Migrant (family) businesses: Diaspora money flow and interaction between family and business?

“Family businesses are the backbone of the economy,” as Valdet Hadri, who is pursuing his doctorate at the University of Klagenfurt under the supervision of Dieter Bögenhold (Department of Sociology), explains. Valdet Hadri is interested in the unique specificities associated with migrant (family) businesses.

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In her doctoral thesis, Julia Katharina Kubelka asks people where they belong and what belonging means to them. She believes that the question is especially pertinent at a time when (political, social and personal) belonging is at the centre of public debate more than ever before.

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Elena Smirnova: „Seeing the world from new angles.“

Our graduate Elena Smirnova completed the Master’s degree programme in Geography and Regional Studies. For the past two years, she has been working as a regional manager for Hilfswerk International and in recent months she has been in charge of various projects in the South Caucasus, the Western Balkans and Eastern Europe. In the interview, she tells us about her dream job and explains her work for women who have experienced migration.

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Neue Publikation zu Wohnungsforschung: Gentrifizierung und Verdrängung

Eines der Paradebeispiele für Gentrifizierung liegt in Berlin: Der Stadtteil Kreuzberg war einst ein Wohnort mit günstigen Mieten, wo viele einkommensarme Bevölkerungsgruppen lebten. Im Laufe der letzten zwei Jahrzehnte wurde Kreuzberg schick, und zunehmend teurer. Folge der so genannten Gentrifizierung ist ein Austausch der Bevölkerung und eine Verdrängung einkommensschwacher Gruppen. Die Geographen Jan Glatter und Michael Mießner haben nun eine neue Publikation zu „Gentrifizierung und Verdrängung“ herausgegeben, in dem sie dem Phänomen, das in vielen Städten wie Hamburg, Frankfurt oder Wien zu finden ist, auf die Spur gehen.

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Research on qualitative company growth: companies grow in leaps

Most entrepreneurs are aware of the fact that companies do not grow in a linear and continuous fashion. A research team has now investigated not only the catalysts of these entrepreneurial leaps but also what exactly happens in these leaps. The findings have recently been published in the renowned journal “Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice”.

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Margareta Ciglič: The wonderful world of Informatics.

Our graduate Margareta Ciglič discovered her passion for Computer Science while studying Applied Business Administration and decided to study both in parallel. We chatted with her about how all this came about, what her subsequent path at the university and at Kelag Energie has been like, and what is drawing her back to the lecture halls of the University of Klagenfurt in the upcoming summer semester. Read more

Who do we make good decisions with?

Every day, whenever we make decisions, be it in our professional or personal lives, we are faced with complicated challenges that we cannot always master alone, but manage rather more effectively in a team. Dario Blanco Fernandez, doctoral student at the doctoral school DECIDE (Decision-making in a digital environment), seeks to find out how people collaborate when it comes to solving tasks together and reaching (good) decisions. Read more

Krank zur Arbeit: Wie kommt die Forschung dem Präsentismus und seinen Folgen auf die Spur?

Die Grippewelle hat Österreich und Europa wieder im Griff, und damit einher geht für viele Berufstätige die Frage: Wann gehe ich (noch oder wieder) zur Arbeit und wann bleibe ich besser zuhause? Welche Folgen entstehen für mich und für meine*n Arbeitgeber*in mit Blick auf Produktivität, Kosten und Zusammenarbeit? Studien zeigen, dass rund ein Drittel der Arbeitnehmer*innen auch krank zur Arbeit gehen. Heiko Breitsohl forscht an der Abteilung Personal, Führung und Organisation zum so genannten „Präsentismus“. In einer aktuellen Übersichtsarbeit kommt er gemeinsam mit Kolleg*innen zum Schluss: Wir wissen zu wenig über das „Phänomen Präsentismus“ und seine Bedeutung und Folgen werden gravierend unterschätzt.

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Innovation boost for “learning factory”: European research project “SemI40” generates path-breaking findings

Scientists and researchers have been conducting intensive research into the further development of autonomous factories in the framework of the European “SemI40” project (Power Semiconductor and Electronics Manufacturing 4.0). Under the leadership of Infineon Austria, 37 partners from science and industry have made decisive progress in the development of processes and methods for Industry 4.0 applications over the past three project years. The result: a unique security concept for networked communication of factories, a quality leap in the production process, plus significant improvements in energy efficiency.

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Does smell sell? Overview study provides evidence of ambient scent effects in consumer settings

Within the scope of a detailed meta-analysis, Holger Roschk has examined 64 studies with 71 samples and a total of 15,000 test persons to find out to what extent ambient scents have an effect on experiences and activities in shopping and service environments. Results show: Under ideal conditions, scents can have a positive influence on customer behaviour. 

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