Competence Center Alliances, Platforms & Ecosystems

This Competence Center deals with the research area covering alliances and ecosystems. More and more companies are joining together in cooperative systems to be able to jointly create a collective benefit promise. Digital platforms emergence is becoming increasingly important in many industries. The Competence Center’s objective is to generate knowledge about these multi-lateral structures’ functioning and performance consequences. The point of reflections is to stop looking at companies as single players with sharp divisions into customers, suppliers and competitors, and to focus instead on interconnected business activities that realize shared benefit promise. We focus on questions like: how do ecosystems emerge, mature and break down? What roles do individual companies assume in an ecosystem? When should one best enter an ecosystem, when to leave it? How deep should one get involved and which resources are best to contribute, which ones are to protect? What innovative activity systems can be generated? Are there perfect types here?

Competence Center Management

Prof. Dr. Karolin Frankenberger

Prof. Dr. Karolin Frankenberger is Full Professor in the field of Strategy and Innovation, Director of the Institute of Management and Strategy, and Academic Director of the Executive MBA at the University of St. Gallen. Her research focuses mainly on the topics of business model innovation, (digital) business transformation, ecosystems, and circular economy. Prior to her academic career, Prof. Frankenberger worked at the management consulting company McKinsey & Company for almost 7 years.

Prof. Dr. Christoph Lechner

Christoph Lechner is Director at the Institute of Management & Strategy (IoMS) and holds the chair for strategic management at the University of St. Gallen. In addition to his academic duties, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Helvetia (insurance). He was Vice President of the Board of Directors of Hügli (Food) for 18 years until it was sold to Coop in 2018. As a strategy consultant and in executive education Prof. Lechner has worked with companies such as ABB, Altana, BASF, Clariant, Credit Suisse, Danaher, Klöckner, Novartis, Richemont, Siemens, Santander, Shell, Tata, and Zeiss worldwide.