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Founded in 2021, the Institute for Digital Transformation and Strategy (IDS) at FHWien der WKW focuses its research activities on analyzing and solving complex problems in the organization of (digital) transformation processes. As part of the Department of Digital Economy, practice-oriented research questions in the following areas are at the center of its activities:

  • Digital Transformation
  • Organizational Design
  • Strategy & Competitiveness
  • Corporate Governance

In society and the economy, new digital technologies not only create opportunities for innovation and start-ups, but also generate considerable pressure for change in established organizations. To successfully design the necessary change processes, digital transformation needs to be assessed from different perspectives (technology, management and organization).


Digital transformation for business practice

By integrating these research perspectives, IDS enables comprehensive solutions for digital transformation and focuses on the interactions of technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, blockchain, Internet of Things on specific processes, organization and business models.

IDS places particular emphasis on an active dialogue with business practice. To this end, it actively promotes the exchange of ideas and experiences with companies, students and research institutions, as well as public and private interest groups. Specific challenges in the context of digital technologies are addressed in applied research and practical projects, teaching activities and transfer events.

Regional competitiveness for Vienna as a business location

A second focus of IDS is regional competitiveness. The endowed chair Microeconomics of Competitiveness (MoC) – as part of the IDS – produces practical studies for Vienna as a business location. In addition, courses and activities are co-ordinated and carried out as part of the FHWien der WKW’s membership in the Harvard Business School’s MoC network.

The results of the IDS research are published in the form of practical studies and transfer articles, conference papers and in leading international journals. The IDS researchers work closely with practitioners from industry as well as colleagues from national and international universities and research institutions.

Projects & Publications

Current Projects

Publications, Presentations & Podcasts

You can find the publications and presentations of our experts as well as the podcasts with researchers and guest speakers here.

Publications Database
Research Listening Lounge (mainly in German)



Walter Mayrhofer

FH-Prof. Dr. Walter Mayrhofer

Head of Research

Head of Institute for Digital Transformation and Strategy

Publications Ann-Christine Schulz Ann-Christine Schulz

Strategy Coordinator

Project Leader
MA23-Project „Organizational Ambidexterity in SMEs“


DI Dr. Clemens Löffler

Senior Researcher
MOC Coordinator

Gerald Schneikart

Gerald Schneikart, MBA, PhD

Project Leader & Researcher


Magdalena Chamandy

Office Manager