Professor of Business and Psychology

Vienna University of Economics and Business



WU is currently inviting applications for the position of a Full Professor of Business and Psychology at the Department of Strategy and Innovation. Candidates are expected to have established an international reputation as a researcher in their field.

WU is committed to diversity and inclusion, and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply. In case of equal qualification, female candidates will be given preference. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply and will be supported during each stage of the recruitment process.

WU assesses performance in the context of each applicant’s biography and relative to the opportunities available to him or her. This approach recognizes that academic achievements cannot be assessed separately from each individual researchers’ biographical factors. To ensure equal opportunities, qualifications are evaluated relative to the applicant’s academic age. This means that WU takes biographical factors such as part-time employment or career interruptions due to caregiving or childcare obligations or other functions performed at or outside of a university into account.

In your application, you can include personal data related to biographical factors. WU will keep all data that you send us as part of your application confidential. All persons involved in the selection procedure are bound by obligations of secrecy.

Research and teaching at the Department of Strategy and Innovation has a quantitative focus in empirical research on the development and implementation of firm strategies, integrating perspectives of entrepreneurship and innovation, corporate governance, management control and organization design. The newly established Professorship will complement the Department’s research and teaching through a psychological focus on managerial questions and issues.

The successful candidate is expected to have a good fit with the department’s focus in research and teaching and to have outstanding proficiency in psychology as well as in quantitative empirical research approaches applied to relevant questions in business.



The successful candidate is expected to have established an international reputation as a researcher in his/her field and to have outstanding qualifications:

A solid academic qualification (e.g. PhD, habilitation) psychology or in business/economics in combination with a strong academic background in psychology

an outstanding international reputation for high quality scholarship in the area of psychology applied to relevant questions in business and management commensurate with academic age, especially by having demonstrated the ability to publish in top-tier journals of the field

excellent teaching qualifications at undergraduate and graduate levels as well as in executive education
proven international experience

a strong record in attracting research funding

leadership qualities

gender and diversity management skills


What we expect from the successful candidate
The successful candidate is expected to perform teaching activities at all levels (bachelor’s, master’s, PhD/doctorate, and executive education). Full professors are expected to teach eight weekly credit hours.
We also expect the new professor to take an active role in the university’s self-governance and third mission activities.


Application Process
Applicants should address their applications and all relevant documents (including, in any case, a letter of motivation, academic CV, reference to the criteria specified in the call for applications) to the rector of WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Welthandelsplatz 1, 1020 Vienna.

Please submit your application online until by September 30, 2019.

For details of the position, please contact Professor Gerhard Speckbacher, chair of the Department of Strategy and Innovation, by phone: +43-1-31336-5780, or email:

Please Note: In their application documents, applicants must respond to all criteria specified in the call for applications, especially to items A) Qualifications and B) Expectations. A reference to these two items is considered a mandatory element of any application to WU Vienna, and any applications that lack this mandatory element cannot be considered.

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