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Research projects

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM)

Analysing the entrepreneurial activities and attitudes

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) is the leading international study on entrepreneurship. It is carried out every year in more than 60 countries with a view to analysing the entrepreneurial activities and attitudes of the population over the past year.

Based on a large-scale collection of data, the GEM is able to provide high-quality information and comprehensive reports and thus considerably improve understanding of the phenomenon of entrepreneurship. Since 1999, the GEM has been a valuable resource on entrepreneurship for international organisations such as the United Nations, the World Economic Forum, the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, providing personalised data, special reports and expert opinions.

The Swiss chapter of the GEM study is led by the School of Management Fribourg (HEG-FR) in collaboration with other colleges such as SUPSI Manno in Ticino. There are two phases to the study, with the first being data collection. This involves numerous telephone interviews and discussions with experts in order to identify entrepreneurial attitudes, activities and aspirations and the factors which could explain individual choices and the position of entrepreneurship in Switzerland. The second phase consists of analysing the data and drawing up the final report, enabling entrepreneurship trends in Switzerland to be determined and compared with other countries.

Running time

2012 to 2020

Project manager

Pascal Wild

Assistenzprofessor FH

+41 26 429 63 52

Institute/Competence center

Global Business Competence Center for SMEs