Global Centres

"Strengthening strengths" is the motto of the University of St.Gallen when it comes to continuing to be perceived as one of Europe's leading business universities in the future and becoming a global research leader in selected areas.

Global Center for Customer Insight (GCCI)

Novel and relevant insights into customers’ thinking and behaviour are crucial for companies to be able to run successful marketing campaigns in tomorrow’s market. On the strength of the achievements and findings of the Institute for Customer Insight (ICI-HSG), the Global Center is intended to be a place of thought leadership in the field of purchase decision-making and behaviour research that is recognised worldwide. The ICI-HSG is already one of Europe’s leading research institutions and has very good contacts with the world of business; ABB, Audi, BMW, Bühler, Hilti, Lufthansa, the Swiss Post and Schindler being cases in point. Its research ranges from behavioural branding, design and product development to brand and emotion, as well as market research and data modelling. 

Global Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (GCEI) 

The professors of the Global Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation exert an essential international influence in the fields of research about innovation research, start-ups and young companies, as well as family businesses. Firms such as Audi, BASF, Bosch, Bühler, Daimler, SAP and Swisscom have established long-term cooperation ventures with them. The findings derived from the research projects with these partners are also made accessible to regional SMEs through working circles. Another benefit for the region is realised by means of numerous start-ups and spin-offs. The HSG Founders’ Lab with the “Founders’ Garage” has a great impact on the founding culture on the University campus and in the region.

Global Center for International Economics (GCIE) 

The Global Center for International Economics conducts high-quality research, draws up expert analyses and is practically involved in the fields of foreign trade, economic development and macroeconomics. The Center is hosted by the Swiss Institute for International Economics and Applied Economic Research (SIAW-HSG).