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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. Sebastian Raetze


Sebastian Raetze is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Leadership and Change Management at the Johannes Kepler University Linz (Austria). He was born and raised in Germany, and obtained his Ph.D. in Business Administration at the German University of Excellence TU Dresden in 2020. Before joining JKU Linz the worked at Brandenburg University of Technology (Germany) and TU Dresden (Germany).

His research focuses on how different organizational actors (esp. teams) effectively deal with uncertainty and adverse events. Thereby, he investigates concepts, such as resilience, adaptation, sensemaking, routines and communication patterns, and primarily applies qualitative methods to analyze how teams develop and change over time.

Sebastian is very interested in integrative thinking and interdisciplinary cooperation. To advance research in the domain of multilevel resilience in organizations, he has acted as a guest editor for a special issue published in Group & Organization Management in 2021 and has organized several symposia and panel discussions on leading management conferences. He has been a visiting scholar at the Department of Management at Colorado State University (USA) in 2019 and currently serves on the editorial review panel of Group & Organization Management. His research has been published in prestigious academic journals such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Group & Organization Management, and Business Research.

For more detailed information please see Sebastian’s full CV for download above or his online profiles linked below.

[Translate to Englisch:] Sebastian Ratze

Past Rising Scholars

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

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


Almina Bešić is a researcher at the department of international management with a tenure track position since March 2019.  
Almina received both of her master degrees (International Business; Financial and Industrial Management in 2010) along with her doctorate in Economics and Social Sciences (2015) from the University of Graz (Austria). In her doctoral thesis, Almina studied the strategies of multinational companies operating in Southeastern Europe, specifically analyzing their employment strategies across borders relating to highly skilled migrants. For her work, Almina was awarded a research fellowship from the Erste Foundation (2012-2014). She has been the recipient of several other prizes during her career, including the Josef Krainer Prize for young researchers from the government of Styria (2017).
Prior to joining the JKU, Almina spent several years working in the private sector and academia. From 2010 until the end of 2014, Almina was a research and teaching assistant in the University of Graz’s Department of Human Resource Management, where she concentrated on international human resource management as well as diversity management. In 2015, she completed a traineeship at the European Commission Directorate General for Research and Innovation, which focused on developing policies related to employment of highly skilled migrants and migrant entrepreneurship. From 2015 to 2019, Almina worked as a policy researcher for European Policy at ICF Consulting Ltd. London. Her main areas of work included project management and delivery of projects, emphasizing employment and integration of migrants as well as diversity, gender and social inclusion for the European Commission, the European Migration Network (EMN) and European Union agencies (e.g. Eurofound and EIGE). Currently, she is also a visiting lecturer at the Uni for Life at the University of Graz.
Almina’s research and teaching interests are linked to international business and human resource management and migration. Within these, she concentrates on multinational companies in transition economies, macro-level factors that influence these companies, the employment of highly-skilled migrants in organisations and migrant integration. Almina has also research interests in gender and diversity management.
Almina has published several research articles, and her research has appeared in academic journals such as European Management Review and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
Almina is a member of EGOS (the European Group for Organizational Studies), IMISCOE (International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in Europe) and EFA (the European Forum Alpbach).

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.

Submission period: Nominations are possible from September to January (for the following summer semester, decision in to be made February) and from March to July (for the following winter semester, decision to be made in August).