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  • Global Business students invited to the House of Industry

    On March 4th all the Global Business students (ACT and TROIKA) were invited to the headquarters of the Federal Union of Upper Austrian Industries (Industriellenvereinigung OÖ) at the House of Industry in Linz in order to present their experiences during the Master program to representatives of companies and the Federal Union of Upper Austrian Industries. […]

  • IFI researcher at International Conference on Social Enterprises in Budapest

    IFI researcher Richard Lang participated in the meeting of the ”COST EMPOWER-SE” project at Corvinus University of Budapest from 16 to 17 January 2019. This network brings together researchers and practitioners from 45 countries who are concerned with advancing and sharing knowledge regarding a sustainable social enterprise eco-system. In Budapest, Richard represented Austria on the […]

  • IFI researcher featured on Radio Ö1

    Johannes Gartner, IFI researcher and expert on additive manufacturing, was interviewed for the broadcast “Moment am Sonntag – Gedruckte Pralinen, Brücken und Lego-Steine” in Austrian ORF-Radio Ö1 broadcasted on February 24th. Johannes provided his expert opinion in the field of additive manufacturing. He talked about the fascinating technique of additive manufactuing in relation to subtractive […]

  • Company Visits

    In the course of the ACT program, students do not only enjoy an outstanding theoretical management education, but do also get a first hand insight to the daily operations of many leading companies in Upper Austria. Already in their first week after arriving in Linz, the international group faced a tight schedule with interesting company […]

  • Troika students visit Austrias most sustainable logistic park in Hörsching

    During the company visit of Schachinger Logistics – the company employs some 500 staff at 17 locations – the TROIKA students gained insight into the world of logistics. After a theoretical input the student group had the chance to experience the work at Schachinger logistics very closely. The guided tour brought the visitors to the […]

  • ACT kick-off at JKU

    After studying in Canada and Taiwan 32 Global Business students of the ACT program started their term at the JKU on February 11th. For the coming ten weeks they will mainly work on company projects together with companies like Rosenbauer, Pöttinger, Business Upper Austria, voestalpine, KPMG, Fronius and Rübig. The international students coming from Europe, […]

  • IFI-research featured in government think-tank’s report

    The latest issue of the Trendreport by the Oberösterreichische Zukunftsakademie (an internal think tank of the Provincial Government of Upper Austria) features a contribution by IFI-researcher Richard Lang (pages 31-35). The entire report deals with the aging of the baby boomer generation and the prospects of an age-friendly society. In his contribution, Richard Lang draws […]

  • IFI research featured in Science Magazine

    IFI researcher Michael Gusenbauer investigates the scope and quality of academic search engines and bibliographic databases. His newest findings were recently published in Scientometrics ( and now featured in Science ( Through his research he was able to put a number on the sizes of the most popular academic search engines and bibliographic databases. This […]

  • IFI-researcher Richard Lang publishes in book on urban social sustainability

    Assistant Professor Richard Lang recently published a book chapter on the contribution of collaborative housing models for sustainable communities and cities. It is based on results from an international comparative study funded by an APART-fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and a Marie Curie Fellowship of the European Commission. The book chapter features case […]

  • Visit to the Chamber of Labour

    On the 5th of February, the TROIKA group was invited to the historic building of the Austrian chamber of labour to learn about the principles of social partnership, a system that is quite unique in the entire world. To give the students a good and balanced overview of the whole model, a representative of the […]

  • SCI BALL – Timeless Elegance meets Future Orientation

    On the 18th of January, in the middle of the traditional Austrian ball season, the international group of Global Business students had the opportunity to attend the classical JKU ball. As in previous years, the event was hosted in the Brucknerhaus, a famous concert and event venue located directly along the river Danube. Not only […]

