Dr. Lisa Schmidthuber
Lisa Schmidthuber is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Management’s Institute for Public Management and Governance at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien). Before joining the WU Wien, she has been working as a research and teaching assistant at the Institute of Public and Nonprofit Management at Johannes Kepler University Linz (Chair: Professor Dennis Hilgers). During her doctoral studies, she was a visiting scholar at the Institute of Public Service at Suffolk University Boston (Chair: Professor Marc Holzer). She received her doctoral degree in business administration from Johannes Kepler University Linz in 2018 with a paper-based dissertation on open government and the exploration and exploitation of external knowledge in the public sector. Her doctoral thesis was awarded with the Goerdeler Preis in 2020.
Next to research, she has gained experience in academic teaching and supervision of PhD, master, and bachelor students. Her lectures deal with the digitalization of public sector institutions and related drivers and consequences. In addition, she gives lectures on the financial management of public sector organizations with the aim of teaching students how transparent financial data such as public debt can inform about and support public decision-making. During an Erasmus+ project, she co-developed an online course and an open access textbook on European Public Sector Accounting together with University of Rostock, University of Coimbra, University of Tampere and University of Leicester (https://www.diepsam.uni-rostock.de/).
Lisa Schmidthuber’s research interests include public management, innovation management, and quantitative research methodology. Her main research interests can be summarized in three clusters:
Public Innovation: Public sector organizations increasingly focus on leveraging digital technology to enhance citizen participation in public service design, delivery and decision making. For instance, a promising example of using digital technology for citizen-government interaction is crowdsourcing platforms. Lisa’s research explores citizens’ motivation to participate on these platforms as well as government’s willingness to open up innovation processes and to collaborate with external actors. Her current research investigates the outcomes of governmental openness and citizen participation, also concentrating on the dark sides of openness and digitalization.
Digital Transformation: Organizations and customers alike face challenges in adopting and using modern technology. Lisa is particularly interested in user technology acceptance, ethical expectations, and organizational adoption of disruptive technology in a comparative perspective.
Accounting Innovation: Harmonizing public sector at the international level is often realized today by applying the International Public Sector Accounting standards (IPSAS). IPSAS are intended to generate more comparable financial information across national boundaries and minimize differences in countries’ generally accepted domestic accounting principles. Lisa’s research center on countries’ adoption of the IPSAS standards, also in the light of newly developed sets of accounting standards for European countries (European Public Sector Accounting Standards, EPSAS).
Her full list of publications can be found here.