Institute Directors and Co-Founders

Prof. Dr. Vivianna Fang He & Prof. Dr. Charlotta Sirén

Vivianna Fang He is an Associate Professor at the School of Management, University of St Gallen and the founding director of the Institute of Responsible Innovation. She earned her PhD in Management from the George Washington University (USA) and habilitated in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at ETH Zurich. Her research centres around collaboration in innovation-related contexts, including self-managing teams, online communities, and decentralised autonomous organizations (DAOs). Vivianna publishes in leading academic journals such as Natural Reviews Drug Discovery, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science and Information Systems Review. Her research has won competitive grants from organisations such as the Swiss National Science Foundation. As an organization scientist, her goal is to add novel and useful insights that contribute to making societies increasingly open. 
Charlotta Sirén is an Associate Professor of Management with special focus on entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of St. Gallen. She is the co-founding director of the Institute of Responsible Innovation and the academic leader of the Global Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the university of St.Gallen. Her research, which combines organizational and psychological theories, has been published in internationally leading journals such as Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and Harvard Business Review. Her research is characterized by great methodological versatility and curiosity. She frequently applies new technologies and big data to investigate novel research questions. In 2021 her research project that investigates the economic impact of COVID-19 by using satellite data was awarded a prestigious Impact Award of the University of St.Gallen (a short video about the project: