IFI@JKU - Institute for Innovation Management

  • 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 […]

  • Matthias Fink im WdF Interview

    Prof. Matthias Fink spricht im WdF Interview über die Vergabe des Teilstipendiums an Mag. Stefan Arbeithuber für das Masterstudium Innovation und Produktmanagement an der LIMAK.  

  • Hans Landström research fellow at the IFI JKU

    Renowned Innovation and Entrepreneurship scholar Hans Landström, Professor at the University of Lund joined the IFI JKU team as a research fellow. The co-founder of two large research centers at Lund University – Center for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE) which is a research center on innovation research, and Sten K. […]

  • IFI@OÖN: Löst 3D-Druck die klassische Produktion ab?

    3D-Druck erscheint oft als heiliger Gral in der Zukunft der Produktion. Ob das tatsächlich der Fall ist und wie sich dadurch die Arbeitswelt verändert, darüber haben die OÖN mit dem Forscher Johannes Gartner gesprochen. Link zum vollständigen Artikel

  • Call for Master Thesis: “Small and medium-sized enterprises and their bank relationships” – apply until 28th October

    Small and medium-sized enterprises and their bank relationships – The roll of trust & facts Second wave of data collection The successful development of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) requires access to debt capital, as innovation projects first need resources and only later potentially contribute to the financial resource base of the firm. For SMEs, […]

  • IFI Workshop on Burnout@Startup in Cambridge

    IFI Researchers Isabella Hatak and Matthias Fink organized an international workshop on the role of burnout in the business startup phase at Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge. The event was hosted by Simon Down and Chris Ivory of the Institute of International Management Practice. In their keynotes Andreas Rauch (IFI and University of Groningen, NL) and […]

  • Call for Master Thesis: “Refugee Entrepreneurship” – apply until 28th October

    Refugee Entrepreneurship – Startup Intention and Behavior of Syrian Far East Refugees The target of this research initiative is to understand entrepreneurship and innovation among refugees across Europe. For that we collect interview data from Syrian refugees who came to Europe during 2015 to assess their entrepreneurial intentions and actions. By fleeing their home country […]

  • 4th Austrian Early Scholars Workshop in Management

    The Fourth Austrian Early Scholars Workshop in Management, cohosted by JKU Linz and WU Vienna, provided an opportunity for advanced PhD students and academics in early career stages to present their research and discuss it with colleagues and professors from international and Austrian universities.  In addition to facilitating intellectual exchange, this workshop supported the development […]

  • IFI affiliate finishes doctorate with distinction

    Johannes Gartner finished his doctorate at IFI (Institute for Innovation Management).  Quantitative empirical business research suffers from low levels of participation and falling return rates. This issue is exacerbated, when more sensible topics are surveyed. As the return rate is crucial for the robustness of empirical results and the strength of the implications drawn from them, it […]

  • Ewald Kibler joins the Editorial Review Board of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice

    ET&P is one of the leading FT50 Journal in the field. Assistant Professor Ewald Kibler has been invited to become an Editorial Review Board Member of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (ETP), ranked as one of the leading FT50 Journal in the Field of Entrepreneurship Research. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (ET&P) is a leading scholarly journal […]

  • IRS/IFI Research Project RurInno – Social Innovations in Rural Regions

    RurInno acknowledges social enterprises as promising but often neglected drivers of social innovations in structurally weak rural regions. Social enterprises strive to tackle social problems and to stabilise and improve the living conditions in these regions. However, reports show that social entrepreneurs still lack specialised trainings and education, a supporting infrastructure and recognition. Against this […]

  • It’s Summer School time …

    Join STARTIFY 7, a great FREE opportunity for young people and recent graduates! From August 15-26 2016, the University of Twente offers on its campus a Startify7 summer academy on “IT-driven social Entrepreneurship”. Startify7 is a series of 7 themed summer academies to support young (18-25) people across Europe interested in digital start ups. Thanks […]

  • Entrepreneurship Research Summerschool

    For students interested in Entrepreneurship research, the European Entrepreneurship Summer School could be a great option. It is open to students from a range of educational levels (BSc, Msc, PhD) and study programmes. Participants work in interdisciplinary, multilevel groups to explore International Perspectives on Entrepreneurship Research. August 20-27-2016 in Thessaloniki.   Info and registration:

  • Entrepreneurship Summerschool in the Netherlands!

    The University of Twente offers the CuriousU Summer School experience from August 14-23-2016. It is a one-of-a-kind combination of an international summer school and a festival: academic courses, music, sports, theatre, and inspirational speakers. In CuriousU, NIKOS offers the track EntrepreneurialU. Info and registration:

  • IFI researchers taking leading roles in the Academy of Entrepreneurial Finance in Europe

    IFI researcher Daniela Maresch, IFI Fellow Andrea Moro (Cranfield University) and Antti Fredriksson (Turku School of Economics) presented their current research on bank profitability at the Academy of Entrepreneurial Finance in Europe, which took place from March 14 to 16, 2016 at Ca’ Foscari University, Italy. The presentation showed how financial and non-financial products offered […]

  • Social Entrepreneurs as Change Agents in Rural Regions

    IFI researcher Richard Lang presented the newly developed analytical framework for the analysis of social entrepreneurs’ role as change agents in rural regions at the Regional Studies Association Conference in Graz. The framework is a co-development by Richard Lang, who currently is Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Birmingham and Matthias Fink, who is […]

  • Richard Lang and Isabella Hatak published article in Voluntas

    IFI Faculty Member Richard Lang and IFI Fellow Isabella Hatak recently published their co-authored article “Trust, Social Capital, and the Coordination of Relationships Between the Members of Cooperatives: A Comparison Between Member-Focused Cooperatives and Third-Party-Focused Cooperatives” in the prestigious international non-profit journal Voluntas. Their paper develops a fine-grained conceptual understanding of different organisational forms of […]

