Operations Management -
Prof. Dr. Elgar Fleisch

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Vision

Vision

Our aim is to advance the ongoing merge of the digital and physical world in the dimensions of technology, applications, and implications. Our research focuses on the design of new technologies and applications for the benefit of the economy and society. We focus our activities on the creation and evaluation of digital health and sustainability interventions.

 

Our Research Philosophy

Digital & Physical

Our aim is to understand the ongoing merge of the digital and physical world in the dimensions of technology, applications, and implications. We leverage this understanding in the design of new technologies and applications for the benefit of the economy and society.

Rigor & Relevance

We are convinced that rigor and relevance are complementary, and in our field of work even mutually dependent. Therefore, we strive for the highest scientific standard while being deeply rooted in entrepreneurial and societal practice.

Practice & Research

The problems for our research projects originate from practice. In order to achieve meaningfulness and personal satisfaction, we want the findings we develop to have an impact in practice.

Transdisciplinary

Our projects are therefore fundamentally interdisciplinary in nature. In our research at the Center for Digital Health Interventions, the fields of medicine, machine learning, computer science, psychology and economics meet. In our Bits to Energy-​​Lab we combine machine learning, computer science, psychology and economics to foster sustainable behaviour.

"Full-stack" Research Projects

Because we are interested not only in the technical solution but also in the impact in the real world, we usually use a "full-​stack" approach, which at the highest stage includes work on theoretical foundations, prototype construction, laboratory and field experiments, data analysis and business model. In individual cases, we also do not shy away from spin-​offs in order to carry an idea from research into society.

Focus

We focus all our activities on improving digital health and sustainability interventions.

Share & Collaborate

We are happy to share our knowledge in the form of open access publications, open source software, and open scientific data with all interested parties, provided there are no legal, ethical, or other relevant restrictions, and are proud to work with the best in the respective fields.

Our Organization

Double Appointment at EHT Zürich and University of St. Gallen (HSG)

The Chair of Information Management at D-​MTEC at ETH Zürich is a sister-​chair to the Chair of Operations Management at the Institute of Technology Management at the University of St. Gallen. Prof. Elgar Fleisch, who has a double appointment at both universities as a full professor, splits his time equally among Zürich and St. Gallen. Also, all research activities are split across the two chairs.

 

Long-​lasting collaboration with fellow researchers

We conduct our research with leading colleagues in the context of long-​term partnerships within and outside ETH, e.g. Inselspital Bern, Cantonal Hospital of St.Gallen, Dartmouth’s Center for Technology and Behavioral Health (USA), School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore etc.

Labs at the Chair of Operations Management

Bits to Energy Lab (B2E)

Bits to Energy Lab (B2E)

Prof. Dr. Elgar Fleisch | Prof. Dr. Verena Tiefenbeck | Prof. Dr. Thorsten Staake | Dr. Konstantin Hopf | Samuel Schöb | Sebastian Günther | Andreas Weigert | Carlo Stingl|Joanna Graichen |Felix Haag |Christian Weigl | Sarah Betz | Prakhar Mehta| Sophie Kuhlemann | Laura Schneider | Leonie Manzke | Sven Nekula| Kevin O'Sullivan| Tobias Brudermüller | Markus Kreft |David Schaurecker

 

The Bits to Energy Lab (B2E) is a research lab with the aim to leverage technology to foster sustainability. Our focus is on energy applications for which we develop machine learning techniques that uncover information and explore behavioural interventions that lead to the desired motivation and interaction with the users. Ultimately, our mission is to help our partner institutions and companies to excel in their fields, to advance theory in the academic community, and provide insights that fuel a sustainable development.

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Centre for Digital Health Interventions (CDHI)

Centre for Digital Health Interventions (CDHI)

Prof. Dr. Elgar Fleisch | Prof. Dr. Tobias Kowatsch| Prof. Dr. Florian von Wangenheim | Prof. Dr. Felix Wortmann| Dr. Filipe Barata |Fan Wu |Jinjoo Shim | Patrick Langer | Dr. Jacqueline Mair | Dr. Oscar Castro | Roman Keller| Akshaye Shenoi |Samarth Negi |Bea Frese | Robin Deuber |Dr. Mia Jovanova | Wasu Mekniran |Odile-Florence Giger | Marc-Robin Grüner |Victoria Brügger | Nicolas Hesse |Dr. med. Alina Liebich |Dr. Yanick Lukic | Robert Jakob |Alina Asisof | Laura Bitomsky |Estelle Pfitzer |Panitda Huynh | Dr. Marcia Nißen | Davinny Sou |Dr. George Boateng

 

In the Centre for Digital Health Interventions (CDHI), our interdisciplinary team of computer and social scientists partners with medical experts to design behavioural, scalable and self-​improving digital health interventions (“digital pills”) that are effective and cost-​efficient. We conduct digital biomarker and intervention research and use wearable sensors, mobile applications, social media, and other technologies to prevent and manage non-​communicable diseases.

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Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship

We are proud to have the opportunity to support our students and researchers in creating spin-off and start-up companies. We not only enjoy fostering versatile and highly committed talents. We also see it as our duty to society to use the knowledge gained at HSG to create and secure jobs in Switzerland and Europe.

