Production Management

Prof. Thomas Friedli


Our Vision

We support industrial organizations in multiple sectors and regions in their strategic planning and implementation of improvement initiatives.
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 below and follow us on LinkedIn for updates.

Our Focus Areas

Global Production
Jens Kaiser | Fabian Specht | Benedikt Saretz | Karl Schalm


Managing global production is more than optimizing single sites. It is about unlocking the potentials of the whole production network. Our integrated approach supports production companies in aligning their network configuration and coordination with their global production strategy. We offer a wide range of tools and methods ranging from a free production network quick-check to individual assessments, benchmarks, and optimization projects.
Contact: Jens Kaiser
Smart Manufacturing & Services
Dr. Lukas Budde | Daniel Wörner | Jean Paul Potthoff | Moritz Häussler | Ronja Trappmann
Growing product commoditization, more complex customer needs and digitalization drive manufacturing companies to increasingly shift to service-oriented business models. Our research activities and industry collaborations provide new and actionable insights on how to leverage smart services that are based on digitalized products and production processes.
Operational Excellence
Dr. Mark Grothkopp | Matteo Bernasconi|  Lorenzo Pirrone | Fabian Klinkner | Jessica Helbling
Research and industry projects in over 10 years enabled us to build an extensive knowledge base on how to support companies on their journey to Operational Excellence. We have the world’s largest independent Operational Excellence Pharma benchmarking database. The close collaboration with our industry partners leads to customised solutions and actionable project outcomes. Join us at our workshops to get the latest insights or read about the results of our FDA Quality Metrics Research.
Swiss Manufacturing Survey and Award
Prof. Dr. Thomas Friedli  | Moritz Häussler | Ronja Trappmann
In 2017 we launched our annual survey for the first time to analyze the prevailing situation of the Swiss manufacturing sector. Since then, each edition has added more insights into structural changes in the manufacturing landscape. Moreover, each version has shown challenges and opportunities for manufacturing in Switzerland as well as how they develop in the long run. In 2019 we additionally launched the Swiss Manufacturing Award to honor one company, which has outstandingly contributed to manufacturing in Switzerland, every year.
Contact: Ronja Trappmann
St. Gallen Production Management Conference
Prof. Dr. Thomas Friedli | Fabian Klinkner | Moritz Häussler
Please note, the main conference language is German.

The topic of the 2024 conference is "From Challenge to Opportunity: Navigating and Mastering today's Global Production Environment".

The target group of the conference are managing directors, plant and production managers as well as managers from production-related areas of industrial companies. The conference will take place on 15th and 16th October 2024 at the Hotel Einstein Congress in St. Gallen. 

CAS Production Management

In the course of increasing digitalization, production faces new opportunities and challenges. New skills and methods must complement existing experience. This CAS (Certificate of Advanced Studies) transports the latest findings in the field of production management into operational practice. The course is held in collaboration with HSR Rapperswil. Course language is German.


Prof. Dr. Thomas Friedli
Professor of Production Management

Director ITEM

Division Production Management

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Michael Vejmola
Personal Assistant to Prof. Dr. Thomas Friedli
Dr. Lukas Budde
Project Leader
Mark Grothkopp
Research Associate & PhD Candidate
Jens Kaiser
Dr. Jens Kaiser
Project Leader
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Matteo Bernasconi
Research Associate & PhD Candidate
Daniel Wörner
Research Associate & PhD Candidate
Fabian Specht
Fabian Specht
Research Associate & PhD Candidate
Benedikt Saretz
Research Associate & PhD Candidate
Lorenzo Pirrone
Lorenzo Pirrone
Research Associate & PHD Candidate
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Jean Paul Potthoff
Research Associate & PhD Candidate
Karl Gerhard Schalm
Research Associate & PhD Candidate
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Fabian Klinkner
Research Associate & PhD Candidate
Moritz Häussler
Research Associate & PhD Candidate
Jessica Helbling
Jessica Helbling
Research Associate & PhD Candidate
Ronja Trappmann
Research Associate & PhD Candidate

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Please do not hesitate to contact us via phone, email or in person. You can find us in the ZIG-building on the ground floor level.

Production Management Division

Dufourstrasse 40a

9000 St.Gallen

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