​​The activities of the School of Management Fribourg in the area of applied Research and Development  (aR&D) correspond in principle to two parts:

  • the realisation of projects of research by the HES-SO

  • the transfer of knowledge for our education and our services


Below you find some examples of projects from the school of management fribourg


Global Entrepreneurship Monitors (GEM) 2017/2018​

Despite a mature start-up culture, the rate for founding businesses in Switzerland remains below average (8.5%) when measured against comparable countries (9.2%). When a company is successfully founded, it brings expectations of high growth in recruitment numbers on one hand. From another perspective, few Swiss business people give up on their founding projects. These are two Swiss-related results in the latest Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), the largest international study on entrepreneurship. The 2017/2018 edition was written by the School of Management Fribourg (HEG-FR) with its partners SUPSI, Swiss Start-up Factory (SSUF), and the Swiss Economic Forum (SEF). More than 2,400 people were surveyed across Switzerland.

Switzerland enjoys better conditions for founding a business than in comparable countries. Nevertheless, only 8.5% of Swiss business people have plunged into entrepreneurial activities in the past. While this is a slight increase over last year (+ 0.3%), it is still below average for comparable innovation-based economies (9.1%) such as the United States, Canada or Australia. Meanwhile, the founding rate has risen by 1.2% since 2015.

High growth expectations and job creation
When compared internationally, it is apparent that ideas for launching businesses in Switzerland are high quality. The proportion of companies which start up due to good opportunities is above average (67.6%), while those stemming from necessity account for only 13.9%. This explains why founders tend to have high growth expectations: one-third would like to hire six or more people in the next five years. This is not only the highest value for all European countries, but also the highest result since Switzerland joined the GEM project.  On the other hand, only 1.1% of founders put an end to their entrepreneurial projects. The rate of established founders (defined as having been in the founding process for more than 3.5 years) is, at 10.5%, considerably higher than the average of comparable countries.​

GEM Report Switzerland 2017-2018:


The 2016 / 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Report on Switzerland, supported by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), illustrates national differences in entrepreneurial activity between economies, revealing the factors that determine the nature and level of national entrepreneurial activity, and identifying policy implications for enhancing entrepreneurship in Switzerland. The GEM data complements already existing indicators of competitiveness and innovation.

The overall entrepreneurial framework conditions in Switzerland, along with those in the Netherlands, are generally better than those of other innovation-based economies included in the study. Switzerland achieves outstanding results in finance, commercial infrastructure, tertiary education, and knowledge and technology transfer, as well as in government programs.

Entrepreneurial Attitudes In the 2016 census, the perceived opportunities (41.4 %) to start a business are lower in Switzerland than in 2014 and 2015. Nordic countries (such as Sweden and Finland), Israel, Canada, Australia, Netherlands and the United States remain at the top when it comes to available opportunities. Switzerland shows, as in previous years, a rather high perception of capabilities (43.3 %) paired with a low fear of failure (31.2 %). While Switzerland’s perception of capabilities is at least as good as the European benchmark, it still lags behind that of United States, Canada or Australia inhabitants’.

Entrepreneurial intentions of Swiss inhabitants (7.9 %) are on a higher level than in 2015 but under the average (15.4 %) for innovationdriven economies. Most remarkable are the differences compared to Korea Republic, Canada, Israel, Portugal, Australia or the United States. The findings related to entrepreneurial intentions shows that there is still a lack of entrepreneurial actions in Switzerland

About the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM)

The School of Management Fribourg, member of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO), in collaboration with the ETH Engineering School in Zurich and SUPSI Manno in Switzerland, collected data for the international Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM). 3500 telephone interviews and 36 talks with experts revealed entrepreneurial attitudes, activities and aspirations, and identified the factors influencing the type and extent of the entrepreneurial activities.


  Gem Report 2016-2017


   Graphics GEM 2017


The School of Management Fribourg, in collaboration with the ETH Engineering School in Zurich, SUPSI Manno in Switzerland and the ZHAW School of Management and Law, collected data for the international Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM). 2’000 telephone interviews and 36 talks with experts revealed entrepreneurial attitudes, activities and aspirations, and identified the factors influencing the type and extent of the entrepreneurial activities.

