Chair of Operations, Economics & Strategy

The mission of OES within the MTEI is to conduct world-class research and teaching at the intersection of operations, economics and strategy, as it relates to organizations and their interactions.

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Eco-mouse wins student prize of innovation and entrepreneurship

— In the fifth anniversary edition of the graduate course “Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Engineering,” students across many disciplines at EPFL tackled prototyping challenges related to the development of energy-efficient devices. Led by Prof. Véronique Michaud and Prof. Thomas Weber, and supported by a diverse group of additional faculty, nine student teams engaged in various industrial challenges, in collaboration with this year’s industry sponsors Boschung Mecatronic, Datwyler, Logitech, Schindler, and ZF Group. In addition to finding an innovative technological solution with a viable business model, the challenge included a quest for energy efficiency. This year’s winning team provided a bio-based alternative to conventional plastic used in the manufacturing of Logitech computer mice.

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Renewed directorship for Thomas Weber at the head of the EDMT program

— The College of Management of Technology is pleased to announce that Prof. Thomas Weber has been reappointed for a third term as the director of the Doctoral Program in Management of Technology (EDMT), ensuring continued leadership and excellence in the program.

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Selling Different Versions of the Same Product – Robustly!

— Because consumers vary in their needs and their willingness-to-pay for them, companies offer different versions of the same product at different prices. A new research paper by PhD student Jun Han and Prof. Thomas Weber on “Price Discrimination with Robust Beliefs” develops a method with which companies can design and price product versions without having to know their consumer base exactly. The paper appeared in the April 2023 issue of the European Journal of Operational Research. The research results leverage the concept of “relative robustness,” which has been a longstanding research interest at the Chair of Operations, Economics and Strategy.

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