Welcome to the Institute for Higher Education Management

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.



We are hiring!

The Institute for Higher Education Management is looking for two student tutors for the summer term 2023.

Eligible to apply for a tutor position are students enrolled in a Master’s programme who haven’t completed their degree yet. If you already have an employment contract with WU, please be aware that you are not allowed to work more than 20 hours per week. The positions entail a commitment of up to 6 hours per week (the exact number of hours to be confirmed later).

Your primary duties will include:

  • Creating and editing of course materials (e.g. PowerPoint slides, handouts, written exams & assignments)

  • Preparing group work and answering student questions about the courses

  • Active participation in course-related agendas (group activities, Zoom sessions, etc.)

  • Supporting the set-up of online sessions in Zoom/Teams

Our institute offers you:

  • Interesting tasks connected to the Institute’s offered course portfolio

  • A warm, welcoming team atmosphere

  • Insights in the academic world (research- and teaching-wise)

  • Networking possibilities for your own, possible PhD-path

Further information on our course portfolio can be found here.

If you are interested in the position, please submit your CV by December 14th, 2023 by email to verena.herbsthofer@wu.ac.at

For further information about the tutor position, do not hesitate to contact Bernhard Böhm (bernhard.boehm@wu.ac.at).

Innovative Teaching Award for IHM

Business Planning Summer 2022

The Institute for Higher Education Management has great news to share! The course "Business Planning and Performance Management" of the Master's program in “Strategy, Innovation and Management Control” (SIMC) was awarded with WU’s Innovative Teaching Award. This prize honors innovative teaching designs that take up new ideas and approaches in the field of university teaching and learning.

The call for proposals takes place annually. This year’s focus concentrated on teaching designs in “International Teaching and Learning”. The course instructors Barbara Sporn and Bernhard Böhm feel proud of this great achievement!

Further information on the course concept and the innovative teaching award can be viewed via the following link (in German):


Hot off the Press!

We are happy to share that the article "The conceptualisation of socially responsible universities in higher education research: a systematic literature review", authored by Ana Godonoga and Prof. Barbara Sporn is now published open access in the journal Studies in Higher Education! If you are interested to learn more about what it means to be a socially responsible university, please check our work here!

New Publication

global focus - The EFMD Business Magazine

Together with Kenneth Qua Prof. Sporn published the article "Contextualising change with social network analysis" in global focus - The EFMD Business Magazine.

Book recommendation

SDG-4: Flexible learning pathways in higher education – from policy to practice: an international comparative analysis

SDG-4: Flexible learning pathways in higher education – from policy to practice: an international comparative analysis

Edited by Michaela Martin and Uliana Furiv.

With a chapter by Michaela Martin, Uliana Furiv and Ana Godonoga “International overview of policies and practices for flexible learning pathways".

This book presents findings from an international research project by UNESCO which examined policies and practices facilitating and creating flexible learning pathways in higher education.



Prof. Barbara Sporn is Member of Academia Europea

We are proud to announce that due to her outstanding achievements as a researcher the Academia Europaea invited Prof. Sporn to become a member. More information to the nomination and the Academia Europea can be found here.



Book recommendation

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. The book can be ordered here.

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."