Erna Szabo received her doctorate from Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz and her MBA from the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Bestowal of post-doctoral lecturing qualification for business administration ("venia docendi") at JKU in March 2007.
Erna Szabo's business background is in information technology and consulting, where she worked for several software firms and consulted as a member of the SAP group before she turned to academia.
Her research focus is in organisational culture, leadership and cross-cultural management. Her most recent research interest includes cross-cultural leadership and the combined use of qualitative and quantitative methods to study participation in managerial decision making. She is actively involved in a number of international research cooperations in the area of cross-cultural management, the most large-scale being the GLOBE Research Project.
In 2000/2001 she held a Charlotte Buehler Scholarship by the Austrian Science Fund (Fonds zur Förderung wissenschaftlicher Forschung). As part of this scholarship, she spent several months as a visiting scholar at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Leadership at the Stockholm School of Economics, at the Turku School of Economics and Business Administration, and at the School of Business Studies at Trinity College in Dublin.
Erna Szabo teaches organizational behavior and cross-cultural management at JKU. International teaching assignments include seminars on cultural awareness at the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Rouen in France and the Turku School of Economics and Business Administration in Finland.