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We co-operate closely with the following research fellows.

Research Fellows

Dr. Frank Halter

Dr. Frank Halter

Dr. Frank Halter studied at the University of St. Gallen and at HEC Genève, graduating in business administration with a lic.oec. HSG, and then completed his doctorate at the European Business School, graduating with Dr.rer.pol. He is the owner of f-halter gmbh and the initiator of the St.Gallen Succession Model (www.sgnafo-modell.ch). He is also involved as a speaker in the field of succession.
His main topics are business succession, complexity and dynamics in family businesses, SME leadership and entrepreneurship, which are further developed in the context of his research, teaching, training and consulting activities. For practitioners, it is worth taking a look at www.sgnafo-praxis.ch.

Prof. Dr. Simon Grand

Prof. Dr. Simon Grand

Simon Grand is Associate Professor for Strategic Management and Management Innovation at University of St.Gallen, He is co-autor of «Managing in a Complex World: The St.Gallen Management Model» and research fellow at the Zurich Center for Creative Economies of the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). He engages as strategy designer and is member of the board of directors in several internationally present enterpreneurial Swiss firms.
 
His research focuses on entrepreneurial strategizing, especially in the context of technological innovation. Based on in-depth, longitudinal case studies in various industries, he studies the strategy processes and strategizing practices through which entrepreneurs and executives enact their organizations to create future value and thus advance their entrepreneurial agility.
 
The findings of his research have been published in various books, book chapters and scientific articles in international journals. Simon Grand brings his perspective to current research projects at our institute and will contribute to research and publication initiatives on questions of strategy making and future enterpreneurial agility of medium-sized (family) businesses.

Prof. Dr. Susan Müller

Prof. Dr. Susan Müller

Susan Müller completed her doctorate at the University of St. Gallen. She received an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and her bachelor’s degree (1998) from the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University in Karlsruhe.

Susan Müller is a research professor for entrepreneurship at Bern University of Applied Sciences from August 2020. Before that she was with the Swiss Research Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Gallen (2007-2012 and 2014-2020). Between her two stints in St. Gallen she led a research project on social innovations at EBS Business School (Wiesbaden). Before moving to academia, she worked as a consultant.

Susan Müller’s research focuses on three major areas: social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship education, and the link between entrepreneurs’ actions and success. She is currently heading the SNFS funded longitudinal research project «Entrepreneurs’ Actions for Successful New Venture Creation» which tracks entrepreneurs’ actions over one year to understand behavioral patterns that increase the likelihood of early venture success. Susan, with colleagues from the KMU-HSG, co-authored the textbook «Entrepreneurship. Modelle – Umsetzung – Perspektiven» which is in its fifth edition from Springer Gabler in 2019.

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