Achim Schmitt

Associate Dean and Professor at Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne

Achim SchmittAchim Schmitt holds a PhD from the University of Geneva, obtained his Habilitation at the University of Paris-Dauphine in France, and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Geneva as well as an Associated Researcher at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. Before joining the academic world, Achim has been a strategy consultant for 4 years in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He has gained academic experience at Audencia Business School in Nantes (France), Columbia Business School (USA), HEC University of Geneva (Switzerland), and the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota (Colombia). Achim’s research focuses on organization theory and strategic management, with particular interest in organizational ambidexterity, organizational decline, corporate turnarounds and strategic renewal.

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4 Steps Hotels Should Take To Adapt To A Post-COVID World

With decreasing infection rates and a slight recovery from the pandemic, many hotel and restaurant owners are raising the question on how to prepare for the post-COVID 19 world of hospitality. While some fear a second wave with similar economic implications, others consider that the reopening of national hotels and restaurant industries can come quicker than expected.

5 Insights Into the Changing Landscapes of Hospitality and Higher Education

Successful hospitality professionals know that the difference between success and failure often depends on how we deal with challenges and difficulties. In fact, this mindset aligns very well with the etymological roots of the word "crisis".

Redefining The Value Chain in Tourism: Lessons from Thomas Cook’s Demise

On September 23rd, 2019, Thomas Cook - one of the world's oldest travel companies - declared bankruptcy. The 178-year old travel firm was forced to indefinitely suspend its operations after failing to secure £200 million in emergency funding, despite having already reached an agreement for a £900 million rescue deal.

Are investment decisions really independent? The role of decision making biases in hotel development projects

Think back to an important decision you have had to make. You may have weighed out the costs and benefits, studied the context, and evaluated the potential outcomes. While one hopes that careful analysis will lead to rational choices, the truth is that our human minds are complex.

Las Vegas: Reinventing the Sin in The City

Venture - or zip line - down the Vegas strip and behold the bustle surrounding its extravagant attractions. As the destination Las Vegas transcends its image of a gambler's paradise, casino resorts and hotels are having to reinvent themselves.
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