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  • Ciao Italia – Troika Abschluss in Bergamo!

    Ende Juni fanden die Abschluss-Präsentationen des Masters Global Business Troika in Bergamo statt. Die 27 Studierenden aus Italien, Russland und Österreich präsentierten die Ergebnisse ihrer Business Projects vor Unternehmen und ProfessorInnen. 10 Wochen hatten sie in multikulturellen Teams mit italienischen Unternehmen wie ESPRINET, Celly, CNHIndustrial, SMI Group und Serim zusammen gearbeitet. Hierbei durften die MasterstudentInnen […]

  • Innovation in practice at VIVATIS

    At the VIVATIS Group’s 1st Inno Board, which took place in mid-May at the Linzer Tabakfabrik event center, IFI professor Matthias Fink was member of a jury of seven experts, who selected the best ideas from the innovation managers of the subsidiaries. Following its recent rollout within the VIVATIS Group, the “Big Picture” innovation model […]

  • Richard Lang in Academic Conference Committee

    *** EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: JUNE 15, 2018 *** IFI researcher Richard Lang is part of the Academic Conference Committee for the upcoming 3rd Affordable Housing Forum on the topic “Towards new Cultures of Affordable Housing?”. The conference is taking place on 12th and 13th November 2018 in Luxembourg at the Institute of Socio-Economic Research […]

  • Hope for Housing – the rebirth of Community-Led Housing

    We are pleased to announce that the Housing and Communities Research Network at The University of Birmingham will be holding a conference on 9th July 2018. This event will draw on research led by Dr Richard Lang’s recent Marie Curie Fellowship with Housing and Communities Research Group on ‘Co-operative capital’ and consults on findings from […]

  • Housing expert David Mullins joins the IFI as visiting research fellow

    David Mullins is Professor of Housing Policy at the University of Birmingham, UK, and a renowned expert in social and community-led housing. Since 2013, David has been working with IFI researcher Richard Lang on comparing community-led housing models in England and Austria. This study received funding from an APART-fellowship of Austrian Academy of Sciences and […]

  • Interconnected on Many Levels: Social Entrepreneurship in Rural Regions

    In a seminar held at the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS) Dr. Richard Lang, Assistant Professor at the Institute for Innovation Management (IFI) at Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU), introduced a multi-level model for social entrepreneurship in rural regions and their institutional environment. Lang developed the model together with Prof. Matthias […]

  • IFI researcher in Management Committee of Social Enterprise Scholars-Initiative

    IFI researcher Richard Lang recently joined the EU COST Action Network “EMPOWER-SE – Empowering the next generation of social enterprise scholars” as a Management Committee Member (http://www.empowerse.eu). This initiative links researchers from 37 countries with practitioners and policy makers to advance knowledge and develop evidence-based policy for fostering a sustainable social enterprise eco-system. Richard participated […]

  • Global Business: Successful JKU term

    For the students of the Global Business TROIKA program, Tuesday, March 20th, was the last day of their Austrian term that was kick started in the beginning of January. Their stay at JKU Linz was marked by attending lectures, like Cultural Awareness, Austrian Economic and Business Context, International Management, Marketing and Finance, as well as […]

  • Global Business students visited the Federation of Austrian Industries

    On Tuesday, March 20th the Global Business students were invited to the headquarters of the Federation of Austrian Industries (Industriellenvereinigung) in Linz. There, the vice-president Dr. Axel Greiner emphasized in his welcoming speech the importance of intercultural understanding in business and the need to foster the spread of women in management positions. The head of […]

  • Education in combination with cultural activities

    The Global business students of the programs ACT and TROIKA had the pleasure to experience a wide-ranging cultural program organized by university. The city of Linz offers numerous cultural places to visit. Therefore, the students enjoyed a city tour through the old town of Linz in order to get a new perspective of the city’s […]

  • JKU: A Place for Excellence in Management Research and Teaching

    A fact that is reflected in high citation rates of studies published in the most important management journals such as Academy of Management Journals, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies and Journals of Business Venturing and excellent international careers of young scholars emerging from the Management Institutes at JKU, now also has been acknowledged […]

  • Finnish trust scholar at IFI

    Trust scholar and an auditing expert Antti Fredriksson, Postdoc researcher at the University of Turku (Finland) spend his research term at IFI JKU. Antti has worked with IFI JKU team members Daniela Maresch and Matthias Fink on finalizing a manuscript that recently was accepted for publication in Entrepreneurship & Regional Development. Moro, A., Fink, M., […]

  • New MBA at the LIMAK Austrian Business School

    IFI professor Matthias Fink and LIMAK program manager Cornelia Kepplinger designed the new executive education program „Digital Economy and New Business Development“, which was launched in autumn 2017. Due to the high demand this Global Executive MBA will be offered in two cohorts each year. “Digitalization is like a strong storm that firms face. The […]

  • Welcome (back) to Austria, ACT students!

    Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz officially welcomed the ACT students, comprising Austrian, Canadian, Taiwanese and other nationalities, such as Indian or French, on Monday, February 5th. The event was kick-started with a welcoming speech by the vice-rector Univ.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Janko. Alumni of the Global Business ACT program also joined this event and the students […]

  • Transfer Day: Networking between JKU and Upper Austrian Businesses

    IFI professors Robert Breitenecker und Matthias Fink gave a keynote on “Intelligent Production – Challenges for Management form a Socio-Economic Perspective” at the JKU-WKOOe Transfer Day. This event is devoted to give the audience an insight into JKU’s research and competences in fields like digitalization, construction, production and quality management as well as to provide […]

  • Expert discussion on digitalization

    How fit are Upper Austrian enterprises when it comes to digitalization? The magazine “Oberösterreicher” invited experts to discuss necessary framework conditions and required actions for enterprises to seize the opportunities created by the digital transformation at its best. IFI professor Matthias Fink took part in the expert discussion together with Michael Strugl (provincial vice-governor of […]

  • Additive Manufacturing : IFI-Survey highlights its potential

    Additive manufacturing holds great disruptive potentials for Austrian firms. Both, large enterprises and small and medium sized enterprises can profit from taking a closer look at layer-based production technology that provides the chance for individualized automation for the first time in history. Business models have to be reassessed with having in mind the technological possibilities […]

  • 30 Global Business-students (TROIKA) started their term at the JKU

    The students from Russia, Italy and Austria will spend three months in Linz before heading to Italy In his welcome remarks during the opening session on January 10th program director and IFI-Professor Robert Breitenecker pointed out that he was happy to see the students at the JKU in Linz and that he has realized that […]

  • Polymers Congress: Matthias Fink as Keynote Speaker

    IFI professor Matthias Fink was invited as the keynote speaker at the 4th International Polymers Congress in Wels in December 2017. The topic of his talk was a socio-economic perspective on innovation management. Especially, he warned of a focus on the technical challenges of the digital transformation only, while missing out the social dimension and […]

  • Keynote at LIMAK-Digital Economy Summit 2017

    At the Digital Economy Summit, the LIMAK Austrian Business School presented the results of a survey investigating into the potential of digitalization in Upper Austria. The data was collected from more than 200 participants of an online survey and 20 interviews, both with CEO’s and members of managing boards. The keynote speaker at the summit […]

  • Lecture by HSE-Director Valery Zusman at JKU

    On November 8th the Director of the Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Nizhny Novgorod visited the JKU and talked in his lecture about the Global Business Program. Valerij Zusman is director of the HSE in Nizhny Novgorod which acts as JKU-Partner in the Global Business Studies-Program (TROIKA). During the visit Prof. Zusman met Prof. […]

  • Official Start of the Global Business Program (TROIKA) in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

    For nine JKU students this is the exciting start into the international year of the joint study program in Global Business (TROIKA) at the Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Nizhny Novgorod. Program director and IFI-Professor Robert Breitenecker participated in the program opening on October 16th and held a guest lecture on October 17th. But […]

  • IFI Professor serves as Opponent at PhD Defense at Aalto University

    IFI professor Matthias Fink had the honor to serve as the opponent at the defense of Kirsi Snellman’s PhD theses on ‘The Role of Emotions in New Venture Creation’ which took place at Aalto University in Helsinki on September 22nd, 2017. The excellent thesis comprised three outstanding papers focused on different aspects of emotions relevant […]

  • 14th Rank in Financial Times Ranking: GBS Master

    The Master of Global Business program (ACT) makes the grade for the global Financial Times ranking of the top 95 Master in Management programs. For the first time,  the Gustavson School of Business (UVic – University of Victoria, Canada), a longtime partner of the JKU, has been included in the ranking of the Financial Times […]

