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Project «DocNet Symposium 2014»

To progress networking and interaction between junior researchers and representatives from the corporate world is the goal of the DocNet-Symposium. The conference, which is organized by the association of the doctoral students, welcomes (doctoral) students and alumni of the university as well as the broad public to get in touch. This year’s symposium, already in its 12th edition, addresses the relevance of business schools of the future. Honorable guest speakers from academia and the corporate world share their insights. Besides keynote speeches and a podium discussion, students, researchers and practitioners engage in moderated workshop sessions. The digitalization trend as well as a continuously changing business environment and decreasing societal trust in business give this topic high relevance.


The DocNet-Symposium is an annual event of the doctoral association of the university of St. Gallen (DocNet). The symposium, taking place on the 10th of October 2014 and in its 12th edition, offers junior researchers a platform for a lively exchange.


DocNet aims at fostering interaction and networking between the scientific community and the corporate world. Therefore, this year’s topic attempts to look into the future: A continuously changing and increasingly complex environment challenges the managers of today. Manager need to navigate their organizations through an increasingly critical society. Management happens more than ever through networks rather than formal hierarchies. How can universities address these challenges adequately and make them opportunities? One thing is obvious: An adaption of both, the contents and the methods of teaching business, is inevitable. This is the context in which honorable speakers from the corporate world and from academia present their thoughts. These inputs should inspire the participants to advance their thought in interactive workshops. We are looking forward to welcome Prof. Joe Maciariello, Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate School and fellow researcher of Peter Drucker, exclusively for the DocNet-Symposium to St.Gallen.


The topic is highly relevant for junior researchers, who expect the influence of their work confirmed and want to position themselves for their careers in research. It is also important for practitioners, who are dependent on capable graduates to run their business in the future. This year’s symposium wants to serve as a platform for the stakeholders of these changes and wants to increase awareness for the topic through a diversified program with top notch speakers.


In order to design an attractive program for the broad public, the conference is dependent on sponsorships. We are happy to rely on long-term partners. However, in order to cover all costs and make this event possible, we count on you!


Success Story

The DocNet Symposium offers in its 12th edition a platform for junior researchers of all faculties of the University of St.Gallen. This makes it popular and unique. We see the advantage of the DocNet Symposium in contrast to other scientific conferences in its multidisciplinarity and its explicit focus on the doctoral students of the University of St.Gallen. In contrast to mere networking or practitioner events, the DocNet Symposium emphasizes the mix between content, discussion, and reflection. This makes the Symposium an exclusive and unique event. Former speakers of the Symposium are among others Prof. Dr. Roman Herzog, former German Federal President, Prof. Dr. Péter Horváth, University of Stuttgart and Horváth & Partners, Prof. Dr. Giorgio Behr, entrepreneur and university professor, or from the University of St.Gallen Prof. Dr. Dietmar Grichnik, Prof. Dr. Sascha Spoun, Prof. Dr. Peter Ulrich, Prof. Dr. Heike Bruch, and Prof. Dr. Oliver Gassmann. We are glad to further pursuit the vision of the DocNet Symposium also this year and to invite honorable guest speakers!



DocNet - The Doctoral Network at the University of St.Gallen

DocNet is the club for all doctoral students, Ph.D.s and postdoctoral scholars at the University of St.Gallen. Our network was founded by a group of doctoral students of different research departments in spring 2001. The aim of the association is to improve the contact among current and former doctoral students of the university and create a platform to organize events, which consciously target the doctoral student’s interests. Today, with more than 600 members we are one of the biggest clubs at the University of St. Gallen. Throughout the year we organize interesting and inspiring events ranging from networking, sport to corporate and social events. A highlight of the program is the annual DocNet-Symposium.