Competence Center Business Innovation Excellence

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What is the CC BIE about

Private and public organizations interact in a complex field of tension with an environment that is subject to constant changes and developments.

In the Competence Center Business Innovation Excellence (CC BIE), leading companies in agile and digital transformation work under the direction of the Institute for Information Systems at the University of St. Gallen (IWI-HSG) to make the ability of change the primary success factor.

The CC BIE is organized as a community, acts as a think tank of the TWZ St.Gallen and is led by the scientific direction of Prof. Dr. Robert Winter. Prof. Dr. Peter Rohner is responsible for the transfer into practice.

OUR SERVICESThat’s what the CC BIE stands for

The CC BIE is dedicated to the topic of successful continuous change in organizations and focuses on supporting organizations in four areas:
Together with you we determine:

    How you can approach digital business design holistically.

    How your path of building agility and the ability to change can be shaped.

    Where you can set priorities in the digital transformation.

OUR CUSTOMERSWho the CC BIE is aimed at

The CC BIE is a platform for companies and public organizations that work together to find innovative solutions for dealing with continuous and disruptive changes and would like to share their experiences. We continuously provide impulses from research.

Meet The TeamThe CC BIE team

Prof. Dr. Robert Winter

Robert Winter has been a full professor of information management at the University of St.Gallen and director of the Institute for information management at the University of St. Gallen since 1996. In addition to teaching, research and further education, Robert Winter is involved in his field of expertise of “company-wide aspects of information management” as (co-) editor of various book series and scientific journals as well as in academic associations. He directs the scientific activities of the CC BIE and provides «insight».

Prof. Dr. Peter Rohner

Peter Rohner has been an entrepreneur since 1989. He is President of the Board of Directors of the Business Engineering Group (BEG) and board member of the Thurgau Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Since 2005 he has also been teaching at the University of St. Gallen and leading research projects at Robert Winter's chair. Their common interest in «project leadership» in corporate management is the key to the success of large change projects. Peter Rohner is the operational manager of the CC BIE and ensures «impact» by transferring knowledge among research and practice.

Caroline Kiselev

Caroline Kiselev studied Business Innovation at the University of St. Gallen (M.A. HSG). She was involved in projects during her studies, e.g. as a project employee of the Cybathlon at the ETH Zurich at the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems. She has already gained insights into large, complex projects in practice and science. Caroline Kiselev develops and organizes the activities of our Co-Center for Project Governance (ICPG) and supports the CC BIE. At the same time, she works as an external doctoral student at the Institute for Information Management at the University of St. Gallen (IWI-HSG) and researches in the areas of project governance and agile transformation.

Jan-Philipp Schiele

Jan-Philipp Schiele studied work and organizational psychology in Erding, Munich and business administration in Salzburg. He gained various experiences in projects in the finance and pension sector, while completing a postgraduate course in IT management and specializing in the conception of digital business models. After various positions in sales, operations and controlling, Jan-Philipp Schiele has been a project portfolio manager at Swiss Life since 2015, where he coordinates the overall strategic management of various projects as part of the strategy program of the Germany business unit. As an external doctoral student at CC BIE, his research interests are primarily in the area of project portfolio governance and its change in an agile environment.

Roman Klimenko

Roman Klimenko has two master’s degrees, one in Project Management (Warwick University, UK) and one in Computer Science and Engineering (Moscow State Technical University, Russia). During his work as a management consultant (Accenture), Roman worked in the area of redesigning business processes for successful IT system integration in the private sector and in the banking sector. In addition to his industry experience, Roman led the Global Business Department of Khon Kaen University (Thailand) while teaching at Kyorin University (Tokyo, Japan) and researched the business approach of Asia-Pacific companies. Roman is currently doing his doctorate externally at the Institute for Information Management at the University of St. Gallen (IWI-HSG) with a focus on project success factors at project management level.

Ira Blessing

Ira Blessing studied business administration (B.A. HSG) and is currently completing a master's degree in Accounting and Finance (M.A. HSG) at the University of St. Gallen. As part of her bachelor thesis with Prof. Dr. Peter Rohner, she researched how companies decide on a project management approach and when classic, agile or hybrid methods are suitable. Ira Blessing supports the team as a student assistant.

Daria Höhener

Daria Höhener completed her bachelor's degree in business administration at the University of St.Gallen, where she dealt intensely with hybrid project management models as part of her bachelor's thesis. Daria Höhener is currently completing her Master’s in Business Innovation at the same university. At the same time, she runs a dance and movement school and has extensive experience in the startup community. As part of internships, she was also able to gain an insight into UBS's wealth management and is currently participating in a program with Accenture in which topics relating to digitization and technology are deepened.


CC BIE Roundtable «Data-Driven Business Transformation», Winterthur, November 12th, 2020

Program and registration

CC BIE Roundtable «Cultural Change for Digital Transformation», Winterthur, November 18th, 2020

Program and registration

Past events

CC BIE Roundtable, Zurich, June 16th, 2020
CC BIE Roundtable, Schwäbisch Hall, November 26th, 2019

Review and results

CC BIE Roundtable, Zurich, October 24th, 2019
CC BIE Roundtable, Zurich, August 14th, 2019
CC BIE Roundtable, Frankfurt am Main, March 28th, 2019

Review and results