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.



e-lecture: Revisiting Adaptation: The Role of Impact, Quality, and Sustainability in Shaping the Future of Universities

Tampere University

Prof. Barbara Sporn has agreed to deliver a lecture on April 10 as a part of the Peking-Tampere lecture series.

Theme: Revisiting Adaptation: The Role of Impact, Quality, and Sustainability in Shaping the Future of Universities

Time: April 10, 2024 at 13.00-14.30 (Helsinki time) / 18.00-19.30 (Peking time)

Registration: please register here to receive the Zoom link

Abstract and more information can be found here.

Courses Summer Term 2024


During the upcoming summer term we offer the following courses with interesting (guest-)lecturer:

LV 5392: Advanced Strategic Leadership

LV 5432: Business Planning and Performance Management

LV 4410 + 4832: Professional Develpoment Workshop

The WU Course Catalogue for the summer term with dates and details can be found here.

Higher Education Speaker Series

IHM Speaker Series

We will restart our successful Higher Education Speaker Series and are looking forward to top-class guest speakers with interesting lectures. On March 20th, 2024 we will welcome Cláudia S. Sarrico (policy analyst at the OECD Science, Technology, and Innovation Directorate). More details and dates can be found here.


Our Institute welcomes interest from students who would like to write their thesis under our supervision. The following topics are available for Bachelor’s and Master’s theses:

  • The use of AI in teaching and learning

  • AI assisted Knowledge Management

  • AI use in Strategic Management

  • Influence of AI on Strategic Leadership

  • Strategy and Innovation in Expert Organizations

  • Strategic Leadership and Organizational Outcomes

  • Responsible Leadership and Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Governance and Performance Management in (Non-profit) Organizations

  • Competitiveness and Innovative Capacity of Expert Organizations

  • Business Models in Complex Organizations

  • Business Planning and Modelling

  • Marketing and Employer Branding in the Higher Education Sector  

You can find the guides to your thesis here.

SIMC Master in Top Ten of QS Ranking

SIMC Master

The SIMC Master program was again able to achieve a top placement in the QS Master in Management Ranking and is now in the excellent 10th place (out of 148). This meant that SIMC was able to position itself among the top 5% globally. Details about the ranking can be found here. For more information about the SIMC Master at the Department of Strategy and Innovation, please visit the website: 

Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien: Overview - Strategy, Innovation and Management Control - Master’s Programs (wu.ac.at)


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!

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.