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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.

onion: Consultancy Network

As partners in onion: Consultancy Network we are linked by a mutual desire for a society in which a balance exists between economic, ecological and social values. At the same time, this desire is the guiding principle for what we do and how we do it.

Through our consultancy work we help to ensure that companies and organisations are successful in the marketplace and that their staff produce effective work in a positive working environment that allows them to develop.

As a rule, our task is to help steer, monitor and assess our clients’ development processes. Our work is based on the awareness that the responsibility for a problem and how to solve it lies at all times with the client, that there is not necessarily only one correct way to meet the client’s requirements and that our intervention can produce desired and undesired effects, even in unexpected places. This systemic understanding influences how we work.

The basis for cooperation at onion: Consultancy Network is mutual trust, openness and concern, an interest in what the other partners are doing and in the possibility of joint professional development. We work together for our clients, we exchange know-how and experience and we learn with and from each other.

The partners in onion are all independent from a business point of view and each is responsible for his or her own products and for marketing them. We are linked by a network because in this way we can achieve added professional and personal value for our clients and for our professional activities.

onion: Consultancy Network was founded in 1991.

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