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Research management

In Switzerland research is carried out to an equal extent in the R&D departments of private companies and in the laboratories of state universities.

Private-public partnerships in particular are the source of results aimed at practical use. Such partnerships are often set up at an international level and include various centres of excellence. In this way research generates an immediate supply of jobs and economic gain.

The policies adopted by Switzerland and the EU also recognise this phenomenon in that they include measures concerning education, research and innovation in one and the same message.

The implementation of partnership-based research often requires a structured way of working in which common aims are defined, areas of responsibility and patent rights are clearly set out and funding has to be ensured. At the same time, there must be the will to instigate measures that help to combine the know-how inherent in different cultures and institutions and to motivate people to aim for excellence.

We have a good many years’ experience in international research management, technology transfer and settling patent matters and can offer universities, research laboratories and federal offices for education and research the following services:

  • strategical advice and organisational assistance for research projects at universities,
  • support for drawing up the structural, contractual and financial aspects of research partnerships,
  • specialised expertise in the fields of education, research and innovation.

Andreas Kurt

onion: process & innovation

I originally studied behavioural biology and spent several years observing the hierarchical behaviour of wild chimpanzees in the West African rain forest, which in one way or another proved to be an excellent basis for my later career, for daily management tasks and present-day consultancy activities. Apart from a broad range of insights, I have brought with me an inner peacefulness and the ability to continually see things afresh and to delight in my surroundings.

I help firms, organisations, executive and teams to find solutions in the field of process and innovation management. For me it is important that the solutions that are chosen are in line with the client’s strategy and can be firmly embedded in corporate culture, so that the processes are adopted in full and the innovations develop in a sustainable way.

Professional background

  • Independent consultant since 2004, director of Tarana GmbH, Schönenberg
  • Joined onion: Consultancy Network in 2008
  • Member of the senior executive and Head of Patents and Design at the Federal Institute for Intellectual Property, pioneer of new public management and successful advocate of good governance in the federal administration (1999–2004)
  • Head of Marketing at the Federal Institute for Intellectual Property (1996–1999)
  • Involvement in and manager of various development cooperation projects and in national park management in African countries

Educational background

  • M.Sc. in biology, University of Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, specialisations: behavioural biology and ecology
  • Courses in industrial economics, political economics and intellectual property rights


  • Public sector and closely linked organisations
  • Innovative companies, in particular in the technical field
  • Associations and societies, in particular in the fields of environment and healthcare
  • Universities, academies and research institutions

Miscellaneous information

  • Member of the Association of Management Consultants Switzerland, asco
  • Projects published in Public Management by Norbert Thom (2008) and Fallbeispiele zur Betriebswirtschaft (Case Studies in Industrial Economics) by Jean-Paul Thommen (2008)