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  • TROIKA students discuss a serious topic

    On February 16th a lively exchange took place in the format of a 90-minute discussion round between three representatives of the NGO Austrian Service Abroad and Troika-students. The open discussion was based on insights about current projects of the NGO, such as the initiative to perform a holocaust memorial service, social service or peace service […]

  • Global Business students get to know Vienna and Kaiserschmarren

    Traveling is a crucial part of almost every student’s plan when studying abroad. Whether it is traveling to one’s host city, traveling to course-related trips, or perhaps traveling on weekends and holidays to visit new cities, places, and people. Although what happened in the last 12 months has interfered with many plans forged by our […]

  • Practical insights for TROIKA students

    On February 10th, the TROIKA group was virtually invited to discuss main aspects of the social partnership system with representatives of the Chamber of Labour and the Chamber of Commerce. After these two presentations the students got concrete insights about some consumer protection projects. In the last presentation of this exciting day students had the […]

  • TROIKA students visit Tabakfabrik

    On February 8th, JKU’s Global Business TROIKA program’s virtual journey through the Upper Austrian business scene arrived at Tabakfabrik Linz. In the course of the class “Austrian Business Context”, the 27 students from Austria, Italy, and Russia visited the former tobacco factory complex in the center of Linz. Since the city of Linz repurchased the […]

  • Virtual visit of BIZ-UP

    At the virtual BIZ-UP (Business Upper Austria) visit the TROIKA students got a feeling about how to live in an economic region full of “endless uppertunities for strong makers”. Underlined with some current key facts about the economic location Upper Austria, Troika students are now better able to see the motivation behind international business settlements […]

  • TROIKA meets history and innovation

    Under the heading „A hitchhiker’s guide to Austrian history”, guest lecturer and historian Prof. Wagnleitner welcomed this year’s Global Business TROIKA students to an insightful journey through the recent history of Austria. The students took part in a lively morning session in which they could learn more about several historic events of their current ‘virtual’ […]

  • PAC and ACT started offline at UVic/Canada

    At the beginning of January, all three Global Business paths started a new term. While in the Troika path (Austria, Italy, Russia) due to the Covid 19 situation the Austrian term is held online, in the PAC (Peru, Austria, Canada) and ACT (Austria, Canada, Taiwan) paths offline teaching at the University of Victoria (UVic) in […]

  • IFI researcher quoted in press release

    Johannes Gartner (IFI) was quoted in a press release about the newly published technology report ‘Additive Manufacturing’ edited by the technology platform Additive Manufacturing Austria. The report was published as joint project of Additive Manufacturing Austria and the Vienna Business Agency. According to the press release ‘the report offers a comprehensive overview of the various […]

  • TROIKA students online at JKU campus

    Touring JKU campus is an exciting rite of passage for many TROIKA students as they explore their stomping grounds during the Austrian term of the program. This year TROIKA students got insights into the campus in Linz through a virtual tour. During the presentation international students experienced facts about JKU’s approach for intercultural exchange and […]

  • Virtual TROIKA Opening Ceremony

    On January 4th the TROIKA students of the Global Business Master have been given a warm welcome by the Head of the Institute of Innovation and the Global Business team. Despite the current situation that only allows virtual interaction, the Global Business team does its best to enrich student’s cross-cultural skills and global awareness as […]

  • TROIKA Student Christmas party 2020

    Exceptional situations demand exceptional measures. Due to the current COVID-19 situation and shift to online classes in the Global Business Program, our TROIKA students met also virtually to celebrate Christmas together with their lecturers and Austrian program managers. One highlight was the Christmas quiz prepared by the TROIKA students, through which the participants gained an […]

  • IFI professor interviewed for article in daily newspaper “Wiener Zeitung”

    IFI professor Matthias Fink was interviewed for an article in the daily newspaper Wienerzeitung about the industrial region Innviertel – with its well-known companies like FACC, Fischer Ski or KTM -and the effects of the current corona crisis on the region. He attests to the companies in the region to cooperate for mutual benefit. He […]

