Dr. David Bosshart
Dr. David Bosshart is CEO of the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute for Economic and Social Studies. Dr. David Bosshart holds a PhD in philosophy, is the author of numerous international publications and sought-after speaker worldwide. His work focuses on the future of consumption, societal transformation, digitisation (human-machine), management and culture, globalisation and political philosophy.
Dr. David Bosshart, CEO of the GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute for economic and social studies, Rüschlikon/Zurich.
The GDI is an independent European think tank, founded by European retail pioneer Gottlieb Duttweiler (1888-1962). The institute specializes in trend research, retail, economic and social issues. It also offers strategic workshops, lectures, and conferences like the International Retail Summit (67th edition in 2017), the European Foodservice Summit (18th edition in 2017) and the European Trend Day (13th edition in 2017). The main topics are: changes in consumption patterns and behavior, innovation in retailing and the service industry. The Gottlieb Duttweiler Prize is Switzerland’s most prestigious award for outstanding personalities, dedicated only every couple of years (1989 Václav Havel, 2004 Joschka Fischer, 2008 Kofi Annan, 2011 Jimmy Wales, 2015 Sir Tim Berners-Lee).
Following high school and a business education, Bosshart capped his studies with a Ph.d. from the University of Zurich in philosophy and political theory. He has been involved in communications and marketing consulting, in retailing and in scientific research. From 1991 to 1996 he was head of the department of consumer research and social change at the GDI. From 1997 to 1999 he was head of strategic development and director of the cultural and social section of the Federation of Migros Cooperatives. Bosshart has been in his current position since 1999.
David Bosshart is the author of numerous publications and a speaker at international events in Europe, America and Asia. His expertise is focused on consumption and consumerism, digitization, globalization, change management, social change, and political philosophy. He is currently lecturing on the topics below.
Press review (selection): Time Magazine, Business Week, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, WirtschaftsWoche, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine, Der Standard, Der Spiegel, Focus, Stern, Playboy, Greenpeace Magazin, Hürriyet, Het Financieele Dagblad, Die Zeit, Manager Magazin, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Welt, Le Temps, CNN, BBC, ZDF, ORF, SRF.
(ask for individual topic)
- Megatrends, Change, Globalization, and Politics
- Megatrends and countertrends in business, the economy, and society
- The future of success: how management is going to change
- Winning trust in an unbalanced world. Trust – confidence – familiarity
- The Age of Less. Redefining wealth and wellbeing
- The future of power. Who are the rulers of the 21st century?
- Polarization shocks. Are growing gaps in a shrinking world inevitable?
- The 5Ds: (De)globalization. Digitization. Demography. Debt. Deflation.
- High tech and high touch: How human needs are going to change in the digital age
- Simplexity: making things simpler in a complex world
- The digital world ahead: how man and machine will evolve and cooperate
- Big data – deep emotions: how Amazon, Google, Alibaba and Facebook et al. are creating a new eco system for businesses and consumers
- Digital ageing: how technology can help us to improve our life and age well
- Smart home und smart living: new dimensions of living better with new technologies
- The future of consumption: how will we be living tomorrow?
- The future of shopping: channels, customers, brands
- The future of brands, media, and communication
- Food 2025: food trends between science and romance
- New premium, old luxury: Why customers intend to spend more on real added value products and services
- Luxury 3.0. Statusfaction, seduction, style: new status features and how they will distinguish us
- Authenticity – a new trend establishes/penetrates/takes hold. What it means, what it changes
- The slower you move, the faster you die: what the acceleration of just about everything means for retail and shopping
- Workstyle: the future of work
- Demography as our fate: winners and losers
- Mobility 2025: more mobility, less traffic
- From lifestyle to healthstyle. Changing values of an ageing society
Technology & Man in a Digital Age
Consumer Trends, Retailing, Brands, and Consumer Behavior
Society, work and leisure
- Politische Intellektualität und totalitäre Erfahrung. Duncker & Humblot 1992. 292p.
- Kult-Marketing. Die Neuen Götter des Marktes. ECON 1995 (with Prof. Dr. N. Bolz), 373p. (sold out)
- Toptrends. Metropolitan 1995, Paperback edition 2000 (Co-Author)
- Die Zukunft des Konsums. Wie leben wir morgen? ECON 1997, 2.A.1998, 312p. Korean translation and edition 2004
- Trendreport Basic. Megatrends and Countertrends for Business, Society, and Consumption. GDI study 2003, 70p. Authors: David Bosshart and Karin Frick (available in German)
- Radical Trends Guide. Die heimlichen Sehnsüchte der Konsum- und Dienstleistungsmärkte von morgen. GDI Studie Nr. 12/2004, 64p. Authors: David Bosshart, Karin Frick, Stefan Kaiser
- Billig! Wie die Lust am Discount Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft verändert Ueberreuter/Redline 2004, 2nd, revised edition 2004, 3rd edition 2004, 185p. English translation: Cheap. The Real Cost of Bargains, Discount, and Consumer Choice. Kogan Page 2006 197p.
- The Age of Cheap. Why customers intend to pay less and less as prices become more important than ever. GDI study No.13/2004, 76p. Authors: David Bosshart, José Luis Nueno, Daniel Staib (available in German)
- The Future of Leisure. Travel in 2020. Trend Report for Kuoni. 2006, 67 p.
- B.A.N.G.: The Future of Evolution. GDI study no. 27/2007 (available in German)
- Discount Forever. Authors: David Bosshart, Martina Kühne. GDI study no. 30/2008 (available in German)
- European Food Trends Report: Science versus Romance. Authors: David Bosshart, Christopher Muller, Mirjam Hauser. GDI study no. 32/2010 (available in German)
- Reprimatisierung. Warum wir in Neuen Medien wie Affen kommunizieren. Authors: Lionel Tiger, Norbert Bolz, David Bosshart, e-book edition only, 16p.
- The Age of Less. Hamburg Murmann 2011, 223p (e-book available).
- European Food Trends Report: Konsumentenfrühling – Beginn eines neuen Essbewusstseins. Authors: David Bosshart, Christopher Muller, Mirjam Hauser. GDI study no. 40/2013 (available in German)
- Mobilität 2025. Unterwegs in der Zukunft. Authors: Frerk Froböse, Martina Kühne, 60p. 2013 (German only)
- Der nächste Luxus: Was uns in Zukunft lieb und teuer wird. Authors: Martina Kühne, David Bosshart. GDI-study no. 41/2014
- Polarization Shocks – Are Growing Gaps in a Shrinking World Inevitable? Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute 2017. 30p.
Books and Studies (in German, English, Korean, Serbian; a complete publication list is available on request):
Further topics on demand
Lectures held in English, German or French. Italian on request
Short sample speech in English:
"The Seducer, the Accelerator, the Protester, and the Believer"
The Consumer Goods Forum, The Global Summit 2012
22. Juni 2012, Istanbul
"Wellness 2030 - From Old Fashioned Industrial Romance to Data Buddhism"
11 November 2016, Tyrol