The research foci of the chair are International Strategic Management (International Strategy). In particular, international disinvestment and internationalization strategies of family businesses are considered.

Recent selected publications:

  • Fourné, S./Zschoche, M./Schwens, C./Kotha, R. (2023). Multinational family firms’ internationalization depth and breadth following the global financial crisis, Journal of World Business, 58: 101428.
  • Fourné, S./Zschoche, M. (2020). Reducing uncertainty in follow-up FDI: Imitation by family firms, Global Strategy Journal, 10(4): 839-860.
  • Flickinger, M./Zschoche, M. (2018). Corporate divestiture and performance: An institutional view, Journal of Management and Governance, 22(1): 111-131.

Another research area is competitive dynamics (competitive strategy). The main focus is on how companies react to changes in their (international) competitive environment.

Current selected publications:

  • Kremer, R./Zschoche, M. (2023). Managing media reactions when announcing a downsizing decision: A socio-cognitive approach, Working paper.
  • Gleich, W./Schmeisser B./Zschoche, M. (2017). The influence of competition on international sourcing strategies in the service sector, International Business Review, 26(2): 279-287.
  • Zschoche, M. (2016). The effects of foreign direct investment colocation: Differences between manufacturing and service firms, Managerial and Decision Economics, 37(7): 447-460.

The third research foci revolves around the topic of behavioral approaches in strategy research (Behavioral Strategy). The main focus is on psychological factors influencing corporate decisions.

Current selected projects:

  • Flickinger, M./Zschoche, M. (2023). The interplay of subsidiary performance and cultural distance in international downsizing decisions, Schmalenbach Journal of Business Research, forthcoming.
  • Brown, T./Königstein, M./Königstein, M./Zschoche, M. (2023). The influence of peer behavior and personality characteristics in downsizing decisions, Working paper.

Methodologically, the research is always empirical and relies on various data sources (secondary data, surveys, experiments). The theoretical framework is provided by various theoretical approaches from business research (e.g. real options, institutional theory) as well as microeconomic modeling.


Research collaborations

since 2009

Visiting researcher at the German Bundesbank


Project with PwC Germany on the topic of "Change Management"

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Project funding by the DFG


Awarded best conference paper in International Management at the Academy of Management in Atlanta.

2013 - 2014

Research fellowship of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation


Award as one of the five best conference papers of the Strategic Management Society Annual Conference in Madrid

Expert opinion (ad hoc)

since 2012


Academy of Management Journal, Applied Economics Letters, European Management Journal, Global Strategy Journal, International Business Review, International Journal of Human Resource Management, International Journal of Management Reviews, Journal of Competence-Based Strategic Management, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, Long Range Planning, Management International Review, Managerial and Decision Economics, Organization Studies, Review of Managerial Science, Schmalenbach Journal of Business Research, Small Business Economics


Accreditation, Certification and Quality Assurance Institute (ACQUIN), Deutscher Akademisches Austauschdienst (DAAD), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)


since 2010

Academy of Management (AoM), Academy of International Business (AIB), Strategic Management Society (SMS), German Economic Association of Business Administration (GEABA)


Miriam Zschoche and her co-author Sebastian Fourné received the CEIBS Best Paper Award for their paper "Keeping up with the Joneses: How family firms navigate their foreign direct investment" with the CEIBS Best Paper Award, Atlanta (2017).
Awarded as one of the five best conference papers at the Strategic Management Society Annual Conference in Madrid (2014).