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Networking in science

On the 2012 Business Innovation Day on 20 April, HSG researchers and guests from science and practice conducted an exchange of ideas about networking in science and about open innovation.

20 April 2012. The Business Innovation Day took place for the fourth time that Friday. The Business Innovation Profile Area of the University of St.Gallen organises this day once a year in order to honour achievements by HSG researchers and to discuss latest findings with experts from science and practice. This year, Business Innovation Day focused on networking and new technologies.

Pilot project in research evaluation
In his lecture Dr. med. Ijad Madisch, Co-Founder and Managing Director of ResearchGate Corp., shed light on the role of the social media in science. He explained that networking through social networks was already working well in the natural sciences but that the social sciences have been taking little advantage of these networks to date. Subsequently Prof. Dr. Miriam Meckel presented the pilot project in research evaluation. The cooperation venture between the Business Innovation Profile Area of the University of St.Gallen and ResearchGate is intended to drive networking in the social sciences forward, declared Meckel. She received the Communication Impact Award of the Business Innovation Day for the book NEXT, which zooms in on the digitalisation of society.

Further topics and awards
In further lectures Prof. Dr. Georg von Krogh, Professor of Strategic Management and Innovation at the Department of Management, Technology and Economics at ETH Zurich spoke about Open Innovation, and Wilfried Steffen, Director Business Innovation at Daimler AG, spoke about new ways of utilising cars. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Stölzle, the Head of the Profile Area, moderated the event.

During the Business Innovation Day, HSG researchers were also given awards for outstanding contributions to the development of the Profile Area. They received their awards for both scientific achievements and achievements in practice and public relations.

• The Junior Scientist Awards went to Prof. Dr. Christian Schmitz (1st place), Prof. Dr. Stefan Grösser (2nd place) and Prof. Dr. Marco Zeschky (3rd place).

• Prof. Dr. Robert Winter won The Senior Scientist Award.

• Prof. Dr. Thomas Rudolph won the Managerial Impact Award.

• Prof. Dr. Huber Österle won this year’s Rigor & Relevance Award.

All prize winners gave brief presentations of their research projects.

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