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Univ.-Prof.in Dr.in Elke Schüßler

Elke Schuessler is Professor of Business Administration and Head of the Institute of Organization Science at Johannes Kepler Universität Linz. Before she held an assistant professorship position at Freie Universität Berlin where she also completed her doctoral degree. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Sussex and an MSC in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the London School of Economics.

Her research focuses on social challenges that include climate change, decent work or digitalization. She specifically examines how different forms of organizing can drive or hinder creativity, innovation and change. Her theoretical focus is on new institutional theory and on process and practice theories of organization. Her research is marked by frequent cooperation with related disciplines such as economic geography, economic history, sociology, political science or development studies. From 2016-2019, she has lead the international „Garment Supply Chain Governance Project“. She has also founded the Scientific Network „Field-Configuring Events“, funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG). Currently she is Principal Investigator in the Research Unit „Organized Creativity“ funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG) and a member in the DFG-funded Scientific Network „Grand Challenges & New Forms of Organizing“.

Her work has been published in leading international journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Perspectives, Creativity and Innovation Management, Environment and Planning A, Human Relations, Industrial and Corporate Change, Industry & Innovation, Industrial and Labor Relations Review or Technological Forecasting and Social Change. She has coauthored a textbook on „Managing Interorganizational Relations“ and has edited several Special Issues in leading international journals. She is Department/Associate Editor for Business & Society and Business Research and a member of the Editorial Board of Organization Studies. She has been elected as a member of the Executive Board of the European Group of Organization Studies for the 2020-24 period. She is also a member of OS4future, a movement of organization scientists who wish to inspire fellow academics to take action on climate change and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Momentum Institut.
She is the recipient of the Academy of Management Journal Best Paper Award, the Best Paper Award of the German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB) and the Thesis Award of the Business History Society.

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Matthias Fink

Matthias Fink is deputy head of the Institute of Innovation at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria, and a professor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at ARU Cambridge, UK. He also serves as academic director for two MBA programs at the LIMAK Austrian Business School. Matthias previously worked as a professor for International Small Business Management and Innovation at Leuphana Univerity Lüneburg Germany and was a researcher at the Institute for Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship as well as head of the Research Institute for Liberal Professions at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business in Austria. Matthias holds a Ph.D. and a post-doctoral qualification (Habilitation) from WU Vienna University of Economics and Business and was a visiting professor at several universities, including Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain, and University of Twente, in the Netherlands. Matthias’ research focuses on the role of innovation in new venture creation and small business management. His current interests include entrepreneurship as a driver of innovation and change in regional contexts, entrepreneurial finance and ethical issues in business research. In his research designs, Matthias combines quantitative and qualitative methods. His research has been published in journals that include Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, British Journal of Management, Journal of Banking and Finance, Technological Forecasting and Social Change as well as Regional Studies. In addition, he has published three monographs, two edited volumes, and has guest edited several special issues to international journals.

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Güttel

Wolfgang H. Güttel became full professor and head of the Institute of Leadership & Change Management (formerly known as the Institute of Human Resource & Change Management) at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz (Austria) in 2009. Between 2011 and 2015, he served as Dean and Managing Director at the JKU management school LIMAK (Linz International Management Academy) . Before that, he was professor at the universities in Kassel and Hamburg (Germany), Research Fellow at the universities of Liverpool (United Kingdom) and Padua (Italy), and an Assistant Professor at the WU Vienna University of Economics and Business in Austria. Prior to his academic career, he was a management consultant at Daimler-Benz AG in Stuttgart (Germany), at Diebold Management Consulting in Vienna (Austria) and created his own consulting agency, Güttel Management Consulting, Training, & Research in Vienna (Austria). His main field of research focuses on leadership, strategic change and learning in complex and dynamically evolving environments. His work is published in various academic textbooks and journals, such as Human Relations, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Management Learning, International Journal of Management Research, Harvard Business Review, Schmalenbach Business Review, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of Business Research or Austrian Management Review. He is also engaged in executive education and provides consulting services to business leaders and companies to manage strategic change. His executive teaching focuses on leadership, team development, organization, strategy, and change management.

