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  • Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice – An Editor’s Backstage Insights

    IFI guest Professor Andreas Rauch provided insights from his vast experience as an editor of the top ranked journal Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (ET&P). The room was packed with experienced scholars from Australia, Asia and Europe that perceived ET&P as a much desired outlet for their research. The session was especially useful for the international […]

  • University of Sydney Research Talk on Social Entrepreneurship in Rural Europe

    IFI professor Matthias Fink gave a well received research talk to entrepreneurship and innovation scholars at the University of Sydney Business School, ranked among the top 20 by the Financial Times. The session was hosted by the head of the Entrepreneurship Research Group, Prof. Andreas Rauch and sponsored by Leanne Cutcher, head of the department. […]

  • IFI Professor Matthias Fink visiting fellow at University of Sydney Business School

    Joint research projects and publications as well as strengthening the relations between the University of Sydney Business School and JKU were at the hart of Matthias Fink’s research visit to Sydney during November and December 2019. The stay was financed by a selective scholarship granted by the University of Sydney Business School to high potential […]

  • IFI Researchers receive Best Paper Award

    IFI researches Matthias Fink and Michael Gusenbauer received a Best-Paper Award “Innovation Management” that honours outstanding scientific papers on innovation, transformation and technology management that present both cutting-edge research and high practical relevance. Their Journal of Management Studies paper “Innovation Offshoring, Institutional Context and Innovation Performance: A Meta-Analysis” was co-authored by Nina Rosenbusch, Isabella Hatak […]

  • IFI survey on additive manufacturing in trade and craft

    IFI professor Matthias Fink and IFI researcher Johannes Gartner together with representatives of the Economic Chamber Upper Austria recently presented a survey on the potential of additive manufacturing. Matthias Fink on digital technologies: “Policy makers in companies have to be aware of the fact that technologies are tools which enable a business model and therefore […]

  • Press conference on new Global Business Track PAC

    IFI-Professor Robert Breitenecker together with JKU rector Meinhard Lukas, Global Business Alumni Kerstin Jungreithmeier, Erich Wieser and Joachim Haindl-Grutsch from the Upper Austrian Industrial Association held a press conference on the Global Business Master Programme with a focus on the new track PAC. In the press talk Rector Meinhard Lukas highlighted the importance of internationalization […]

  • IFI congratulates Richard Lang on Habilitation!

    IFI researcher and deputy head of the Institute of Innovation Management Richard Lang has successfully defended his cumulative Habilitation entitled “Embedded Enterprise” earlier this week. The work links embeddedness of ventures to the vivid discourses on socio-technical transformation of rural regions and urban social sustainability. This event stands as a spectacular endpoint of a journey […]

  • Richard Lang speaks at international conference in Zürich

    IFI-researcher Richard Lang will present his work on “Housing cooperatives’ current role in the provision of affordable housing in Austria” at the international conference “Tackling the Global Housing Challenges” taking place in Zürich on December 6, 2019. More information on the conference you can find here

  • New publication on grassroots innovation and sustainability transitions

    The paper offers further conceptual development of the role of intermediaries in grassroots niche building. It introduces a multi-level, process-oriented framework which is informed by strategic niche management and social capital theory. The empirical part explores the emergence of community-led housing in England as a grassroots-based housing niche which operates in a context of market […]

  • New publication on field emergence in civil society

    The article aims to develop a better understanding of the evolution and structuration of contemporary civil society fields. It applies analytical elements from field theories and network governance literature to explore the emergence of the community-led housing field in England, based on several years of empirical research. The strategic field perspective presented in the paper […]

  • Start of international year in Canada for ACT students

    For 25 students from eight different countries (Canada, Nigeria, Austria, Vietnam, China, Taiwan, Germany and France) in the end of August in Victoria, Canada (BC) the international year of the Global Business Master program “ACT” started. The students will attend joint courses in Canada for the coming ten weeks before travelling to Taiwan mid of […]

  • JKU team negotiates Double Degree with CENTRUM Graduate School in Lima

    After negotiating a third Global Business Master Program with the University of Victoria and the Centrum Graduate Business School in Lima, a team from IFI flew to Peru to negotiate a Double Degree Agreement Agreement for JKU and CENTRUM students. Students from both schools will be able to obtain the degree of the respective partner […]

  • Time flies – Troika year ended in Italy

    The international year of the Troika-Global Business Master Programme spun away: After starting in October in Russia the international students lived and studied at the JKU Linz and finally at the Università degli Studi di Bergamo. End of June the Troika students had the opportunity to present their innovative company projects in intercultural teams. The […]

  • 7th Austrian Early Scholars Workshop (AESW)

    IFI professor Matthias Fink served as a member of the faculty at the 7th 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 […]

  • IFI professor Matthias Fink joins the InnoPeer AVM board

    Matthias Fink joint the advisory board of the INTEREG project InnoPeer AVM. The PEER-to-peer network of INNOvation agencies and business schools develops a novel transnational qualification programme on AdVanced Manufacturing for the needs of Central European SME. Adopting innovative, advanced manufacturing processes is a major challenge for companies in central Europe. Advance manufacturing (AVM) is […]

  • IFI Professor serves as Supervisor at PhD Seminar at Lund University

    Together with Hans Landström IFI researcher Matthias Fink had the honor to serve as a supervisor at the proposal defense seminar of Solomon Akele Abebe held at the University of Lund on January 18th, 2019. The thesis titled Refugee entrepreneurship: how do recent refugees become entrepreneurs in their new host environment? Is part of the […]

  • IFI researcher featured in newspaper „Salzburger Nachrichten“

    Ifi researcher Johannes Gartner who is doing research on sharing economy was interviewed by the Austrian newspaper “Salzburger Nachrichten” on the boom of sharing economy. Johannes in the interview explains three main reasons why sharing economy is growing also for e.g. electronic devices and furniture: First he identifies a financial motivation – the providers are […]

  • Photo shooting with GBS students

    Some of our Global Business students took part in a photo shooting organized by the public relations department of JKU and the global business team. The pictures (by photographer Paul Bauer) will be used for marketing the JKU’s international programs as well as the newly established business school. Our students were photographed in different settings […]

  • Agreement on 3rd Global Business Program “PAC” signed

    During the visit of high level representatives from universities in Peru, Canada and Taiwan the agreement on the third Global Business programme with partner universities from Austria, Peru and Canada was signed. The third programme named “PAC” with an entrepreneurial focus will already start in autumn 2019. Programme director Prof. Robert Breitenecker together with Prof. […]

  • Final Week ACT Program!

    From the 23th to the 25th April the final presentations of the Global Business Master program ACT (Canada and Taiwan) took place at JKU. The 32 ACT students presented their company projects to company representatives and professors from Asia and North America. Before the final presentations the students worked for ten weeks in intercultural teams […]

  • Baking the Original Linzer Cake

    On the 25th of March, the ACT group was invited to the confectionary Jindrak to bake their own Linzer Cake and learn a bit about the traditional pastry named after the city. First of all, the international students were welcomed warmly to the baking room by the master confectioner, who provided them with some interesting […]

  • 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 […]