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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

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Johannes Kepler University Linz
Altenberger Straße 69
4040 Linz

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Socio-Technical Transitions?

Event 14.06.2022

LIT Breakfast Briefing

Otmar Ertl, PhD. (Reseacher at Dynatrace) and Laura Moradbakhti, MSc.(LIT Robopsychology Lab)

News 10.05.2022

Inaugural Lecture by Thomas Gegenhuber.
 

On Wednesday, April 27, Prof. Thomas Gegenhuber of the LIT Sustainable Transformation Management Lab gave his inaugural lecture. 

Event 26.04.2022

LIT Breakfast Briefing

Thomas Gegenhuber and Manuela Schiek

News 13.04.2022

LOST Workshop at Leuphana University Lüneburg

On March 31st and April 1st, Laura Thäter participated in the workshop of the LOST (Leuphana Organizastion Studies) group at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg.