Business Manager (VSE)

Further Education Program for Plant Managers!

This further education course provides farm managers with relevant, practice-oriented basic business and regulatory knowledge. The practice-oriented course was specially designed for professionals and does not require any prior academic training. In group work, the knowledge is practiced with the participants using specific practical examples. The guided exchange of experiences among the participants and teamwork are an important part of the program.

Plant managers, prospective managers of Elektras and smaller cross-linked companies, supplier industry

Module A  24. and 25. October 2023
Module B 7. and 8. November 2023
Module C 22. and 23. November 2023
Module D 13. and 14. December 2023
Module E 22. and 23. January 2024


Cornelia Abouri • Senior Expert Public Affairs • VSE
Dr. Andreas Beer • Managing Director and Distribution Grid Expert • Alevar GmbH
Marcel Gertsch • Head of Management Consulting Region Northwest Switzerland • BDO AG
Heinz Lüthi • Senior Consultant Products and Services • Youtility AG
Dr. Christian Opitz, Head of Competence Center Energy Management (ior/cf-HSG) • University of St.Gallen
Thomas Reithofer • Head of Energy Division and Member of the Executive Board, Centralschweizerische Kraftwerke AG
Prof. Dr. Dirk Schäfer • Tenured Professor of Financial Management • University of St. Gallen
Dr. Ivo Schillig • Lecturer • University of St.Gallen

This is where we store all relevant documents for program participants; these are for training purposes only and may not be used commercially in any form.

Module A - General Management & Leadership of Employees
Course Materials Tag 1
Tag 2
Recommended Reading Rüegg-Stürm, Johannes; Grand, Simon (2020): Das St. Galler Management-Modell. Management in einer komplexen Welt. 2. Aufl. Bern.
Müller-Stewens, Günter; Lechner, Christoph (2016): Strategisches Management. Wie strategische Initiativen zum Wandel führen. 5. Aufl. Stuttgart.
Lombriser, Roman; Abplanalp, Peter (2015): Strategisches Management. Visionen entwickeln, Erfolgspotenziale aufbauen, Strategien umsetzen. 6. Aufl. Zürich.
Gassmann, Oliver; Csik, Michaela; Frankenberger, Karolin (2013): Geschäftsmodelle entwickeln. 55 innovative Konzepte mit dem St.Galler Business Model Navigator. München.
Grichnik, Dietmar; Heß, Manuel; Probst, Diego; Antretter, Torben; Pukall, Britta (2018): Startup Navigator. Das Handbuch. Frankfurt am Main.
Module B – Fundamentals of Energy Management and Procurement Strategies
Course Materials Grundlagen Energiewirtschaft
Module C – Financial Management and Regulation
Course Materials Finanzielle Führung
Integriertes Management System
Module D – Project/Process Management and Risk Management
Course Materials Projekt-/Prozessmanagement
Aktuelles aus der Energiepolitik
Case Study Fallstudie
Module E – Business Models and Relevance of New Technologies for Security of Supply
Course Materials Relevanz von neuen Technologien für die Versorgungssicherheit
Trendbasierte Strategieentwicklung


VSE-Member CHF 7'500.-
NonVSE-Mitglied CHF 10'000.-

incl. course materials, meals and examination fee.

Registrations are possible at any time online or via E-Mail. In addition, we require a CV with a description of your current professional activity and a short letter of motivation.

“The Business Manager course enabled me to better understand the challenges and needs of the industry - now and in the future. The case studies during the lessons really helped me to understand the subject matter.”
Isidor Koller | Electrical Safety Consultant | Elektroversorgung Würenlingen

Enjoy selected impressions from the Business Manager!

Learn more about the program and lecturers!

Betriebsmanager (VSE)

We are happy to be at your disposal for a personal or virtual exchange!

Sami Benmessaoud


CC Energy Management (ior/cf-HSG)
Büro 28-004
Bodanstrasse 6
9000 St. Gallen

Christian Opitz

Dr. oec.

Head of Competence Center

Kompetenzzentrum Energy Management
Büro 28-001
Bodanstrasse 6
9000 St. Gallen