Institute of Responsible Innovation (IRI-HSG)


The Institute of Responsible Innovation at the University of St.Gallen is a multidisciplinary platform dedicated to responsible innovation, social entrepreneurship, and grand challenges.

We contribute to solving responsibly wicked problems related to innovation and entrepreneurship for a better future for humanity. We do this by engaging in research, teaching, and practice that are responsible not only for different stakeholder groups today, but also for the future generations to come.
We take the principles of responsible innovation as (1) leveraging scientific research and technological development for humanity and (2) in doing so, taking into account the social, ethical, cultural, and economic impact of innovation.

Institute News

SoM Teaching Innovation Award

We are thrilled to announce our institute's win of the SoM Teaching Innovation Award for the Master course "From Earth to Space and Back - Lessons for Responsible Innovation from CERN." This innovative course is developed in close collaboration with CERN's IdeaSquare.

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We are proud to announce that Charlotta Sirén has been appointed to the editorial review board of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice!

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We are proud to announce that Barbara Schmidt has joined the Institute of Responsible Innovation as a postdoctoral researcher. After finishing her Ph.D. at HSG, she will continue her research on contextualizing management and organization studies in healthcare at the IRI.

Editorial Review Board at Organization Science

Professor Vivianna Fang He has been appointed as a member of the Editorial Review Board at Organisation Science, one of the top journals in the field of management and organization. The new editorial team, led by Editor-in-Chief professor Lamar Pierce, is dedicated to further improve the review process and impact of the journal.

Foundation of the IRI

The Institute of Responsible Innovation was officially founded on January 1st 2023. Our vision is to advance innovation and entrepreneurship so that they have a positive social impact on the future of humanity.

Doc.CH grant obtained

Nina Zachlod, PhD Candidate at the IRI, obtained funding for her doctoral research on informal entrepreneurship and poverty alleviation through the SNSF Doc.CH grant, making her the first HSG PhD candidate to be awarded the grant since 2017.