The research and teaching activities of the Interdisciplinary Institute of Management and Organisational Behaviour concentrate mainly on processes that affect behaviour in organisations.
Central research topics include career, leadership and management issues as well as human resource management. Several current projects concern themselves with career issues. The Vienna Career Panel Project (ViCaPP) is a study following the career development of three cohorts of graduates of academic programs in social and economic studies (graduates of the classes of 1970, 1990 and 2000). The long-term orientation of this study makes it unique in the German-speaking world.
Another current international study is examining the intercultural similarities and differences in the concept of "career" as perceived by different professional groups (Cross-Cultural Contemporary Careers Collaboration, 5C).
In the field of human resource management, the Interdisciplinary Institute of Management and Organisational Behaviour is a member of the CRANET network, which has been conducting research on personnel management throughout Europe since 1989. The study aims to gather data on current industry standards and on trends in international personnel management. Currently, data has been compiled from 34 European countries, including information from 30,000 companies with over 200 employees. This represents the largest database of its kind worldwide.
As the latest addition to the institute's research, the use of the French theory "Économie des Conventions" promises to give new insights into topics of Human Resource Management like work, employment, critique and coordination.
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