Here is a selection of publications by, with, or about Barbara Kux, in chronological order, in English or German. Some of them are click to download, others are linked.

“Great potential, positive results and exciting tasks”

The Embassy of Switzerland in Germany asked Barbara Kux about her managerial and advisory roles in German businesses and has published the interview on LinkedIn.

Interview, 2022

“Who is who” of Swiss board members (Bilanz)

Included in the list of ten most important board members of 2022 “Who is who der Schweizer Wirtschaft” in Swiss business magazine Bilanz: “Early in her career, Barbara Kux focused her work on the promising topic of sustainability… At fragrance giant Firmenich and consumer goods group Henkel, she holds mandates with a lot of reputation to this day.”

Article and short profile, 2021

“Digitale Investitionen bleiben Erfolgsfaktor für Unternehmen” (FAZ)

A special supplement of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung asks Barbara Kux to describe the opportunities of digitalisation. Companies in Europe should open up fields such as artificial intelligence, robotics and 3D printing through joint projects. Networks are the best way to do this.

Article, 2021

“Sustainable economy, how does it work?” (SRF)

Swiss Radio and Television SRF “Tagesgespräch” (topic of the day) with Marc Lehmann: “Nachhaltige Wirtschaft, wie geht das?” Since the economy temporarily paused in the pandemic, does this now offer the opportunity to rethink the growth model? More sustainability thanks to Corona?

Radio interview, 2021

“Auf zu neuen Ufern! Die Schweizer entdecken das Ferienland Schweiz.” (Hoffnungszeichen)

Barbara Kux comments on this headline from the Sonntagszeitung of 12 July 2020 in combination with the bible quote See, I make everything new! (Revelation 21,5b). The book Hoffnungszeichen in Krisenzeiten (Signs of hope in times of crisis) combines 50 headlines on the Corona crisis with appropriate biblical words that point far beyond the crisis. Edited by Andrea Marco Bianca and Katharina Hoby, the compendium will be published at the end of November 2020 by Reinhardt in Basel, ISBN 978-3-7245-2452-6.

Book contribution, 2020

“Den Kreislauf mit einem Pilotprojekt beginnen” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung)

In a conversation with the Neue Zürcher Zeitung on the occasion of the CE2 conference in Interlaken, Barbara Kux calls for the principles of the circular economy to be applied—reduce, reuse, recycle. If the initiative comes from the top of the company, this should be much easier to implement than expected. Giorgio v. Müller, “Den Kreislauf mit einem Pilotprojekt beginnen” [Initiating the cycle with a pilot project], NZZ, 18 September 2020, p. 19.

In conversation, 2020

Mittagessen mit … Barbara Kux (Die Weltwoche)

Swiss weekly magazine Die Weltwoche portrays Barbara Kux as a champion of sustainability, who thinks that the Corona crisis can offer opportunities for the Swiss economy. Florian Schwab, “Mittagessen mit [Lunch with] … Barbara Kux”, Die Weltwoche, No. 37, 10 September 2020, p. 63.


How the CFO enables the board’s success—during COVID-19 and beyond (McKinsey)

Barbara Kux and Rick Haythornthwaite in conversation with Vivian Hunt “How the CFO enables the board’s success—during COVID-19 and beyond”, published 21 May 2020 on

Conversation, 2020

Von Greta lernen (Handelsblatt)

Barbara Kux, „Von Greta lernen“ [“Learning from Greta”], Handelsblatt, 20-22 December 2019, p. 88. In her opinion piece for the leading German business daily, the external director argues for giving sustainability more prominence on the agenda of company boards.

Op ed, 2019

The Spark (Handelsblatt)

At the German digital founders award “The Spark” Barbara Kux presented the Female Founder Award. She stands up for more female founders to create more innovation: “Preise sind ein guter Ansporn – das weiß ich aus Erfahrung” [“Awards are a great encouragement – as I know from experience”], in: Handelsblatt, 21 November 2019.

Interview, 2019

Special Report Diversity Leaders (Financial Times)

Special Report Diversity Leaders, in: Financial Times, 20 November 2019. Barbara Kux encourages diversity: The special report, which the Financial Times published for the first time in 2019, quotes Barbara Kux regarding the situation in Switzerland. She says that it is not so much up to the government, but that companies should rather recognise themselves that diversity will lead them to success. Therefore she encourages women to acquire technical expertise as well as management skills. The FT ranking includes the 700 leading of 10,000 employers from ten European countries – according to diversity of gender, age, ethnicity, disability and sexual orientation.

Quotes, 2019

Unternehmenskultur und Nachhaltigkeit (swissVR Monitor)

Interview with Barbara Kux: “Corporate Culture and Sustainability”, in: “Corporate culture as a competitive advantage”, swissVR Monitor I/2019, February 2019, pp. 14f.

