Special focus on current themes from the economy and society
In our special topics you will find videos, articles and background information on current themes in economy and society.
University of St.Gallen holds onto fourth place in the Financial Times ranking
The HSG is the highest ranked public university, as well as the best rated university in Switzerland and the entire German-speaking region of Europe.
Dossier "Management" in HSG Focus
"The leading hand": In the new edition of our digital university magazine, everything is centered around management.
How much influence should investors be able to exert for the sake of short-term interest, if they endanger the company’s long-term development in the process? And why do we stand and watch this happen? The Corporate Governance Competence Centre of the University of St.Gallen (HSG) believes there is an urgent need for a debate on this subject.
Creative learning, money and religion as well as the reorientation of management training: These and other subject matters were the object of discussion over the course of two days by social sciences and humanities students at the University of St. Gallen (HSG).
The media stands in the middle of a digital transformation. What does it take to survive into the future? During a podium discussion, representatives of Swiss media companies confidently showed that digital opportunities will help quality journalism to flourish once again.
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) has renewed the accreditation of the University of St.Gallen (HSG) for the next five years. HSG is one of four universities in Switzerland and 831 worldwide to bear this quality seal.
"It is not sufficient to roll out standardised user interfaces. Instead, they need to be adjusted towards the way consumers think." Emanuel de Bellis on mass customization platforms and the apparent Western bias in their design. De Bellis is Vice Director and Assistant Professor for Marketing and Research Methods at the Institute for Customer Insight at the University of St.Gallen (ICI-HSG).
Prof. Dr. Patrick Emmenegger on the outcome of the 2019 Federal Council elections, the battle for seats in the Federal Council and considerations on concordance, power and one seat for the Green Party in the Federal Council. (in German)
"One of the big challenges as a strategic leader is to change the organisation as it is growing." Peter Murmann elaborates this argument through the example of Huawei and explains what poetry and plumbing have to do with good leadership. He is Professor of Strategic Management at the Institute of Management & Strategy of the University of St.Gallen.
The magazine Science has published an article about cyber risks. In the article, Martin Eling, Professor for Insurance Management at the University of St.Gallen (HSG), and an international team of scientists discuss how the challenges of cyber attacks can be analyzed.
Leaders need to be close to their own personal meaning to provide a compelling vision and purpose to their followers. This is shown by a study by Petra Kipfelsberger, Institute for Leadership and Human Resource Management of the University of St.Gallen.
In the Global Competitiveness Index 4.0 comprising the most competitive countries in the world, Switzerland is ranked 5th behind Singapore, the USA, Hong Kong and the Netherlands. The Executive School at the University of St.Gallen (ES-HSG) has once again carried out this year’s survey of business leaders of Swiss companies. An interview with Dr. Tobias Trütsch, Head of Economics Division of the Executive School of the University of St.Gallen. (in German)
Crowdsourcing works best in collaborativ settings - with collaborative crowds. In other settings, such as crowdsourcing competitions, individuals become less creative over time. This is shown in a study by Ivo Blohm, Assistant Professor for Data Science and Management at the Institute of Information Management (IWI-HSG).
What traits and characteristics can we look for in leaders that indicate that they will move their companies towards better social and environmental performance? An interview with Judith Walls, Chair for Sustainability Management of the Institute for Economy and the Environment (IWÖ-HSG).
Globalisation facilitates the flows of capital, goods, and ideas and it provides firms with access to new markets. Yet, the benefits from globalisation are not distributed equally. How do these imbalances feed back into the allocation of talent across competing teams? A research project by Ulrich Schetter (Swiss Institute for International Economics and Applied Economic Research at the HSG) and Oriol Tejada (ETH Zurich) provides answers to these questions.
