Christine Blanka was a post-doctoral researcher and deputy head of the institute until December 2022. As a former project assistant in research and later as a university assistant, she completed her doctorate at Johannes Kepler University Linz in 2014, writing her dissertation about the influence of networks on entrepreneurial intention. She graduated in 2011 with a Diploma degree in business and economics, majoring in entrepreneurship, strategic management, and human resource management.
Dr. Blanka's research focuses on issues related to entrepreneurial initiatives at established companies. She focuses on the role of intrapreneurship and the pertinence of entrepreneurial behavior on corporate strategies and processes in particular. Additional research interests lie at the interface of entrepreneurship in the areas of digital transformation, network theory, and innovation. Her research has been published in international journals such as the Review of Managerial Science and Industrial Marketing Management, and she is a regular reviewer for academic journals. Dr. Blanka has many years of teaching experience in the Bachelor's degree program as well as in the Diploma degree and Master's degree programs, as well as supervising academic theses. In 2021, she was awarded the "Kepler Award" in Recognition of Excellence in Teaching. In addition to research and teaching activities, she was involved in the start-up ecosystem as well as in extra-curricular entrepreneurship initiatives to support start-up companies.