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Tobias Polzer

Biographical sketch

To­bi­as Pol­zer is assistant professor at the Institute for Organization Studies at WU Vi­en­na. He received a PhD in Pu­blic Ma­nage­ment from WU. Tobias was pre­vious­ly em­ploy­ed at Queen's Uni­ver­si­ty Bel­fast, the Uni­ver­si­ty of Essex and the University of Sussex. He was vi­si­ting re­se­ar­cher at UNSW Syd­ney (Aus­tra­lia), Rut­gers Uni­ver­si­ty (USA) and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Queens­land (Aus­tra­lia). In 2021, he was visiting professor at the University of Macerata (Italy).

Tobias is Editorial Board Member of European Management Journal (EMR), Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management (JPBAFM), International Journal of Public Sector Management (IJPSM) and Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies (JAEE).

Research interests

To­bi­as’ re­se­arch in­te­rests in­clu­de re­forms in the pu­blic sec­tor in the areas of digitalization, public governance, pu­blic financial management and pu­blic pro­cu­re­ment. His PhD the­sis has been pu­blished by Sprin­ger (2019). He has pu­blished in Re­se­arch in the So­cio­lo­gy of Or­ga­niza­ti­ons, Pu­blic Ma­nage­ment Re­view, Urban Studies, Cri­ti­cal Per­spec­ti­ves on Ac­coun­ting and Abacus, among others. A co-​edited vo­lu­me ('“Joined-​up” local go­vernments? Re­st­ruc­tu­ring and re­or­ga­ni­sing in­ter­nal ma­nage­ment', published in 2017) pro­vi­des an em­pi­ri­cal ac­count of how in­itia­ti­ves for joi­ning up ma­ni­fest in local go­vernments in sever­al Eu­ropean coun­tries. He will be a guest editor of a Special Issue on NGO performance, governance and accountability in the era of digitalisation in British Accounting Review.

Selected publications

Research and publications

A comprehensive list of research projects in which Tobias Polzer is involved as well as a list of his publications can be found in the PURE documentation.


Tobias Polzer is open to supervise dissertation projects in the areas of digitalization in the public sector, public governance, public financial management and public procurement, with a focus on contemporary reform endeavours.