  • Global Business Studies: TROIKA students at JKU

    On January 9th TROIKA-master students from universities in Russia, Italy and Austria started their term at the JKU in Linz. In his welcome remarks during the opening session program director and IFI-Professor Robert Breitenecker welcomed the students at the JKU and wished them a good and successful time in Austria. The TROIKA students started the […]

  • Richard Lang publishes article on collaborative housing in Austria

    In a new article for the housing practitioner journal “Wohnen Plus” (Issue 4/2018), IFI researcher Richard Lang presents central results of his fellowship research on collaborative housing in Austria. The article describes three ideal typical models of realising collaborative housing projects and discusses their relevance and potential for limited-profit housing associations in Austria. The research […]

  • Students of Master Course featured in newspaper article

    In its latest issue, the newspaper of the Upper Austrian Green Party – “OÖ Planet” – covered a survey undertaken by students of the Master Course “Dimensions of Innovations” delivered by IFI professor Matthias Fink and Robert Bauer, professor at the Institute of Organization Studies. The project team interviewed locals from Linz in the street […]

  • IFI-Professor speaker at new festival on regional development

    IFI-Professor Matthias Fink was invited as a speaker and debater at the festival “#ThinkTankRegion” at the headquarters of the company Kreisel Electric in Rainbach/Freistadt. The festival took place in November for the first time in order to bring together regional masterminds from all around the world. It gathered numerous speakers on the topics new technologies/digitalisation, […]

  • IFI researcher publishes in journal „Housing, Theory and Society“

    IFI researcher Richard Lang together with two researchers from France and The Netherlands co-authored a systematic literature review on collaborative housing in the journal “Housing, Theory and Society”.  Richard Lang explains: “This article aims to establish a basis for greater conceptual clarity by exploring the domain of collaborative housing research over the period of 1990–2017. […]

  • IFI-Professor Robert Breitenecker interviewed in OÖN

    IFI-director and Professor of Global Business Robert Breitenecker was interviewed by  Dietmar Mascher, head of the economic department at the newspaper OÖ Nachrichten. In the interview Robert Breitenecker provided his expert opinion amongst others on management, leadership and entrepreneurship. He also emphasized the growing importance of intercultural skills which is also one main column in […]

  • “Time for Global Business“ auf der MASTER AND MORE Messe

    In order to win more applicants from outside Upper Austria for the Global Business Studies-Master programss programme manager Julia Semper travelled to Vienna and took part at the fair MASTER AND MORE where she informed interested students about the master programmes. At large a satisfying high amount of visitors to the fair were interested in […]

  • Here we want to help!

    Homelessness for many people is sad reality. Especially during the Christmas season which should be a beautiful and pleasant time. For homeless people the question is not which gift to make or to get. Rather it is where to get the next meal or the urgently needed winter boots.                                                  As IFI students – here we […]

  • Hope for Housing Conference Report presented

    On 9th July 2018, the conference “Hope for Housing – the rebirth of Community-Led Housing“ was held at the University of Birmingham, UK. The conference hosted 100 participants from academia, community activism and policy who discussed support mechanisms for community-led housing in Birmingham and the English West Midlands. The event featured results from Dr Richard […]

  • Call for Master Thesis: Technology Acceptance of 3D-Printing

    Your master thesis will contribute to the research of acceptance of potentially disruptive technologies. You will focus on the example of additive manufacturing (3d-printing). We will provide you with a short questionnaire in German language and a list of companies. With this questionnaire, you will approach decision makers within these companies. The data collection will […]

  • Master of Global Business again in Financial Times ranking

    The Master of Global Business program (ACT) makes the grade for the global Financial Times ranking of the top 100 Masters in Management Programs. The Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria has not only been named for a second year in a row to the top 100 Masters in Management […]

  • IFI-Researcher Richard Lang publishes on collaborative housing models in Vienna in a new book

    Dr. Richard Lang, researcher at the IFI, together with Ernst Gruber (wohnbund:consult) contributed a chapter to the book “Affordable Housing Governance and Finance: Innovations, partnerships and comparative perspectives”. The chapter “Collaborative housing models in Vienna through the lens of social innovation” critically investigates the potential of driving social innovations within the affordable housing sector through […]

