Innovation Management

Prof. Dr. Oliver Gassmann


Our vision

Welcome to the Chair of 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.

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 | Raphael Bömelburg | Charlotte Lekkas | Barbara Bencsik

The Energy Innovation Lab focuses on the strategic management of innovation and (digital) technologies in the energy sector and related industries. Specifically, our main topics include: stakeholder management; the management of collaboration-based value creation (e.g., Virtual Power Plants); the management and organization of Smart City initiatives; drivers and consequences of innovative behavior among firm employees (e.g., innovation culture); business model innovation; and the combination of highly innovative business opportunities with a strong core business. 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) and a member of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 project “Smarter Together”. If you want to receive more information or if you are interested in cooperating with us, please contact

Helvetia Innovation Lab
Prof. Dr. Oliver Gassmann | Dr. Bernhard Lingens | Maximilian Böger | Florian Huber | Lucas Miehé | Veronika Seeholzer
The Helvetia Innovation Lab, which was founded at the beginning of 2017, is led by Dr. Bernhard Lingens and is focusing on the emerging phenomenon of business ecosystems. Four doctoral students are part of the Lab, which activities rest upon three pillars: First, we support Helvetia Insurance in building-up a business ecosystem in the context of “home”. In this regard, Helvetia aims to partner with other firms to provide customers services that encompass the complete customer journey.  Second, 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. Third, 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
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Ph.D. Bernhard Lingens
Head of Helvetia Innovation Lab
Prof. Dr. Maximilian Palmié
Assistant Professor of Energy and Innovation Management
Prof. Dr. Maximilian von Zedtwitz
Head of Competence Center GLORAD
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Barbara Bencsik
Research Associate & PhD Candidate
Maximilian Böger
Research Associate & PhD Candidate
Raphael Bömelburg
Research Associate & PhD Candidate
Svetlana Flankova
Research Associate & PhD Candidate
Florian Huber
Research Associate & PhD Candidate
Charlotte Lekkas
Research Associate & PhD Candidate
Lucas Miehé
Research Associate & PhD Candidate
Kilian Schmück
Research Associate & PhD Candidate
Veronika Seeholzer
Research Associate & PhD Candidate

Selected Publications