Karolin Frankenberger is a full professor in strategy and innovation at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, where she is also Director of the Institute of Management and Strategy and the Academic Director of the Executive MBA. Prior to her academic career, Karolin worked for seven years at McKinsey & Company.
Her research, which focuses on the topics of (digital) business transformation, ecosystems, business model innovation, and circular economy has won several prestigious awards and appears regularly in top-tier academic and practitioner-oriented journals, such as Harvard Business Review or the Academy of Management Journal. Her co-authored book The Business Model Navigator has become an international bestseller and is known as a standard reference in business model innovation literature. Karolin has also founded a spin-off, is an internationally renowned keynote speaker and supports company leaders from numerous industries worldwide in their strategy and innovation challenges.
Karolin holds a PhD with highest distinction from the University of St. Gallen and was a visiting PhD student at Harvard Business School and the University of Connecticut. She and her husband are parents to two children.
Digitization is pervasive and requires businesses to adapt fundamentally. Surprisingly few know how to go about this, though. Sprinkling some ‘digital glitter‘ does not suffice. Organizations need to upgrade their traditional business while exploring new (digital) ways of value capture. Let us discuss this digital transformer’s dilemma.