Digital business for the future

“We use our practice-oriented teaching, continuing education and research to enable professionals, managers and organisations to generate economic and societal value for the digital future.”

Our mission is to enable the next generation of specialists and managers to create value in a digital future. By studying at the BFH Business School our graduates will be instilled with creativity and initiative. They will become responsible and entrepreneurial members of the business community. We will also give them the practical skills they need to be interculturally competent and digitally agile.  

At the BFH Business School we define ourselves through research with real-world applications. Our research fields including New Work, digital enabling and sustainable business are incorporated into our degree and continuing education programmes using flexible teaching methods.  

As service provider to the economic area of Bern, innovation and entrepreneurship are at the heart of what we do. We use our knowledge and expertise to support the public and private sectors as they undergo digital transformation.  

Digital skills are key in the future of management and our strategy will help us all overcome the challenges of the steep digital-learning curve. Together we are ready for a digital future. 

Our teaching and institutes

In order to achieve our vision and mission we continue to develop teaching, continuing education and research. We focus our effort on the six key topics in our “Focus Areas”. 

Our research and services will place particular emphasis on leadership, organisation and personnel - in particular, issues relating to diversity and inclusion. Some of the current topics that are of particular interest are the recruitment of women in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and ICT (information and communications technology) professions, balancing work and family, issues relating to the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community, aging workforces as well as discrimination in the labour market. Our research on leadership and organisation will investigate, amongst other things, mobile lifestyles, organisational design and mindfulness/positive leadership - which we consider the human aspects of digitalisation.

Institute new work (in German)

The skills, knowledge and system features that are necessary for the implementation of digitalisation projects will be the second area of focus for our research and services. The emphasis here will be on empowering individuals, organisations and society through digital skills; data use and management; open and linked data and robust and adaptive systems.
This also includes continuous development of professional disciplines (e.g. management, IT, HR) and interdisciplinary cooperation employing digital tools – without neglecting the ethical implications of their use.

Institute digital enabling (in German)

Here we will focus on sustainable businesses, their underlying values and stakeholders. We will take a systemic approach aligned with the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs). This will also include investigations of the circular economy/sustainable value chains and sustainable consumption.

Institute sustainable business (in German)

We will be placing an emphasis in our research and services on the emergence and diffusion of innovation as the basis of entrepreneurial ventures, the definition and implementation of corporate strategies, and the modelling and simulation of complex value chains. Social entrepreneurship and “low-end innovation” are two specific concepts of interest to our research - both of which bring to the fore the importance and influence of decision-making in the innovation process.

Institute innovation and strategic entrepreneurship (in German)

Here, our research and services will focus on the changes and adjustments in the public sector brought about by digitalisation.
The emphasis will be on identifying new opportunities for participation through digital democracy, the infrastructure required for a digital economy and society. We will also investigate the processes of change in public sector innovation (e.g. health institutions and e-health).

Institute public sector transformation

Our research and services will place an emphasis on the necessary methodological skills required to deal with the increasing availability of data and the potential for analysis associated with this.
It is important for graduates and employees to have a suitable toolkit and hence a broad understanding of qualitative/quantitative empirical methods such as statistics, system dynamics, interviews, focus groups, observational and experimental techniques, as well as a knowledge of project design elements (e.g. hard and soft factors in project management) and applied data science (e.g. big data).

Business foundations and methods

BFH Business School management team

The Director of the Business School, the Heads of Institutes and Head of Business Foundations and Methods are members of the BFH Business School management team.