#forpurpose 2019

Prof. Dr Martin Kolmar

Martin Kolmar is holding a chair in economics and is director of the Institute of Business Ethics at the University of St. Gallen. He studied economics at the Universities of Bonn and Berkeley and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Konstanz. He was assistant professor in Bonn and Konstanz and Professor in Göttingen and Mainz before he came to St. Gallen in 2006. He started his career with research on systems competition where he specialized in tax and social-policy competition with mobile capital and labor. He then changed the field to institutional economics and group conflicts. Today his main area of basic research is at the intersection between psychology, neuroscience, and philosophy. He is working on a normative economic and social theory that is inspired by these research fields in order to get a more realistic understanding of human perception, wellbeing, and behavior. He does most of his applied research on the regulation of telecommunication industries, the ethics and economics of digitalization and climate change.

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Prof. Dr Casas i Klett

Tomas Casas i Klett is Assistant Professor at the University of St. Gallen’s (HSG) Research Institute for International Management (FIM), specializing in international business, China and Eurasia, as well as in high-performance teams. As director at the University of St. Gallen’s China Competence Center, he supervises various research initiatives. Among these figure the Sino-Swiss Free Trade Agreement (FTA), the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and China entrepreneurship and innovation. He also works in close collaboration with leading European firms on the St. Gallen Top Team (SGTT) model, aimed at discerning the links between teamwork variables and high firm performance. Tomas also enjoys crafting case studies that bring to life entrepreneurial and business situations in a variety of international settings such as China, Russia, social e-commerce or the circular economy.

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Prof. Dr Heike Bruch

Heike Bruch is a Professor for Leadership at the University of St.Gallen. She studied business administration at the Freie Universität Berlin and earned her doctorate at the University of Hanover. Heike Bruch has been a professor and director of the Institute for Leadership and Human Resource Management at the University of St.Gallen since 2001. She is a member of the board of DGFP (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Personalführung), president of the Academic Jury of the Wings of Excellence Award, scientific director of TOP JOB and member of the habilitation committee. She advises top executives throughout Europe in the fields of leadership, energy and cultural change. In 2006 she founded the spin-off energy factory St. Gallen. 

Heike Bruch has already received several awards for her scientific achievements. In 2018, she was again named a leading scientist in human resources research in German speaking countries as well as reelected to the TOP 100 women in Switzerland.

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Prof. Dr Omid Aschari

Prof. Dr Omid Aschari is Associate Professor of Strategic Management at the University of St. Gallen and Managing Director of the globally respected flagship Master in Strategy and International Management, ranked first in the world by FT for a record eight consecutive year. As educator, advisor and executive coach he collaborates with organizations and individuals in building progressive leadership capacity, revitalizing corporate purpose and navigating corporate transformation. His thinking has been featured by media including Financial Times, The Independent, Le Monde and The Guardian. Omid earned an M.B.A. with high distinction from the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management in California, U.S.A, in 1997 and a Doctorate in management studies from Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria, in 2001.

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Prof. Dr Dietmar Grichnik

Prof. Grichnik is Chair Professor of Entrepreneurship and Director of the Institute of Technology Management at the University of St.Gallen (HSG). He is the Initiator and Co-Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship (Startup@HSG) and the Global Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. In addition, he is the former Dean of the School of Management, President of the Board of the Institute of Media and Communications Management and Member of the Boards of the Institute of Computer Science and of the Institute of Business Education and Educational Management at HSG. Before joining HSG, Professor Grichnik served on the faculties of WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management and Witten/Herdecke University in Germany. Moreover, he held a visiting professorship at the University of Melbourne, Australia, was guest professor at Harvard Business School, USA, and taught at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. The main focus of his work is on corporate venturing, entrepreneurial finance, and start-up management. In 2015 he was ranked among the TOP-100 leading professors in entrepreneurship worldwide nominated by today`s tech entrepreneurs. He has published several books and more than 200 articles. His newest publications are the books “Entrepreneurial Living – 7 Steps to Independence” and “Startup Navigator – A Handbook”.

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#beyondwork 2018

Prof. Dr Isabelle Wildhaber

Prof. Dr Isabelle Wildhaber obtained her law degree (lic.iur.) at the Universities of Basel and Geneva, Switzerland in 1996. She concluded her doctorate with summa cum laude at the University of Basel, Switzerland in 1999, and her LL.M. at Harvard Law School, U.S.A. in 2001. Isabelle is admitted to the Bar in Basel and to the Bar in New York First Department, having worked for Swiss and American law firms in Basel, New York and Frankfurt a.M. She was a research assistant at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and taught at the Humboldt-Universität Berlin, and holds a full professorship for Private Law, Business Law and Employment Law at the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland since 2015.

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Prof. Dr Dieter Thomä

Prof. Dr Dieter Thomä is Professor of Philosophy at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of St. Gallen. Prior to this, he taught at the New School for Social Research in New York, at Brown University and at Freie Universität Berlin. Between 2002 and 2008, he was co-publisher of the journal Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie. Dieter’s work focuses on social philosophy, ethics, cultural, and political philosophy. In these fields, he concentrates on the Socratic question “How should one live?”. He has recently published a book on troublemakers and their role in society.

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Prof. Dr Christoph Frei

Prof. Dr Christoph Frei is Associate Professor for political science at the University of St. Gallen. In his earlier academic career, he gathered teaching as well as research experience in the United States, France and Hungary. Christoph acted as personal assistant to the former Swiss Federal Councillor, Kurt Furgler. He is author of various books and publications mainly covering the fields of international relations and political theory. He graduated from the University of St. Gallen with a Master’s degree in international affairs in 1985 and obtained a Ph.D. summa cum laude from the same university in 1993.

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Prof. Dr Caspar Hirschi

Prof. Dr Caspar Hirschi is Professor of History at the University of St. Gallen. He was a student at Fribourg and Tübingen, a Research Fellow at Cambridge UK and an Ambizione Fellow at ETH Zürich. His research focuses on the role of scientific experts in past and present, on the history of innovation and automation and on early forms of nationalism. His publications include a monograph on The Origins of Nationalism: An Alternative History from Ancient Rome to Early Modern Germany (Cambridge 2012) and on Skandalexperten – Expertenskandale: zur Geschichte eines Gegenwartsproblems (to be published in Berlin, 2018).

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Prof. Dr Patrick Emmenegger

Prof. Dr Patrick Emmenegger is Professor of Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy at the University of St. Gallen’s School of Economics and Political Science. Before that, he acted as Associate Professor and Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics at the Department of Political Science and the Centre for Welfare State Research, University of Southern Denmark from 2008 until 2012. Patrick obtained his PhD in political science from the University of Bern in 2008. He researches on the political economy of labour markets with a special emphasis on the role of organised interests and the policy fields job security, working time and skill formation, business-government relationships with a special focus on financial secrecy, tax avoidance and international tax competition as well as democratization processes and state building.

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