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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HSG Spin-Offs legen Fokus auf Nachhaltigkeit

HSG Spin-Offs haben in den letzten Jahren über 6000 Arbeitsplätze geschaffen. Viele der 171 Unternehmen, die das Spin-Off Label tragen, sind in HSG-nahen Sektoren wie der Finanz- und Versicherungsindustrie aktiv. Aber auch in der Lebensmittelindustrie und im IT-Bereich arbeiten innovative Startups von HSG-Absolvierenden. Das neue «HSG Spin-Off Barometer 2022» zeigt zudem, dass sich fast alle der Unternehmen an Nachhaltigkeitszielen orientieren.Read more

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Benchmarking: Global Production Strategies

The final conference closed the consortium benchmarking global productions strategies 2022. Prof. Dr. Thomas Friedli and Prof. Dr. Klaus Möller gave insights from research with their keynote speeches. Also, the five visits at Dätwyler, Festo, IMS:Gear, Schott and Kuka were summarized and discussed. 

Artificiality and Sustainability in Entrepreneurship

The Chair for Entrepreneurship has published a new open access book on the topic "Artificiality and Sustainability in Entrepreneurship".

Global Production Academy 2022: 4. Site Visit at CLAAS

Our fourth and last meeting of our Global Production Academy 2022 took place at CLAAS in Harsewinkel this week.

As a globally leading agricultural machinery manufacturer CLAAS shared current insights into its production and its risk mitigation strategy for the global production network. In joint discussion rounds with our consortium together with Herrenknecht, CLAAS, FACC, HOMAG, MTU Aero Engines, Balluff, PERI and our research partner the wbk Institute of Production Science (wbk-KIT) we could collect and define valuable successful practices  

Once again, we would like to express our sincere thanks to all participating companies for their exciting insights, our great discussions and openness in all four meetings. We are already looking forward to continuing our discussions in 2023.

If you would like to be part of our Global Production Academy 2023, feel free to reach out to our GPA Team!

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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.