About me

Since October 2019 I run the Institute for Business Sustainability located in Lucerne, Switzerland, together with Katrin Muff. Our research efforts focuss primarily on conduct conceptual research in the area of business sustainability, individual and organizational transformation, stakeholder engagement, sustainability business strategy. The Institute also hosts the Diploma in Sustainable Business which I continue to co-direct with Katrin Muff

I have been at the University of St. Gallen since 1974. First as a student, graduating with my PhD in 1982, then as a Professor in Sustainability Management at the Institute of Economy and the Environment (IWÖ) since 1992. 

At the end of 2018, I have handed over my responsibilities as Director of the IWÖ and as full-time professor to Judith Walls. I shall continue with some of my activities including working with my PhD students and as University Delegate for Sustainability & Responsibility. 

Besides enjoying more and doing less, my future research is well defined in what I call the OPTICS for Business - six pathways towards true business sustainability. 

13.11.2018 -

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The OPTICS for Business in the 21st century:

6 pathways towards

True Business Sustainability


True Business Sustainability

My life (from bottom left to top right)

I look forward to hearing from you!

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