Below, you  find a list of spin-offs, start-up companies and initiatives with chair involvement.

Below, you  find a list of entrepreneurial initiatives with chair involvement.

Selected Publications

Graichen, J., Stingl, C., Pakarinen, A., Rosio, R., Terho, K., Günther, S. A., Salanterä. S. & Staake, T. (2024). Improving hand hygiene of young children with a digital intervention: a cluster-randomised controlled field trial. Scientific reports14(1), 6157.

Brudermueller, T., Kreft, M., Fleisch, E., & Staake, T. (2023). Large-scale monitoring of residential heat pump cycling using smart meter data. Applied Energy350, 121734.

Wortmann, F., Gebauer, H., Lamprecht, C., & Fleisch, E. (2023)Produkte als Dienstleistung verstehen: Wie das Internet der Dinge die produzierende Industrie verändert. Campus Verlag.

Lehmann, V., Föll, S., Maritsch, M., van Weenen, E., Kraus, M., Lagger, S., Odermatt, K., Albrecht, C., Fleisch, E., Zueger, T., Wortmann, F., & Stettler, C. (2023). Noninvasive Hypoglycemia Detection in People With Diabetes Using Smartwatch Data. Diabetes care46(5), 993–997. 

Jacobson, N., Kowatsch, T., & Marsh, L. (2022). Digital therapeutics for mental health and addiction.

Wörner, A., Tiefenbeck, V., Wortmann, F., Meeuw, A., Ableitner, L., Fleisch, E., & Azevedo, I. (2022). Bidding on a peer-to-peer energy market: An exploratory field study. Information Systems Research33(3), 794-808.

Wörner, A., Tiefenbeck, V., Wortmann, F., Meeuw, A., Ableitner, L., Fleisch, E., & Azevedo, I. (2022). Bidding on a peer-to-peer energy market: An exploratory field study. Information Systems Research33(3), 794-808.

Fleisch, E., Franz, C., Herrmann, A., & Mönninghoff, A. (2021)Die digitale Pille: eine Reise in die Zukunft unseres Gesundheitssystems. Campus Verlag.

Günther, S. A., Staake, T., Schöb, S., & Tiefenbeck, V. (2020). The behavioral response to a corporate carbon offset program: A field experiment on adverse effects and mitigation strategies. Global Environmental Change64, 102123.

Tiefenbeck, V., Wörner, A., Schöb, S., Fleisch, E., & Staake, T. (2019). Real-time feedback promotes energy conservation in the absence of volunteer selection bias and monetary incentives. Nature Energy4(1), 35-41.

Chanson, M., Bogner, A., Bilgeri, D., Fleisch, E., & Wortmann, F. (2019). Blockchain for the IoT: privacy-preserving protection of sensor data. Journal of the Association for Information Systems20(9), 1274-1309.

Tiefenbeck, V., Goette, L., Degen, K., Tasic, V., Fleisch, E., Lalive, R., & Staake, T. (2018). Overcoming salience bias: How real-time feedback fosters resource conservation. Management science64(3), 1458-1476.

 

All publications

 

 

Education

Education

Courses

We teach a wide variety of courses at HSG on all levels including Bachelor, Master, Doctoral and Executive Education. Please find our lectures here

Master and Bachelor Thesis

We also supervise Bachelor and Master thesis related to our research. If you are interested, please contact our lab leaders or check out the current theses topics here.

Our Team at HSG

Elgar Fleisch

Prof. Dr.

Professor of Information and technology management, ETH Zurich (40%) and University of St. Gallen (40% HSG)

ITEM-HSG
Büro 1-204
Dufourstrasse 40a
9000 St. Gallen

Tobias Kowatsch

Prof. Dr.

Extraordinary Professor

Med-HSG
Büro 62-314
St.Jakob-Strasse 21
9000 St. Gallen

Felix Wortmann

Prof. Dr.

Professor, Senior Lecturer

ITEM-HSG
Büro 1-201
Dufourstrasse 40a
9000 St. Gallen

Elisabeth Vetsch

Personal Assistant

ITEM-HSG
Büro 1-203
Dufourstrasse 40a
9000 St. Gallen

Mia Jovanova

PostDoc CSS Health Lab

Wasu Mekniran

M.Sc. MBA

Research Associate, Research Associate

ITEM-HSG
Institute of Technology Management
Dufourstrasse 40a
9000 St Gallen

Odile-Florence Giger

M.A.

Research Associate

ITEM HSG
Dufourstrasse 40a

9000 St Gallen

Panitda Huynh

Research assistant

Victoria Brügger

Research Assistant

Our Team at ETH

please find our team of the ETH Zürich here

Contact

Contact

Don't hesitate to contact us via phone, email, or in person. You will find us in the ZIG-building on the 1st floor.
 
Chair of Operations Management
Dufourstrasse 40a
9000 St.Gallen

 

Tel: +41 71 224 7240
E-Mail: elisabeth.vetsch-kellerunisg.ch

 

 

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