  • Digital business models as a chance for rural areas

    A new research project led by IFI-researcher Richard Lang explores how digital transformation can facilitate new business models and ways of working in rural areas. While large parts of the discussion about digital transformation still focus on urban settings, the challenges and potential of digitization for the rural context are still not well understood. The […]

  • IFI professor interviewed in daily newspaper “Kurier“

    IFI professor Matthias Fink was interviewed by the Austrian daily newspaper “Kurier” on the topics digitalization of work, future of (human) work, home office. Matthias also discusses the subject “training and further education in the times of Covid 19” in the interview and refers to the trend towards microlearning. The Kurier article may be found […]

  • IFI Professor receives SAGE’s inaugural 10-Year Impact Awards

    Andreas Rauch’s paper was among the three most cited publications in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice in the decade 2009 to 2019, with more than 3,200 citations. The paper was co-authored by Johan Wiklund, George Lumpkin, and Michael Frese. It is a testimonial of outstanding scholarship, which is possibly due to three issues: First, his publication […]

  • JKU-Global Business partner ranked 66th in Financial Times Ranking

    The Gustavson School of Business (UVic – University of Victoria, Canada), a longtime partner of the JKU, has been included in the 2020 ranking of the Financial Times for Masters in Management programs worldwide and was ranked 66th which is an improvement on the previous year. The JKU has a fruitful longtime partnership with UVic, […]

  • ACT graduate Daniela C. Christensen speaks at the Forum of the Institute for Management

    Daniela C. Christensen completed the ACT program at JKU several years ago and afterwards worked as an executive in the Austrian retail sector. Now she is a self-employed entrepreneur and consultant and will be providing up-to-the-minute input in a high-profile presentation on the subject of “Retail in times of change: How (food) retail is changing […]

  • First PAC cohort successfully finished International Year

    At the end of August 2020 the Global Business students in the PAC path studying at partner universities in Peru, Canada and Austria presented their company projects and completed their International Year of the Master Program. For PAC students from eleven countries on five continents one main challenge was the cooperation – among each other […]

  • Global Business Program partner university NSYSU is one of 5 best universities in Taiwan

    JKU’s Global Business Program partner university in the ACT path – National Sun Yat-sen University – is 5th best university in Taiwan according to the ranking of Taiwan’s 30 best universities, published by Global Views Monthly (遠見雜誌)! National Sun Yat-sen University has joined the elite of the five best universities for the first time. It […]

  • Call for Abstracts: ENHR Virtual Workshop “The History of Housing Cooperatives”

    This year’s Annual Conference of the European Network for Housing Research (ENHR) had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus (COVID- 19) pandemic. Nevertheless, the ENHR working group “Collaborative Housing” is happy to convene a virtual special workshop on the history of housing cooperatives. This virtual workshop will be coordinated by Jardar Sørvoll (Oslo Metropolitan […]

  • Practical insights for global business students despite the Covid 19 crisis

    Due to the current COVID-19 situation courses of the global business master program were moved to virtual teaching. In these challenging times, it was even more important to maintain the practical focus of this unique master program. In order to give students practical insights into the Austrian entrepreneurial and governance system Andreas Krawinkler managed to […]

  • PAC students gain a global perspective in virtual guest speaker sessions

    The Global Business PAC students are currently studying virtually. In addition to their normal lectures they also have the chance to participate in various virtual guest lectures during their “stay” in JKU classes. In their European Business Context class students met with ORF Weltjournal journalist Julieta Rudich to talk about her documentary on the “EU-Mercosur […]

  • Final virtual presentations –ACT 2019/20

    At the end of April the Global Business students in the ACT paths presented their final projects. After having lived in 3 different countries, Canada, Taiwan and Austria everyone needed to relocate quite abruptly due to the Covid-19 situation. Under the expertise of Prof. Auer-Rizzi the Global Business team moved all the classes, exams and […]

  • Global Business in the Covid-19 world

    After the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemia in Austria and the following lock-down the Global Business team together with their international colleagues in Russia, Italy, Taiwan, Canada and Peru moved all three paths students to virtual learning settings. The most important thing is to keep the students and the team safe and to ensure that […]

  • TROIKA students at the Austrian Chamber of Labour

    On March 10th, the TROIKA group was invited to the Austrian Chamber of Labour, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. During the morning, the students had the opportunity to participate in interesting lectures and to deepen their knowledge on local, regional and national level. At first, the students learned more about the Chamber of […]

  • ACT students started JKU term

    On February 10th the students of the ACT track of the Global Business Master Program has been given a warm welcome by the vice-rector of the JKU and the Global Business staff.  In the first week, the students coming from eight different countries experienced a guided city tour through Linz and were invited to the […]

  • Social Impact Weekend Linz

    Hinweis zur aktuellen Situation bedingt durch Corona: Have you always dreamt of changing the world with your ideas? Let your dream become reality and take part in the Social Impact Weekend Linz on 17th & 18th of April. You can expect 3 exciting workshops in which you will develop your entrepreneurial skills, create your […]

  • Company visit Troika- Backaldrin

    On the 21st of January the Troika group was introduced to the fantastic world of bread at a company visit to Backaldrin. The students had a guided tour through the impressive Paneum where they learned about the international history of bread. Afterwards the group was welcomed by the honorary council of the Russian Federation Wolfgang […]

  • New book on Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation

    IFI-researchers Matthias Fink, Richard Lang and Daniela Maresch have co-authored a book on “Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Rural Europe” with Routledge publishing house. It reflects on strategies and practices of rural social enterprises, broadening the understanding of the conditions for social innovations in rural Europe. By applying network and field theoretical approaches, the book […]

  • JKU Ball – New Horizons

    On the 17th of January 2020, the international students of the Global Business Program Troika had the opportunity to present their dancing skills at the traditional JKU ball. The ball took place at the Brucknerhaus Linz with the motto “New Horizons”. It consequently did not just combine new perspectives of art and science in the […]

  • Master and More fair in Graz

    To recruit internationally interested students for the Global Business Master programs, study assistant Robert Gasselseder, who did the international year of the TROIKA program last year, travelled to Graz. He took part at the fair MASTER AND MORE, where he informed interested students about JKU master programs. The fair was very well attended and many […]

  • Start of the Austrian term for the TROIKA students

    On the 9th of January 2020 the Global Business Program kicked off for the Troika students at JKU. This year participants come from all over the world, not just from Italy, Russia and Austria but also from China, Tanzania, Vietnam and Iraq. After having successfully passed the first part of the Global Business Program at […]

  • PAC students start their international year in Canada

    For 35 students from 11 different countries in Victoria, Canada (BC) the international year of the Global Business Master program “PAC” started this week. The students will attend joint courses in Canada for the coming ten weeks before travelling to Linz end of March and in mid June to Lima, Peru. Important contents of the […]

  • Global Business student featured in Business Upper Austria video

    Victoria Lanza, a Global Business student in the ACT track, was invited by Business Upper Austria to talk in an image video about her life in Upper Austria. She moved from Uruguay to Linz especially in order to study Global Business at JKU. The video was shot to inform internationals about the region of Upper […]

  • GBS-Alumni interviewed in Kepler Society News

    Global Business-Alumni Juliane Gasser was interviewed for the Kepler Society News about her experience at JKU. She is now working at Business Upper Austria – the Upper Austrian government’s location agency, where she recently finished a Cross Mentoring Programme. Gasser completed the TROIKA track in 2018, at Business Upper Austria she was responsible among other […]

  • IFI congratulates Daniela Maresch on Habilitation!

    IFI guest professor Daniela Maresch has successfully defended her cumulative Habilitation entitled “Entrepreneurship, Innovation und Technologiemanagement – Eine kontextabhängige Betrachtung“ in November. The work investigates the relationship between entrepreneurship and innovation. The articles included in her Habilitation were published in high-ranking journals for example in the journals „Technological Forecasting and Social Change“ und „Entrepreneurship and […]

  • 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 […]