IFI@JKU - Institute for Innovation Management

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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: “Business start-up, burn-out and start-up success” – apply until 28th October 2016

    Second wave of data collection Especially in the first phase of business start-up founders have high and diverse demands. With longer periods of overwhelming strain founders are threatened to develop symptoms of burn-out that might reduce the success of the start-up project and the founders’ health related quality of life. Thus, burn-out symptoms might reduce […]

  • Call for Master Thesis: “Small and medium-sized enterprises and their bank relationships” – apply until 28th October 2016

    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 2016

    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 […]