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LILI - Life-worlds meet Life Science in Public Health and Social Measures (seed funding)

The research project LILI - Life-worlds meet Life Science in Public Health and Social Measures is a joint project of the Competence Centre for Empirical Research Methods, Vienna University of Economics and Business and the Institute of Sociology, University of Vienna in cooperation with the Institute of Mathematics, University of Vienna and the Institute of Public Health and Health Services Research, Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich.

In light of recent steady increase in science scepticism and distrust towards scientific communities surfacing during the COVID 19 -pandemic, this study focuses on difficult-to-reach life worlds and seeks to explain collective patterns of interpretations of scientific knowledge (knowledge subjectivation) and public health management measures. Scientific knowledge, which is, from the perspective of the citizens, a part of expert knowledge requires interpretation and translation to reach the targeted population. The project investigates these translations as a multi-step process between scientists, politics, the media, public health and its interpretations in different life worlds. It is the purpose of the study to understand and reconstruct dominant patterns of interpretation of science denial and scepticism. Furthermore, the study aims to explore the perspectives of science sceptics on scientific results (mathematical models) and public health and social measures in highly solution-oriented discussions regarding the transformation of scepticism to compliance.

The project is funded by start-up grant from the Vienna University of Economics and Business and the University of Vienna and will run until the end of May, 2022. LILI is based on interpretative social science methods in combination with mathematical modelling. In addition to developing a proposal for a continuing research project, initial field work is being carried out and first results are being elaborated and published.

New publication

Michael Schiffinger (2021). A world of p(ain). Wie signifikant ist "(statistisch) signifikant"? Austrian Management Review, Vol.11, pp. 112-123

Representation in WU ethics council

Katharina Miko-Schefzig has been elected as a member of the newly founded ethics council.

New publication

Tom Osborn, Katherine Venturo-Conerly, Susana Arango G., Elizabeth Roe, Micaela Rodriguez, Rediet Alemu, Jenny Gan, Akash Wasil, Benny Otieno, Thomas Rusch, David Ndetei, Christine Wasanga, Jessica Schleider, John Weisz (2021). Effect of Shamiri Layperson-Provided Intervention vs Study Skills Control Intervention for Depression and Anxiety Symptoms in Adolescents in Kenya: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Psychiatry. Published online June 09, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2021.1129

Member of the Science Board of the Shamiri Institute

Thomas Rusch joined the Science Board of the Shamiri Institute, a data-driven organization that develops and implements low-cost, low-stigma mental health and wellness interventions to help young people, in Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond, thrive.

New publication

Thomas Rusch, Patrick Mair, Kurt Hornik. 2021. Cluster Optimized Proximity Scaling. Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics

FWF project "Collaborative Consumption / Sharing Economy": mission accomplished

After the successful completion of the project after four years, this page offers not just a brief description but an interesting short video as well.

We have moved!

The Competence Center is now in building D5, 2nd floor. As before, please make an appointment beforehand.

"WU Vienna's impacts on the environment, society, and our future": contribution by the Competence Center

The project "Management in police detention – safe and healthy prisons" by Katharina Miko-Schefzig, Cornelia Reiter, and Karin Sardadvar (as well as external partners) is listed in the current WU impact brochure (p. 50).

Habilitation treatise of Katharina Miko-Schefzig

Subjektive Sicherheit in Situation, Organisation und Diskurs - Zur wissenssoziologischen Analyse sozialer Situationen im öffentlichen Raum | Katharina Miko-Schefzig | Springer

The book describes the analysis of social situations from a perspective of sociology of knowledge. It deals with the influence of the pattern of interpretation of subjective security on different societal levels, introducing the vignette-based focus group as a medhod of analysis for such situations.

New publication

Mensi-Klarbach, Heike, Leixnering, Stephan, Schiffinger, Michael. 2019. The carrot or the stick: Self-regulation for gender-diverse boards via codes of good governance. Journal of Business Ethics

Reseach Topic in Frontiers on the "Sharing Economy and the Issue of (Dis)Trust"

Eva Hofmann, Barbara Hartl and Ann-Marie Ingrid Nienaber are currently editing a Reseach Topic in Frontiers on the "Sharing Economy and the Issue of (Dis)Trust". The submission deadline for abstracts is August 30, 2019 (full papers are due January 6, 2020), and the call for papers can be found here.

