Associate Professor, Department of ManagementDr. Ulrich Wassmer is an Associate Professor of Strategy at Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business in Montreal (Canada). He is the recipient of the 2011 Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence and teaches courses in strategy and management consulting. He is an industrial engineer by training and also holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He received his PhD in Strategy from ESADE Business School in Barcelona (Spain) where he also taught in the MBA and BBA programs.
Dr. Wassmer’s research is at the intersection of strategy and three adjacent domains: international management, social issues in management, and environmental sustainability. More specifically, his research examines antecedents and consequences of interorganizational collaboration by studying three prominent collaboration types: (1) interfirm collaborations (strategic alliances, joint ventures), (2) firm—NGO collaborations, and (3) cross-sector environmental collaborations. Dr. Wassmer’s research is currently funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and can be found in Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, MIT Sloan Management Review, European Management Review, Business & Society, and Journal of Air Transport Management amongst others.
Before moving into academia, Dr. Wassmer was an engagement manager with Gemini Consulting in London (UK) where he worked with senior executives of multinational clients in the packaged goods, retail, pharmaceutical, industrial equipment, and automotive sector on performance improvement, value chain optimization, and business transformation programs. Before that Dr. Wassmer worked as an internal supply chain consultant for Hewlett-Packard in Germany.
Case Teaching Material
Dussauge P & Wassmer U. 2012. Competing through alliances in the global airlines industry: The Air France- KLM/Delta Air Lines joint venture; case study and teaching note
Refereed Journal ArticlesMeschi PX & Wassmer U. 2013. The effect of foreign partner network embeddedness on international joint venture failure: Evidence from European firms’ investments in emerging economies; International Business Review, in-press
Brutus S, Aguinis H, & Wassmer U. 2013. Self-reported limitations and future directions in scholarly reports: Analysis and recommendations; Journal of Management, 39(1): 48-75
Wassmer U & Dussauge P. 2012. Network resource stocks and flows: How do alliance portfolios affect the value of new alliance formations?; Strategic Management Journal, 33(7): 871-883
Wassmer U, Paquin R & Sharma S. 2012. The engagement of firms in environmental collaborations: Existing contributions and future directions; Business & Society, DOI: 10.1177/0007650312439865, in-press.
Wassmer U & Dussauge P. 2011. Value creation in alliance portfolios: The benefits and costs of network resource interdependencies. European Management Review, 8(1): 47-64.
Wassmer U & Meschi PX. 2011. The effect of code-sharing alliance formations and terminations on firm value: The role of co-specialization and scope extension. Journal of Air Transport Management; 17(5): 305-308.
Wassmer U, Dussauge P & Planellas M. 2010. How to manage alliances better than one at a time. MIT Sloan Management Review, 51(3): 77-84.
Wassmer U. 2010. Alliance portfolios: A review and research agenda. Journal of Management, 36(1): 141-171.
Book ChaptersMeschi PX & Wassmer U. (2011). ‘Knowledge-intensive alliance portfolios: How to use them strategically and manage alliance portfolio knowledge flows effectively’; in Managing the Knowledge Economy. Dibiaggio L & Meschi PX (Eds.), Paris: Pearson, in-press.
Ulrich WassmerAssociate Professor, Department of Management
Contact InformationJohn Molson School of Business
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West
Canada H3G 1M8
Office: MB 13.355
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2921
Area of Expertise
- Strategic Management
- International Management
- Interorganizational collaboration
- Strategic Alliances
- Firm—NGO collaborations
- Cross-sector environmental collaborations
- Management consulting
- Airline industry