The food and beverage chair study sustainable innovations in the foodservice industry

Dr. Christine Demen Meier

Associate Professor - Entrepreneurship

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Nationality: Swiss

Teaching program(s):
Bachelor

Academic level

Ph.D. in Management Science, École Doctorale de Basse Normandie, France

Main publications

Experience

Since 2010, I am head of the F&B Chair, which was created under the impetus of various players of the F&B industry. The aim of the Chair is to study innovations and sustainable development in the food service industry in order to provide students and F&B professionals with new knowledge.
After obtaining a PhD in Management Science focusing on entrepreneurship and independent restaurants, in 2007, I was given the opportunity to share with EHL students – and those of other schools, as an invited professor in several Master programs – my experience and knowledge in entrepreneurship.

Between 1975 and 1998, I concentrated all my energy on the creation and management of my companies, which also required I use all my expertise: project management from inception to completion, always based on excellence and performance criteria, interpersonal skills, both for client and employee team management, and last but not least, business negotiation skills and stress management competencies.
 
In 1998, my search for answers to conceptual management questions and personal development issues pushed me to resume Management Studies, teaching and research. As a practitioner become a researcher and professor, I still continue to sit on the board of directors of a three star hotel, am a member of several international associations among which the AIREPME (International Association for Research in Entrepreneurship and SMEs). In addition, I act as a consultant for various professional associations or organizations such as the European Institute for Cooperation and Development. Training start-up designers through various organizations such as the CTI or CRPM is also a motivating aspect of my activities.

Other qualifications

  • Marketing Certificate, HEC, Geneva. Dissertation title: « Recruiting students at the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne ».
  • Executive MBA, HES-SO Fribourg & Berne, Integrated & Management. Dissertation title: « Identification de liens entre des facteurs non financiers du Business plan et la durée de vie d’une Start-up ».
  • Diploma in hotel and restaurant management (with honors), Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne.

Research areas

  • Innovation and sustainability in the food service industry
  • Strategic management in SME hotels and restaurants
  • Entrepreneurship in hospitality
  • Evolution of F&B jobs
  • Social media as a distribution channel for restaurants

Past research

  • 2012-2013 Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne: The influence of social networks (Web 2.0) on the buying habits of « millennial » youth in the French and Swiss restaurant industry (project submitted to HES-CTI, applicant: Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne).
  • 2010-2013 F&B Industry professorship: Career prospective in the restaurant industry, the procurement function in Shanghai and the profession of Kitchen Chef and Restaurant Manager in Spain and France.
  • 2010-2013  F&B Industry professorship: Career prospective in the restaurant industry, the procurement function in Europe.
  • 2010-2011 ITHQ: Small companies in a field under strain, strategies and performance: the restaurant industry in Quebec.
  • 2009,  HEG, Fribourg : « Création d’entreprises et succession : un potentiel à exploiter pour les entrepreneurs âgés », M. Rossi, C. Demen Meier, S. Boltner (project submitted to HES-CTI, co-applicant: Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne).
  • 2007   Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne: Small companies in a field under strain, strategies and performance: the restaurant industry in the Lake Leman region.
  • 2005,  Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne: « Développement d’un système ouvert intégré et adaptable de gestion et de location des objets immobiliers pour la parahôtellerie intégrant la gestion d’overbooking », H. Tudori,  C. Demen Meier (CTI project, co-applicant: Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne)
  • 2003   OVSM : « Exploration de la mutation et du changement d’un métier: le point de vue de la vente ». Chairing a focus group, helping for the information gathering and synthesis
  • 2003-2004  Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne: « Interactiv Service Model » internal participation to a research project lead by J. Holleran et I. Scarth.
  • 2001-2002  Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne: « Les indicateurs de défaillance des hôtels en Suisse » E. Beaufils, R. Schegg, A. Mungall. C. Demen Meier, in charge of evaluating hotel marketing performances and creating a measuring and evaluation tool.
  • 2002   Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne: “How to develop a hotel marketing plan” S. Holverson et C. Demen Meier, AEHL-SHA e-learning project, 9 lesson e-learning workshop implementation for the e-academy, BBT/SVC financing (Federal Office of Professional Education and Technology).
  • 2000-2001  Valais canton: « Les hôtels historiques du Valais », in charge of the marketing aspect for the Swiss Tourism School in Sierre, analysis and recommendations

Current research

  • Demen Meier, C. et al. La Génération Y, les réseaux sociaux et la restauration. Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne. 2015
  • 2015-2017 : For the Saviva F&B Chair : innovation and sustainable development strategies applicable to the food service industry
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