Stefano at the DRUID Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark


On June 20, Stefano participated to the DRUID debate on ecosystems. Together with Nel Dutt (Bocconi University) he spoke against the following motion: A conceptualization of the competitive environment without an eco-systems approach is flawed". Annabelle Gawer (U. of Surrey) and Michael Jacobides (LBS) spoke for the motion. After the debate, the audience voted against the motion. Pictures and video available soon.

Please find more information on the conference here.

Daniella, Sen and Georg at the SMS Special Conference on `Hits and Misses - Strategic Decisions in an Uncertain World`, Frankfurt, Germany


This conference ´Hits and Misses: Strategic Decisions in an Uncertain World´focused on strategic decision-making when faced with uncertainty. How and why are some firms more adept at managing and adapting to the challenges posed by uncertainty? The conference brought together current and relevant academic research with the insights of industry leaders to advance our understanding of these critical questions.

Daniella, Sen and Georg each presented a paper in one of the theme track sessions while Daniella additionally served as Theme Track Chair for the area "Risky Choice and Luck" and as Session Chair for the Session "Tensions, Paradoxes and Ambidexterity"

More information on the conference can be found here.

Stefano at the ‘Organizing in the Era of Digital Technology 2019’ conference, Monte Verita, Switzerland


Stefano was at Monte Verita’ for ‘Organizing in the Era of Digital Technology 2019’ conference, organized by our colleagues at the SMI Chair. He was part of  a panel of practitioners and academics who discussed problems and opportunities raised by digital innovation (and AI in particular). The panel focused on ‘Transforming organizations with digital technologies’, was moderated by Paula Stephan (Georgia State University) and included: Bart Clarysse (ETH Zurich), Holger Greif, PwC; Luca Marighetti, Swiss Re; Michael Rebhan, Novartis; Cristina Rossi, Politecnico di Milano; and Jiahui Yin, ON Running


Spark Labs goes to Israel


This week Spark Labs founder Dr. Alan Cabello and program manager Linda Armbruster are traveling to Tel Aviv to embark in the Digital Switzerland Innovation Journey Israel

Israel evolved into a high-tech powerhouse that is giving rise to a multitude of big tech startups. An environment where the Spark Labs team will experience a unique innovation ecosystem – Israel’s startups, government organizations, state of the art research institutes and its special ability to collaborate between corporates, R&D, government and the military.  The goal of this journey is to see behind the success factors of this startup nation and bring home inspirations and learnings for Spark Labs’ innovation expertise, toolset and program.

New SNF grant to develop a training for managerial ambidexterity


Stefano Brusoni, Daniella Laureiro-Martínez and Zorica Zagorac-Uremović won a SNF grant to develop a training for managerial ambidexterity.

This four-years project intends to develop new theory and training methods to help managers switch more effectively between exploration and exploitation, and consequently, become more “ambidextrous.” Ambidexterity is a crucial ability, requiring managers to know when to explore new opportunities or exploit current ones. Learning this skill is critical for Swiss firms, as their business models face profound disruption by digital technologies. We aim to help them meet this competitive challenge.

Paper accepted at Industrial and Corporate Change


A paper by Stefano Brusoni, Daniella Laureiro-Martinez and colleagues, entiteled as "Exploring Exploration: The role of affective states as forces that hinder change" has been accepted for publication at Industrial and Corporate Change.

In the light of a better understanding of failure and success in adapting to environmental changes, the paper aims at a better understanding of why people hestiate to pursue novel choices.More specifically, the paper investigates what forces hinder individual´s exploration choices of different alternatives, and hence their ability to learn from them. 

Study "Automobilindustrie Schweiz - Branchenanalyse 2018/19" published


On January 17, 2019 the Swiss Center for Automotive Research (SwissCAR) published the third edition of its study series “Automobilindustrie Schweiz”.Togehter with Business Monitor and Swissmem the TIMGroup was a partner for this year´s study.

Again great interest from industry, politics and science could be attracted. Please find selected media coverage here, here, and here.

In case you are interested in the report of the study, please contact

Paper accepted at the Journal of Business Strategy


A paper by Georg Windisch titeled "Better Profit Formulas for New Business Models: Capital Goods Industries in a Fragmented Market" is accepted for publication at the Journal of Business Strategy. The study proposes a novel three-step approach for designing profit formulas for new business models in the capital goods and comparable industries.

TIMGroup at the Innovedum Learning and Teaching Fair 2018


Mid of November the first ETH Learning and Teaching Fair 2018 took place. Students, staff and professor were welcome to take a closer look to some selected learning and teaching projects. Aim of the fair is to inspire a discussion and feedback on the topic of student learning.

The TIM Group presented two projects – the Innovation Leadership Seminar and the Impact of Design Thinking

Innovation Leadership Seminar

The course aims at promoting students’ critical thinking processes and their managerial skills through out the definition of individual student led learning objectives. Lecturers provide individual and group coaching using different tools. Students work on an innovation project for a leading company in the Swiss building industry.


The impact of Design Thinking

By the means of a 13-week course, we work with Design Thinking (DT) on students' personal development, their creative output and way of thinking. Besides the technical learning’s of Design Thinking, a social environment is created in which trial-and-error learning is enhanced.

We enjoyed exhibiting these two teaching and learning projects to an interested audience.


Paper accepted at Brain and Cognition


Daniella and Stefano together with their co-authors published a new study at the journal Brain and Cognition. In this study the authors show that enhancing executive skills via cognitive training leads to structural changes in the brain, that in turn improves the ability to manage the exploration-exploitation trade-off and leads to more efficient innovative decision-making. Please find the paper here.