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Report 2015/2016 on Switzerland illustrates national differences in entrepreneurial activity between economies, revealing the factors that determine the nature and level of national entrepreneurial activity, and identifying policy implications for enhancing entrepreneurship in Switzerland. The GEM data complements already existing indicators of competitiveness and innovation.






The SIES 2016 report, sponsored by PostFinance, is based on a comprehensive survey on the topic of internationalization of Swiss SMEs. After the first surveys in 2007, 2010 and 2013, this research sheds light for the fourth time on the interesting facts of international entrepreneurship in Switzerland which also relate to insights on the corporate vision amongst small and medium-sized enterprises.

On the one hand, Switzerland’s entrepreneurial potential is cause for optimism, however this survey clearly demonstrates that there is a need for improvement at various levels, for instance better support for companies in their internationalization. The entrepreneur and their management team is the focus here, because internationalization can only be implemented effectively and efficiently with a top management team.​

Results of the study 2016:



Results of the study 2013:

in english.pdf Report SIES 2013 in english  
in german.pdf Report SIES 2013 in german
in french.pdf Report SIES 2013 in french




Dr. Ankush Chopra  



CIOs will witness an increase in demand for innovation driven by increasing competitiveness in themarketplace and slower global growth. CIOs and other IT leaders need a systematic process tosearch, identify, and select innovations to be included in the innovation portfolio. Firms that will rely onsystematic processes for seeking out and incorporating innovations in their innovation portfolio will findthemselves at an advantage over firms that rely on ad hoc processes for searching and includinginnovations in their innovation portfolio. This IDC study finds the following:

  • A collation-based process is superior to an ad hoc process in selecting innovation initiatives.

  • An analytical method of searching for inovations supersedes a collation-based process.

  • Current trends in an industry are often harbingers of future innovation needs and this must be incoperated into an analytical process for searching for innovation opportunities.

  • An innovation portfolio must contain developmental, step change, and game-changing innovations.





Unlike the case of intra-organizational Communities of Practice (CoP) there is a lack of understanding of the dynamics of Knowledge transfer among companies (inter-organizational approach). This type of CoP aims to innovate through an «inter-preneurial» (inter-firm) way.


The objective of this research project is thus to explore the need and importance, the advantages and limitations as well as the optimal configuration of such a platform bringing together IT Top Managers of multinational companies of Western Switzerland.


«Action Research» with the inter-organizational CoP that was created for this purpose.


Key success factors for CdPs were identified in relation to the strategic vision, the objectives, the role of leadership and the role of sponsorship.


Prof. Thomas Straub, PHD
Haute école de gestion Fribourg
Chemin du Musée 4
CH-1700 Fribourg (Suisse)


Tél.: +41 26 429 63 77


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Europe is facing an economic and political crisis. This impacts directly the situation of Romania.


Foreign Investments and Venture Capital (VC) seem to decrease at both Institutional and Private Level. Principal-Agency Theory comes into play and Governance between Venture Capitalists and Entrepreneurs seems to be challenged. Sustainable entrepreneurship is more important than ever. The situation to attract VC has changed tremendously. It is important to reanalyze and understand the status quo of the new investments perspectives and the new entrepreneurial conditions in Romania.


The objective of this research project is to better understand and put into value the role of vc/svc/cdvc (venture capital/ social venture capital/ community development venture capital) driven innovation policies in building the favorable environment for a sustainable growth (development) of underdeveloped regions from Romania, by generating creative-innovative economic and/or social enterprises.



  1. Identification and analysis of objective and subjective attractors and repellers, meaningful for generation of VC/SVC/CDVC driven innovation, in the context of competition with other ways of innovation: corporate, entrepreneurial, financed from public funds or mixed funds.

  2. Conceiving of a theoretical model and of a methodology for evaluation, quantification and characterization of a Regional VC Implementation Readiness (RVCIR) and the experimental application of the built model for the case of development regions in Romania.

  3. Design of a policy recommendations guide for diminishing the repellers and for cultivating / putting into value of the objective and subjective attractors meaningful for the generation of VC/SVC/CDVC driven innovation in underdeveloped regions.

