Some 1,600 academic staff members are currently doing research at WU, including teaching and research associates, post-doctoral researchers, assistant and associate professors, and full professors. Their combined academic output amounts to over 1,100 academic publications per year, from book chapters to journal articles. See our FIDES research database for an overview of all WU researchers and their publications.
In March 2016, WU introduced the Researcher of the Month series. Below you can find an overview of our recent Researchers of the Month:
In freight logistics, delayed and diverted flights can result in massive additional costs and organizational hassles for transport companies. The environment pays a price, as well. Often, trucks are dispatched to the wrong airports to wait to collect freight containers and then have to be re-routed. At WU’s Institute for Information Business, Claudio Di Ciccio and his team have developed an early alert system to help inform logistics providers ahead of time about changes in flight plans. Thanks to this EU project, transportation companies will be able to reduce the number of unnecessary kilometers driven, and CO2 emissions in Europe could be reduced by 6.5 million tons.
July 2018: Miya Komori-Glatz
English as a business lingua franca
As businesses in German-speaking countries become increasingly international, the topic of English as a lingua franca is also attracting ever more attention. Changing the corporate language is more complex, than it might seem. Miya Komori-Glatz studies English as a lingua franca in multicultural teamwork and the implications of introducing a foreign language in the workplace.
June 2018: Sigrid Stagl
Towards an ecological and sustainable economy
Sustainability is regarded as a key to the future of our planet, but the concept often tends to be oversimplified. Sigrid Stagl is working on methods that make it possible to measure the true costs of services, products, and economic policy decisions.
May 2018: Robert Kert
What can corporations get away with?
In 2006, new legislation entered into force in Austria that made it possible to hold corporations liable for criminal acts. Before that, criminal liability had been limited to natural persons only. In his research, Robert Kert looks at how corporations can actually be punished and which consequences they face if sentenced.
April 2018: Stèphanie Mittelbach-Hörmanseder
CSR reports: What do they really tell us?
Taken together, the annual reports published by 100 large enterprises fill a total of 25,000 pages every year. Stéphanie Mittelbach-Hörmanseder investigates the reasons why there is so much variance in how different firms report their CSR activities.
March 2018: Ben Greiner
Hardly anyone books a hotel without first scrolling through all the feedback posted by previous guests. In his research Ben Greiner investigates the factors that cause distortions in online feedback systems.
February 2018: Jonas Puck
In 2016 alone, the three largest Spanish soccer clubs had a turnover of more than € 1.5 billion. Clubs generate substantial amounts of their revenue outside their home countries. Jonas Puck has been investigating how soccer clubs can best develop and implement successful internationalization strategies.
Making business processes easier to understand
Kathrin Figl from WU’s Institute for Information Systems and New Media has investigated the potential of visual representations of business processes and looked at how process models need to be designed to be easily understood.
Why CO2 emissions aren’t sinking, in spite of governments’ best efforts
Global CO2 emissions are rising, although governments around the world are attempting to slow them. Klaus Gugler’s research focuses on current energy policies and their effects on competition. He attributes the problems mainly to misguided subsidization policies and too-low prices for CO2 certificates.
November 2017: Ursula Lutzky
Communicating with customers on Twitter
WU researcher Ursula Lutzky wanted to find out how the interaction between customers and companies works on Twitter and how it could be improved.
Strike as grounds for dismissal?
Among law scholars, the opinion has prevailed for many years that it was acceptable to fire employees for going on strike. In her research, Elisabeth Brameshuber shows clearly that while this in not, in fact, the case, not every type of strike is permissible.
Outsourcing increases Europe’s global footprint
In a large-scale research project at WU, Stefan Giljum is investigating the amount of natural resources required for the production and consumption of goods and services and the effects of globalization on our use of raw materials.
August 2017: Michael Müller-Camen
The many facets of diversity management
A recent study by WU Professor Michael Müller-Camen shows that there are considerable differences in how companies around the world define their priorities in sustainable HR management. These international differences are particularly striking when it comes to measures for supporting women.
When municipalities go bankrupt
It is rare, but not unheard of for municipalities or even provinces of federal republics like Austria to file for bankruptcy. Only very recently, for example, the Austrian province of Carinthia came to the brink of bankruptcy. At WU, Georg Kodek investigates the potential consequences of such bankruptcies from a legal perspective.
June 2017: Nils Löhndorf
Improving energy storage efficiency for cheaper renewable energy
Due to the increased use of renewable energy sources, the generation of electricity is becoming increasingly dependent on weather conditions. Energy storage plants can benefit from this development by storing power when it’s plentiful and selling it when supply is limited and the price goes up. Uncertain weather conditions create a dilemma for storage plants, as they are in danger of missing just the right moment. Nils Löhndorf has spent years developing a decision-making model to help solve this problem.
Freight bicycles and/or cargo vans?
Many urban planners are pinning high hopes on the freight bicycle as one of the key means of urban transportation in the future. Up to now, however, it has been unclear which logistics solutions are best suited to individual cities and which role freight bicycles play in these approaches. Together with her colleagues, Vera Hemmelmayr has developed an algorithm designed to tackle these challenges.
The problems with debt-based financing – personnel costs as a key factor
Many countries, Austria included, offer tax breaks that indirectly subsidize corporate borrowing, because interests paid to creditors count as deductibles and reduce a company’s tax burden. A recent study by Josef Zechner shows how the government’s indirect subsidization of corporate debt leads to higher risks for employees.
February 2017: Katrin Rabitsch
How the USA has racked up the world’s largest foreign debt
Starting from the late 1980s, the USA has moved from being a net creditor to having the world’s highest foreign debt. A study conducted by Katrin Rabitsch poses the question of whether this makes the US inherently dangerous. Her results show that part of the USA’s foreign debt can be explained by structural differences.
January 2017: Harald Eberhard
What kind of protection does the new EU Data Protection Regulation provide?
In 2016, the European Union adopted the new General Data Protection Regulation, designed to provide the European and national judiciaries with a completely new basis for data protection and privacy law. At WU, Harald Eberhard, professor of public law investigates various issues raised by data protection law. His current work focuses on the effects of the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation on Austrian data protection law.