The Rencontres de St. Gall is the most prestigious SME and entrepreneurship conference internationally, participation only by invitation. Three JIBS professors, Leif Melin, Leona Achtenhagen and Friederike Welter participated in the conference this year.
The research conference the Rencontres de St. Gall is a conference with a long tradition. According to the records of the Small Business Administration (SBA), the Rencontres de St-Gall is the oldest conference of this kind worldwide (it first took place in 1948). It is a unique characteristic of the conference that the papers are distributed in advance and are then discussed in plenary sessions.
The Rencontres de St-Gall 2012 took place in St.Gallen from 3-5 September 2012. The conference topic was: In Search of a Dynamic Equilibrium: Exploring and Managing Tensions in Entrepreneurship and SMEs.