  • Updates on Richard Lang’s Marie Curie Fellowship on Cooperative and Community-led Housing

    Richard Lang currently holds a prestigious Marie Curie Fellowship undertaking international comparative research on cooperative and community-led housing models based at the Housing and Communities Research Group at University of Birmingham. His study is carried out in cooperation with the IFI and receives co-funding from an APART-fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW). You […]

  • Michael Gusenbauer Research Visiting at Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR)

    Michael Gusenbauer was invited to join the MIOIR at the University of Manchester, Europe’s largest and one of the World’s leading innovation research centres. During the one-months research stay Michael intensively collaborated with the MIOIR team on several papers feeding in the IO research initiative. He also used his time in Manchester to work with […]

  • Highest impact of IFI Researchers’ contribution to Journal of Business Venturing Insights

    The article titled “Place attachment and social legitimacy: Revisiting the sustainable entrepreneurship journey” published by IFI researchers Richard Lang and Matthias Fink together with IFI Fellow Ewald Kibler and Pablo Muñoz from the University of Leeds is featured as one of the three contributions most downloaded from Mendeley in 2015. In this article the authors […]

  • IFI affiliate finishes doctorate with distinction

    Michael Gusenbauer is the first academic to finish his doctorate in the IFI’s (Institute for Innovation Management) young history. During his doctorate he founded the Innovation Offshoring Initiative with the goal of reviewing and extending the knowledge on innovation offshoring. In more than three years of intensive work, Michael investigated into the conceptual roots and […]

  • IFI team successful down-under

    IFI researchers Daniela Maresch, Johannes Gartner, Michael Gusenbauer and Matthias Fink had a successful research trip to Australia. They gave three research talks at the ISPIM 2015 conference at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane. The paper on the performance impact of patents was nominated for the conference best paper award and has […]

  • Johannes Gartner Receives Open Science Award 2015/2016 from “ORF Science Buster” Werner Gruber

    Following the successful funding by Netidee, Johannes Gartners research project GameSurvey won the Open Science special award by Internet Foundation Austria. “ORF Science Buster” Werner Gruber has chosen GameSurvey as one of the most promising projects and called the idea “extremely innovative”. We would like to thank Werner Gruber and the Internet Foundation Austria for […]

  • Johannes Gartners GameSurvey Awarded Further Funding by Netidee

    IFI Research Project GameSurvey has been supported with a subsequent funding round by Internet Fundation Austria as part of the 10th Call of Netidee. Netidee is Austria’s largest internet funding program by Internet Foundation Austria. Among 26 other projects selected by the jury, GameSurvey has again been supported. This year’s funding pool represents a total […]

  • Call for Master Thesis Topic: SME-Bank Relationship

    Small and Medium sized Businesses and their bank relationships – The roll of Trust & Facts The successful development of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) requires access to debt capital. Innovation projects first require resources and only later potentially contribute to the financial resource base of the firm. For SMEs, banks play a fundamental role […]

  • Call for Master Thesis Topic: Migrant Entrepreneurship

    Many people form an intention to start their own business but do little to translate these intentions into actions. This is especially true for migrant entrepreneurship, i.e. intenders who are forced to relocate to another country (refugees). Although, we know that only about one third of aspiring entrepreneurs actually engage in entrepreneurial activity in the […]

  • OÖN Stipendien in Kooperation mit LIMAK

    Die Oberösterreichischen Nachrichten und die LIMAK Austrian Business School vergeben gemeinsam zwei Teilstipendien für den MBA und IN.TENSIVE Zertifikatslehrgang Innovation and Product Management im Gesamtwert von 12,900,- Euro. 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 […]

  • Italian Researcher on a Research Scholarship @ IFI JKU

    Paola Lepore, a master student at the University of Studies of Udine (Uniud) was granted a prestigious scholarship that funds her international master theses project. During her three months research visit at IFI JKU Paola will develop the theoretical foundation and the methodology of her research.   Every year Uniud offers scholarships to excellent students […]

  • IFI researchers Daniela Maresch and Andrea Moro publish a European Central Bank Working Paper

    The study “The role of creditor protection and judicial enforcement on credit access”, co-authored by IFI researchers Andrea Moro and Daniela Maresch together with Annalisa Ferrando, Principal Economist of the European Central Bank, was recently published in the European Central Bank Working Paper Series. The researchers find that the quality of the legal system matters […]

  • Richard Lang publishes Plowden Fellowship Report on Community-led Housing

    The overall aim of the William Plowden Fellowship was to explore the potential that co-operative housing governance offers for effective localism and sustainable community building. The empirical results outlined in the Fellowship Report are based on interviews with housing experts as well as stakeholders and representatives of community-led and co-operative housing in England and Wales between […]

  • Editor’s Choice Award goes to Isabella Hatak

    At the 60th International Council for Small Business (ICSB) World Conference in Dubai in June 2015 Isabella Hatak received the highly prestigious JSBM Editor’s Choice Award for her research on “Problematizing Socioemotional Wealth as Dominant Paradigm in Family Firm Research”. This paper was co-authored by her colleagues Hermann Frank from WU Vienna and Rupert Hasenzagl […]

  • Richard Lang started Marie Curie Fellowship at University of Birmingham

    In January 2015, Richard returned to the University of Birmingham (Housing and Communities Research Group, School of Social Policy) for a two-year Marie Curie Fellowship, undertaking research on the governance of cooperative and community-led housing models. It contributes to a larger international comparative study between the housing sectors in England and Austria, focusing on the […]