Interview, 2019

Was macht bloss Barbara Kux? (Bilanz Schweiz)

“Was macht bloss Barbara Kux?”, in: Bilanz Schweiz, July 2017, p. 18.

Short profile, 2017

Wie geht’s eigentlich Barbara Kux? (Bilanz)

“Wie geht’s eigentlich Barbara Kux?”, in: Bilanz, 31 March 2017, p. 26, quotes her wish to pass on her knowledge and experience and to devote herself to a sustainable future.

Short profile, 2017

Frauen müssen wollen! (Blick)

Barbara Kux on careers of women, quotas and qualifications: “Frauen müssen wollen!”, in: Blick, 7 March 2017.

Interview on the occasion of the International Women’s Day 2017

Europa Forum Luzern: Vier Fragen an Barbara Kux (moneycab)

Interview: “Europa Forum Luzern: Vier Fragen an Barbara Kux”

Preparing the Forum in May, 28 February 2017

Barbara Kux appointed to new high-level EU panel on decarbonisation (McKinsey)

McKinsey Alumni Center, “Barbara Kux appointed to new high-level EU panel on decarbonisation”

News about McK alumni, 1 November 2017

Greening Siemens (INSEAD)

Interview with Barbara Kux, “Greening Siemens’ Supply Chain”, INSEAD, 29 January 2015

Video interview, 29 January 2015

Der Blick aus dem Hubschrauber: die Dinge ganzheitlich betrachten (Arnold, The best advice)

Barbara Kux, „Der Blick aus dem Hubschrauber: die Dinge ganzheitlich betrachten“ [The view from the helicopter: looking at things in a holistic way], in: Frank Arnold, Der beste Rat, den ich je bekam, [The best advice, I ever got] Carl Hanser Verlag, 2014.

Book contribution, 2014

Die Technik rettet die Welt (Globalance Footprint Yearbook 2013)

A conversation with Barbara Kux, “Die Technik rettet die Welt” [Technology saves the world], in: Globalance Footprint Yearbook 2013

Article, 2013

Harnessing the power of the network to deliver results (SCM World)

C-level interview with Barbara Kux, “Harnessing the power of the network to deliver results”, in: SCM World, 2013.

Interview, 2013

Was bedeutet Freiheit? (Speech)

Barbara Kux, „Was bedeutet Freiheit?“ [What is freedom?], Speech on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the free grammar school of Zurich, Freies Gymnasiums Zürich.

Speech, 5. April 2013

Sustainability at Siemens (Harvard Business School Case)

V. Kasturi Rangan, Amy C. Edmondson, Daniela Beyersdorfer, and Emer Moloney, “Sustainability at Siemens”, Harvard Business School Case 514-026, August 2013. (Revised October 2013.)

Harvard Case Study, 2013

The smart net (Book contribution)

Barbara Kux, „Das smarte Netz“ [The smart net], in: Peter W. Engelmeier (Hg.), Das Buch von der Zukunft/The book of the future, Gruner und Jahr, 2013.

Book contribution, 2013

Standpunkte: Nachhaltigkeit der unternehmerischen Chance (NZZ TV)

Interview with Barbara Kux, „Standpunkte: Nachhaltigkeit der unternehmerischen Chance“, [Points of view: sustainability of the entrepreneurial opportunity] NZZ TV, 2012.

TV interview, 2012

Need for Collaborative Leadership (INSEAD)

Professor Subramanian Rangan, “Building Cost Competitiveness at the New Philips: the Need for Collaborative Leadership”, INSEAD Case Study, 2008.

INSEAD Case Study, 2008

Supply Management that Leverages Scale and Agility (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Ken Cottrill, “Supply Management that Leverages Scale and Agility”, in: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Vol. II, No. 5, May 2006.

MIT, 2006

Universities and Open Innovation: a New Research Paradigm (Book contribution)

Barbara Kux, “Universities and Open Innovation: a New Research Paradigm”, in: Jürg Dual und Nicole Schwyzer (Hg), Essays 2030: Visionen für die Zukunft der ETH Zürich, Neue Zürcher Zeitung NZZ libro, 2005.

Book contribution, 2005

Barbara Kux: Changing Europe One Manager at a Time (Fast Company)

William Taylor, “Barbara Kux: Changing Europe One Manager at a Time”, in: Fast Company, October 31, 1993.

Portrait, 1993

Technology Cooperation through Joint Ventures (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Stephan Schmidheiny, “Technology Cooperation through Joint Ventures” [a case study on ABB Zamech, under the management of Barbara Kux], in: idem, Changing Course, A Global Business Perspective on Development and the Environment, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1992.

MIT Case Study, 1992