Innovation Management

Prof. Dr. Oliver Gassmann

Our vision

Welcome to the Chair for Innovation Management at the University of St.Gallen. Our highly motivated team is dedicated to leading innovation research and high impact by combining rigor and relevance. Together with our international research partners in industry, we develop tools for the effective management of innovation. Our main areas of research are: Strategic Management of Innovation, Business Model Innovation, and Management of Emerging Technologies.



Community Talk of Harvard Business Managers

The future belongs to collaboration: how rivals can become partners and everyone be a winner.

Hundreds of brands that have been independent so far will become part of about ten large ecosystems over the next years. In view of this trend, managers must think beyond the frontiers of their industry and leaders will have to develop new skills with their teams.

Oliver Gassmann and Fabrizio Ferrandina, authors of the article "The Win-Win-Win Formula" explained during this Community Talk on 1 June 2021 how they envisage that this transformation will take place. You can find the livestream recording of this event using the attached link.

Article about Circular business model implementation in Journal of Cleaner Production

Researchers from the Chair for Innovation Management have published their research on circular business model implementation in one of the highest ranking sustainability journals.

Bosch IoT Lab

Prof. Dr. Oliver Gassmann | Prof. Dr. Felix Wortmann | Dr. Wolfgang Bronner | Simon Föll | Sven Jung | Kevin Koch | Claudio Lamprecht | Shu Liu | Martin Maritsch | Fabian Schäfer 


Founded in 2013, the Bosch Internet of Things (IoT) Lab is a cooperation between the University of St. Gallen, ETH Zurich and the Bosch Group. The Bosch IoT Lab investigates business models in the Internet of Things and explores disruptive IoT platforms, products and services. In the realm of “Connected Business”, the focus is on managing the digital transformation of large manufacturing companies driven by IoT-enabled services and data. In the realm of “IoT Platform Economy”, the focus is on building and managing platform business successfully. Finally, in the area of “IoT Technology Exploration”, the Lab develops and validates products and services in the domains of mobility, energy and health. Please click here for more information.

Emerging Technologies Lab

Prof. Dr. Oliver Gassmann | Dr. Naomi Haefner | Kilian Schmück 


The Emerging Technologies Lab is primarily concerned with examining and assessing new technologies with a particular emphasis on business models and business opportunities. Distributed Ledger Technologies (e.g., Blockchain) are one of the Lab’s core research topics. In order to evaluate the potential of DLTs/Blockchain within the industry context, the Lab continues to operate its working group, which was originally established in 2017. Furthermore, we initiated a long-term research project with Siemens, which will extensively investigate the implications of DLTs on the platform economy. Finally, we have a project examining the potential of AI in selected application areas from a business model perspective.

Energy Innovation Lab

Prof. Dr. Oliver Gassmann | Prof. Dr. Maximilian Palmié | Barbara Bencsik | Charlotte Lekkas | Anna Mader | Carmen Sprus

The Energy Innovation Lab focuses on the strategic management of innovation and (digital) technologies in the energy, sustainability, and smart city context. Specifically, our main topics include: the coordination of collaboration in organizations, platforms, and ecosystems (e.g., Virtual Power Plants); the management and organization of Smart City initiatives; business model innovation; and the interplay between economic, social, and environmental value. Our findings on these topics are published in top-tier academic journals as well as in practice-oriented articles and books. Besides conducting research on these topics, we actively engage in exchange with various players in the energy sector and cooperate with industry partners. For instance, we are part of the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research: Center for Research in Energy, Society and Transition (SCCER CREST), a member of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 project “Smarter Together”, and involved in the NRP77 project “Scaling Smart City Projects - From Individual Pilots towards a Common Strategy of Industry Emergence” funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. If you want to receive more information or if you are interested in cooperating with us, please contact
Ecosystem Innovation Lab
Prof. Dr. Oliver Gassmann | Lucas Miehé | Veronika Seeholzer
The Ecosystem Innovation Lab focuses on the phenomenon of business ecosystems. Three doctoral students are part of the Lab, which aims to combine high quality research with close collaborations with leading organizations. Therefore, we are developing approaches for the management of business ecosystems in general, jointly with a group of firms, for instance a leading strategy consulting company, a leading IT and software firm, leading organisations in the start-up world as well as ca. 10 other companies from various sectors. Furthermore, we conduct academic research, which is based on an extensive data base of companies having successfully established business ecosystems. By doing so, we strive to establish the lab as a leading research institution in the context of business ecosystems.
Center for Global R&D and Innovation (GLORAD)

Prof. Dr. Oliver Gassmann | Prof. Dr. Max von Zedtwitz


GLORAD is the Center for Global R&D and Innovation with offices in St. Gallen (CH), Kaunas (CEE), Heilbronn (DE), Moscow (RU), Shanghai (CN), Silicon Valley (USA), and Sao Paulo (LATAM). Click here for more information.

Center for Innovation

Prof. Dr. Oliver Gassmann | Prof. Dr. Torsten Tomczak | Prof. Dr. Andreas Herrmann | Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Jenewein | Prof. Dr. Ernst Mohr 


The Center for Innovation at the University of St. Gallen was founded in May 2007 and is based on a cooperation between the Institute of Technology Management (Prof. Dr. Oliver Gassmann) and the Center for Customer Insight (Prof. Dr. Torsten Tomczak, Prof. Dr. Andreas Herrmann, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Jenewein, Prof. Dr. Ernst Mohr). Click here for more information.



Our Team

Prof. Dr. Oliver Gassmann
Professor of Innovation Management

Director ITEM

Chair for Innovation Management

Ursula Elsässer
Personal Assistant to Prof. Dr. Oliver Gassmann
Prof. Dr. Naomi Haefner
Assistant Professor of Technology Management
Prof. Dr. Maximilian Palmié
Assistant Professor of Energy and Innovation Management
Ass. Prof. Dr. Felix Wortmann
Scientific Director Bosch IoT Lab
Ph.D. Bernhard Lingens
University of Lucerne Research Fellow
Alexander Schuhmacher
Reutlingen University Research Fellow
Prof. Dr. Maximilian von Zedtwitz
Copenhagen Business School Research Fellow
Favorit 1_Barbara
Barbara Bencsik
Research Associate & PhD Candidate
Raphael Bömelburg
Research Associate & PhD Candidate
Florian Huber
Research Associate & PhD Candidate
Sven Jung
Research Associate & PhD Candidate

Platform Economy & IoT

Charlotte Lekkas
Research Associate & PhD Candidate
Anna Mader
Research Associate & PhD Candidate
Lucas Miehé
Research Associate & PhD Candidate
Fabian Schäfer
Research Associate & PhD Candidate
Kilian Schmück
Research Associate & PhD Candidate
Veronika Seeholzer
Research Associate & PhD Candidate
Carmen Sprus
Research Associate & PhD Candidate

Sustainable Innovation & Smart Cities

Our Courses

The Chair for Innovation Management offers courses on the Bachelor, Master and PhD level as well as in the Executive Education programs. Teaching is very important to us and we aim to combine relevant knowledge with state-of-the art teaching methods. For an impression of your 2019 Course "Business Innovation - One" click here.


You can find a full overview of our courses here.


Selected Publications

Please find a selection of the most cited publications by the Chair for Innovation Management below. You can find the full publication list of Prof. Dr. Oliver Gassmann here.

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Please 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 for Innovation Management

Dufourstrasse 40a

9000 Sankt Gallen

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