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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


Johannes Kepler University Linz
Altenberger Straße 69
4040 Linz


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Socio-Technical Transitions?

Event 08.11.2022

The LIT Breakfast Briefing

Julia Freund (Institute of Semiconductor and Solid State Physics)

News 12.08.2022

JKU Professor Gegenhuber Served as a Member of the PRIX Ars Electronica Jury

Once again, Thomas Gegenhuber served as a member of this year’s PRIX Ars Electronica jury in the category of “Digital Communities”.

News 02.08.2022

Research Group Meeting on Open Social Innovation

Thomas Gegenhuber researches together with Johanna Mair (Hertie School) Open Social Innovation. Together with Ann Laure Fayard and Paolo V. Leona, they formed the Research Group on Open Social Innovation (ROSI). Thomas Gegenhuber had the pleasure to co-chair the second meeting of the ROSI group in June. Prof. Hila Lisfitz-Assaf (Warwick Business School and Harvard University), Alberto Bertello (University of Turin), and Thomas Gegenhuber (JKU Linz/Leuphana University Lüneburg) started the meeting with impulse presentations on their current research project on Open Social Innovation. The three scholars gave insights into the questions they are currently investigating and the potential of interrogating the emergent field. Afterward, a lively discussion among the fifteen scholars from universities all over the globe emerged concerning the future avenues for research and ways to investigate Open Social Innovation empirically and theoretically.

Event 14.06.2022

LIT Breakfast Briefing

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