Welcome to the Chair of Innovation Management at the University of St.Gallen. We are dedicated to leading innovation research by combining rigor and relevance.
Our main areas of research are: Open Innovation, R&D Globalization, Intellectual Property Management, Business Model Innovation and Leading for Innovation.
Business Model Innovation
Prof. Dr. Oliver Gassmann | Dr. Naomi Haefner | Lukas Neumann | Kilian Schmück | Thomas Möllers
In recent years business model innovation has achieved major attention from both practitioners and academics. Innovating business models is recognized as a key component of organizational success. Apple, Google, Nespresso are just a few well-known examples of successful business model innovators. Studies show that business model innovators are in average 6 percentage points more profitable than pure product or process innovators over 5 years. The high importance of business model innovation is also highlighted among managers: based on another survey more than 50% of the top managers believe that business model innovations are more important for competitive advantage than innovations on products or services. Paradoxically, the actual development and implementation of business model innovation within firms is still not in the focus of managers. This discrepancy can be explained by the fact that up to date there are hardly any guidelines or methods that allow for a systematic development of business model innovation.
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Energy Innovation Lab
Prof. Dr. Oliver Gassmann | Prof. Dr. Maximilian Palmié | Jonas Böhm | Raphael Bömelburg | Charlotte Lekkas
The Energy Innovation Lab aims to academically examine the energy sector and related industries. In light of the energy transition, we consider issues concerning stakeholder management, the effects of organizational structures, and the role of business model innovation. For work on the latter topic, we are collaborating closely with our department’s Competence Center for Business Model Innovation and the institute’s spin-off, BMI-Lab. We are actively approaching various energy sector players, completing projects with industry partners, and publishing in top-tier international academic journals.
Helvetia Innovation Lab