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Five new professors to join WU faculty in October


WU is pleased to be welcoming five new professors to its faculty in October: Peter Bydlinski, professor of civil law, Jan Mendling, professor of process management and information systems, Johanna Neslehova, professor of applied probability and statistics, Andreas Schotter, professor of international business administration and Miriam Wilhelm, professor of sustainable supply chain management.

[Translate to English:] Peter Bydlinski

Peter Bydlinski - professor of civil law

Peter Bydlinski (aged 65) habilitated in civil law in 1986, as well as in commercial and corporate law, and the law on securities in 1991. He has held numerous visiting professorships at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and the University of Vienna, as well as at different universities in Bonn, Munich, Graz, Passau, and Hamburg. From 1992 to 1999, he was a C4 professor at the University of Rostock and managing director of the Institute of banking law and bank management there. He transferred to the Faculty of Law at the University of Graz in 1999. In April 2012, he was elected a Corresponding Member in Austria by the Austrian Academy of Sciences and has received numerous academic awards; in June 2022, a volume (Festschrift) of over 1,000 pages was dedicated to his work. Among many other topics, his research explores the fundamental questions of civil law and methodology, as well as consumer law and its European influences. Peter Bydlinski also addresses interdisciplinary issues such as making legislative texts and legal language more comprehensible. He will occupy a part-time position at the Department of Private Law over the next five years, where he will pass on his legal knowledge.

[Translate to English:] Jan Mendling

Jan Mendling - professor of process management and information systems

After completing his degree program in business information systems in Trier and Antwerp, Jan Mendling (aged 46) worked as an assistant at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, where he received his PhD in 2007. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, as well as a junior professor of information systems at Humboldt University in Berlin. In 2011, he was appointed professor of process management and information systems at WU, where, in addition to activities as visiting professor in Liechtenstein and Ljublijana, he worked for 10 years. In 2021, he accepted an appointment at Humboldt University in Berlin. His research focuses on business process modeling, process mining and business process management, he is one of the best young German researchers in the field of computer science. In October, he will return to WU with a part-time double affiliation at the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management within a §99a professorship ("Hiring by Opportunity").

[Translate to English:] Johanna Neslehova

Johanna Neslehova - professor of applied probability and statistics

Johanna Neslehova (aged 45), a native of Prague, received her PhD in mathematics from Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg in 2004. She was a postdoctoral researcher and Heinz Hopf lecturer at ETH Zurich and has been working at McGill University in Canada since 2009. She spent numerous visiting professorships and research stays abroad, among others at ETH Zurich, the Technical University of Munich, Charles University Prague, and Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1. Johanna Neslehova holds a professorship at McGill University since 2020. Furthermore, the Statistical Society of Canada awarded Johanna Neslehova the highest professional accreditation title of Professional Statistician (P.Stat). She has received prestigious awards and prizes for her research work, including the IMS Fellowship and the CRM-SSC Prize. Her research interests include extreme value theory, multivariate statistics, and dependence modeling. In October, in addition to her professorship at McGill University, she will work part-time at the Department of Finance, Accounting and Statistics, also within a §99a professorship.

[Translate to English:] Andreas Schotter

Andreas Schotter - professor of international business administration

The German-Canadian Andreas Schotter (aged 55) completed his PhD in general management from the University of Western Ontario in Canada in 2009. He then received university professorships for teaching and research, including at the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona (USA) and Aarhus University (Denmark). In 2013, he received a chair in international business and general management at the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario (Canada), where he is now associate professor of international business. Before pursuing an academic career, Andreas Schotter was a senior executive and managing director at several multinational companies in the automotive, refrigeration, and consumer goods industry in Germany, the United States, and Asia. His highly application-oriented research focuses mainly on the evolution of working in multinational companies in the wake of Industry 4.0, effective strategies to address the growing turbulences of the global economy, and cross-border management and leadership of global organizations. He also works on topics such as the protection of intellectual property in emerging countries, international talent management, and cross-cultural leadership strategies. He has received numerous awards for his work. The Wall Street Journal has twice named Andreas Schotter WSJ Distinguished Professor of the Year. In 2020, the Henley Business School at the University of Reading (UK) awarded him the prestigious John H. Dunning Fellowship. Since October 1, he works part-time at the Department of Global Business and Trade as a §99a professor in a double affiliation with Ivey Business School.

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Miriam Wilhelm - professor of sustainable supply chain management

Miriam Wilhelm (aged 44) received her PhD from Freie Universität Berlin in 2008. Prior to joining academia, she decided to work in the private sector. She developed internal training programs for Volkswagen AG before starting her academic career at the University of Groningen (NL) in 2010. Miriam Wilhelm spent research stays at universities in Tokyo, Melbourne, Duisburg-Essen and Gadjah Mada, among others. Since 2020, she holds a professorship in global supply chain management at the University of Groningen. Her award-winning research work combines insights from supply chain management, international business, and general management. It focuses mainly on sustainable supply chains, the extension of sustainability standards to suppliers, the differences in managing environmental and social sustainability of suppliers, and the role of institutional context in the sustainability of supply chains. In October, she will join the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management as a professor of sustainable supply chain management.

Peter Bydlinski (c)Foto Donner Gratwein
Peter Bydlinski (c)Foto Donner Gratwein
Jan Mendling (c)WU Wien
Jan Mendling (c)WU Wien
Johanna Neslehova (c)Astrid Eckert
Johanna Neslehova (c)Astrid Eckert
Andreas Schotter (c)zVg
Andreas Schotter (c)zVg
Miriam Wilhelm (c)University of Groningen, Reyer Boxem
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