Summary of The New St. Gallen Management Model

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The New St. Gallen Management Model book summary
The St. Gallen model is the corporate version of an orienteering map: it represents a network of complex relationships.


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Toward the end of this book, author Johannes Rüegg-Stürm reveals that the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland was once the site of a monastery. So perhaps it makes sense to wonder if a mood of monastic isolation explains the downside of the St. Gallen Management Model, which is that it sometimes seems cloistered safely away from the quotidian din of the business skirmishes outside its walls. Nevertheless, this well-written theoretical work presents a useful system of analyzing corporate structures, and Rüegg-Stürm illustrates his ideas with excellent and colorful charts. believes that intellectually curious and imaginative CEOs may find concepts here that are relevant to their businesses, although since the book is highly theoretical, it may appeal primarily to those with a hearty appetite for the academic view.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How corporations use the St. Gallen Management Model
  • Which six basic categories of business activities the model tracks
  • How the model can inform your efforts to create solid strategy and implement change


Modeling Fundamentals
The most useful models of corporations are closely related to maps. Maps contain "signatures," that is, symbols that represent certain characteristics of a given terrain. The signatures help you "reconstruct" the terrain to accomplish certain tasks, such as finding...
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About the Author

As professor of organizational behavior and director of the Institute of Management at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, Johannes Rüegg-Stürm researches strategic change, organizational communication, leadership and systematic methods of management.

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