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International Management Institute

Christopher Hartwell

“The International Management Institute strives to be the leading source for research and expertise on international and intercultural challenges facing business today.”

Prof. Dr. Christopher Hartwell, Head International Management Institute

The International Management Institute addresses the issues that matter in the business world of the 21st century. We are comprised of centers focusing on one of the broader challenges facing businesses today - political instability, intercultural management, trade barriers, regulatory issues, continuing education in a changing world, and shifting industrial processes - to develop effective solutions.
Through our four centers, we hope to push the boundaries of our knowledge of international business and international management. Operating in a traditional academic setting while collaborating closely with industry partners, our faculty members and associated create practical, action-oriented research to help the economy in Switzerland and internationally.

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Competence Centers

Center for Culture and Creativity in International Business (C3IB)
Center for Global Competitiveness
Center for International Industrial Solutions
Center for Continuing and Corporate Education

Continuing Education

Our offer includes continuing education in the areas of International Business, Corporate Responsibility and Luxury Marketing. These are all characterized by a high level of practical relevance and convey the key competencies in the respective subject areas that are required in the professional world.

Depending on your needs and possibilities, you can choose from a variety of certificate courses, tailor-made workshops and training courses. You acquire recognized qualifications, increase your career opportunities and train your employees individually.


The International Management Institute strives to be a global leader in understanding the new environment of international business, encompassing facets as diverse as management, strategy, intercultural exchange, political risk, diplomacy and negotiation, industrial processes, and sustainability. Through our centers and staff, we contribute to current debates on these and other issues in research.

Services & Consulting

Our service portfolio - tailor-made and practice-oriented:

Reference Projects and Publications

International Business Podium

As part of the International Management Institute, the Center for Global Competitiveness regularly organizes events with speakers from all over the world as part of the ZHAW International Business Podium. The IBP deals with current political and economic developments and discusses the topics that affect business and management with experts and academics. It is primarily aimed at our students, but is also open to the general public.

Learn more about the ZHAW International Business Podium