  4. Design and initialization of pilot model for lifelong learning and specification of appropriate learning instruments needed to implement the policy recommendations.



The research will take 24 months and will be deployed in 3 phases:


1st phase - 6 months
Preparative activities: inventory of data sources for analysis, preparation of interview guide and working protocol and preparation / training of the research team.

  • Action-research iteration: to present an negotiate with VC actors of a test-project, anteriorconceived by the Romanian team. After this action-research exercise will be upgraded the interview guide and will start the interview with Swiss VC actors needed for the situational analysis.

  • Collection, processing and analyzing data (desktop and field research) at European level (desktop research), national and at the level of the 8 Romanian development regions (desktop and field research).

  • Final analysis and synthesis of the research findings: discussion and validation of data from the perspective of there utility to practice for relationship with Swiss VC actors.


2nd phase - 12 months

From the situational analysis, based on Participative Roles in Regional Innovation (PRRI) model will be determined a methodology for evaluation, quantification, characterization and presentation of a RVCIR, useful for the decisions of the VC actors, elaboration of development policies of VC driven innovation at regional level and the elaboration of the programs for academic (professional) forming/ specialization at regional level.

  • To design activity of the methodology and of instruments needed to operationalize a system for RVCIR periodical report.


3rd phase - 6 months

  • The Policy recommendations guide for attracting VC in underdeveloped regions.

  • The lifelong learning model and specification of the training tools - appropriated to the applicationof policy recommendations and organized.

  • A pilot cycle of post-university formation in the field of VC driven innovation at the Faculty of International Business and Economics (FIBE) of ASE Bucharest a final validation and reflection group in Bucharest. 



Prof. Thomas Straub, PHD
Haute école de gestion Fribourg
Chemin du Musée 4
CH-1700 Fribourg (Suisse)

Tél.: +41 26 429 63 77






Même si la création d'une nouvelle entreprise est un phénomène plus fréquent chez les individus jeunes que chez les plus âgés, partout en Europe, la création d'entreprises par des personnes âgées, proches de la retraite, ou déjà retraitées prend de l'importance.



  • Quelles est le portrait de l'entrepreneur senior en Suisse, quelles sont ses motivations?

  • Quelle ampleur a cce phénomène dans notre pays?

  • Quels sont les principaux enjeux et les principaux défis que doivent relever cette catégorie particulière d'entrepreneurs?


  • Analyse secondaire des données du GEM (Global entrepreneurship monitor) pour la Suisse.

  • Entretiens qualitatifs avec des entrepreneurs seniors.


  • L'entrepreneur senior et un homme aux revenus élevés, d'un bon niveau d'éducation, qui se lance pour profiter d'une opportunité et non par nécessité.

  • Malgré sa perception favorable de l'entrepreneuriat, il manifeste moins d'intention d'entreprendre que les plus jeunes.

  • Son entreprise a un taux de survie élevé. La recherche met aussi en évidence l'importance primordiale des compétences transversales par rapport aux compétences métiers pour la réussite d'une expérience entrepreneuriale.



Mathias Rossi
Institut entrepreneuriat et PME
Haute école de gestion Fribourg
Chemin du Musée 4
CH-1700 Fribourg (Suisse)

T: +41 26 429 63 96


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Where Innovation meets Technology

Pioneers Festival is the leading platform for science, innovative future technologies and entrepreneurship in Europe. Furthermore, it is one of the most important annual events in the scene, named by TechCrunch, Forbes and CNBC. Every year, over 2,500 international guest, startups, investors, corporates, developers & engineers, designers & marketers gather at the 500 year old Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna to celebrate the latest trends and topics together with renowned top speakers. This year has been no disappointment. «From the world’s premier flying car to innovative flying drones passing by DNA Printing, the event exceeded all my expectations», referred Dr. Da Silva, Professor of Entrepreneurship and invited international expert at Pioneers at the School of Management Fribourg.

Download Where Innovation Meets Technology - Pionners festival (3).pdf.pdf


Philippe Régnier 
Head of aR&D
T: +41 26 429 63 97
F: +41 26 429 63 75



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