Claudine Gaibrois

Claudine Gaibrois

Claudine Gaibrois

Girtannerstrasse 6
9010 St. Gallen
Main Focuses
  • Linguistic and cultural diversity
  • Organization Studies
  • Qualitative research

Participant in CAS (Certificate of Advanced Studies) program for Didactics in Tertiary Education (start September 2015)

Doctoral thesis on linguistic diversity in organizations with Prof. Chris Steyaert and Prof. Julia Nentwich, graduated as Dr.rer.soc. (University of St. Gallen, August 2008-August 2014)

Master of Advanced Studies in Intercultural Communication (University of Lucerne, March 2004-February 2006)

Studies in General History, Political Science and German Literature, graduated with Master's in Political Science (University of Zurich, September 1991-September 1997)

Professional Career

Lecturer at Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), since August 2016

Lecturer at University of St. Gallen, since September 2015

Lecturer at Ecole de Management Strasbourg, since September 2015

Moderator of workshops on communicating in multilingual and multicultural teams, since September 2015

Assistant at University of St. Gallen, January 2012 - January 2014

Editor-in-chief kulturtipp, July 2008 - December 2011

Journalist (u.a. kulturtipp, Swiss National Radio DRS), October 1999 - December 2011  

Teaching Activities

Lecturer for "Culture, society, language" at Zurich University for Applied Sciences (ZHAW); classes "Brave new world of work?", "Cultural differences and their meaning"

External lecturer on managing language diversity in global companies (University of St. Gallen, Ecole de Management Strasbourg)

Co-Teacher und -Organizer CEMS (The Global Alliance in Management Education) Block Seminar "Managing multilingual companies: How language diversity can be turned into an advantage through HRM practices" (London School of Economics, September 4-8, 2017; with Prof. Rebecca Piekkari, Aalto University, and Prof. Marie-Therese Claes, Louvain School of Management)

Guest speaker at teaching workshop "The role of language in international business education" (Munich School of Management, Ludwig-Maximilans-Universität Munich, January 13, 2017) 


Board member of GEM&L (Groupe d’Etudes Management et Langage) 

Member of new CEMS faculty group "Global HRM"

Member of EGOS (European Group of Organization Studies)


9th International GEM&L Workshop, Helsinki (FIN), June 10-12, 2015:
Paper “Beyond possession and competition: Investigating cooperative aspects of power in multilingual organizations” (Claudine Gaibrois and Chris Steyaert) ranked among the three finalists for the “Best Paper Award” 

Mentoring Deutschschweiz, July 2014: Selected as participant in the mentoring program for young female academics of Swiss-German universities and the Swiss National Science Foundation 2014 - 2016  

7th Equality, Diversity and Inclusion International Conference, Munich (D), June 7-10, 2014:
“Best Paper Award” for the paper “Negotiating privilege: Power dynamicsin linguistically diverse organizations” (Claudine Gaibrois and Julia Nentwich) 

The Sixth Annual UC Berkeley Sociological Research Symposium, UC Berkeley (USA), April 18, 2014:
The Danesha McCoy “Outstanding Presentation” Award for the presentation “Creating spaces for agency: How members of linguistically diverse organizations counterbalance language skill-related inequality” (Claudine Gaibrois)  


Die Konsequenzen von Sprachenvielfalt in Unternehmen. Presentation for the literature club booXkey. Küsnacht, April 28, 2016. 

Sprachwahl und Macht in Organisationen. Interview for the academic podcast "angesprochen". University of Zurich, August 2015: 

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