Astrid Frischknecht, M.A.

PhD student

Office address:
Alpenstrasse 62
2502 Biel/Bienne



M.A., management and organisational consultant; supervisor and coach (BSO); graduate economist; specialist for equality between women and men in the workplace as recognised by the Swiss Federal Office for Gender Equality (FOGE). I was a former bookseller and undertook further education in business studies and worked in various management roles. I initiated and managed national projects, coordinated referendum campaigns, involved myself in professional associations and was also active as a journalist.

For more than 15 years I have been a consultant for change management and a coach for managers, teams, project directors and individuals undergoing personal change. Since 10 years I also have been a lecturer at different colleges and Universities and since 2015 I am the head of a Master programm in Coaching, Supervision and OB in Switzerland.

In 2016 I found my intellectual home base for my PhD dissertation in the field of sustainable tourism at the UT.


Taos Institute, Celiane Camargo Borges


  • Change Management in Intercultural Context
  • Leadership
  • Co-creation in Sustainable Tourism
  • Dialogue in Public Space

Current Research Projects

Exploring alternative approaches to international business management models in the context of sustainable tourism (Dissertation project) 

Current Teaching

  • Future forming research, research methodologies. Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) Coaching, Supervision + OB
  • Facilitation. Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) Coaching, Supervision + OB
  • Art-oriented Consulting and Coaching, Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) Coaching, Supervision + OB
  • Scientific writing. Certificate of advanced studies (DAS) for school leadership


Frischknecht, A. (2016): Changemanagement. In Hofmann, H., Hellmüller, P. und Hostettler, U. (Hrsg). Eine Schule leiten. (S. 187-197). Bern: Hep-Verlag.

Frischknecht, A. (2011). Innovative Projects in Public Space. How Art Analogue Processes Support the Starting Point of Innovative Projects in Public Space [Going public von innovativen Projekten im öffentlichen Raum. Wie kunstanaloge Prozesse den Start von Innovationsprojekten im öffentlichen Raum]. Unpublished master’s thesis, Medical School Hamburg University of Applied Sciences and Medical University, Hamburg.

Frischknecht, A. (2008, September 8). Your perspective, my perspective – assessment of performance [Meine Sicht, deine Sicht - Leistungsbeurteilung]. Bieler Tagblatt.

Frischknecht, A. (2008, August 15). Self marketing – me and my skills. [Selbstmarketing – ich und meine Kompetenzen]. Bieler Tagblatt.

Frischknecht, A. (2008, December 5). Loss of employment and other challenges. [Stellenverlust und andere Herausforderungen]. Bieler Tagblatt.

Frischknecht, A. (2008, October 10). Leadership or noble clerk. [Leadership oder Edelsachbearbeiter]. Bieler Tagblatt.

Frischknecht, A. (2006). Art analogue management and organizational development [Kunstanaloge Management- und Organisationsentwicklung]. Unpublished master’s thesis, European Graduate School EGS, Leuk-Stadt.

Frischknecht, A. (2004). Change Management. Limited edition for the Swiss Railway SBB, Bern.

Management Positions

Leader of two Business Units: Consulting and Leadership at Swiss Academy for Adult and Professional learners

Founder and president of a travel agency for sustainable tourism

Consultant and lecturer Teacher’s University Bern

Business Consultant and Senior Partner, seecon gmbh innovations for sustainable development

Change management, Swiss Railway (SBB)

Consultant and business coach, Swiss Railway (SBB)

Facilitator and business coach, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young