second strand of his research investigates the impact of informal institutions – such as inter-corporate networks – on firms and on national business systems. His research on informal institutions also touches on the role of liberal and non-liberal ideas on processes of institutional and regulatory change in national business systems.
A third strand of his research concerns the role of the state in national business systems and how it affects corporate activities, strategies, and state-business relationships in particular in emerging markets. Together with Dorottya Sallai (Greenwich University, UK) he currently works on the impact of authoritarian states on multinational companies and local firms in a post-socialist context.

Current PhD / research supervisions

  • Micaela Mihov: Private-Public partnerships and Varieties of Capitalism
  • Stephen Scruton (2nd supervisor; co-supervised with Sam Green, King’s Russia Institute): The structure and performance of State-Owned Enterprises in Russia and Kazakhstan

Completed PhD / research supervisions

  • Dorottya Egerszegi (2011-2013): The determinants of Eastern European companies’ lobbying activities at EU level
  • Philipp Kern (2012-2015): The institutional and corporate change in times of crisis in Europe and North America

Interests and activities

Since 2011, Gerhard is a research network co-organiser of network H: “Markets, Firms, and Institutions” at the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE). Together with professor Christina Ahmadjian (Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo), Gerhard has coordinated the network at the SASE annual meetings at MIT (2012), University of Milan (2013), University of Chicago (2014), LSE (2015), Berkeley (2016), and University of Lyons 1 (2017).
Gerhard is actively involved in the Purpose of the Corporation project organised by the public interest law firm FrankBold and the Modern Corporation Project at CASS Business School. In relation with this combined initiative, Gerhard has spoken at and participated in various practitioner events related to the question of the future of corporate governance.
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