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Gender Data Gap: Why women still find themselves disadvantaged
While the Gender Pay Gap describes gender inequality on the job market, the term Gender Data Gap refers to inequalities in social development as a whole: Most socio-organizational decisions are based on data concerning men, i.e. male bodies, male preferences and prototypical male life choices. In a recent study, WU researcher Sonja Sperber (Institute for Strategy, Technology and Organization) and her colleagues look into the negative effects of the Gender Data Gap and how to overcome it.

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Teaching sustainability – Laugh and learn
Teaching sustainability – Laugh and learn

Professor André Martinuzzi, head of the WU Institute for Managing Sustainability, uses humor as a method of experiential learning and has investigated its effects.

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Psychopaths in the C-Suite
Psychopaths in the C-Suite

The cliché of the monster in pinstripes comes up again and again in films, media reports, and even academic research. Is it true or just a myth? WU researcher Günter K. Stahl explains ...

A Cinderella story
Upcycling: The identity of products

Once an airbag, now a handbag: Bernadette Kamleitner of the Institute for Marketing & Consumer Research explains why it makes sense to refer to the former identity of upcycled products.

Pay Dispersion & Performance-based Incentives
How pay influences performance

Do employees automatically work harder if they receive more pay? WU researcher Isabella Grabner has investigated the effects of pay dispersion, i.e. the variation between salaries.

Poverty in North Korea - 1 Minute, 1 Paper
Poverty in North Korea

Jesús Crespo Cuaresma, head of the Institute for Macroeconomics, estimates that about 60% of the North Korean population lives in absolute poverty.

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Location: Library & Learning Center Forum

on 05 June 2023 Starting at 18:00

Closed to Exclusion - Open to Inclusion

Critical reflection on WU’s handling of the Nazi era

Location: Library & Learning Center Forum

on 14 June 2023 Starting at 18:00

Towards a Sustainable Economy, featuring Vice-Chancellor Kogler

Discussion to celebrate the new edition of the Sustainable Economics and Business textbook
WU matters. WU talks.

Location: Library & Learning Center Ceremonial Hall 1

on 21 June 2023 Starting at 18:00

Dying with self-determination

Assisted suicide caught between the law, ethics, and medicine
WU matters. WU talks.

Location: WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business)

Starting on 03 July 2023 Ending on 26 October 2023

125 years of WU Exhibition Path

The exhibition will be set up in the outdoor area of Campus WU. It will show the milestones of WU’s…

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Improving environmental sustainability through AI-based explanations of events in complex systems
While Austria is striving to achieve (inter)national sustainability goals, 70% of its greenhouse gas emissions are caused by critical infrastructures such as transportation, energy industries, and buildings. Modernizing these infrastructures so that they are more efficiently run is an important approach for increasing sustainability. Additionally, Austria is making major steps towards rolling out green technologies at scale (electric vehicles (EVs), local energy communities (LECs), renewable energy sources (RES)). Yet, user acceptance of these technologies plays a critical role in their diffusion. To sum up, ensuring that key infrastructures are efficient and user friendly can translate into sustainability gains and ultimately contribute towards the country’s energy sovereignty. All answers

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