New publication

Seitz, Tamara, Stastka, Kurt, Schiffinger, Michael, Turk, Bela Rui, Löffler-Stastka, Henriette. 2019. Interprofessional care improves health-related well-being and reduces medical costs for chronic pain patients. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. 1-23.

Course by Katharina Miko-Schefzig and Karin Sardadvar among the top three of the "Ars Docendi"

For the "Ars Docendi" (national award for excellence in teaching) 2018, an international jury ranked the course "Interdisziplinäres sozioökonomisches Forschungspraktikum I+II" by Katharina Miko-Schefzig and Karin Sardadvar among the top three in its category.

Two accepted submissions

Philipp, Michel, Rusch, Thomas, Strobl, Carolin, Hornik, Kurt. 2018. Measuring the Stability of Results from Supervised Statistical Learning. Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics. Forthcoming.

Rusch, Thomas, Hornik, Kurt, Mair, Patrick. 2018. Assessing and quantifying clusteredness: The OPTICS Cordillera. Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics. Forthcoming.

Workshop on Qualitative Comparative Analysis

On Wednesday, June 20th, 2018, from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Prof. Dr. Reinhard Grohs from Privatuniversität Schloss Seeburg will hold a workshop on Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). Over the past few years, QCA has gained importance in management, organization, and marketing research. Particularly attractive features are the possibility to analyze and represent typologies and configurations, various paths towards a result, and asymmetric effects. The workshop will consist of the conceptual foundations, examples of application in business research, an introduction to the fsQCA software by Charles Ragin, and a discussion on critique of the method.

Workshop on "Qualitative Story Telling and the publication possibilities in international journals"

On Wednesday, June 13th, 2018, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Mark Learmonth, (Professor of Organization Studies from Durham University Business School in the UK) will give an input on the qualitative method of Story Telling and combine this input with his expertise in getting qualitative analyses published in international journals (such as Academy of Management Learning & Education, Academy of Management Review, Human Relations, Journal of Management Inquiry, Journal of Management Studies, Management Learning, Organization and Organization Studies).

Afterwards, he will discuss participants' own material and ways of using his method in qualitative research. Both the lecture and the workshop will be held in English.

This workshop is part of an emphasis on text analysis following our successful workshop and lecture series on visual data in the past year. At the end of this year, Prof. Margrit Schreier, a renowned expert on qualitative content analysis, will hold the second lecture and workshop event in the context of this series on text analysis. She will introduce the method and apply it to the participants' own material. This event, too, will be held in English.

WU Visiting Fellowship for Katharina Miko-Schefzig

Together with Prof. Mark Learmonth, Professor of Organization Studies at the Durham University Business School, Dr.in Katharina Miko-Schefzig will work on further development of her vignette-based focus group method during a WU Visiting Fellowship.

New publication

Miska, Christof, Szöcs, Ilona, Schiffinger, Michael. 2018. Culture's Effects on Corporate Sustainability Practices: A Multi-Domain and Multi-Level View. Journal of World Business 53 (2), 263-279

Karin Sardadvar realizes FWF research project/Constanze Volkmann joins the CC

From 2018 on Karin Sardadvar changes from the Competence Center to the Institute for Sociology and Social Research. After her consulting and development work within the qualitative pillar at the Competence Center (together with Katharina Miko and Manfred Lueger) she has successfully acquired a four-year FWF research project. The habilitation project SPLITWORK explores the fragmentation of working life by shared work arrangements in the cleaning industry and mobile care.

Qualitative social research is a core pillar at the Competence Center. From 2018 on it will be overseen by Katharina Miko-Schefzig and Constanze Volkmann. Constanze Volkmann has recently finished her doctoral studies in psychology (with distinction) at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences. Her methodological expertise will be put to good use in the consulting for qualitative research projects, the monthly interpretation group and further development of interpretative methods in social research.

