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Simsa, Ruth

Univ.Prof. Dr. Simsa, Ruth
Univ.Prof. Dr. Simsa, Ruth


  • Studies of Economics at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business (completed in 1985)

  • Foreign Studies in Great Britain and Spain

  • Post-graduate Studies of Sociology at the Institute for Higher Studies Vienna

  • Training in Integrative Gestalt Therapy - ÖAGG

  • Training in Group Dynamics and Consulting (teaching trainer)– Austrian Society for Groupdynamics and Organizational Consulting

  • Training in Bioenergetics


1996 Dissertation
Title: Hierarchie und Zeit in Gesellschaft und Organisationen (Hierarchy and Time in Society and Organizations)

2000 Habilitation (Post-doctoral qualification): Venia legendi for sociology

Title: Gesellschaftliche Funktionen und Einflussformen von Nonprofit-Organisationen – eine systemtheoretische Analyse (Functions and Types of Influence of Nonprofit-Organisations – a systems theoretical analysis)
2000 Senator Wilhelm Wilfling-Prize for scientific achievements

Selected Projects:

  • Development of guidelines and policy (Leitbild): Red Cross Austria (2008-2010); Public Relation Reward (Staatspreis) in the category “internal communication”

  • Verein Dialog: Development of Leadership Culture (2010-2012)

  • City Sankt Pölten - town council: Leadership Culture and Strategy (2010-1011)

  • Baxter Bioscience R&D:  Organisational Development (2008-2009)  

  • AMS (Labour Market Service): Development and Implementation of Multi-Channel-Strategy (2008-2010)

  • Steiermärkische Krankenanstaltengesellschaft (Hospital Association): Integration, Management- und Organisation (2006-2007)

  • Schönherr Attorneys at Law:  Post Merger Integration and Co-operation with CEE-offices  (2007-2010)

  • BACA-Leasing: Integration, Commitment and Worksatisfaction (04-06)



  • Associate professor: Institute for Sociology and Empirical Social Research

  • Scientific Head: Nonprofit and Social Entrepreneurship Competence Centre (2002-2018)

  • Editor-in-Chief: VOLUNTAS International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations


Outside positions    

Since 1992 coach, management-trainer and consultant in business, public administration and nonprofit organizations (

Other Positions/Affiliations

  • Editor-in-Chief: VOLUNTAS International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organi-zations Member of Senior Editorial Committee: Journal of Civil Society (since April 2012)

  • Member of the Scientific Committee, Greek Review of Social Research

  • Advisory Board member of the course Nonprofit-Management and Governance.  Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (since 2004)

  • Jury-member Trigos - CSR-Reward (2005-2012)

  • Jury-member Prize of Diakonie Austria (since 2010)

  • Board member Educult Institute for cultural policy and Management (since 2004)

  • Advisory board member „Schriften zur Gruppen- und Organisationsdynamik. with Grossmann, R./Heintel, P./Lackner, K./Stockhammer, H./Wimmer, R.

  • Board member of the NPO-Institute Vienna (since 2002)

  • Teaching trainer for group dynamics and Consulting in the Austrian Society for Group Dynamics and Organizational Consulting (ÖGGO). 1997-2000 Board member

  • Network-Partner of Beratergruppe Neuwaldegg & Train Consulting


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