Institut für Nachhaltigkeitsmanagement
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Teaching & Learning

Busi­ness edu­ca­tion must sat­isfy scien­ti­fic, as well as prac­tical re­quire­ments. This re­quires stu­dents to ac­quire prac­tice-rel­ev­ant know­ledge and pro­cess-re­lated skills, but also the un­der­stand­ing of the­or­ies, paradigms and re­search meth­ods.

Teach­ing at the In­sti­tute for Man­aging Sus­tain­ab­il­ity has the aim of en­abling stu­dents to un­der­stand the com­plex re­la­tion­ships between economy, so­ci­ety and the en­vir­on­ment. Our in­ter­dis­cip­lin­ary teach­ing ap­proach fo­cuses on the im­pacts of busi­nesses and their re­spons­ib­il­it­ies. In this field, the in­sti­tute and its head can build on a suc­cess­ful teach­ing ex­per­i­ence of over 20 years. This in­cludes teach­ing assign­ments at for­eign uni­versit­ies and the es­tab­lish­ment of e-learn­ing plat­forms in the con­text of EU re­search pro­grams. Bas­ing teach­ing and learn­ing con­tents on our suc­cess­ful in­ter­na­tional re­search is cru­cial for achiev­ing ex­cel­lence in our teach­ing ap­proach.

In our courses stu­dents will ac­quire pro­fes­sional know­ledge, as well as so­cial skills. Our lec­tures en­cour­age crit­ical think­ing and the devel­op­ment of in­nov­at­ive solu­tions. The fol­low­ing prin­ciples form the basis of our teach­ing strategy:

  • The­ory-­based learn­ing en­ables stu­dents to un­der­stand fun­da­mental re­la­tion­ships, ex­plan­at­ory val­ues and the ap­plic­a­tion lim­its of the­or­ies.

  • Un­der­stand­ing of re­search meth­od­o­logy and meth­ods qual­ify stu­dents to crit­ic­ally ana­lyze scien­ti­fic out­comes.

  • Case stud­ies com­bine scien­ti­fic ap­proaches with prac­tical chal­lenges and en­able stu­dents to view prac­tical prob­lems from the per­spect­ive of de­cision-­makers.

  • Learn­ing by do­ing in the form of team­work, role play­ing ex­er­cises and al­tern­at­ive present­a­tion tech­niques lead to sus­tained learn­ing ef­fects and sup­port the trans­fer of skills into prac­tice.

The suc­cess of our courses is re­flec­ted in ex­cel­lent evalu­ations. In the past semesters our stu­dents rated the over­all im­pres­sion of our courses with an aver­age score of 1,25. One can read more about what our stu­dents think of in­di­vidual courses on ÖH WU ProfCheck.

In case you have any ques­tions regard­ing lec­tures and thesis su­per­vi­sion please con­tact Florian Find­ler, our con­tact per­son for teach­ing.