  • JKU Management-Gruppe forscht und publiziert auf internationalem Top-Niveau

    Die JKU Management-Gruppe ist wieder das international wahrgenommene Aushängeschild der betriebswirtschaftlichen Forschung an der JKU. Mit einer Rekordzahl von 15 Papieren war die JKU Management-Gruppe Anfang Juli bei der EGOS-Konferenz, dem zentralen Forum für die internationale Organisationsforschung, in Kopenhagen präsent. Zuvor waren die ExpertInnen der JKU Management-Gruppe mit zwei Artikeln, einer Mini-Konferenz sowie einer Session […]

  • How Education Contributes to Resilience

    IFI Professor Matthias Fink moderated a track at the Bildungskonzil Heldenberg 2017 organized by the Chamber of Commerce Lower Austria. Researchers, practitioners and political decision makers reflected on how education can contribute to a resilient society. The tract chaired by Matthias was focused on the economic perspective. The model that resulted from the reflections was […]

  • Successful Start of the Global Business Programm (ACT) in Victoria, BC

    For ten JKU students this is the exciting start into the international year of the joint study program in Global Business (ACT) at the University of Victoria (UVic) – one of the most prestigious universities in North America. IFI Professor Robert Breitenecker, who was appointed program director earlier this year, and Professor Evelyne Glaser (JKU) […]

  • Michael Gusenbauer invited to 6th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

    In a competitive selection process Michael Gusenbauer was selected as one of 350 young scientists from around the world to attend the 6th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. In the scenic city of Lindau he met likeminded young academics as well Nobel Laureates to discuss Economic Research and Policy. The five-day meeting provided good opportunity to […]

  • Karin Dietachmayr finished her doctorate at IFI

    Karin Dietachmayr finished her doctorate on June 19th. She accomplished her dissertation project within less than two and a half years besides her job and an Innovation and Product Management Certificate Course at LIMAK Austrian Business School. Karin Dietachmayr examined Corporate Venturing (CV) as vehicle for a better recognition of market opportunities in established companies. […]

  • Ewald Kibler receives Outstanding Reviewer Award from Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice

    Assistant Professor Ewald Kibler has been selected as an Outstanding Reviewer for the year 2017 for Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (ET&P), ranked as one of the leading FT50 Journal in the Field of Entrepreneurship Research. ET&P is one of the leading FT50 Journal in the field. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (ET&P) is a leading scholarly […]

  • IFI Professor challenges copy & paste approach in regional innovation policy

    Academia Superior facilitated a panel discussion on “Alles Innovation – ist Innovation alles?” (Everything is innovation – is innovation everything?) taking place in the smart venue of KVB Bank in the centre of Linz. Burton Lee, consultant and lecturer at Stanford University, gave a critical key note on innovation ecosystems and recommended the Silicon Valley […]

  • Die Presse: Interview on digitalization

    IFI Professor Matthias Fink talks about the chances and challenges of digitalization for Austrian Managers in the front page article in the Saturday supplement focussed on education and career in one of the leading national newspapers, Die Presse. Besides key thoughts on digitalization and practical tips for managers, Matthias stresses the need for life-long learning […]

  • Key note on Innovation Management at GKK Annual Meeting

    IFI Professor Matthias delivered a key note speech on Successful Innovation Management in the Health Sector at the annual meeting of the Austrian public health insurance (GKK) that was devoted to innovation. Matthias spoke about the key characteristics of innovation and how sustainable trends can be identified in the mass of hypes around innovation and […]

  • EU Policy Round Table on Preliminary Results of RurInno Project

    IFI researchers Johannes Gartner and Matthias Fink contributed to the RurInno EU policy round table “Social Entrepreneurship as Driver of Change in Rural Europe” which took place in Brussels on May 23, 2017. At this policy round table, leading experts from DG Enterprise, DG Agriculture and Rural Development and European Network for Rural Development among […]

  • IFI researcher investigates entrepreneurship in Ethiopia

    IFI researcher Michael Gusenbauer was able to gain immediate insights into what entrepreneurship in a challenging environment looks like. As a three-week participant observation at the Barbara May Maternity Hospital in the Afar region Ethiopia he conducted interviews and experienced first-hand which unique difficulties this setting provided. The research was conducted as part of a work […]

  • Call for Papers – ENHR 2017 Working Group “Collaborative Housing”

    *** EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: 20 MAY *** For a second year since its creation, the ENHR working group Collaborative Housing will host a series of workshop sessions at the 2017 ENHR annual conference in Tirana. Papers focusing on the following three main themes are particularly welcome: a) The potential of collaborative models within […]

