Dr. Monika Knassmüller

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Biographical Sketch

Monika Knassmüller is Assistant Professor and Deputy Head of the Institute for Public Management and Governance at WU Vienna.

With an background in Business Education (graduate degree), Monika Knassmüller received her PhD (Dr.rer.soc.oec) in Social and Economic Sciences in 2003. After her graduation she has been working as a research and teaching assistant at the Department of General Management and Management Control (Chair: Univ.Prof.Dr. Karl Sandner) and at the Institute for Public Management (Chair: Univ.Prof.Dr. Renate Meyer), both WU Vienna. Since 2013 she has been a faculty member of the Institute for Public Management and Governance (Chair: Univ.Prof.Dr. Jurgen Willems).

Monika Knassmüller was a visiting scholar at the Maison des Sciences de l'Hommes in Paris (1999), and the CMOS (Center for Management and Organization studies) at the University of Technology in Sydney (2008). Furthermore, she developed a distinct hybrid profile by working with the Vice-Rector for Academic Programs and Student Affairs at WU Wien for a period of office (2004-2008; developing and implementing various administrative change projects in the course of the corporatization of the university and the introduction of the new bachelor and master programs fitting the Bologna Declaration). In this capacity, she won the Award for Higher Education Management 2008 (first prize for the project "Lehrorganisation neu" / Reorganisation of Teaching Administration; with Karl Sandner, Markus Schelenz, Ute Steffl, Oliver Vettori), given by the Danube University Krems.

Research Interests

Monika Knassmüller's research interests include public management and public governance from an organizational and comparative perspective, organizational communication, qualitative research methodology, and the research-teaching nexus in higher education with a focus on teaching public management and the training of civil servants.


Monika Knassmüller teaches courses on public management and governance (including policy fields like higher education, arts and culture, public health), ethics and good governance, organizational behavior, and qualitative research methods. Her teaching experience covers undergraduate, graduate and executive level. She has received an Excellence in Teaching Award in 2013 (Course:  Ethics and Good (Corporate) Governance) and 2014 (Course: Management of / in Selected Policy Fields). Recently, she was awarded Academic Advisor of the Year 2015/16 (Kooperationsbeauftragte des Jahres) by WU Vienna and ÖH WU (Student's Union).

Courses Taught in Summer Term 2020

Masterarbeit Defensio

Organizational Behaviour

Public Management und spezifische Politikbereiche

Qualitative Forschungsmethoden

Research Projects and Publications

A comprehensive list of research projects Monika Knassmüller is involved in as well as a list of her publications can be found in the FIDES documentation.