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The JKU Business School's Rising Scholars are post-doc researchers (a maximum of 6 years after earning a PhD*) and affiliated with one of the JKU Business School's supporting institutes and a scholar who has recently (in the past two years) (co-)authored one A+/A or two B level papers in accordance with VHB rankings (jourqual3)** which is not a part of his/her dissertation, or has reached a threshold considered comparable as certified by at minimum of three JKU professors; and has presented his/her research at an internationally recognized conference in his/her respective field. Furthermore, the rising scholar has either professional experience, international academic experience (extended research stay abroad), or has (co-)authored/taken over the work package lead for a successful externally funded project.

We will introduce our Rising Scholars on a regular basis.

*child care and/or other career breaks are taken into account.

**if a journal is not part of the VHB ranking, a different internationally recognized ranking may be used as a guideline, such as the ABS ranking or the CORE ranking.

Introducing Rising Scholar: Dr. Arne Keller

Project Assistant at the Institute of Leadership and Change Management

Arne Keller is a post-doctorate researcher at the Johannes Kepler University Linz and at the Vienna University of Technology, Austria. He earned a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration and Master's of Science in Management & Marketing at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. During this period, he studied abroad at the University of California in Berkeley and at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne. After his studies, he earned a PhD (Dr. rer. pol.) at the Freie Universität Berlin. His dissertation about incumbent inertia and adaptation to technological change analyzes the arduous transition of Leica Camera from analog to digital image processing. He was a visiting scholar at several international universities, including Bocconi University Milan, IESE Business School Barcelona, and Purdue University, and the Krannert School of Management. His research focuses on change and processual dynamics in organizations and interorganizational relationships. Specifically, he is currently examining the role of social status hierarchies in reconfiguring firm capabilities and exploring how conflict and tension unfolds in processes of ambidexterity.

He is currently managing a research project at the JKU funded by the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OenB) about digital transformation in hidden champions (Rosenbauer, KTM etc.). Arne presents his work regularly in international conferences, such as the Academy of Management Meeting and meetings organízed by the Strategic Management Society. His work is published in leading management journals, such as Organization Science and Strategic Organization. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses as well as Executive Education courses.

See: Arne Keller, Google Scholar, opens an external URL in a new window & Research Gate, opens an external URL in a new window to learn more.

News article: The JKU Business School's New Rising Scholar

Read one of Arne's publications: Alliance Governance Mechanisms in the Face of Disruption, opens an external URL in a new window


Past Rising Scholars

Melanie Wiener joined the Institute of Strategic Management at Johannes Kepler University (JKU) as a post-doctoral researcher in February 2020. Before joining ISM Melanie was deputy head (04/2018 - 11/2019) and post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Integrated Quality Design at JKU. She holds a PhD from JKU Linz with guest research visits at the Aalborg University (DEN) and Aarhus University (DEN). Her doctoral dissertation, “open-foresight and corporate culture,” included theory-building on the organizational settings needed to enhance the success of collaborative open foresight with an emphasis on culture, the role of top management, and open foresight team composition. The dissertation was recognized with the Tudor Rickards and Susan Moger CIM Best Paper Award for its academic relevance and the Karl Leitl Partnership Award for outstanding contributions to the field of inter-organizational collaboration.


Melanie’s research interests include strategic and behavioral questions in open strategy and open foresight, sustainability-oriented innovation, as well as circular economy. As an early career scholar, she had the pleasure to present her research over 25 times at leading conferences such as the SMS Conference, AOM Annual Meeting, the R&D Management Conference, ISPIM, EURAM, EGOS, the CINet Conference and Scenario Planning and Foresight. This has led to twelve academic journal articles, a monograph with Springer, and various practitioner articles. Besides her engagement at JKU, she is board member of the global Continuous Innovation Network (CINet) and has five years of experience in collaborative strategic foresight initiatives in a number of different fields.


See: Melanie Wiener, Google Scholar, opens an external URL in a new window & Research Gate, opens an external URL in a new window to learn more.


News article: The JKU Business School's New Rising Scholar


Read one of Melanie's publications: Collaborative Open Foresight - A New Approach for Inspiring Discontinuous and Sustainability-Oriented Innovations, opens an external URL in a new window


Georg Reischauer (a research & teaching fellow at the JKU Institute of Organizational Science) is a Fellow and Principal Investigator for projects funded by the JKU Business School and the Linz Institute of Technology. He is also an assistant professor and head of the Energy & Strategy Think-Tank at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.


Dr. Georg Reischauer explores just how companies working in established industries can sustainably use digital technologies. He currently focuses on digital market places - such as those used by Amazon, Uber and Airbnb - as well as innovation platforms that include the Android smartphone operating system. His work has been published in several journals, including the Academy of Management Discoveries, Industry and Innovation, and Technological Forecasting and Social Change.


JKU Business School Rising Scholars are post-doctoral candidates who work at one of the JKU Business School’s supporting institutes and have published outside their dissertation work over the past two years.

More information can be found here: Georg Reischauer, opens an external URL in a new window, Google Scholar, opens an external URL in a new window & Research Gate, opens an external URL in a new window


News Article: The JKU Business School: Dr. Georg Reischauer is Named the First “Rising Scholar”, opens an external URL in a new window

Become a Rising Scholar.

Would you like to be a JKU Business School Rising Scholar?

The process begins by either submitting a form yourself or being nominated.

Please provide the following documents in a clearly outlined manner along with the submission form:

  • A cover letter
  • A current CV (highlighting the required accomplishments)
  • A list of publications (indicating VHB rating (jourqual3), alternatively the Impact Factor (IF) and alternative ranking)
  • Optional: Three letters of support written by habilitated faculty members at the JKU Business School's supporting institutes

What are the criteria?

The criteria to be considered is as follows:

Publications: Author or co-author in the past 2 years, a minimum of 1 x A publication or 2 x B publication (not part of the dissertation) or comparable qualifications, confirmed by three habilitated faculty members at the JKU Business School's supporting Institutes; VHB as a criterion or other ranking

Conferences: Contribution(s) presented at an internationally recognized conference(s), meaning the contribution has been accepted, but not necessarily resulting in conference proceedings / paper (based on the specific division)

Additional services (one of the following criteria must be met): Stays abroad / research stays (a minimum of 1 month); Professional experience outside of the university (in Austria or abroad); grants or scholarships (i.e. PI/Co-PI, work package lead)

Submission conditions: Those between a dissertation and post-doc/habilitation (max. of 6 years after earning a PhD; career breaks, i.e. for child care, are taken into consideration); Current employment at one of the JKU Business School's supporting institutes