  • New publication on collaborative housing models in Austria

    How does the local institutional context influence the configuration of collaborative housing models? This is the research question of a recently published article in the International Journal of Housing Policy co-authored by IFI-Researcher Richard Lang. Although Austria has a well-established cooperative sector, few empirical studies and no comprehensive overviews have been published on collaborative housing. […]

  • WdF scholar receives Limak MBA

    Stefan Arbeithuber finalised his MBA studies focussed on Innovation and Product Development at Limak Austrian Business School. In his excellent master thesis he analysed innovative business models for shared mobility in urban centres. From the results he draws far reaching implications for how to advance shared mobility from a niche market towards a mass phenomenon […]

  • Cfp TFSC special issue: Discontinuous Innovations for a more Abundant World

    We are very pleased to announce a Special Issue on “Discontinuous innovation for a more Abundant World” in Technological Forecasting and Social Change.  Many have written about potential disruptive technologies but few have written about their result – discontinuous innovations. Discontinuous innovations not only change user behavior but often cause transformational societal change. Technologies form the […]

  • Keynote at Policy Transfer Conference on Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Rural Poland

    IFI researchers Matthias Fink and Johannes Gartner together with IFI fellow Ralph Richter (IRS – Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space, Erkner) gave a keynote at the policy transfer conference devoted to social entrepreneurship and social innovation in Olsztyn, which was hosted by the Marshall of the Warmian-Masurian region in north-east Poland. In […]

  • Enacting Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation in Rural Ireland

    IFI researchers Matthias Fink and Daniela Maresch together with project initiator Ralph Richter (IRS – Leibniz Institute for Research on Socierty and Space, Erkner) visit several social enterprises and interview stakeholders on the local, regional and national level across the Ballyhoura region which spans between Cork and Limerick in the middle-west of Ireland. This field […]

  • Congratulations to Barbara Müller: Postdoctoral Qualification Completed

    With an inspiring talk Barbara Müller, assistant professor at the Institute for Human Resource Management and Change Management successfully completed her postdoctoral qualification (Habilitation) at JKU. The topic „Knowledge and learning to change“ not only provided a rich basis for a cumulative thesis, but also allowed for far reaching implications for theory and practice. IFI […]

  • Call for papers: Critical Management Studies (CMS) Conference 2017

    Call for papers for the stream “Critical Perspectives on Alternative Models of Entrepreneurial Organising: Social Innovation and the De-Growth Economy” at the International Critical Management Studies (CMS) Conference in Liverpool, July 3 – 5, 2017. Convened by IFI researcher Richard Lang and colleagues. Deadline for submission of abstracts: 31st January 2017 More informartion

  • Research initiative on Refugee Entrepreneurship

    IFI researchers co-operate with experts from the University of Lund (Sweden) in a research initiative on Refugee Entrepreneurship. Motivated by the substantial numbers of Syrian refugees comming to Austria and Sweden the researchers turned their attention to the economic and societal potentials and challenges entrepreneurship has as a career choice for this group of individuals. […]

  • New publication on “Social Enterprise in Austria“

    A new Working Paper entitled “Social Enterprise in Austria: A Contextual Approach to Understand an Ambiguous Concept” co-authored by IFI-Researcher Richard Lang and Maria Anastasiadis (University of Graz) has recently been published in the ICSEM Working Paper series. The paper is a key research output of Richard’s involvement in the International Comparative Social Enterprise Models […]

  • Nina Rosenbusch research fellow at the IFI JKU

    Innovation management scholar and meta-analysis expert Nina Rosenbusch, Professor at the Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada) joined the IFI JKU team as a research fellow. Nina is well known for her meta-analysis published in outlets such as Journal of Management and Journal of Business Venturing. Nina joined IFI JKU team for an intensive workshop to further […]

  • OÖNachrichten und LIMAK vergaben Innovations-Stipendien

    In einem Markt des Überangebots können nur Unternehmen bestehen und wachsen, die sich konsequent durch innovative Leistungen von ihrem Mitbewerb abheben. Die Innovationskraft von Unternehmen stellt einen zentralen Wettbewerbsvorteil dar. In einer zunehmend global vernetzten Wirtschaft mit immer kürzer werdenden Produktlebenszyklen und zunehmender Komplexität bedarf es eines professionellen Innovationsmanagements. Nur wenn es Firmen gelingt, neue […]