Research & Publications

Research & Publications at BSL

75% of our research output is produced by female faculty.

BSL focuses on applied research mainly in the domains of enabling organizations to become positive contributors to society. This is in line with our mission which seeks “to enable organizations to thrive by co-creating viable business solutions for our planet and its people”. As such, we provide leading edge concepts such as the Business Sustainability Typology BST (Dyllick & Muff) as well as our Responsible Leadership Framework (Muff) which serve as foundations for further consulting activities with companies.

Our Doctoral Program develops case studies based on the BST Typology which are freely accessible online. In 2016, we released our new Thought Leadership strategy aiming to contribute to a transformation of the economy and society by enabling business to positively contribute to a better world through the development of strategic resilience and responsible leaders.

The strategy encapsulates what BSL has accomplished over the past three years and provides a beacon for where the school is headed. We welcome collaborations with organizations of all kind – please feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss how we can help you advance in your journey.

Download the BSL Thought Leadership Strategy (2016)

BSL Blog Latest Posts

PRE-OWNED LUXURY WATCH MARKET: The Dual Meaning of Traceability
Photo credits: Benjamin R Can the Swiss pre-owned watch market, as one of the largest …
In the pre-digital age, we usually built brand through three lines of brand experience delivery:1. …
How to Measure the Strength of Brand Assets
One way to measure overall 'brand health' is to know the strength of its brand …
The AI trilogy in education
I remember putting ChatGPT on my to-explore list for the 2022 Christmas Break. One of our Master’s students …

Case Study published by BSL DBA Student Steven Yamshon

Our DBA candidate, Steven Yamshon, has published a case study that he wrote in 2017. It is now published in …Read more

Comparing the GAPFRAME to the SDSN SDG Index: The Importance of the Concept of “Strong Sustainability”

The GAPFRAME is a translation of the SDGs into national priorities. Its 24 issues integrate the SDGs and include a …Read more

GAPFRAME: From the BSL Learning LAB to the UNPRME Global Forum in New York

On July 19th, the GAPFRAME, one of the innovation tools in the BSL learning lab, was introduced to over 300 …Read more

Making Sustainable Development Goals Relevant – Launch of Gap Frame Website

In March 2017, the Gap Frame website,, was launched with the intention to measure the gap of where we …Read more

Unilever’s Paul Polman supports the B Corp Movement

In a message delivered at the launch of B Lab UK on 24 September 2015, Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, …Read more

Paul Polman’s contribution to BSL Journal’s picked up by The Huffington Post

Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever and recipient of BSL’s 2014 Honorary Degree, recently had his contribution to BSL Journal’s special …Read more

Professor Nicolas Rouiller Publishes Book on International Business Law

Join us in congratulating Dr. Nicolas Rouiller, a long-time law professor at BSL, on the publication of his latest book, …Read more

New Consumer Sustainability Perception Index

A team of BSL participants in the one-year executive program Diploma in Sustainable Business worked on the development and implementation …Read more

The Collaboratory

BSL’s Dean Dr. Muff edited and co-authored “The Collaboratory: A Co-creative Stakeholder Engagement Process for Solving Complex Problems” (Greenleaf Publishing, …Read more

BSL Releases Common Good Audit Report

Business School Lausanne is the first school worldwide to implement the Economy for the Common Good (ECG) organizational matrix  as …Read more

BSL Releases Sustainability Update Report

Business School Lausanne published its 2014 Sustainability Update Report – a comprehensive overview of the school’s progress in key areas …Read more

“The Right Attitude” as a Key Hiring Criterion For Graduate Students in Switzerland

BSL’s Dean, Dr. Katrin Muff, and Mary-Mayenfisch-Tobin, Stakeholder Relations at BSL, have published a new paper – “The Right Attitude …Read more

Planetary Resilience | Article by Dr. Katrin Muff

Shouldn’t business care about the resilience of the planet and our societies before focusing on the survival of a business? …Read more

Dr. Olivier Brenninkmeijer, Creating Conflict Prevention: Negotiating between Preconditions and Influences

Author: Olivier Brenninkmeijer, PhD, Associate Dean of Business School Lausanne Paper: “Creating Conflict Prevention: Negotiating between Preconditions and Influences”, in …Read more

BSL’s Dean featured in The European Business Review with an article on Management Education

BSL’s Dean, Dr. Katrin Muff, was featured in The European Business Review with an article on Designing a Radically New …Read more

Anwar Habib, Principles of Marketing: Arab world edition

Anwar Habib, DBA Candidate “Principles of Marketing: Arab world edition”. Mr. Anwar Habib has co-authorship the book with Kotler and …Read more

Dr. Katrin Muff, Dean of BSL: ACBSP annual edition 2010

Dr. Katrin Muff, Dean of BSL This paper examines how a boutique business school in Switzerland has undertaken a profound …Read more

Dr. Katrin Muff, Dean of BSL: Are Business Schools Doing Their Job? – JMD 2012, issue 7

Dr. Katrin Muff, Dean of BSLThe purpose of this reserach paper is to further the debate on relevance in business …Read more

Dr. Ganesh Nathan, Innovation Process and Ethics in Technology: Towards a Responsible Innovation Governance Framework

Dr. Ganesh Nathan, Professor WiCaNem 2014 (11th Wageningen International Conference on Chain and Network Management) in Capri, Italy, 4-6 June. Dr. …Read more