Sustainable Transformation Management Lab

The Sustainable Transformation Management Lab is a working title. Thomas Gegenhuber launched the professorship for managing socio-technical transitions on September 1, 2021.

We understand technologies as the material or immaterial artifacts at the heart of many human activities, such as production, service delivery, and communication. Technologies are embedded in social systems - norms, values, beliefs, and interests shape how we create and make use of them. The professorship of socio-technical transitions explores transformations (i.e., change) associated with technologies against the backdrop of the UN Sustainability Development Goals. 

What do we work on? 

Situating technology as interwoven in social affairs, we focus on two areas of socio-technical transitions: 

  • We research sustainable transitions, which is inquiring into the processes of organizing and managing change. Although we know that our society faces several problems, we also have many (technology-enabled) solutions at our disposal. Why is it so hard to change? Current rules of the game lead to resistance towards change. How to overcome this resistance? For example, we explore how various societal sectors (public administrations, civil society, and private sector) engage in open social innovation to tackle societal problems collaboratively. Given the urgency and complexity of grand challenges, the premise is that we need to find ways to work on solutions together. 

  • We study digital transitions because digital technologies increasingly permeate all areas of social and economic life. Therefore, we ask how actors make use, leverage, and inhabit digital technologies? To answer these questions, we study new organizational forms (e.g., digital platforms), digitally-enabled entrepreneurship (e.g., start-ups leveraging crowdfunding),  strategy-making (e.g., using a company’s blog to interact with external stakeholders) or innovation (e.g., companies opening up their innovation process to harness ideas from external stakeholders). 

How do we work?

We believe in the fruitful synergies of research, teaching, and engaged scholarship. We publish our research in international journals and create an environment where our students excel. We proactively engage with stakeholders (e.g., companies, NGOs, foundations, think tanks, governments) who make transitions happen. We also take part in public conversations to make sense of and shape the transitions we face in everyday life.

Where are we located? 

Our headquarters are in the Open Innovation Center (OIC) of the Linz Institute of Technology (LIT). The LIT and OIC brings people together from research and practice - an interdisciplinary melting pot - which is precisely the environment that speaks to the spirit of our work.

LIT Sustainable Transformation Management Lab

Address

Johannes Kepler University Linz
Altenberger Straße 69
4040 Linz

RESEARCH

Achievements

News 07.12.2021

Advancing Digital Education with Coding Communities.

Coding communities offer workshops and meet-ups to make it easier for participants to access the complex field of technology. In contrast to school-based teaching, the workshops are designed to be playful. Participants learn by making mistakes. Coding communities are characterized by a friendly, supportive atmosphere and openness.

News 07.12.2021

Sustainable Transformation Dialogues: Lisa Fuchs on sustainable business practices

In the third round of the Sustainable Transformation Dialogues, we welcomed Lisa Fuchs, Head of Corporate Communications & Diversity at RHI Magnesita, who addressed sustainable corporate practices.

News 26.11.2021

Sustainable Transformation Dialogues: Marie-Theres Chaloupek on the interplay between ecology, economy, and social commitment.

Marie-Theres Chaloupek, press spokesperson at Sonnentor, was a guest at the Sustainable Transformation Dialogues on November 24, 2021. The central question in this session was how companies can unite both economic and ecological-social goals. The event - currently online via Zoom - takes place as part of the Socio-Technical Transition Management course taught by Prof. Thomas Gegenhuber in the Bachelor of Business Administration, Major Sustainability Management.

News 11.11.2021

Sustainable Transformation Dialogues: Gabriel Gruber on legitimacy and innovation in timber construction

As part of the Sustainable Transformation Dialogues, Gabriel Gruber, Project Manager at the Furniture and Wood Construction Cluster (BusinessUpperAustria), gave an exciting presentation on the topic of legitimacy and innovations in wood construction on November 10, 2021. The event is part of the Socio-Technical Transitions course taught by Prof. Thomas Gegenhuber in the Bachelor of Business Administration (Major Sustainability Management).