Professor Dr. Sascha L. Schmidt
Center for Sports and Management
- Director of the Center for Sports and Management at WHU
- Chairholder of the Chair for Sports and Management at WHU
- Academic Director of the Sports Business Academy by WHU (SPOAC)
- Affiliate Professor of the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard University (LISH) in Boston, USA
- Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sports Entrepreneurship Bootcamp
- Member of the "Digital Initiative" at Harvard Business School in Boston, USA
- Research Associate at em lyon business school Asia
Sascha L. Schmidt is a professor and director of the Center for Sports and Management (CSM) at WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management. At the same time, he is the academic director of "SPOAC - Sports Business Academy by WHU" and affiliate professor at the Laboratory for Innovation Science (LISH) at Harvard University in Boston/USA. The "Future of Sport" is one of Sascha's key research areas.
He studied economic sciences at the Universities of Essen and Zurich, where he also graduated with a doctorate. At the invitation of Harvard Business School faculty he worked in Boston as a visiting scholar, after which he joined strategy consulting. After several years at McKinsey, Sascha was appointed director of the ICS research program at the University of St. Gallen, and qualified as a professor at the EBS University (habilitation). He then entered into the world of entrepreneurship, building up the activities of recruitment agency a-connect within Germany. In 2011, he returned to academia and founded the Institute for Sports, Business & Society at EBS University. Sascha joined WHU in 2014. In 2019, he was a lecturer at the first MIT Sports Entrepeneurship Bootcamp.
- Name: Sascha Leonard Schmidt
- Born: February 8, 1971 in Hagen
- Marital Status: Married since 2003, 3 children
- Home: Düsseldorf
|Since Jul. 2018||Harvard University, Boston||Affiliate Professor, Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard (LISH)|
|Since Aug. 2014||WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management, Dusseldorf||Director, Center for Sports and Management|
|Since Jan. 2014||WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management, Dusseldorf||Professor and Chairholder, Chair for Sports and Management|
|Jan. 2014 - Dec. 2014||EBS University, Oestrich-Winkel||Director, Center for Sports Marketing|
|Apr. 2011 - Dec. 2013||EBS University, Oestrich-Winkel||Director, Institute for Sports, Business & Society|
|Since July 2012||EBS University, Oestrich-Winkel||Senior Professor|
|Jan. 2011 - Jun. 2012||EBS University, Oestrich-Winkel||Honorary Professor|
|Jul. 2006 - Dec. 2010||EBS University, Oestrich-Winkel||Senior Lecturer|
|Oct. 2003 - Feb. 2011||EBS University, Oestrich-Winkel||Lecturer for Strategy Consulting|
|Since 2007||National Center for Econometric Research, Brisbane||Research Fellow|
|Apr. 2003 - Mar. 2005||University of St. Gallen||Co-leader of ICS-Research Program; Lecturer within Executive Education Program|
|2002/03||University of Oldenburg||Lecturer for Strategic Management / Consulting Research|
|Jan. 1999 - Jul. 1999||Harvard Business School, Boston||Visiting Scholar|
|1995||Harvard Business School, Boston||Research Associate|
|1998||University of Zurich||Lecturer for business administration|
|1996 - 1999||University of Zurich||Research and teaching assistant|
|Since 2019||em lyon business school Asia||Research Associate|
|Since 2019||Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)||Lecturer at the MIT Sports Entrepreneurship Bootcamp|
|2003 - 2006||EBS University, Oestrich-Winkel||Professor thesis (Habilitation) in business administration, reviewer: Prof. Dr. Jean-Paul Thommen (EBS), Prof. Dr. Hartmut Kreikebaum (EBS), Prof. Dr. Martin Welge (University of Dortmund)|
|1996 - 1999||University of Zurich||Doctoral studies in Business Administration (Dr. oec. publ.) summa cum laude; (reviewer: Prof. Dr. Edwin Rühli, Prof. Dr. Margit Osterloh)|
|1993 - 1995||University of Zurich||Graduate studies in Business Administration and Economics (Lic. oec. publ.) summa cum laude|
|1991 - 1993||University of Essen||Undergraduate Studies of Economics|
|Oct. 2006 - Mar. 2011||a-connect Germany LTD, Dusseldorf||Managing Director, built up German business from scratch|
|Mar. 2005 - Oct. 2006||a-connect Switzerland LTD, Zurich||Business Builder, developed financial services practice|
|Sep. 2001 - Mar. 2003||McKinsey & Company, Johannesburg, Zurich and New York||Engagement Manager (Johannesburg and Zurich), PMI Officer of South African banking merger, led strategy projects in the area of life insurance, automotive|
|Aug. 2000 - Aug. 2001||McKinsey & Company, Johannesburg, Zurich and New York||Senior Associate / Junior Engagement Manager (New York), Strategy projects in the area of wealth management, equity trading, clearing & settlement, prime brokerage|
|Oct. 1999 - Aug. 2000||McKinsey & Company, Johannesburg, Zurich and New York||Associate Management Consultant (Zurich), Strategy projects in the area of online banking, PFS business building (incl. alliance‐ and M&A strategy), private banking, corporate finance|
|2018||Best Teacher Award by SPOAC Sports Business Academy by WHU|
|2005||European Business School Excellence Award for Research|
|2005||Thomson South‐Western Award for Outstanding Research Based Paper on Management Consulting, Management Consulting Division, Academy of Management|
|2005||Nomination for Carolyn Dexter Award for the best international paper, Academy of Management|
|2004||Best Paper Award, 2nd International Conference on Management Consulting, Academy of Management|
|2002||Intern. Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management, Best Paper Award in the field of Strategic Management|
|1999||Swiss National Research Foundation, fulltime scholarship for Harvard Business School|
Eliminating supportive crowds reduces referee bias
Forecasting the Olympic medal distribution – A socioeconomic machine learning model
Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Volume 175
Forecasting the Olympic medal distribution – A socioeconomic machine learning model
Christoph Schlembach, Sascha L. Schmidt, Dominik Schreyer, Linus Wunderlich
Less Information, More Comparison, and Better Performance: Evidence from a Field Experiment
Superstars as drivers of organizational identification: Empirical findings from professional soccer.
