Geiger Bretschger Kruse

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Completed research project

Title / Titel Swiss Financial Center Watch Project
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Summary / Zusammenfassung Swiss Financial Center Watch as an interdisciplinary research project

Swiss Financial Center Watch (SFCW) is an interdisciplinary research project on the Swiss financial center. Therefore, we regard the Swiss financial center as a structured functional value added system. Its core capabilities, innovations, products as well as its flows of information and communication are embedded within a functional and spatial divison of labour and is spreaded on different business locations. SFCW pursues the superior goal of achieving systematic knowledge on the most significant branch of the Swiss economy.

Who are the relevant participants at a financial center? How does the system work? How do innovations emerge at financial centers? Which impact has the functional and spatial division of labour between the different locations of the national financial centers as well as between the international financial centers? What are the structures of the value chains within the Swiss financial center and which competitive core competencies can be indentified in Switzerland?

Using a functional approach
SFCW uses a functional approach in researching the structure of financial centers. We describe SFCW as an open source project, wherein researchers and practitioners can participate in our general concept and relational model to create a scientific knowledge platform about financial centers. SFCW works with quantitative data modelling processes, relational databases, empirical research through web based questionaires, social-psychological models of preference-perception analysis, network analysis and industry expert focus group workshops to model and improve the different value chains also on the basis of the practioner's knowledge.

Research institutions

SFCW is a joint Uni/ETH project based on a co-operation between the Swiss Banking Institute (University of Zurich, ) and the Institute of Economic Research (ETH Zurich, ) and is coordinated by . SFCW is part of the Center of Competence Finance in Zurich (CCFZ).

International financial center network
SFCW aims to establish the research concepts within an international network of universities, in order to achive comparable studies of the competitiveness and complementarity of international financial centers.

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Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
Prof. Hans Geiger (Project Leader)
Prof. Lucas Bretschger (Project Leader)
Dr. Christian Kruse (Project Leader)  
Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
Private Sector (e.g. Industry)
Duration of Project / Projektdauer Apr 2004 to Dec 2008