Elgar Fleisch

Elgar Fleisch

Elgar Fleisch

Prof. Dr.

Full Professor of Technology Management with special focus on Operations

Büro 1-204
Dufourstrasse 40a
9000 St. Gallen
Main Focuses

In his research, Elgar Fleisch and his team aim at understanding and designing the ongoing merge between the physical and digital world, a vision that was recently coined the “Internet of Things”. His work focuses on applications, economic impacts, and infrastructures of mobile and ubiquitous computing. For more information please visit the research section.; All research projects are joint efforts of industry and academia; its results have been published in more than 250 scientific journals and books in both disciplines, management and technology. For more information on publications please visit the publications section.; Elgar Fleisch is a co-founder of several university spin-offs and serves as a member of multiple management boards as well as academic steering committees.; For a detailed CV please contact Mrs. Elisabeth Vetsch-Keller.

Fields of research

Economic impacts and infrastructures of ubiquitous computing (Internet of Things)

Further fields of research

Merging the physical and digital world to an Internet of Things

- understanding the merge technically and economically

- building on to develop new technologies and applications for the benefit of business and society

Professional Career

After graduating from the Advanced Technical School for Engineering in Bregenz (Austria) in 1987, Elgar Fleisch, who was born in 1968, studied information systems at the University of Vienna (Austria). He received his doctoral degree from the University of Economics and Business Administration Vienna in 1993 for his work in artificial intelligence in production planning. Between 1994 and 2000 he worked as a postdoc in information management at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland). From October 1996 to August 1997 he founded and led an IT consulting company in Philadelphia, USA. In 2000 Elgar Fleisch was elected Associate Professor at the University of St. Gallen, becoming a full professor in 2002. In 2004 he was elected Professor for Information Management at ETH Zurich and started a double professorship with the University of St. Gallen with equal time distribution. In 2001 Elgar Fleisch served as a lecturer at the University of Essen (Germany), in 2009 as a visiting professor at MIT (USA), and in 2015 again as visiting professor at the Tuck School of the Dartmouth College in New Hampshire (USA). Elgar Fleisch is employed at the HSG and ETH at 40% each.



Board of Trustees / Executive Committee /Jury:

  • Gebert Rüf Foundation (since 2018)
  • Member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences - SATW (since 2014)
  • Member of the Executive Committee at the Institute for Computer Science, ICS-HSG (since 2018) 
  • Member of the Executive Committee at the Institute of Retail Management, IRM-HSG (since 2009) 


  • 2019: 10 Year Impact Award 2019, by the Int'l. Conference MUM
  • 2019: Digital Shaper of Switzerland 2019, Category Thinkers
  • 2018: CS Award for Best Teaching 2018, Student Union of University of St.Gallen
  • 2017: Digital Shaper of Switzerland 2017, Category Researcher, Digitalswitzerland
  • 2017: Nominated for Best Teaching Award, Student Union of University of St.Gallen
  • 2016: Nominated for Best Teaching Award, Student Union of University of St.Gallen 
  • 2014: Rigor &Relevance-Award in Business Innovation, University of St.Gallen
  • 2014: Nominated for Best Teaching Award, Student Union of University of St.Gallen 
  • 2011: Rigor &Relevance-Award in Business Innovation, University of St.Gallen
  • 2010: Science Prize Category Cooperation Projects – EHI Retail Institute
  • 2009: The Stafford Beer Medal ofthe OR Society for the best article published in EJIS
  • 2009: Highly Commended Award:Innovation of product-related services”, Emerald
  • 2006: Goldene Eule - Award for outstanding teaching of students at ETH Zurich 
  • 2001: Scientific Research Prize of Vorarlberg (AT) - Junior Scientist 


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