Field Trip to India: the kickoff


We are ready to start the journey to discover India. The first lecture of the course will take place next Tuesday September 27th 2016 from 8.15 am in room 58-018 (Telstrasse 2 – near the St. Gallen train station).

You can now find the course slides and readings on the course webpage.


HSG new course: Field Trip to India

“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

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

Asia Days at the University of St. Gallen

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:
and on their facebook page: days

Understanding the Impact of Visual Representation Restrictiveness on Experience Sharing

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.

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