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  • 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 […]

  • 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 group does research on international top level

    Die JKU Management group again is the internationally noticed signboard of business-management research at the JKU. With the impressive number of 15 papers the JKU-Management Group took part at the central forum on international research on organisation – the EGOS conference.  Prior to this the experts of the JKU-Management Group have been at the SASE […]

  • 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 […]