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.



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ITEM-HSG guest-editing a special issue on digitization, business model innovation, and sustainability in Technological Forecasting & Social Change!

PD Dr. Maximilian Palmié (Head of our Energy Innovation Lab), Lucas Miehé (Research Associate in our Ecosystem Innovation Lab), and three international colleagues will serve as guest-editors of a special issues in the renowned journal Technological Forecasting & Social Change. 

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Our research is a HSG “Top Story”!

Research on Smart City government conducted at the Institute of Technology Management by Dr. Charlotte Lekkas was selected as a "top story" by the University of St. Gallen and included in its annual report.

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Article co-authored by ITEM-HSG researchers published in “FT 50” journal

We are pleased to announce that the article "With(Out) a Little Help From My Friends? Reconciling Incongruous Findings on Stakeholder Management, Innovation, and Firm Performance" co-authored by Naomi Haefner and Maximilian Palmié with Petteri Leppänen (Imperial College London) was accepted for publication in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.

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Three more articles co-authored by ITEM-HSG researchers published in leading journals

We are pleased to announce that the following three articles co-authored by ITEM-HSG researchers were also recently accepted for publication in leading academic 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 | Anna Mader | Carmen Sprus


The Energy Innovation Lab concerns itself with the management of sustainability transformations of firms, industries, and geographic regions (cities and rural areas). Its main topics of interest and expertise include business model innovation (i.e., the transition to circular business models/sustainable business models), the management of ecosystems and stakeholder involvement/stakeholder engagement, as well as scaling. It often studies these topics in the context of digital technologies (e.g., Artificial Intelligence), alternative technologies (e.g., CNG-fueled vehicles), and their implementation for enhanced sustainability (e.g., smart mobility, smart cities). 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 application-oriented projects and cooperate with industry partners. The Energy Innovation Lab is currently involved in projects funded by firms, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF/SNF), and the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE). Previously, the Energy Innovation Lab was active in the Horizon 2020 project “Smarter Together” funded by the European Commission from 2016 to 2021 and in the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research (SCCER) CREST funded by Innosuisse from 2014 to 2020. In the SCCER, the Energy Innovation Lab was leader of the section “Energy, Innovation, Management”. 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
Prof. Dr. Felix Wortmann
Scientific Director Bosch IoT Lab
Dr. Bernhard Lingens
Research Fellow
Dr. Alexander Schuhmacher
Research Fellow
Prof. Dr. Maximilian von Zedtwitz
Research Fellow
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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 Business Models 

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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