Nigeria is the largest oil producer in Africa. The country has been suffering from pollution from the oil industry for decades. To date, however, there are hardly any scientific studies that investigate the effects of oil accidents on the health of local people. A study carried out by Prof. Dr. Roland Hodler at the University of St.Gallen closes this gap by investigating the effects of oil spills on neonatal and infant mortality. (in German)
Mental illness is often associated with inability to work and often with early retirement. The "Center for Disability and Integration" at the University of St.Gallen under the direction of Professor Stephan Böhm was involved in a multi-year research project on behalf of the SVA, which developed concrete solutions for job retention. At the centre: training courses for managers who support those affected. (in German)
Safe and fuel efficient mobility are two core topics of a research project by Prof. Dr. Felix Wortmann and the ITEM-HSG. How can drivers be specifically warned of dangerous accident sites? How can fuel consumption information be presented in such a way that it leads to changes in driving behaviour? And what possibilities does the platform offer the health sector? (in German)
Prof. Dr. Martin Kolmar compares our consumption to a never ending story. What stands at the end of our consumption? Which neuroscientific aspects are associated with consumption? And what did the old virtues teach us? A video interview. (in German)
Disruption is on everyone's lips. New technologies but also rapid social change can quickly become a disaster for many companies and their established business models. This makes it more important for companies to systematically monitor their own environment in order to identify threatening trends at an early stage. But what is the best way to do this? Dr. Maël Schnegg from the Institute for Accounting and Controlling at the HSG has helped to develop a tool for this challenge.
The Swiss artist Zilla Leutenegger on her work "Staircase: Lonely at the top", her art concept and the sgraffito technique used for the first time in her work. An art interview. (in German)
"The most human thing in the world is art." Tony Cragg on the essence of sculpture, on form and material, and sculptures as radical political attitude. An art interview. (in German)
What is the influence of family business background on next-generation entrepreneurship? An interview with Josh Hsueh, Ph.D., post-doctoral researcher at the Center for Family Business at the University of St.Gallen.
To err is technical: Even autonomous cars can cause accidents. Who has to answer for the damage caused by the the vehicle "Trooper" in a careless moment? Melinda Lohmann, Assistant Professor of Business Law with special emphasis of Information Law, explains the case from the perspective of European law.
Felix Lehner, founder and managing director of Kunstgiesserei St.Gallen and Galerie Felix Lehner AG, on the artist Hans Josephsohn. Which sculptural and artistic questions have occupied Josephsohn throughout his life? What is so special about his work "Standing Figure, Untitled, 1962", which can be seen at the University of St.Gallen? And how important is the "counterpart" in all his works? (in German)
Franz Schultheis on the inhabitants of the art world, heterogeneous paths into the art world and the laws of the art market. What roles do social and cultural capital play and what characterizes Art Entrepreneurs? (in German)
The HSG becomes a research center for artificial intelligence. It is the first Swiss university to receive an NVIDIA supercomputer. Damian Borth, Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at the University of St.Gallen, talks about the "DGX-2" and its potential for research. (English subtitles)
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Jenewein on "Empowerment" and "Positive Leadership". Why do traditional leadership methods no longer work? How important are empathy and communication for leaders and the ability "to see people and to recognize their individuality"? A video interview. (in German)
The American roboticist and roboethicist Ronald C. Arkin on the possibilities of robotics, artificial intelligence and robot companions. Which ethical questions follow here and why is it necessary to deal in a responsible way with the programming and pretensioning of emotions in robots? A video interview on the occasion of the 48th St.Gallen Symposium.
Architects Sou Fujimoto and Marie de France talk about their project "Open Grid", the new Learning Center at the University of St.Gallen. How does the building fit into its surroundings? What are the project's focal points and which aspects are decisive for a modern learning environment that embraces the digital future?
Prof. Dr. Christoph Aymanns on the Bitcoin boom of the last couple of months. What characterizes the crypto currency? How can it be used and what could the future of the crypto currency look like?
Tomas Casas, the director oft he China Competence Center at the University of St.Gallen, takes a look at the rise of both Amazon and Alibaba.
Guido Cozzi, Ph.D., on the Horizon 2020 Project "MONROE" which focuses on a mathematical model for research and innovation policies. The model will allow policy makers to forecast the effects of their choices on the macro-economy in general and on society. Guido Cozzi is Professor of Macroeconomics at the School of Economics and Political Science (SEPS-HSG).
"Donald Trump is an empty vessel, he is a black hole. He spent his whole life trying to fill that hole. That's the essence of Donald Trump." An interview with Tony Schwartz, Ghostwriter of Donald Trump's book "The Art of the Deal" and CEO of "The Energy Project", at the St. Gallen Symposium 2017.
Sharing goods, sharing resources: This is the basic idea of the "sharing economy". Prof. Dr. Marcus Schögel about the different models of sharing economy, new economisation approaches and legal issues that are related to the new business models. (in German)
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