  • Keynote Netural & LIMAK: Digitalization as chance for growth

    IFI-Professor Matthias Fink and Netural-founder Albert Ortig have been the keynote speakers at the expert talk organized by LIMAK Austrian Business School and Netural together with the LIMAK Club on 13th September 2018 in the Tabakfabrik Linz. Matthias Fink and Albert Ortig pointed out why the human being might be the most important factor when it comes to digitalization. […]

  • DiePresse Business Breakfast: Digital Business Development

    The LIMAK Austrian Business School and the newspaper DiePresse on 11th September 2018 organised a Business Breakfast in Café Landtmann. IFI professor Matthias Fink in his keynote speech emphasised the importance of digitalization for the competitiveness of companies: In order to keep the digital future successful companies now have to find adequate strategies, develop business […]

  • Kick-off ACT Programm 2018/19

    End of August in Victoria, Canada (BC) the international year of the Global Business Master program “ACT” started. The students from eleven different countries (Canada, Uruguay, Austria, Russia, Albania, China, Taiwan, Germany, France, Mexico and India) got to know the University of Victoria in a splendid autumn atmosphere. The programme of the so called “Orientation […]

  • Ciao Italia – Troika year finished in Bergamo!

    The final presentations of the Global Business Master program TROIKA took place end of June in Bergamo. The 27 master students from Italy, Russia and Austria presented the results of their business projects to professors and representatives of companies. For ten weeks the students worked in multicultural teams together with Italian companies like ESPRINET, Celly, […]

  • 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 […]

  • Keynote at Primetals Digitalization Kick-Off

    Together with Susanne Summereder (LIMAK), IFI professor Matthias Fink was invited to give the keynote at the Digitalization Kick-Off held by Primetals for their global task force in Linz in early June. In the presentation Suanne and Matthias highlighted the crucial role of a digital mindset for unlocking the potential of the new technologies and […]

  • Austrian Early Scholars Workshop @ JKU

    IFI professor Matthias Fink served as a member of the faculty at the 6th edition of Austria’s unique international workshop for organization and management research: AESW Created by JKU’s Institute of Organization Science in 2013, the Austrian Early Scholars Workshop (AESW) in Management provides a unique opportunity for advanced PhD students and academics in early […]

  • 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 […]

  • Research Fellows at the IFI

    Innovation management and entrepreneurship scholars Andreas Kuckertz and Elisabeth Berger distinguished researchers from the University of Hohenheim, Germany joined the IFI JKU team as a research fellows. Andreas and Elisabeth are well known for their publications on start-up and venture failure. They have published their research in outlets such as Journal of Business Venturing 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 […]

  • Guest commentary: Challenge digitalization

    IFI professors Robert Breitenecker and Matthias Fink in a guest commentary for the “Magazin TRAiNiNG” explained the challenges of digitalization for managements: “Well established companies will fail with their previous business models. Is it really like that? And what can managers do?” Link to article

  • 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 ( 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 […]

  • Seminar: New developments in entrepreneurial process research

    IFI professor Matthias Fink gave a keynote “Understanding Stress in Entrepreneurship” at the international paper development seminar focused the entrepreneurial process hosted by Francisco Liñán at the University of Seville, Spain in early April this year. Other keynotes were given by Ute Stephan (King’s College London), Marco van Gelderen (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Francisco Liñán (University […]

  • 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 […]

  • Seminar and paper development workshop at SDU

    IFI researchers Richard Lang and Matthias Fink gave a seminar on “Social Entrepreneurship in Rural Europe – Towards a Theoretical Framework” at the University of Southern Denmark, Kolding. The intensive discussion with the members of the Entrepreneurship and Organization Group at the  Department of Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management led to various insights that will inform […]

  • 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 […]