As an internationally networked business university, we conduct impact-focused, cutting-edge research that deals with fundamental social, economic, and entrepreneurial phenomena. We strive to making a positive contribution to society by finding solutions to fundamental issues related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 

Academic and applied research is carried out at the Competence Centre for Diversity and Inclusion and has a wide range of research areas. 


The research arm of the CCDI is led by Prof. Dr. Jamie Gloor. She leads the PLAID LAB (Paths to Leadership that Advance Inclusion and Diversity) and together with her team, she develops advanced research on leadership and DE&I (diversity, equity, and inclusion). They integrate knowledge from organizational behaviour, social psychology, management, and entrepreneurship and use a rigorous empirical approach with multiple quantitative methods (e.g., field, experimental, and social network studies) and qualitative methods (e.g., ethnographic observations). Dr. Mihwa Seong, a postdoctoral researcher from Ivey Business School in Canada, embarks on studies of feminist entrepreneurship and DE&I within net-working scenarios.


CCDI runs the St.Gallen Diversity Benchmarking, providing HR insights for various Swiss sectors, including a first-time report for consulting firms in 2022. In a project ending in 2023, CCDI and Fachstelle UND are developing work-life balance indicators. The yearly Gender Intelligence Report, initiated by CCDI for ADVANCE Women, has been offering industry-specific analysis and talent management guidance since 2022, with participation from 100 companies. CCDI members also contribute to diversity and leadership publications.