Data and Method Consulting We support employees and students of the HSG in their empirical studies and thesis projects. The consulting focuses on research design and research methods, including general advice on data bases and research software. Our philosophy is to provide “help to help yourself”. Thus, we support you in the initial design of a study and in case of specific methodical questions. This covers one or two personal consulting sessions and/or some quick advice via E-Mail. Coaching Session: Application and Process Please contact one of our experts via our application form (use HSG login). Our team comprises four consultants (please find further information below). To ensure an effective coaching session, we ask you to prepare the meeting in advance. This includes a brief sketch of your research design and a list of the open question you would like to discuss in the meeting. Our consulting usually takes one session. A follow-up session can be requested if required. Consulting Team This consulting service is led by Profs. Michael Lechner, Andreas Herrmann and Emanuel de Bellis. The team comprises the following four experts. Hugo Bodory deals with the implementation of IT infrastructure. He consults on Cloud Computing for usage of virtual machines, for example SWITCHengines (www.switch.ch). He also advises on the use of software for data analysis. Hugo Bodory is a research associate for Data and Method Consulting, with a focus on «Data Analysis». He does research on the development of new econometric methods at the Swiss Institute for Empirical Economic Research. Michael Knaus: Michael advises on data analysis using econometric methods, such as linear and non-linear regressoins, esmi-parametric and non-parametric estimation methods, and machine learning methods. A second focus is the consulting on research designs with the goal of causal inference. Michael is Assistant Professor at the Swiss Institute for Empirical Economic Research on topics of causal machine learning with applications in the fields of labour, education, and sports economics. Daniel Dietrich advises on the design and implementation of qualitative research methods. His main areas of expertise are related to interview-based studies, focus groups, grounded theory, ethnographic and netnogaphic methods, case study research, as well as practice theory. He is Senior Lecturer in the fields of Marketing and Management at the University of St. Gallen and teaches both method and business courses at Bachelor and Master level. His own research focuses on topics surrounding brand management, consumer studies, and behavioral economics. Emanuel de Bellis advises on quantitative research methods, including the analysis of primary data (e.g., from a laboratory, online, or field experiment) and secondary data (already existing and frequently large datasets). He is Associate Professor of Empirical Research Methods at the Institute of Behavioral Science and Technology (IBT-HSG) and Academic Director of the Global School in Empirical Research Methods (GSERM). At the University of St. Gallen, Emanuel de Bellis teaches various method courses at Bachelor, Master, and PhD level.