Our Research Institutions
All of the researchers have been well-connected even before the project. The University of Liechtenstein and the University of Münster are both members of the ERCIS Network and share a long history of successful EU projects. The Grenoble Ecole Management is a perfect addition to the team.
University of Liechtenstein
… is a leading university in the international Lake Constance region. It is a place for personal development, interaction as well as critical and creative thought, and a hub of innovation for shaping the future. It has an excellent reputation and an outstanding network of contacts. Education and research meet the highest international standards. The University of Liechtenstein is defined by entrepreneurial leadership applied to all levels and areas.
The University of Liechtenstein prepares its approximately 800 students to take on leading roles in government and society, politics and business, culture and academia. The university’s academic focus is divided into the two areas of business economics and architecture and planning. The university’s education and knowledge transfer offerings are geared to societal needs and business demands.
The Institute of Information Systems at the University of Liechtenstein is one of the leading research institutes on Information Systems (IS) and Innovation, Business Process Management, Data Science, and Cybersecurity. It has a proven track record of successful innovative projects in harnessing digital technologies in teaching, learning, and international collaboration. The Chair of IS and Innovation aims to understand and design the supporting roles of digital technologies in creating economic and societal impacts. Its ongoing research program includes data-driven innovation, cyberphysical innovation, humanistic system design, and multisensory digital experience.
University of Münster
… is one of the largest universities in Germany with a rich and time-honoured tradition. It enjoys an outstanding reputation in the region and far beyond. Fifteen faculties with 120 degree programmes and some 30 research centres comprise the institutional backbone of the University. Some 45,700 students and 5,300 academics appreciate the University’s excellent research opportunities, high-quality teaching, promotion of junior researchers, and the advantages of living in the city of Münster. As a research-oriented university, the WWU has made pioneering progress in numerous areas. Two Excellence Clusters, eight collaborative research centres (SFB), several research training groups and 27 research centres collectively advance inter- and transdisciplinary collaborative research and individual disciplinary research projects. The University of Münster is well-known for its large and distinguished faculties, such as Law and Medicine, but also for its so-called exotic subjects like Scandinavian Studies. The diverse and research-oriented course offerings attract several thousand students to Münster each year.
The Department of Information Systems (IS) at the University of Münster is considered to be one of the largest and most respectable IS departments in Germany. Periodic national rankings attest to the excellent reputation of the Department. The Department was founded in 1990 as part of the Münster School of Business and Economics (MSBE). More than 175 people work at the Department, including eight professors, about 75 staff members and 100 student assistants.
Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM)
… is a Research and Higher Education institution of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Grenoble. GEM is one of few fully accredited (EQUIS, AACSB, and AMBA) business schools worldwide. At the French level, GEM is a member of the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles and it is regularly ranked as the 6th business School in France. Over the last three decades, GEM has developed a unique expertise on management of technology and innovation in particular in the analysis of emerging fields (e.g. energy management, health, IT, biotech and nanotechnology) as well as new business models. Its main fields of expertise comprise deliberate and emergent strategies of innovation, information and communication technologies (challenges and impact of business practices), new product development and marketing of innovative products and services, sustainable innovation. In the past, GEM has been coordinating multiple national and European projects involving teams from multiple disciplines.
With more than seven thousand students, GEM main campus is located in Grenoble. GEM has a large campus also in Paris, where several of its programs are delivered.
GEM has recently opened the GEM Labs, a building dedicated to new pedagogical tools including a design thinking hall and the playground, a dedicated unit for serious game development. GEM Labs is based on innovation through experimentation. A true Business Lab, decision-makers and their teams come to experiment with new ways of seeing and doing business, developing their activities and creating value. Here, thanks to immersive platforms, new solutions can be tested in almost real-life situations. Experimentation platforms are at the heart of GEM Labs – enabling immersive learning experiences, inspiring managers and leaders in the face of technological transitions, actively committing to sustainable and responsible innovation. The platforms include a connected shop, connected street and home spaces, and my Market Lab. Here we simulate the consumer journey – dissecting purchasing behavior, consumer risk-taking, and the act of taking action. We explore the challenges between technology and ethics, the importance of intellectual property, and more. The TIM Lab is the platform dedicated to project teams and design thinking. The teams meet here to conduct an innovative project. Thanks to design thinking, everyone learns to think differently, to appropriate the technologies and make them an asset to build on. Design thinking is a great asset for co-developing with project teams and scripting the paths of project leaders.