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Welcome to the Institute of Organization Science!

Since 1973, organizational research has had a longstanding tradition at the JKU. Internationally oriented research and education continue to shape the institute to the present day.

As part of the field of social and behavioral sciences, the Institute of Organization Science is committed to research and education focusing on ‘the organization’. This means that we not only understand organizational sciences as a key area of managerial responsibility, the organization itself is also a central institution within a modern society, significantly influencing the way people live and work, especially in a work environment.

Since its inception, the institute has successfully collaborated with leading international universities around the world, including universities in Australia, Germany, France, Great Britain, and Canada, thereby contributing consistently to the JKU's internationalization efforts in research and academic education.

Our institute homepage provides information about our academic degree programs, particularly the LIO Master's degree program and the Global Business Master's degree program.

You can also learn more about our research programs and our externally funded projects.

Institute of Organization Science


Johannes Kepler University Linz
Altenberger Straße 69
4040 Linz


Hochschulfond Bldg., 2nd floor, Rm. 215

Office hours administration

Monday - Thursday:       9am - 2pm
Friday:  9am - 1pm

News & Events

News 17.06.2024

Relaunch of "Introduction to Organization": High-Caliber Guest Lectures from Practitioners

A big thank you to Dr. Reinhard Nöbauer, CEO of voestalpine High Performance Metals Division, and Christoph Lipinski from vidaflex and betreuerinnen.at for visiting JKU and providing extremely valuable insights as part of our redesigned course Introduction to Organization!

Dr. Reinhard Nöbauer discussed the challenges faced by a global sales organization that necessitate constant adjustments. In particular, he explained how it was possible to address the resulting changes through sustainably managed organizational development and use them to improve the company’s competitive position. Christoph Lipinski shared about the founding of the brokerage platform betreuerinnen.at, which implements a new approach to union activities and serves as an effective measure to address the care crisis while improving working conditions for 24-hour caregivers.

Both guest lectures are part of the relaunched of the bachelor course Introduction to Organization, which has been completely revamped this summer semester. The new format integrates teaching more closely with current developments in business and society, as well as with the institute’s research areas: Organizing for Creativity and Innovation, Organizing for Digital Transformation and Scale, and Organizing for Sustainability and Societal Transformation. Moreover, we are linking academic teaching more closely with management practice by featuring two high-caliber guest lectures on a selected topic each semester—in this semester: (Re-)Shaping Organizations—each exploring the topic from different perspectives.

Therefore, our sincere thanks again to Dr. Reinhard Nöbauer and Christoph Lipinski for their invaluable support in our efforts to provide excellent academic education!

News 07.06.2024

Publication in the A+ Journal Organization Science

We congratulate Benjamin Schiemer on his publication in Organization Science. It is entitled: "It’s About What Happens in the Meantime: The Temporal Interplay of Individual and Collective Creativity". In this publication Benjamin found how creativity in the music studio takes place in the meantime, when creatives develop ideas in brief moments of waiting for things (i.e., instruments to be tuned, bodies to be warmed up, computers to load). He synthesized this observation into a model that shows how material temporality can enable individuals to emerge briefly from the flow of coordinated creative interactions, develop ideas through defocus, humor and relaxation, and then dive back in. The temporal idleness afforded by material temporality provides an opportunity to organize the temporal interplay of individual and collective creativity.

To be found under: https://doi.org/10.1287/orsc.2021.15117


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News 07.06.2024

The Austrian Early Scholars Workshop in Management: Successful 11th Session in Vienna, Next Workshop in Linz

The 11th Austrian Early Scholars Workshop took place at the end of April at WU Vienna. The workshop offers young academics working in organization and management studies a unique opportunity to present their ongoing research and engage with colleagues and professors from across Europe and beyond.

The conveners, Giuseppe Delmestri (WU Vienna), Robert M. Bauer (JKU Linz), and Renate Ortlieb (University of Graz), were very pleased with the response. 29 young academics from 10 different countries—including Sara Maric and Roja Ratzinger from JKU—were selected through a competitive process to present their work; 12 faculty members from eight prestigious European universities provided their expertise.

Since its founding in 2013 at JKU, the Austrian Early Scholars Workshop in Management has become a fixed part of the academic calendar and will return to JKU Linz in 2025.

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News 18.12.2023

Emeritus Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Gerhard Reber, 1937—2023

It is with deep sadness that we share with you that on December 7 Gerhard Reber, founding chair of JKU’s Institute of Organization Science, has passed on at the age of 87. He will be missed and remembered. His life's work—most importantly the institutional structures he established in promotion of the behavioral approach to management studies, the internationalization of academia, and the professionalization of executive development—continues to contribute to JKU and its environment, the Greater Linz Area and the province of Upper Austria.

Obituary by Werner Auer-Rizzi