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ao.Univ.Prof. Angelika Schmidt

ao.Univ.Prof. Angelika Schmidt

ao.Univ.Prof. Angelika Schmidt

The start of the academic career lies in the studies that Angelika Schmidt completed at the WU Vienna. The main course was business education, whereby the relatively different focal points of human resource management and economics already indicate that it is about a combination of several levels of explanation, which can also be found in her research.

Considerations at the micro level, how the individual is doing in organizational fields, are one focus. The dissertation dealt with questions of how members of the organization deal with the interface between work and private life - a question that was later dealt with in greater depth in cooperation with colleagues on questions in the area of career success and, more recently, in papers on the topic of “New Work “ has found new topicality.

The aim of the habilitation thesis was to comprehensively explain which factors influence organizational commitment of members of organizations. In doing so, she also takes into account the thematic connection to the organizational meso-level, because in addition to the identification of influencing factors, the focus is also on the importance of such constructs for workforce structures. In this context, boundaries in organizations are questioned anew and the occupation with (a)typical forms of employment accompany this focus to this day and forms such as gig work and crowdworking are current fields of her research.

Another strand of research that is located at the interface between the meso and macro level is the study of communication and discourses in organizations. The starting point was the linguistic analyzes of metaphors such as ´glass ceiling´ or ´step family´ etc. The use of linguistic methods in particular makes it clear very quickly that this often goes far beyond the application in organizations and requires a wider perspective. This connection between these levels has also been shown by the work that shows itself with feminist activism or solidarity-participatory action in alternative, welfare organizations.

Completed trainings with a focus on experience-based learning as well as on systemic organizational consulting flow into the work areas listed and also form an essential basis for the didactic implementation of the various focus areas in the teaching area. Angelika Schmidt is currently responsible for the module for the competence field “Change, Creativity and Innovation” of the Master’s program in Management.

Angelika Schmidt has been working at the institute in various types of contracts since 1994, she has been an Associate professor since 2012. From 2013-2021, as chairwoman of the works council for the academic staff of the Vienna University of Economics and Business, she also gained a lot of exciting experience with a view to change processes in organizations - experiences that has drawn from the personal, individual micro level through the meso level of negotiations on employee concerns to the macro level of the design of the legal framework.

Work- and research interests:

  • Work- and private life boundaries

  • Communication and organizational discourse (eg. Metaphors)

  • Participation and collective action (eg in alternative organizations)

  • Gender issues in organizations

  • Changing work arrangements and their implications for the organizations and the actors (eg crowdworking)

  • Feminist Activism - Status Quo and Participatory Research


Verband der HochschullehrerInnen für Betriebswirtschaft

Academy of Management (AOM) Vereinigte Staaten/USA

European Academy of Management (EURAM)/EU

European Group of Organizational Studies (EGOS)

Gender in Management Special Intrest Group (GIMSIG)

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Frauen in Forschung und Lehre an der WU Wien