Research in Business and Management

The business and management department is committed to high-quality academic research that bridges theory and practice to explore contemporary issues in business, management, finance, economics, and entrepreneurship. The department’s diverse faculty specializations and location in Vienna foster interdisciplinary research with an international perspective. Oriented on the standards of the international scientific community, it the department’s objective is to be engaged in international research collaborations and to publish findings in leading journals and present at conferences.

Core Research Areas

While faculty members’ breadth of knowledge covers a wide range of fields within business and management, the core of their research focuses on the following areas:

  • MIS (Management Information Systems)
  • Change, Strategic, and Supply Chain Management
  • Finance
  • Housing Markets
  • Economics of Tourism, Energy, and Healthcare
  • Project & Stakeholder Management


Dr. Nikolaos Antonakakis's research interests cover the areas of international macroeconomics, business cycles, international finance, housing markets, European integration, applied econometrics, health economics, tourism economics and energy economics. Dr. Antonakakis has authored more than 40 publications in top-field academic journals and book chapters. His research has generated strong interest in the media, among them The Guardian, Forbes, CNBC, and The Irish Times. He regularly presents his research at  conferences, among them the International Association for Applied Econometrics (IAAE), the Multinational Finance Society (MFS), and the International Conference on Macroeconomic Analysis and International Finance (ICMAIF).

Dr. Pernille Eskerod's research interests cover the areas third-part sustainability certifications, stakeholder management, internal and external consultants, of change leadership project management and developing and managing project-oriented organizations. She conducts mainly qualitative research, and she has done case studies with multiple organizations within the private and public sectors. Dr. Eskerod has authored more than 100 publications (incl. five books, 25+ peer-reviewed journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, and more). Since 2014, she has been especially focused on tourism and service industries. In 2016, she co-published the book Rethink! Project Stakeholder Management, based on international competitive research funding. 

Dr. Maria Madlberger’s research interests cover the areas of supply chain management, information systems, marketing, and electronic commerce. Dr. Madlberger has authored more than 60 publications in academic journals, conference proceedings, book chapters, and books. She regularly presents her research at renowned practitioner congresses, among them the ECR Europe Annual Conference and the ECR D-A-CH Conference. Maria is an Associate Editor of the Electronic Commerce Research Journal and a regular reviewer of several scholarly journals.

Dr. Nada Mumdziev’s research interests cover the areas of international franchising and inter-organizational alliances, as well as entrepreneurship and small business management. Dr. Mumdziev has authored several publications on organization structure and decision rights allocation in franchising, as well as international business and marketing strategy of franchise firms. Furthermore, her research interests extend to alliances and innovation strategies of small enterprises and the analysis of contextual success factors for start-up companies.