Program Details.

We have compiled detailed information about the Master's degree program in Leading Innovative Organizations here.

Being mobile despite the climate crisis, enjoying prosperity despite limits to growth – creative business leaders need to find innovative solutions to accommodate our everyday needs while addressing today’s immense societal challenges. The Master's degree program "Leading Innovative Organizations (LIO)" provides you with the expertise you need to turn your ideas into responsible and sustainable new products, services, and processes.

Digitization and globalization are driving the search to find tomorrow's solutions. Successful business leaders understand these megatrends and work proactively to shape the future by taking bold decisions under a high level of uncertainty. We work together with you to hone your creative, entrepreneurial, leadership and analytical skills to successfully master, and even excel, in these kinds of situations.

Pre-Term / Boot Camp

The Covid-19 pandemic means there is a degree of uncertainty in regard to the schedule. At the moment, services and education will continue at the JKU online and we are also prepared to start the new LIO cohort remotely. As the boot camp courses are taught primarily online anyway, our regular program foresees on-site, in-person attendance in Linz for "BC1: Induction - Team Development" on September 9. Please monitor your personal health closely before making the decision to come to campus. If you have questions or need advice, please send an e-mail to:


Dates for 2021 Course Title Type
12.07.-03.09. BC2: Foundations of Management Online
01.08.-14.09. BC3: Foundational Readings and Academic Writing - Part 1 Online
09.09.-10.09. BC1: Induction - Team Development On-Site
15.09.-16.09. BC3: Foundational Readings and Academic Writing - Part 2 On-Site
30.09.  BC3: Foundational Readings and Academic Writing - Exam On-Site
04.10.  LIO Touchdown & Take-off Event On-Site

Required Study Material

Please note: These are the key course resources. Be sure to have a copy by the beginning of the course.

Foundations of Management

  • Gerald A Cole, Phil Kelly (2015). Management Theory and Practice. 8th Edition. Cengage Learning (ISBN 978-1-4080-9527-0)


Winter Term / Capacity Building

Course ECTS Credits
Understanding Organizations and Leadership 6
Understanding Innovation 6
Understanding Entrepreneurship 6
Understanding the Digital Economy 6
Management Skills I 6
Research Skills I 5


Summer Term / Capacity Integration

Course ECTS Credits
Innovation Networks and Alliances 6
Financial and Strategic Market Analysis 6
Entrepreneurship and Business Modeling 6
Data-Driven Management 6
Management Skills II 6
Research Skills II 5



Course ECTS Credits
Electives 12

You are free to choose your elective courses. We recommend, however, that students in the LIO program choose electives that supplement their undergraduate education with the following basic pillars in the LIO program:

  • Social theoretical foundations of management (psychology, sociology, economics)
  • Business administration (finance, accounting, management)
  • Business informatics, analytics and statistics
  • English/German language skills

So if, for example, you have a biology or engineering background, you most likely have strong analytical skills but may want to expand on your knowledge of social theory and business administration beyond the basic courses in the LIO program which, for instance, do not have a strong emphasis on finance and accounting. Conversely, if you have an undergraduate degree in business administration, you may want to take elective courses in programming or business informatics to learn more about this field. If you have an academic background in social sciences or humanities, we recommend focusing on taking some basic business administration courses in addition to improving your understanding of statistics and mathematics. If you earned your undergraduate degree at a university of applied sciences, we recommend completing a few theory-oriented courses.

JKU offers a range of courses in all of these areas which students can attend. An overview of courses offered in English is available here:

Business and Economics courses in English

Computer Science Courses

English-taught courses at the Catholic Private University Linz



Each term, we also provide a specific list of available elective recommendations via Moodle. You can also contact the LIO office if you have any questions about possible electives:

Post Term

Course ECTS Credits
Master's Thesis 22


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