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Digital Awards 2016 – HEC students advise jury on the most innovative IT projects

Presented for the first time on 14 January 2016, the Digital Awards pay tribute to the most innovative IT projects in French-speaking Switzerland, ranging from digital processing to cutting-edge technologies, as well as innovative approaches to their successful implementation. As part of its partnership with the Department of Information Systems of HEC Lausanne, Digital Circle, called on Master of Information Systems students to advise its jury on the type of innovations expected from an IT project. They were then asked to write an article on this subject for the magazine ICT Journal (February 2016 issue).

Active in French-speaking Switzerland since last year, Digital Circle is the brainchild of 13 CIOs representing the region’s economy. It offers a forum to all players in the world of digital innovation, be they IT managers, start-ups, IT vendors, professors or students. “We are proud and delighted that our students were able to take part in this difficult exercise. As an academic partner of Digital Circle, we’re making the most of this platform not only to dialogue with professionals, but also to develop the required skills for digital innovation,” notes Christine Legner, director of the Department of Information Systems at HEC Lausanne.


Open PhD positions in the BISA Research Lab

Starting early 2016, we have 2-3 open positions for research assistants (100%) in the Business Information Systems & Architecture (BISA) Research Lab.

Research assistants will work in close collaboration with industry partners on research projects related to one of the following topics:

  • Digital Transformation and the Future Workplace
  • Corporate Data Management in the Era of Big Data and Internet of Things
  • Enterprise Architecture Design and Strategic IT Planning

They will complete their PhD thesis in the doctoral program in Information Systems at HEC Lausanne. They will also be involved in teaching activities and support Bachelor / Master courses in information systems.

Starting date is between February and October 2016 and can be negotiated depending on the availability of the candidates.

What are the requirements?

Candidates should have a Master’s degree in Information Systems or related field and be willing to complete a doctoral thesis in one of the aforementioned research areas.

Further requirements are:

  • Knowledge and interest in business information systems and have experience with Web, mobile and/or database technologies,
  • Strong interest in designing innovative IT solutions for business and in conducting fieldwork inside organisations,
  • Fluency in English and French (some teaching responsibilities are in French); German is a plus,
  • Related practical experience and/or internships,
  • Good analytical and communication skills.

Why doing a PhD?

A PhD provides you with excellent career opportunities in academia and industry, as demonstrated by our alumnis.

Need more information?

Please do not hesitate to contact Prof. Christine Legner ( for any further information about these positions.

More information on HEC’s PhD Program in Information Systems and the admission criteria:

Two papers presented at the International Conference on Information Systems

Kenny Lienhard and Christine Legner attended the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) which was held from December 13 to 16 in Fort Worth, Texas, with more than 1,500 participants. They presented two full papers co-authored by BISA team members:

ICIS is the most prestigious academic conference in the Information Systems discipline, and provides a forum for networking and sharing of latest ideas and highest calibre scientific work amongst the IS profession. The ICIS Conference Proceedings are available for download in the AIS Electronic Library.

Start of SNF-funded research project on user preferences for cloud services

November 1, 2015 was the official starting date of the SNF-funded research project “Don’t Guess, Simulate! Understanding User Preferences for Cloud Services”.

The SNF project builds on findings from Andrea Giessmann’s dissertation and aims at improving our understanding of user preferences for cloud services in order to support their user-oriented design. More precisely, we aim to develop and validate a systematic approach for eliciting and analysing customer preferences for cloud services and simulating market reaction to variations in cloud service design. Our approach builds on adaptive choice-based conjoint analysis, which is a marketing research technique to analyze multi-dimensional user preferences. In the context of cloud services, it allows to measure the trade-offs between the functional and non-functional properties as well as economic and vendor-related aspects. The results of our research will comprise (1) a method component supporting requirements engineering for cloud services; and (2) two empirical studies of consumer preferences for two distinct types of cloud services.

If you are interested in knowing more about the project, please contact Dana Naous ( or Prof. Christine Legner (


Dana Naous joins the BISA team as doctoral researcher

On November 1, Dana Naous joined the BISA team as doctoral researcher. She completed a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Communication in the American University of Beirut (Lebanon) and a Master of Science in Management of Technology and Entrepreneurship in EPFL. She also worked at Philip Morris International for her Master thesis on “developing strategies towards a digital workplace”.

She currently works on the SNF-funded research project “Don’t Guess, Simulate”. The goal is to study user preferences for cloud services, in order to support their user-oriented design, using marketing research techniques.

HEC Business Game

Last Saturday, the 22 teams (12 managers and 20 investors) enrolled in the course HEC Business Game gave a presentation during which they analyzed the performance and the strategy they adopted during the final game that took place one week earlier. The course started in February with the goal to apply different concepts they have learned during the first 2.5 years of their Bachelor (e.g., accounting, marketing, operation, purchasing) and finished with the presentations. After an intense week in February, the students (88 in total) had about 2 months to prepare a strategy to conquer the market of Muesli. The two winning teams are:

  • For the managers: Groupe J with Thomas Birbaum, Robin Granges, Mathieu Meylan and Julien Cheseaux
  • For the investors: Group INV18 with Malik Briand, Jonathan Clément

The winning team of managers will defend the color of HEC Lausanne in the International ERPSim Competition that HEC Lausanne won last year.


Congratulations to Andrea Giessmann on her successful PhD defense!

On February 27, Andrea Giessmann successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled “Designing Business Models for Cloud Services”. Members of the jury were Prof. Christine Legner and Prof. Katarina Stanoevska (University of St. Gallen) as co-supervisors, Prof. Yves Pigneur as internal expert, Prof. Niels Bjorn-Andersen (Copenhagen Business School) as external expert, and Prof. Alessandro Villa as president of the jury. Andrea’s dissertation comprises 8 essays, thereof 6 conference articles (among them 1 x ECIS and 2 x ICIS) as well as 2 manuscripts for IS journals.

The BISA team congratulates Andrea on her successful PhD defense!

Members of the jury

New Round of “HEC Business Game” – Evidence-Based Management in Practice

The next round of “HEC Business Game” has started on February 9-13, 2015 with more than 80 students!

“HEC Business Game” is a capstone course for 3rd year Bachelor students, based on ERPsim. It allows students to review and apply the knowledge acquired during their studies in a serious game. In a real-time business simulation game, students play as muesli manufacturers and have to define and defend their strategy on a dynamic market. HEC Business Game also covers an financial analyst / investor’s role. In this role, students invest in the Muesli manufacturing companies and manage their investment portfolio on a dynamic financial market.

This year’s focus is on evidence-based management – leveraging data and management concepts for better decision-making.

Check out the video (in French) to learn more about the course and see students’ testimonial.

If you want to learn more about the pedagogical concept and learning experience, checkout the article published at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS).



“Serious games” based on SAP ERP – ERPsim Workshop in Berlin

More than 50 European professors and lecturers participated in two ERPsim workshops co-organized by Jean-François Michon (HEC Montréal), Prof. Christine Legner (HEC Lausanne) and Dr. Sonja Hecht (TU Munich) at SAP’s Academic Conference in Berlin. The workshops’ goal was to introduce professors to game-based learning with ERPsim. ERPsim comprises a set of business simulations, developped by HEC Montréal, and runs on live SAP ERP systems. Participants make on the spot decisions regarding sales, pricing, product components, marketing investments, cash management, production sequencing and more, all by using the reports and transactions found in SAP. The workshop in Berlin covered a “hands-on” ERPsim session as well as the discussion of teaching experiences and pedagogical strategies for using ERPsim in class.