Institute of Technology Management, University of St.Gallen

The Institute of Technology Management (ITEM) was founded in 1989 with the support of the "Foundation for the Promotion of Technology Management, Technology Policy and Technology Transfer". 

The institute operates a research program, focussing predominantly on the development of problem and application orientated research concepts. The institute uses the "St.Gallen Management Concept" as a holistic reference framework. The research program has been continuously improved since its establishment. 

The institute maintains close links to industry through intense collaboration with Swiss and European organisations by means of major research and consulting projects. Research results from publications and theses flow directly into courses while students can develop real world research through collaboration in the institute’s industry projects.

Our Divisions

The Institute of Technology Management is made up of four divisions.


The chair of Prof. Grichnik conducts evidence-based entrepreneurship research and best practice application in the startup sector.

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Innovation Management

The chair of Prof. Gassmann aims for high impact in the academic and in the practitioners' world. We focus our research activities on management of innovation by exploring patterns of innovation. Together with our international research partners in industry we develop tools for effective management of innovation. Together with our spin-off we also implement leading knowledge on innovation management into practical solutions.

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Production Management

The division of Production Management offers industrial organizations both industry and functional expertise, consulting and benchmarking competencies, and academic research from a single source. In close cooperation with each client, our experienced team of managers, consultants, and academics produces tangible and positive results. Find out how you can benefit most from our services.

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Operations Management

This chair of Operations Management at the Institute of Technology Management at the University of St. Gallen is a sister-chair to the Chair of Information Management at D-MTEC at ETH Zürich. Prof. Elgar Fleisch, who has a double appointment at both universities as a full professor, splits his time equally among Zürich and St. Gallen. Both chairs share the same research interest, misson, Labs and Focus Areas.

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We offer a wide variety of different courses at the University of St. Gallen including Bachelor, Master and Doctoral lectures and we supervise Bachelor and Master thesis in the area of Entrepreneurship, Operations-, Innovation- Production and Technology Managment.


If you are interested in our courses or want to write your thesis at ITEM, please click on the respective link below.


Below, you can find a selection of our research projects. If you are interested in our publications, please visit the HSG research platform (Alexandria) reflecting the variety of our research.

Smarter Together

The Energy Innovation Lab at the Chair for Innovation Management supports the development and commercial exploitation of smart and sustainable business models.

Innovation Management
Intellectual Property in the Age of Self-Learning Systems

This project examines how intellectual property changes in the context of self-learning systems.

The Future of Manufacturing in High-Wage Countries

We want to enable a structured exchange on digitalization in manufacturing companies in-between managers and experts from practice and science.

Production Management
Intelligence-Based Manufacturing Networks

Objective of this Innosuisse project is to design, develop and implement a data and corporate strategy based manufacturing network dashboard which supports in strategic decisions.


Production Management
Pricing digital products

From customer solutions to value-based pricing models. 

Rethinking Global Production Strategy
Competitive advantage through a sustainable production strategy!
Production Management
Pharmaceutical Quality Risk

Can we predict adverse regulatory inspection outcomes for you?

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Production Management
Swiss Manufacturing Survey

We analyze the state of the Swiss manufacturing industry regarding trends in production and especially their attitude and activities in off- or re-shoring operations.


QC Ex participants
Production Management
QC Lab Operational Excellence Exchange Platform

Discuss the excellence journey of your lab operations on a new level

Operations Management
Blockchain-based Community Microgrids

Building a decentralized local electricity market for community microgrids. We use blockchain technology to build trust between prosumer and consumer participants without reliance on a central authority.

Knowledge-Empowered Entrepreneurship Network (KEEN) European Commission Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Project

Knowledge-Empowered Entrepreneurship Network (KEEN) European Commission Horizon 2020 research and innovation project

Behavioral Studies in the Healthcare Context

In an ongoing collaboration between the Chair for Entrepreneurship at HSG, the Kantonsspital St.Gallen, and the Kantonsspital Winterthur.


The SCCER CREST is a Swiss national research programme contributing on different levels to the reinforcement of energy reserach in Switzerland. Interested to learn more? 

Innovation Management

This projects conducts research for the Swiss National Science Foundation on Digital Transformation. 

Innovation Management
Hansgrohe Campus & Innovation Activities

Putting years of research about business model innovation into practice with Hansgrohe

Innovation Management
Siemens Research Cooperation

The Chair for Innovation Management collaborates with Siemens to investigate decentralized platforms

Innovation Management
Decentralized Incentivized Initiatives

The St.Gallen Blockchain Roundtable & The DLT Think Tank

Operations Management
HEADWIND - A hypoglycaemia warning system for diabetics in road traffic

The overall objective of the HEADWIND project ("Design and Evaluation of a Vehicle Hypoglycemia Warning System in Diabetes") is a novel approach to improve road safety for patients with diabetes mellitus.

Operations Management
Wearable-Based Dysglycemia Detection and Warning in Diabetes

The overall objective of the RADAR project (“Wearable-Based Dysglycemia Detection and Warning in Diabetes”) is the detection of hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia (so-called dysglycaemia) by means of various parameters, which are obtained in real time from a commercially available Smartwatch.

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Here you can find current job vacancies offered by Institute of Technology Management, University of St. Gallen. View all

Job title Pensum Division
Studentische/n Mitarbeiter/in mit Option einer zeitgleichen BA-/MA-Betreuung Innovation Management
Studentischer Mitarbeiter (m/w) Operational Excellence 20-30% Produktionsmanagement
Studentischer Mitarbeitender (m/w/d) Globale Produktionsnetzwerke Full-time (100%) Production Management
Praktikant (m/w) Lean Management / Operational Excellence Full-time Production Management
Research Associate/PhD Candidate at the Institute of Technology Management (m/w/d) 70%
Student Assistant Business Innovation 1 Innovation Management
PhD Position in Applied Computer Science 100% (Full-Time) Operations Management
Praktikant/-in (m/w/d) zu "Future of Learning and Work" 40-100% Innovation Management
Externe Doktorandenstelle Extern, ggf. teilzeit Entrepreneurship
Projektmanager/in Post Doc zu "Future of Learning and Work" (m/w/d) Full-time (100%) Innovation Management
Praktikant/in (m/w/d) Smart Factory / Industrie 4.0 (100%) Full-time (100%) Production Management
Wissenschaftliche/n Mitarbeiter/in im Produktionsmanagement Full-time Production Management