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Tomas Casas i Klett

Tomas Casas i Klett is Assistant Professor at the University of St. Gallen’s Research Institute for International Management (FIM-HSG), Director of the China Competence Center (CCC) and Director of the Competence Center of Top Teams (CCTT).

Tomas is visiting professor and member of the Academic Council and advisor to the Dean at the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO. He is also visiting Professor at Shanghai’s Jiaotong University (Antai) and Fudan University (FDSM).

His research interests include free-trade agreements (FTAs), entrepreneurship and digitalization, top performance teams, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), behavioral economics, narrative economics, cross-cultural management and Asia innovation models.

Tomas was a “Salaryman” in a Japanese kaisha in Tokyo for 3 years, and an entrepreneur in China for 15 years. He has developed a variety of high-impact courses drawing from praxis, specializing in executive education. His approach revolves around strategic transformation with value deliverable to participants and their organizations. He was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Councils (2016-2018) and is a WEF Expert Network member.

His first published book was on Japan’s challenges and potential titled “Japan’s Open Future: An Agenda for Global Citizenship” (co-authored with J.P. Lehmann and J. Haffner). His latest work is an edited book titled “The Life of Russian Business: (Re)cognizing, (Re)activating and (Re)configuring Institutions.”

Tomas holds a BSc from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA, a MSc from Fudan University, China and a PhD in Economics from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Articles by Tomas Casas i Klett

The West and Japan’s Response to Cheap Money

In every culture, low interest rates impact the fabric of society and mindsets in distinct ways. Each country thus develops its unique manifestation of nihilism.

March 10, 2020

Why Negative Interest Rates Are So Pernicious

Interest rates are the mechanism by which risk links the world of economics and society.

March 10, 2020

The Eurozone “Soviet”?

Negative interest rates have a pernicious effect on human beings. They corrode the structures of society, culture and people’s mindsets, triggering widespread resignation and even nihilism.

November 2, 2019

The World of Negative Interest Rates: An Introduction

We now witness the marks of the inverted universe of ultra-loose monetary policy and lax central banking.

October 31, 2019

Beyond Sino-American Rivalry: Whose Global Narrative?

Is a chastened West that has lost its positive edge doomed to cede innovative impulses for global affairs to China?

October 6, 2019