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.