Research at FHWien der WKW combines the best of both worlds:
- As a University of Applied Sciences, we produce reliable research results.
- As a partner of the business community, we create practice-oriented know-how.
Research at FHWien der WKW is focused in two institutes as well as thematically distributed in the study programs and pursues the following three research priorities:
- Responsibility and Sustainability
- Digitalization and Digital Transformation
- Strategic Management
In order to transfer knowledge to the business world, impulses and questions from society, companies and organizations are addressed and practice-oriented solutions and methodologically sound findings are developed in research projects.
Research for Businesses
Research & Development Projects (R&D)
FHWien der WKW cooperates with a large number of partners and clients in successful research and development projects (R&D). More than 70 business partners demonstrate that our focus on the specific needs of our clients is highly appreciated. In close cooperation with our researchers, the solutions that are developed are scientifically and commercially relevant. For suitable topics, we develop cooperative funding applications and submit them to appropriate funding agencies.
Our projects focus on increasing the competitiveness and innovative strength of the economy. Our R&D activities focus on the key research areas of Responsibility and Sustainability, Digitalization and Digital Transformation, as well as Strategic Management, in order to develop the know-how required for market success in cooperative R&D projects.
We support our clients and partners in the practical implementation of the results in the company in a comprehensive manner.
- Collection of basic data within the framework of feasibility studies
- Development of new processes, cost- and business-models
- Answering questions of customer acceptance, market research projects and product marketing
- Problems of Digital Transformation and Sustainable Business Development
- Transfer of R&D results to business
We contribute those complementary competences that deliver relevant results and make the findings practically usable – from Human Resources and Organizational Development to Operational Management, Knowledge Management and Financial Management.
Together with clients and partners, we are able to develop individual and cooperative research projects.
- We offer expertise and infrastructure for research projects within the scope of our main research priorities.
- We identify specific, individual questions for companies within the framework of final theses (Bachelor’s theses, Master’s theses).
- We organize practical projects with the collaboration of students in the context of lectures and seminars.
- We advise on the optimal methodological and practical approach.
- We choose the necessary methods to achieve comprehensible and usable results.
The individual interests of our clients and partners take centre stage. Because this is how we achieve the highest level of application-oriented knowledge together.
Research & Development – the key for a competitive economy
Research at FHWien der WKW focuses on the innovation and competitiveness of the economy by working on research topics that are relevant to companies.
This results in three main research areas for FHWien der WKW:
Responsibility and Sustainability
Research in the area of responsibility and sustainability at FHWien der WKW focuses on strategic sustainability and CSR management, political CSR as well as corporate citizenship and value-oriented leadership (ethical leadership). Research projects take place in cooperation with leading international universities such as INSEAD, Wharton and the University of St. Gallen.
Digitalization and Digital Transformation
FHWien der WKW takes an interdisciplinary approach to the opportunities and challenges that arise in connection with digital transformation. Specifically, it examines corporate strategic responses to these changes as well as changes in activities, qualifications and forms of work.
The focus at FHWien der WKW is on questions of corporate strategies and (regional) competitiveness, corporate governance and SME & entrepreneurship. Findings from current projects are to contribute to scientific discourse and provide concrete perspectives for action in practice.
Institutes & Study Program Research
Institute for Business Ethics and Sustainable Strategy (IBES)
The IBES generates application-oriented and internationally visible research achievements in the fields of business ethics and sustainable management.
IBES activities include research, teaching and practice transfer. The institute pursues three concrete goals:
- Contribution to the international scientific discourse through excellent research projects
- Training students and future managers to become responsible members of society
- Science transfer through practical studies and the application-oriented preparation of research results for entrepreneurial use
Institute for Digital Transformation and Strategy (IDS)
Founded in 2021, the IDS focuses its research activities on the analysis and solving complex problems in the organization of digital transformation processes.
In doing so, practice-oriented research questions in the following thematic areas are at the centre of activities:
- Digital Transformation
- Organization Design
- Strategy & Competitiveness
- Corporate Governance
Research in the Study Programs
In the study programs of FHWien der WKW, practice-oriented research is carried out in the professional fields. We cooperate closely with business partners as well as national and international universities and funding agencies.
Research within the study programs focuses on supporting companies in overcoming new challenges and expanding their innovative capacity, even in economically difficult times.
Projects & Publications
Change for Corporate Sustainability
City of Vienna Competence Team – TransformS
Institute for Business Ethics and Sustainable Strategy (IBES)
As part of the “Transformation for Sustainability (TransformS)” project, the City of Vienna Competence Team addresses the question of how Austrian companies can develop the strategic change competencies required for the transformation towards sustainability (Dynamic Capabilities for Sustainability).
Funding: City of Vienna (MA23 – Economic Affairs, Labour and Statistics)
Sustainable digitalization of pharmaceutical logistics
Programme: COIN SME Innovation Networks, 13th call for proposals
Funding Organization: Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs
Implementing agency: FFG
Project period: 1.10.2021 to 30.09.2023
Project duration: 24 months
Josef Ressel Center CARe
Collective Action and Responsible Partnerships
Based at IBES, the JR Center CARe is researching the emergence, management, success measurement, and legitimacy of collective action initiatives during its five-year project term.
Funding: Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs as well as corporate partners Josef Manner & Comp AG, Kapsch TrafficCom AG and Simacek Facility Management Group GmbH.
"Made in Austria: The Future of Production in Austria"
Study by the TU Vienna in cooperation with the Institute for Digital Transformation and Strategy (IDS) of FHWien der WKW.
Annual survey of over 100 managers in Austrian industrial companies to present the status quo and the expectations of domestic industry on a regular and methodical basis. Automation, digitalization and assistance systems play a central role in the survey.
14th Research Forum for Austrian Universities of Applied Sciences
“Shaping the future responsibly!”
The 14th Research Forum 2021 was organized by FHWien der WKW and took place online due to the coronavirus pandemic. From April 7 to 8, the program included exciting panels on sustainability.
Publications & Presentations
You can find the publications and presentations of our experts here.