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Dr. Stephan Leixnering

Biographical Sketch

  • 2016–current: Senior scientist, WU Vienna, Research Institute for Urban Management and Governance

  • 2013–2015: WU Vienna, Institute for Organization Studies

  • 2010–2013: WU Vienna, Institute for Public Management

  • 2010: Doctorate degree in social and economic sciences (Dr. rer.soc.oec.), WU Vienna

  • Visiting fellow at Stanford University (2014), research fellow at Zeppelin University (2016–current), guest lecturer at Leibniz University Hanover (2016–2018), research associate at MINES ParisTech (2020–current)

  • Deputy chair of the Austrian Association of Organization and Management (ÖVO)

Research Interests

Stephan’s research focuses on issues of organizational governance, the emergence of organizational forms, and ethical aspects of organization and management. He studies the control of public sector entities, inter-sectoral collaboration, and the role of the common interest in private-sector corporate governance. Stephan’s research explores an array of topics and empirical settings such as the management of inter-organizational arrangements in the public sector, board composition and compensation, city resilience, collective decision-making in crises, the sharing economy, the purpose of corporations as well as gender diversity on boards. With an educational background in business administration and ethics, he seeks to combine a philosophical background with a perspective on organization and management theory grounded in the social sciences.

Research and Publications

Recent scholarly publications include:

Recent popular-science publications include:

Recently published teaching material:

A comprehensive list of research projects in which Stephan Leixnering is involved as well as a list of his publications can be found in the FIDES documentation.



Undergraduate and graduate courses at WU Vienna:

  • Diplomand*innen-Seminar

  • Gesellschaftlicher Kontext wirtschaftlichen Handelns – Zukunft des Wirtschaftens II: Dimensionen ‚guter‘ Corporate Governance

  • Grundlagen wissenschaftlichen Arbeitens

  • Kompetenzfeld: Organizational Governance und Corporate Communication

  • Kompetenzfeld: Steuerung und Management von öffentlichen und Non-Profit-Organisationen

  • Masterarbeit Coaching

  • Masterarbeit Defensio

  • SBWL Organisation II: Organisationsanalyse und -gestaltung

  • SBWL Organisation III/V: Die “gute" Organisation

  • SBWL Public und Nonprofit Management I: Public Governance: Konzepte und Theorien der Steuerung öffentlicher und Nonprofit Organisationen

  • SBWL Public und Nonprofit Management II: Konzepte und Instrumente des Public und Nonprofit Management

  • SBWL Public und Nonprofit Management IV: Projekt- und Methodenseminar

  • SBWL Public und Nonprofit Management IV/V: Public Corporate Governance

  • Thesis seminar: How to write a thesis

  • Wahlfach Public Management: Public Management I – Public Corporate Governance

  • Wahlfach: Public Management