Welcome to the Institute for Higher Education Management

Univ. Prof. Dr. Barbara Sporn

The Institute for Higher Education Management is part of the Department of Strategy and Innovation at WU and is led by Univ. Prof. Dr. Barbara Sporn.

IHM activities include research, teaching, policy advising and external engagement with different stakeholders, as well as involvement in international associations. Areas of interest at IHM combine theories of business and management applied to the complex organization of universities. With this focus, IHM provides insights for higher education scholars and practitioners but also beyond that for research and practice interested in expert and nonprofit organizational settings.




China and Europe on the New Silk Road - Connecting Universities Across Eurasia

Edited by Marijk van der WendeWilliam C. KirbyNian Cai Liu, and Simon Marginson

With a chapter from Barbara Sporn und Marijk van der Wende The New Silk Road and the "Idea of the University"

This is not a time to be silent. This book addresses the opportunities, controversies and tensions surrounding the New Silk Road. It looks at how universities, while faced with challenges to their autonomy and values, stand firm to defend global cooperation.

Marijk van der Wende about the development and the idea of the book:

"We were able to pull this volume together in a two-year international research project collaborating with colleagues from Europe, China, Hong Kong, the USA, Russia, and Australia. 

We initiated this project in 2017 because we felt that with the changing global order, as it was built on international governance and multilateral trade mechanisms in the wake of World War II, and with China rolling out its New Silk Road (or Belt and Road Initiative), uncertainty was rising in higher education."

A “knowledge spillover” from our Independent Study in Business and Management course got published!

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Our former student, Danuta Gruszka, in collaboration with our team member, Ana Godonoga have published a reflection article exploring how students in Polish universities experienced the transition to distance learning during the COVID-19 outbreak. We are proud to see Danuta’s research results disseminated beyond the classroom.

When asked about her reflection on the course, Danuta mentioned:

“I have learned a lot about research strategies and techniques. I wish more universities would encourage their students to work on research to get it published or at least disseminated in some way to a larger audience.”

The full article can be accessed here.


Cross-Functional Management

Univ. Prof. Dr. Barbara Sporn is the Academic Lead of the Strategic Management and Strategic Leadership core field of the newly reformed Cross-Functional Management (CFM) programme. CFM is a specialisation in the International Business Administration major in the Bachelor’s Program in Business, Economics and Social Sciences.

We welcome applications for the Winter Semester 2020/21 from WU undergraduate students pursuing a major in International Business Administration, and from incoming students from WU’s 250 partner universities. More information about our Strategic Management and Strategic Leadership course portfolio and the CFM programme in general can be found here.


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Available topics and more information can be found here.

In case you are interested, please contact Professor Sporn directly for a meeting.