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Robert J. Breitenecker

Robert Breitenecker is a professor of Global Business Studies, head of the Institute of Innovation at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria, and Dean of the LIMAK Austrian Business School. Previously, Robert was an Associate Professor at the Department of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt. Robert holds a Ph.D in Mathematics with focus on applied statistics and a post-doctoral qualifications (Habilitation) in the field of business administration from Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt.

Robert’s research interests include Entrepreneurship and Innovation as well as multivariate and spatial statistical methods. His research has been published in journals such as Organizational Research Methods, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Management Decision, Creativity and Innovation Management, Review of Managerial Science as well as Zeitschrift für Betriebswirtschaft.

Univ.-Prof.in Sophie Parragh, PhD.

Sophie N. Parragh received her PhD from the University of Vienna in 2009 and completed her post-doctoral qualifications (Habilitation) in 2016. She was a visiting researcher at the CIRRELT in Montreal, and a post-doc fellow at the IBM Center for Advanced Studies in Porto. She is the recipient of the Hertha Firnberg Postdoc Fellowship (funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)) at the University of Vienna, and was a visiting professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien). She has been involved in several applied and fundamental research projects in OR in health care, field staff routing and scheduling, and multi-objective combinatorial optimization (both as project leader and project collaborator). In March 2017, she was appointed full professor at the Johannes Kepler University Linz.

a. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Robert M. Bauer

Since 1990 Robert Bauer has been working at the Institute for Organization at Johannes Kepler University in business research and teaching. 1998-1999 and 2004-2006 he was visiting professor at the Rotman School of Management of the University of Toronto. His research areas are innovation (creative processes, operational innovation management, design thinking, regional innovation ecosystems) and digital platforms and crowds (digital platforms as a new organizational form, platform-based, digital crowds, management of digital transformations).


His research results are presented at leading international conferences and are published in renowned journals in German-speaking and North American countries. He is a keynote speaker and advises top management in Europe, North America and China.

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Dr. Georg Reischauer

Georg Reischauer is postdoctoral research associate and principal investigator of the project ECORES that is funded by the Linz Institute of Technology (LIT). His research focuses on digital innovation and digital organization. He received his PhD from the Technical University of Vienna.

Assoc. Univ.-Prof.in Dr.in Barbara Müller

Barbara Müller is Associate Professor at the Institute of Leadership and Change Management at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz, Austria.

She received her master (2004) and doctoral degree (2008) of Business Administration from the WU Vienna (Austria) where she was on faculty at the Institute of Change Management and Management Development from 2004-2010. Her dissertation on knowledge management from the perspective of social systems theory was published by Gabler research series (2009) and has been awarded amongst others with the Stephan-Koren Award (WU Vienna, 2009) and the Award of Excellence (BMWF, 2009).

As a research fellow, Barbara spent research stays at Suffolk University, Boston, MA (2009); Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA (2012) and the University of Bath, UK (2014).

Since 2010 she has been working as post-doc researcher and assistant professor at the JKU where she received the venia docendi by completing her habilitation in 2016. Since then she is teaching and researching as an associate professor in the fields of leadership, organizational learning and change management.

By using qualitative research methods Barbara’s research focuses on studying organizational complexity, identity, and paradoxical phenomena, their influence on organizational development and change processes and the role of leadership in this regard. Her research aims at drawing practical implications on the development of organizations as well as of leaders and their identities.

Results of her work have appeared in various academic journals such as the Journal of Management Inquiry, International Business Review, Schmalenbach Business Review, Review of Managerial Science or The International Journal of Human Resource Management. She is an editorial board member of the “Austrian Management Review”, a yearly-published book series to support theory-practice transfer and strengthen academic-practitioner relationships for which she has served as editor-in-chief for seven years from its launch in 2010.

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