Institut für Nachhaltigkeitsmanagement
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We work in net­works and pro­jects. A qual­i­fied team of ju­nior and senior re­search­ers con­ducts every pro­ject. In­ternal ex­perts from the Vi­enna Uni­versity of Eco­nom­ics and Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion and ex­ternal ex­perts from our Pan-European net­work sup­ply us with a broad vari­ety of ad­di­tional know-how and ex­per­i­ence. Most of our re­search teams work in­ter­dis­cip­lin­ary and can draw on long-term co­oper­a­tion with other ex­perts. By devel­op­ing and im­ple­ment­ing our pro­jects we obey the fol­low­ing ob­ject­ives:n.

  • Scien­ti­fic ob­ject­ive: We strive to­wards cre­at­ing and dis­sem­in­at­ing scien­tific­ally pro­duced know­ledge which is valu­able for the im­ple­ment­a­tion of the guid­ing model of sus­tain­able devel­op­ment on all so­ci­etal levels (i.e. on the in­di­vidual, the cor­por­ate, the re­gional, the state and the in­ter­na­tional level). By con­duct­ing the­or­et­ical re­search and ap­plied pro­jects in in­ter­dis­cip­lin­ary teams, core com­pet­en­cies of the Vi­enna Uni­versity of Eco­nom­ics and Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion are strengthened in a prac­tic­ally rel­ev­ant, scien­tific­ally de­mand­ing and prom­ising re­search area.

  • Stra­tegic ob­ject­ive: We strive to­wards the long term es­tab­lish­ment of re­search areas in which a ser­ies of the­or­et­ical re­search and ap­plied pro­jects en­rich each other. In so do­ing, we se­cure the con­tinu­ity (of both con­tents and per­son­nel) which is ne­ces­sary to develop and sus­tain in­ter­na­tional net­works, foster aca­demic ca­reers and re­main com­pet­it­ive on an in­ter­na­tional scale.

  • Mix of the­or­et­ical re­search and ap­plied pro­jects: In re­cent years we have been able to un­der­take a good mix­ture of the­or­et­ical re­search and ap­plied pro­jects. This mix­ture proved to be very fruit­ful for both types of pro­jects. On the one hand, the­or­et­ical re­search pro­jects be­nefited from prac­tic­ally rel­ev­ant re­search ques­tions de­rived from more ap­plic­a­tion-ori­ented pro­jects. Fur­ther­more we were able to dis­sem­in­ate the “ac­tion­able know­ledge” pro­duced in re­search pro­jects among both the scien­ti­fic com­munity and prac­ti­tion­ers. This im­plies that, on the other hand, ap­plied pro­jects and their con­tract­ors be­nefited es­sen­tially from the ex­pert­ise gen­er­ated in the the­or­et­ical re­search pro­jects. Due to our pos­it­ive ex­per­i­ences with this mix­ture, we will work to­wards con­tinu­ing this prac­tice.  

  • Scien­ti­fic policy con­sult­ing is a par­tic­u­lar form of ap­plied pro­jects in which we com­bine scien­ti­fic ex­pert­ise with prac­tic­ally-rel­ev­ant ad­vice. Re­peatedly, this activ­ity proved to be a par­tic­u­larly in­ter­est­ing cata­lysts for re­search pro­jects, which, in turn, fed back to our con­sult­ing activ­it­ies. In this con­text our ob­ject­ive is to re­con­cile close co­oper­a­tion with the con­tract­ors with the re­quire­ments of scien­ti­fic neut­ral­ity and inde­pend­ence.