RESEARCH PROJECTS

​​​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

 
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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:
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Barometer on social & business Co-creation Switzerland

The barometer on social & business Co-creation, a joint survey by the School of Management Fribourg (HEG-FR) and Ashoka Switzerland, was conceived to better understand the perceptions and practices of companies towards collaborating strategically with organisations with social and environmental objectives. Co-creation according to Ashoka is a new type of alliance which pools additional competencies and the expertise of social entrepreneurs, public enterprises and authorities to address challenges which neither of these actors would be able to solve on their own.

The study demonstrates that the companies are mindful of their responsibility regarding their social and environmental impact, and the majority acknowledge a strong compatibility between profit and positive impact on society. Yet when faced with social challenges and difficulties in responding to them, they affirm that no actor can take action on their own. The survey demonstrates that commitments of companies are frequently implemented through their missions and their activities. Yet a number of companies have a multiple commitment which includes financial support for social policy organisations and the provision of competencies or specific projects in partnerships with actors from society. One of the issues is to understand if the commitment through their own activities is geared at resolving social issues in the long term or if the commitment is more philanthropic or reactive when faced with legal pressure or pressure from civil society.

Nearly half of the companies interviewed assert that they actively practice Co-creation, while another part wishes to seriously develop this type of approach. One of the objectives for large companies is to promote a responsible image, and for SMEs, this means responding to the expectations of customers. These again are reactive approaches. As a result, ac​cording to companies already involved in Co-creation, this type of approach allows them to make a stronger impact and access a variety of know-how.

 

Download the report:

 barometer_co-creation-switzerland-2018_eng.pdf (English version)​​    |  barometer_co-creation-switzerland-2018_fr.pdf (French version)  ​

GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP MONITOR 2016/2017

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.

DOWNLOAD THE REPORT

  Gem Report 2016-2017

GRAPHICS

   Graphics GEM 2017

GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP MONITOR 2015/2016

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.

DOWNLOAD THE REPORT GEM SWITZERLAND 2015-2016


SWISS INTERNATIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP SURVEY - SIES 2016

INTERNATIONALISIERUNGSVERHALTEN VON SCHWEIZER KMU

 

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

INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENTS AND MODELS

DRIVING INNOVATION FROM THE CIO'S OFFICE: CONDUCTING AN EFFECTIVE SEARCH FOR INNOVATION OPPORTUNITIES 

 

Dr. Ankush Chopra  

 

IDC OPINION

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.

 

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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


CONTAcT


Philippe Régnier 
Head of aR&D
T: +41 26 429 63 97
E: philippe.regnier@hefr.ch

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