No less than three JKU academics were presented with 2018 VKB Science Awards.
The 26th annual VKB Science Awards were dominated by the JKU as in addition to three winners stemming from the JKU Linz, the keynote speaker was the JKU’s own bestselling author and faculty member Dr. Manuela Macedonia. Dr. Macedonia held a presentation at the awards ceremony titled "Beweg Dich und Dein Gehirn sagt Danke". This year’s awards were presented to one female academic and four male academics from German-speaking Europe. The winners came from Linz, Traun, Steinhaus, Graz and Berlin. Endowed with a total of € 6,400 in prize money, the VKB Science Award winners were selected by a distinguished board of trustees who select academic papers that focus on banking and cooperatives. This year's papers also included research conducted on the cooperative banking system and family-run SMEs and their risks.
Award-winning JKU researchers:
Dr. Thomas Michael Brunner-Kirchmair from Traun was presented with an award in recognition of his outstanding dissertation titled “Der Einfluss der Corporate Governance auf die Performance von Merger & Acquisitions”.
VKB award winner Peter Feldbauer from Steinhaus received an award for his Master’s thesis titled “Die Rolle von Banken und Versicherungen im Risikomanagement von Familienunternehmen”.
“Die Entwicklung der Kapitalstruktur europäischer Unternehmen 1996-2015” was the award-winning Master’s thesis by Jürgen Truffner from Linz.