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Before coming to the UK, Thoralf obtained a Master degree from the Technical University of Ilmenau, and has worked in Project Management at a leading car manufacturer Germany.

He then obtained an MSc in Business Research for Birmingham University and proceeded with PhD research at Aston University, which he completed in 2004. Before joining Westminster Business School, Thoralf has worked as a research fellow at the Cranfield School of Management and at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, following which he took up a Lecturer B position at Salford Business School.

Education

PhD, MSc Business Research, Dipl-Wirtsch.-Ing, PG Cert

Professional Memberships

Executive Committee Member of the Association for Heterodox Economics; Sernior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy

Teaching

Thoralf has substantial teaching experience, as he taught and led large UG Strategy modules, as well as Part-Time PG classes in the past. Most prominently, he taught, and contributed to the design of the Strategy module on the MBA programme that won AMBA accreditation at his previous institution.

Thoralf's current teaching responsibilities comprise Strategic Management on the MBA, executive short courses and MA at PG level; as well as International Business and Strategic Perspectives at UG level.

Consultancy and Professional Practice

Thoralf has consulting experience in the field of health care provision by local government in the UK, and most notably the ongoing refocus of health care provision to competitive supply. In addition, he has been the investigator on an ESF-funded project on migrant businesses in Scotland.

Research

Since before his PhD, Thoralf has had a keen research interest in the area of Strategy. His PhD therefore looked at the economic strategies of governments across the EU to conduct the transition of monopoly supply to competitive markets.

The main contribution of this research was a framework which explains, and predicts, as to which strategies of market intervention lead to effective competition most efficiently and effectively. Later, Thoralf's research focussed on government strategies with which to remove barriers, and encourage entry, to industries that see a significant number of businesses owned by the migrant community.

Currently, Thoralf focuses on the development of a consistent and coherent theory of Strategy, which aligns the internal and the external environments of the firm. This conceptual work has lead to new ways of understanding superior resource endowment and deployment within firms. In addition, Thoralf undertakes empirical research, namely on the quantitative assessment of the effect that marketing departments have on firm profitability.

Publications

For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.