This paper examines the effect of superstars on external stakeholders’ organizational identification through the lens of sport. Drawing on social identity theory and the concept of organizational identification, as well as on role model theories and superstar economics, several hypotheses are developed regarding the influence of soccer stars on their fans’ degree of team identification. Using a proprietary data set that combines archival data on professional German soccer players and clubs with survey data on more than 1,400 soccer fans, this study finds evidence for a positive effect of superstar characteristics and role model perception. Moreover, it is found that players who qualify for the definition of a superstar are more important to fans of established teams than to fans of unsuccessful teams. The player's club tenure, however, seems to have no influence on fans’ team identification. It is further argued that the effect of soccer stars on their fans is comparable to that of executives on external stakeholders, and hence, the results are applied to the business domain. The results of this study contribute to existing research by extending the list of personnel‐related determinants of organizational identification.
Dirk Nowitzki: Changing the Game (420-031).
The Bundesliga in the U.S. Harvard Business School (919-406).
FC Schalke 04 eSports. WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management (CSM-0001).
Die Mannschaft: How Germany Won the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Harvard Business School (N9-416-025).
Who is the Chinese soccer consumer and why do Chinese watch soccer?
Megamerger in der pharmazeutischen Industrie. Ein Beitrag zur Strategieprozessforschung.
Neuorientierung im Gesundheitswesen. Innovative Strategien zur Verbesserung des Gesamtleistungsprozesses.
A framework for diversification decisions in professional football.
Hosting the Olympic Games.
DELPHI-STUDY: THE IMPACT OF TECHNOLOGY ON THE FUTURE OF FOOTBALL
DELPHI-STUDIE: DAS ZUHAUSE 2030
DELPHI-STUDIE: ZUKUNFT 2030 – SPORTSPONSORING IM WANDEL
SPOAC Sportbusiness-Study 2019.
SPOAC Sportsbusiness-Study 2018.
SPOAC Sportsbusiness-Study 2017.
Focus and Manager Magazin –
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Professor Schmidt regularly publishes columns in Focus and Manager Magazin. Here you will find all of them in one place.
07.03.2019 | Dieser Management-Trend der Bundesliga ist sinnvoll
09.11.2018 | Wie der Profi-Fußball die Gaming-Szene erobertRead more
08.06.2018 | Warum Real-Rüpel Ramos so viele Fans hat
15.03.2018 | Wie Algorithmen die Zukunft des Scoutings verändern
05.05.2017 | Was eSports vom Fußball noch lernen kann
02.03.2017 | Wie neue Daten-Technologien den Fußball erobern
10.11.2016 | FC Schalke 04 macht’s vor: eGaming startet durch
15.09.2016 | Schlucken Profis bald Sensoren vor dem Spiel?
02.09.2016 | Wie Hobbyfußballer zu Alltagshelden werden
26.07.2016 | Wieso den besten Spielern der größte Absturz droht
01.07.2016 | Warum die Nationalelf ganz Deutschland zusammenführtRead less
15.05.2020 | Kulturwandel in der Bundesliga
14.04.2020 | Die Stunde der Leader
09.03.2019 | Warum Spitzensportler gute Manager sind
04.07.2018 | Was Unternehmen von Messi und Ronaldo lernen könnenRead more
08.06.2018 | Robos statt Ramos
14.03.2018 | Vorsicht vor den Post-Millennials!
02.02.2018 | Sport oder Daddeln? Der Kampf um die "Generation Z"Read less