New publication

Frank, Hermann, Keßler, Alexander, Rusch, Thomas, Süss-Reyes, Julia, Weismeier-Sammer, Daniela. 2017. Capturing the Familiness of Family Businesses: Development of the Family Influence Familiness Scale (FIFS). Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice (ET&P) 41(5), 709-742

New publication

Latzke, Markus, Schiffinger, Michael, Zellhofer, Dominik, Steyrer, Johannes. 2017. Soft Factors, Smooth Transport? The role of safety climate and team processes in reducing adverse events during intrahospital transport in intensive care. Health Care Management Review

Methodological workshop on the hermeneutic analysis of images/Visual Segment Analysis at the WU on 30 November 2017

We would like to inform you about an upcoming lecture and workshop event. The lecture is held in German,but it is possible to discuss the participants' own material in the second part (workshop) in English.

As an expert we have invited Assoz. Prof. Dr. Roswitha Breckner from the University of Vienna. She will start with an input on her hermeneutic approach (Visual Segment Analysis). Afterwards, she will discuss the participants' own material and ways to use her method in qualitative research together with the participants.

We cordially invite you to this workshop, which will take place on 30 November 2017 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Details and an e-mail for registration will follow at the start of the next semester.

Research project on Collaborative Consumption

In May the three-year project "Collaborative Consumption – Trust, power and cooperation", funded by the Austrian Science Fund started at the Competence Center for Empirical Research Methods with Mag. Dr. Eva Hofmann as project leader. With collaborative consumption, consumers no longer own a good, but temporarily have access to this good. The aim is to investigate how power of authorities providing collaborative goods impact trust and cooperation in collaborative consumption and the sharing economy. A big variety of different studies are planned including focus groups, online questionnaires and experiments. Mag. Dr. Barbara Hartl, ao. Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. Elfriede Penz, MAS, Eur. Ph.D., Sarah Marth, MSc and Mag. Thomas Sabitzer are part of the team.

Methodological workshop on the use of cameras in qualitative research designs

We would like to inform you about an upcoming lecture and workshop event on the use of cameras in qualitative research designs (camera ethnography). The lecture is held in German, but it is possible to discuss the participants´ own material in the second part (workshop) in English. The workshop will take place on June 14, 2017 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Vienna University of Economics and Business in the AD building, AD.0.114 Conference room 1.

As an expert we have invited Dr.in Bina Elisabeth Mohn from the University of Siegen, Germany. She will start with an input on using cameras in qualitative research designs (camera ethnography). After that, she will discuss the participants´ own material and ways to use it in qualitative research together with the participants. The lecture is part of a series on the methodological use of visual data (for details, please see the attachment). We cordially invite you to register for this workshop via e-mail to: kmiko@wu.ac.at.

WU Award for innovative teaching

The Master course "Interdisziplinäres sozio-ökonomisches Forschungspraktikum I & II" by Dr.in Katharina Miko and Dr.in Karin Sardadvar won a WU award for "Innovative Teaching 2017".

Karin Sardadvar back at the Competence Center

Since Jan 2017 Dr. Karin Sardadvar is part of the Competence Center team again. In addition to collaborating with Dr. Katharina Miko in the area of qualitative methods, she supports the research team for the MOMA project and gives lectures in the socioeconomics master. The sociologist with a focus on interpretative social, labour and gender research works part-time for the Competence Center and as a researcher for the Working Life Research Centre in Vienna.

Workshop on the analysis of visual qualitative data

On 16 November 2016, Prof. Bernt Schnettler from the University of Bayreuth held a workshop on the analysis of visual qualitative data. After a general presentation on visual data analysis (with an emphasis on videography), participants' own material and possible applications for visual data in qualitative research were discussed.

Cornelia Reiter: welcome to the Competence Center!

Mag. Cornelia Reiter, MA works at the Competence Center for Empirical Research Methods since October 2016 for the project "MOMA - Modern Management in Police detention (Modernes Management im Polizeianhaltewesen)" tätig. Graduated in sociology and dramatics with a focus on qualitative methods and organizational research, she has been employed previously as a project collaborator at the Vienna University, the WU and non-university research organizations.

Oct. '16: new research project MOMA

Info sheet

Dr. Katharina Miko: end of maternity leave

Dr. Katharina Miko has returned to the CC after her maternity leave. Welcome back!

New publication

The manuscript "Assessing and quantifying clusteredness: The OPTICS Cordillera" by Thomas Rusch, Kurt Hornik, and Patrick Mair has been published as Discussion Paper 2016/1, Discussion Paper Series / Center for Empirical Research Methods, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna.