Tobias Palm

Tobias Palm

Tobias Palm

Research associate
Büro 1-354
Dufourstrasse 40a
9000 St. Gallen
Main Focuses
  • Entrepreneurial Strategy & Finance
  • Family Firms & Owner-Managed Companies
  • Management & Strategic Practices
  • Strategy-As-Practice
Fields of research
  • Strategy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Founder-/Owner-Managed-Firms
  • Management Practices
  • Strategy as Practice

Since 2019: PhD in Business Administration (PMA) at the University of St.Gallen (HSG)

2016 - 2017: Master of Science (MSc) in International Management at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE)

2017: Exchange semester at the Yale School of Management (SOM) 

2010 - 2013: Bachelor of Arts (B.A. HSG) in Economics at the University of St.Gallen (HSG) 

2013: Exchange semester at the Marshall School of Business of the University of Southern California (USC)



Professional Career

Since 2021: Project Manager of the St. Gallen CFO Forum für Family Firms

2019-2020: Administrative Leadership of the Integrative Project for ca 1300 first-year-students yearlong

Since 2019: Research Associate and Assistant to Prof. Dr. Thomas Zellweger at the Swiss Institute for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (KMU-HSG) and Center for Family Business (CfB-HSG) at the University of St.Gallen (HSG)

2019: Interim CEO of the Vienna-Based EduTech StartUp "Eduka's World"

2017 - 2019: Management Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

Teaching Activities

Instructor in the Integrative Project at HSG (German/English; currently two German speaking study groups)

Guest lecturer on Entrepreneurial Finance at the International University of Monaco (IUM) incl. use of two self-developed case studies as well as further own teaching material (complete block course in development)

Assistant in the Master course Entrepreneurship in the Master in Business Administration (MUG) incl. fundamental reformation and transfer to the innovative teaching space TheSquare via a competence-oriented application procedure (multi-stage process)


Administrative Leadership of the Integrative Project 

St. Galler CFO Forum for Family Firms


Academy of Management 


Scholarship Holder German Academic Exchange Service 2016-2017

Scholarship holder Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst 2011-2017 (with pause during working period)

Additional Information

Member of the Academic Self-Government (Year 2020-2021): Senate, Student Parliament, Executive Committee, Doctoral Commission

Member of the Board DocNet - The Association of Doctoral Students at the HSG (Year 2021-2022): Sponsoring Commissioner