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History of SMP

1968 – 1975 – Development of the St. Gallen Management Model
The St. Gallen management model has its roots in a project launched by the Institute for Business Management at the University of St. Gallen. Its director was Professor Dr. Dr. Hans Ulrich, and the project lead was Priv. Doz. Dr. Walter Krieg.

As director of the 1973 Management Center St. Gallen (MZSG), founded as an association, Prof. Dr. Cuno Pümpin is charged with advancing the St. Gallen Management Model and system-oriented management and making it accessible.
1976 – Günther Pipp at the MZSG
Günther Pipp, the founder of the SMP Management Program St. Gallen AG, at the age of 26 successfully completes his studies. He becomes the first assistant of Prof. Cuno Pümpin. In addition to his studies at the University of St. Gallen, he was active as assistant for establishing and expanding the Management Center St. Gallen (MZSG). He completed his well-received dissertation on systems-oriented management theory using the principles of cybernetic discoveries from Prof. Dr. Pümpin und Prof. Dr. Dr. Hans Ulrich (1979).
1976 – 1984 – Expansion of Part-Time Business Education
Under the direction of Prof. Dr. Cuno Pümpin and Prof. Dr. Hans Ulrich, the University of St. Gallen becomes one of the most important providers of management education for European executives.
1984 – Privatization of Executive Education in St. Gallen

Prof. Dr. Hans Ulrich and the association’s board approved the metamorphosis of the MZSG Association into a privately held company with the name Management Center St. Gallen AG (MZSG). A new association with the name “Association for the Advancement of Systems-oriented Theory” assumes the original role.
1985 – 1990 – Management Ausbildung und Beratung (MAB) (Management Education and Consulting)

Much like some other leading employees, Günther Pipp leaves the new MZSG in 1985, and shortly thereafter founds MAB Management Ausbildung and Consulting AG, the forerunner of today’s SMP.
1991 – The Founding of SMP Management Program St. Gallen
The rise of importance along with the ever growing professionalization of management training lead that this domain being spun off under a new brand SMP Management Program St. Gallen as its own business.
1991 – 2000 – Successful Growth
Expansion of the St. Gallen knowledge base and further development of the St. Gallen approach to management with regard to implementation and applicability.
2000 – Beginning of Internationalization
Beginning of an intensive cooperation with the AACSB-accredited Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). Expansion of the range of offerings to include a Global Executive MBA and addition of distance and e-learning offerings with a university certificate in cooperation with Boston Business School and FGCU.
2001 – Knowledge Platform
Establishment of a unique knowledge platform, which permits integrated knowledge to be acquired in small discrete units, thus permitting the students to learn when their schedules allow.
2004 – Cooperation and Integration
In order to combine strengths, SMP was brought together with three other internationally oriented business schools under the aegis of the St. Gallen Group. As a result, one of the most important private knowledge groups is formed. The institutions of the St. Gallen Group further increase their lead as preferred knowledge partner for modern and results relevant management.
2005 – New Partnership
One of the leading universities from the fifth continent becomes an additionally partner: the Univeristy of Southern Queensland (USQ). It is one of the universities run by the Australian government, and as such part of the state university system. Its quality and diplomas enjoy worldwide recognition.
SMP establishes the Coaching Center St. Gallen. This program offers St. Gallen seminars in small groups with an additional day of customized coaching services.
The merger of our consulting partners from several St. Gallen Business Schools is the origin of St.Gallen International Management Consulting. The ‘St. Gallen Consulting’ brand comprises more then 100 experienced consultants committed to serving our clients.
2010 – CEO Appointment
Romed Guntern, lic.oec. et lic.iur. of St. Gallen University is appointed CEO of the SMP Management Program St. Gallen.
SMP Custom Programs offers the entire knowledge base and long-term experience of the St. Gallen Management Program, bundled for company-specific international management development.
2010 – SMP Alumni
The Alumni activities of SMP are part of the leadership network of SMP Alumni. Four fully committed Alumni regional representatives act as contact person and connection to SMP.
2012 – Program Director Open Programs
Jan Caflisch, Master of Arts of St. Gallen University is appointed program director of open program seminars of SMP.
2014 – New Program Director
Andreas Läubli, Master of Arts of St. Gallen University and CEMS Master of Science becomes the new program director of open program seminars of SMP St. Gallen.
2016 – Consolidation
After years of successful cooperation, the SMP Management Program St. Gallen becomes an institution of the SGMI Management Institut St. Gallen AG. Under the overall supervision of Romed Guntern, lic.oec.HSG et lic.iur.HSG, this merger will secure the long-term benefits of the cooperation and provide the necessary basis for the exploitation of further synergy effects.