HSG new course: Field Trip to India

July 14, 2016

“Field Trip to India: Practicing Social and Intercultural Communication Skills”  is new a master level course that I will offer for students of the University of St. Gallen.

The course will take place in India during the semester break, from Sunday November 6th 2016 to Saturday November 12th, in addition to one kick-off lecture in St. Gallen on September 27th 2016 at 8.15am.

Dowload the syllabus of the course with practical details and have a look at the course Webpage

PhD position available – visualization in teams

April 30, 2016

The mcm institute’s chair of communication management (Prof. Dr. Martin Eppler) is looking to hire a Research Assistant/ PhD Candidate (70%) in the area of management studies interested in pursuing a PhD degree and researching the impact of nudging and of visualization on the communication and collaboration quality of teams in organizations. The envisioned starting date for this 70% position is mid-2016. See the institute page here for more details

An article on my social entreprised has just appeared in the news

April 23, 2016
Un articolo riguardante la nostra associazione Kolours è appena stato pubblicato su Il Gazzettino nuovo. Leggi l’articolo online

Asia Days at the University of St. Gallen

April 2, 2016

The first edition of “Asia Days” will take place at the university of St. Gallen on May 3rd and 4th. The first day an opening panel will take place on the topic of “M&A of Chinese Capital in Europe “. On May 4th there will be several panels on specific Asian countries such as Singapore, China, Japan and India.

You can apply to the even and find more details at the event page: www.asia-days.com
and on their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1133695596664904/asia days

Getting YES across cultures

November 27, 2015

This HBR visualization of cultural differences  is very insightful. It’s based on Erin Meyer’ book “the culture map”, an easy to read and useful book to understand how to communicate and work with people from around the globe.

getting yes across culture


Understanding the Impact of Visual Representation Restrictiveness on Experience Sharing

October 25, 2015

Our article “Understanding the Impact of Visual Representation Restrictiveness on Experience Sharing: an Experimental Assessment” has just been published in the Journal of Visual Languages and Computing.


This study investigates the effects of the restrictiveness of visuals on the communication process and outcome in small groups. Visual restrictiveness is conceived as the constraints imposed by a graphic template on the process of knowledge work. Through an experiment with ninety six experienced professionals we test the impact of a medium and a high level of visual restrictiveness compared to a control condition. As predicted, the results show that a medium level of visual restrictiveness, embodied in a grid layout, leads to higher experience sharing effectiveness. The impact is mediated by the structural pattern of appropriation of the interactive graphical template (assessed with content analysis). The implications of this study include extending the benefits and applications of visual representations to support group communication and the development (and testing) of the concept of visual restrictiveness.

Alexander, E., Bresciani, S. & Eppler, M. J. (2015). Understanding the Impact of Visual Representation Restrictiveness on Experience Sharing: an Experimental Assessment. Journal of Visual Languages and Computing, 31, pp. 30-46.

The Pitfalls of Visual Representations

October 25, 2015

We are glad that our newest articles on “The Pitfalls of Visual Representations: A Review and Classification of Common Errors Made while Designing and Interpreting Visualizations” is published on Sage Open. You can access it for free at this link.


A large body of research has addressed the benefits of visualization, whereas the analysis of the pitfalls has not received systematic attention. We aim to provide an overview of the common pitfalls and potential disadvantages of visual representations based on a multidisciplinary literature review. Subsequently, we develop a theoretically grounded classification of common cognitive, emotional, and social risks of visualization and populate it with a comprehensive list of visualization pitfalls. The aim of this research is not to diminish the potential of visualization, but rather to improve visual literacy by structuring our understanding of the possible limitations of graphic representations.


Bresciani, S. & Eppler, M.J. (2015). The Pitfalls of Visual Representations: A Review and Classification of Common Errors Made while Designing and Interpreting Visualizations. Sage Open:


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