IFI@JKU - Institute of Innovation Management

  • 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: Wachstumschance Digitalisierung

    IFI Professor Matthias Fink und Netural Gründer und Gesellschafter Albert Ortig waren die Keynote Speaker beim Expertentalk, den die LIMAK Austrian Business School und Netural, gemeinsam mit dem LIMAK Club am 13. September 2018 in der Tabakfabrik Linz organisierten. Matthias Fink und Albert Ortig erörterten, weshalb der Mensch der vielleicht wichtigste Faktor für eine erfolgreiche Digitalisierung von Unternehmen ist. […]

  • DiePresse Business Breakfast: Digital Business Development

    Die LIMAK Austrian Business School und DiePresse luden am 11. September 2018 gemeinsam zum Business Breakfast in Landmanns Bel-Etage. IFI Professor Matthias Fink betonte in seinem Impulsvortrag die Bedeutung der Digitalisierung für die Wettbewerbsfähigkeit von Unternehmen: Damit die digitale Zukunft ein Erfolg wird, müssen Unternehmen jetzt die richtigen Strategien formulieren, Geschäftsmodelle entwickeln und Umsetzungskompetenzen aufbauen. Sie […]

  • Kick-off ACT Programm 2018/19

    Ende August startete im kanadischen Victoria (BC) das internationale Jahr des Master Global Business Programms ACT. Bei herrlichem Herbstwetter durften die Studierenden aus 11 verschiedenen Ländern (Kanada, Uruguay, Russland, Österreich, Albanien, China, Taiwan, Deutschland, Frankreich, Mexiko und Indien) die University of Victoria kennen lernen. Am Programm der „Orientation Week“ stand unter anderem Team Skills Training, […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Gastkommentar: Herausforderung Digitalisierung

    IFI Professoren Robert Breitenecker und Matthias Fink erklären im Magazin Training die Herausforderungen der Digitalisierung für das Management: „Etablierte Unternehmen werden mit ihren überkommenen Geschäftsmodellen spektakulär scheitern. Ist das wirklich so? Und was können Führungskräfte tun?“ Link zum Beitrag

  • 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-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 […]