Business School with a sustainable impact

Sustainable, digital and entrepreneurial

Whether digital transformation, resource scarcity or social justice, we are committed to sustainable transformation in business, society and the public sector. 

We qualify our students to become specialists and executives for tomorrow’s sustainable business. With our «sustainable mindset in action», we stand for the human side of digital transformation and are committed to a sustainable and creative economy of tomorrow. And this requires us to continually critically assess what we do.

Our vision: We are THE Business School with a sustainable impact in Switzerland. 

Our mission: With our students, graduates and employees, we create new and inspiring paths towards a sustainable, digital and entrepreneurial future.

Our strategy

Sustainable, digital and entrepreneurial: these are the pillars of the new strategy of the BFH Business School, which are aligned with the strategic priorities of the entire BFH. Whether it is digital transformation, resource scarcity or social justice, we are committed to sustainable transformation in business, society and the public sector. To achieve this, we are guided by the Sustainable Development Goals and contribute to the necessary change in the economy and society as the Business School with a sustainable impact. We prepare our students to become specialists and executives for the sustainable business of the future.

We are THE Business School with a sustainable impact in Switzerland.

With our sustainable mindset in action, we stand for the human side of digital transformation and are committed to a sustainable and creative economy of tomorrow. In so doing, we aim to stimulate public debate, enable participation in projects and support relevant stakeholders. For our students and employees, we offer a learning and working environment that is driven by shared values and promotes collaboration and personal responsibility.

With our shared fields of activity entrepreneurial thinking and acting, circular economy, platform economy, and digital technologies, we promote networking across disciplines, key areas, and faculties. This enables us to develop creative, comprehensive and dynamic solutions that are measured by their feasibility and impact and add value to teaching, research and further education. With transdisciplinary collaboration on solutions to current and future problems, we strengthen our collaborative leadership and mutual respect. Together with our partners, we sustainably implement the findings and results in practice and incorporate them into teaching in order to generate new knowledge.

As a university, we have our finger on the pulse of society and work on relevant topics in research and service projects that flow into our teaching and further education programs. In so doing, we generate sustainable benefits for society, institutions and our ecosystem. With our students, graduates and employees, we create new and inspiring paths towards a sustainable, digital and entrepreneurial future. Furthermore, we have set out our shared values in our Code of Conduct.

Our six strategic fields of activity determine the focus of development for the coming strategy period.

Teaching and Future Skills:

Combining the expertise of our lecturers in current teaching and learning methods with a focus on future skills relevant to the labor market prepares students for future challenges.


Our focus is on impact-oriented projects and networking, through inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation between researchers from different institutes, schools at the BFH or other universities.

Continuing education:

With personalized and flexible modules, we promote future skills and sustainability competences. Educational partnerships with universities, companies and the public sector ensure inter- and transdisciplinary learning.

Communication and partner management:

We maintain and expand our partnership network and so contribute to the long-term positioning of the BFH. The Marzili Knowledge Campus is a place of discourse through sustainable activities and exchange formats.

Sustainable development:

The active contribution and discourse of teaching, research, and continuing education to the shared fields of activity defines us as a Business School with a sustainable impact.


We promote mobility, are globally connected, and encourage our students and employees to develop their linguistic, intercultural and global competences.

Our business education enables students, researchers and future professionals and leaders to independently and responsibly identify problems, find transdisciplinary solutions and develop transformation processes that create an impact for business and society. Our values, which enable lively, creative and respectful collaboration, help us to shape a sustainable, digital and entrepreneurial future.

Code of conduct

Create a learning environment based on shared values: as a modern business school, we train specialists, managers and organisations for the digital future.

Our leadership principles at a glance​

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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 following key topics in our “Focus Areas”. 

The Institute Applied data science & finance aims to establish itself as a leading Swiss research institution for data-driven, finance-based and strategic insights, analyses and value creation. An interdisciplinary team of around 25 researchers therefore researches and teaches on topics related to data science, data ethics, data and technology management, data-driven business models, corporate finance, digital finance, corporate finance, tax, accounting and financial reporting.

Institute Applied data science & finance (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 Technology Management (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 we develop solutions in research and teaching for challenging problems of companies that operate in a networked world. In doing so, we also promote business-related communication and interculturality, thus enabling our students to develop their language skills through our institute. We use both quantitative and qualitative social and economic methods: We conduct state-of-the-art research in the areas of expertise of our institute.

Institute marketing & global management (in German)

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)

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

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)

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