Space for JKU Business School Rising Scholars.

JKU Business School Rising Scholars are postdoctoral researchers (max. 6 years after PhD*) affiliated with one of the supporting institutes of JKU Business School who have recently (in the last two years) (co-)authored one A+/A or two B level papers according to VHB ranking (jourqual3)** which are not part of their dissertation work – or reached a threshold deemed equivalent as certified by at least three JKU professors; and have presented their research at an internationally recognized conference in their respective field. Furthermore, they have either practical experience, international academic experience (extended research stay abroad), or they have (co-)authored/taken over the work package lead of a successful third-party funded project.

We will introduce our Rising Scholars on a regular basis.

*child care 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: MMag. Dr. Melanie Wiener, MBA

Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute of Strategic Management

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.

More information can be found here: Melanie Wiener, Google Scholar & Research Gate

News Article: JKU Business School New Rising Scholar

View one of Melanie's publications: Collaborative open foresight - A new approach for inspiring discontinuous and sustainability-oriented innovations

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Previous Rising Scholars

Dr. Georg Reischauer, Research & Teaching Fellow at the Institute of Organization Science

At JKU, Georg Reischauer is a Fellow and a Principal Investigator of projects funded by JKU Business School and Linz Institute of Technology. He is also an Assistant Professor and the Head of the Energy & Strategy Think Tank at Vienna University of Economics and Business. Before that, Georg held positions at Hertie School of Governance and the Technical University of Vienna, amongst others. Recently, he was a visiting researcher at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Johns Hopkins University, and Stanford University.


Georg’s research focuses on the nexus of digital strategy, digital organization, and digital sustainability. In particular, he studies how established organizations leverage and respond to digital technologies in order to create shared value, thereby contributing to the JKU research priorities “Digital Transformation” and “Sustainable Development”. Georg’s research has been published in several journals including Academy of Management Discoveries, Industry and Innovation, and Technological Forecasting and Social Change. He presented at, inter alia, Academy of Management Meetings, European Group for Organizational Studies Colloquia, and German Academic Association of Business Research Meetings.

He received his Ph.D. from the Technical University of Vienna in 2018.


More information can be found here:


High Impact Research Project: Health care organizations’ resilience in the COVID-19 crisis


News Article: The JKU Business School: Dr. Georg Reischauer is Named the First “Rising Scholar”


Become a Rising Scholar.

Do you want to be a JKU Business School Rising Scholar?

To begin the process, you can either submit the form yourself or be nominated.

Along with the submission form - and in a clearly outlined manner - you will need to provide the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • CV (highlighting required achievements)
  • List of publications (indicating VHB rating (jourqual3), alternatively Impact Factor (IF) and alternative ranking)
  • Optional: three letters of support from habilitated faculty of JKU Business School supporting institutes

What are the criteria?

You will need to meet certain criteria in order to be considered.

Publications: Author or co-author; In the last 2 years, at least 1 x A publication or 2 x B publication (not part of the dissertation) or equivalent, in this case confirmed by three habilitation graduates from the JKU Business School Supporting Institutes; VHB as a criterion or other ranking

Conferences: Contribution presented at an internationally recognized conference, i.e. the contribution has been accepted, but it does not necessarily have to result in a conference proceedings / paper (based on the specific division)

Additional services (one of the following criteria must be met): Stays abroad / research stays (at least 1 month); Practical experience outside of the university (at home or abroad); Grants or scholarships (e.g. PI/Co-PI, work package lead)

Submission conditions: Submission for people between the dissertation and the habilitation (max. 6 years after completing PhD, career breaks, e.g., for child care, are taken into consideration); Current employment at a JKU Business School supporting institute