Operation and Information Management, Spring 2023, University of St.Gallen

Together with the lecturers and their peers, the students analyze the current status of their research work in the fields of Digital Health and Digital Energy. They will critically reflect their work, peel back the strengths and weaknesses of their project and shape the critical path for successfully tackling the next phase.


In advance of the 2‐day seminar, students prepare a scientific presentation outlining the current state of their scientific work. The presentation lasts 18min comparable to a TED Talk and follows the T‐concept. A short introduction to the topic, which embeds the practical relevance and the research question into a larger whole (crossbar of the T), is followed by a deepening along a current publication in progress (vertical bar of the T). It focuses on the data‐driven part of the work, such as the experimental setting, data collection, data analysis, or the creation and evaluation of artifacts. The presentation must meet the highest standards in content and presentation. It must stand up to the interdisciplinary setting that results from bringing together researchers from the fields of digital health, digital energy, and more.

Peer Review

While the presenter is presenting, all attendees give written feedback on method, literature, tools, didactics, etc. on paper sheets prepared especially for this purpose. After the presentation, the feedback is randomly reviewed and given to the lecturer for incorporation.

Lecturers also provide verbal feedback.

Possible guiding questions for the design of the lecture are

  1. What problem do I want to solve with my paper?
  2. Are the topic area and question relevant and do they have potential to yield new insights?
  3. Am I doing something meaningful with my research? Am I making a difference?
  4. Is the research gap present and clearly addressed?
  5. Have I already penetrated the literature on the area?
  6. How do I get the data I need? Is the quality and scope of the data sufficient?
  7. Is the chosen method appropriate to answer the research question and work with the given or planned data? Do I master the method, or do I know someone who would be happy to help me with it?
  8. Where is the greatest intellectual challenge?
  9. Are surprising or counterintuitive research results to be expected?
  10. How and where does the work cast its scientific publication shadow?
  11. Where do I publish the results (outlets and their ranking)?
  12. Am I on the ʺcritical pathʺ of my work?

Course structure

The seminar consists of the preparation of the presentation as described in the content section, the actual seminar, and the peer review, which must be in writing to all other participants and is subject to spot checks. The seminar extends over 2 days. It takes place at a location outside the university. Attendance is required on both days of the seminar.

During the presentations, the use of computers of any form is prohibited for the audience. The focus is to be on the speaker and the peer review. PhD students with different backgrounds are welcome. A short application via mail including motivation, topic area and CV is welcome.

Additional information

The seminar will take place on June 7 and 8, 2023 in Eastern Switzerland. Expenses for meals and accommodation must be borne by external participants themselves. Eligible doctoral students from external universities enroll for the seminar as guest students of the HSG. As a rule, about 20 doctoral students take part in the seminar.

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University of St.Gallen, 10,054 Operation and Information Management (dissertation‐accompanying seminar), Spring 2023, 4 ECTS, Course & Examination Fact Sheet

Prof. Dr. Elgar Fleisch
Prof. Dr. Elgar Fleisch
Chair of Information Management, Department of Management, Technology and Economics, ETH Zurich, and Chair of Operations Management, Institute of Technology Management, University of St.Gallen.
Prof. Dr. Tobias Kowatsch
Prof. Dr. Tobias Kowatsch
Associate Professor for Digital Health Interventions, Institute for Implementation Science in Health Care, University of Zurich (UZH), Director, School of Medicine, University of St.Gallen (HSG), and Scientific Director, Centre for Digital Health Interventions, UZH, HSG & ETH Zurich, Switzerland
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Prof. Dr. Felix Wortmann
Prof. Dr. Felix Wortmann
Core Director, Digital Biomarkers in Diabetes Management, Centre for Digital Health Interventions, University of St.Gallen, St.Gallen, Switzerland; Professor, Senior Lecturer, Scientific Director Bosch IoT Lab University of St.Gallen