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Institute International Trade and Sustainable Economy

Research at the Institute of International Trade and Sustainable Economy centres primarily on digital transformation and organisation development, as well as the regional economy and international trade.

Sustainability plays a central role in all of our plans and projects.

Real-world research focuses

The institute’s projects, studies and commissioned research cover topics from a variety of different fields.

The subject of organisational development includes promoting agile, resilient organisations, corporate digital transformation – especially in connection with mobile working – as well as diversity and cross-cultural management.

In terms of the international alignment of companies and organisations, the institute carries out research on strategies for trade, the export business and internationalisation. Here, the focus is on site selection, reshoring and nearshoring, finance, and supply chain design.

In addition, the institute also researches the basic characteristics of functioning regional economies. Our work in this area concentrates on regional development and cluster policies, urban economics, regional innovation networks, and EU cohesion policy.

We see research into sustainability as an interdisciplinary topic that feeds into numerous research projects. Here, the emphasis is on the circular economy, communities and citizen science, and the preparation of informative sustainability reports.

" Research at the institute focuses on three areas: designing living and working spaces, regional and international changes, and the successful transition to a circular economy. We aim to give our students insights into these key topics that will shape the future, and to collaborate with companies and research partners to create a basis for future developments and decision-making by businesses and politicians. "
Christopher Schwand, Head of Institute International Trade and Sustainable Economy

Team

Get to know the core team of our Institute International Trade and Sustainable Economy.

Institute International Trade and Sustainable Economy


  • Prof.(FH) MMag. Christopher Schwand | Head of Institute International Trade and Sustainable Economy / Programme Director Export-oriented Management - IMC Fachhochschule Krems
    Prof.(FH) MMag. Christopher Schwand
    Head of Institute International Trade and Sustainable Economy / Programme Director Export-oriented Management
    Head of Institute International Trade and Sustainable Economy / Programme Director Export-oriented Management

    Prof.(FH) MMag. Christopher Schwand

    • Core Competencies
    • Digital Business Transformation
    • Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods
    • Sustainable development of companies, linked systems and economic areas
  • Prof.(FH) Dipl.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. Michael Bartz | Professor Department of Business - IMC Fachhochschule Krems
    Prof.(FH) Dipl.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. Michael Bartz
    Professor Department of Business
  • Dr. Tarek Eltayeb | Professor Department of Business - IMC Fachhochschule Krems
    Dr. Tarek Eltayeb
    Professor Department of Business
  • Dr. Anna Fornalska-Skurczynska | Professor Department of Business - IMC Fachhochschule Krems
    Dr. Anna Fornalska-Skurczynska
    Professor Department of Business
  • Prof.(FH) Denise Kleiss, MSc., MBA, B.A. | Professor Department of Business - IMC Fachhochschule Krems
    Prof.(FH) Denise Kleiss, MSc., MBA, B.A.
    Professor Department of Business
  • Prof.(FH) Klaus Kotek, MBA | Professor Department of Business - IMC Fachhochschule Krems
    Prof.(FH) Klaus Kotek, MBA
    Professor Department of Business
  • Mag. Dr. Christian Kümmel | Programme Director Transnational Programmes - IMC Fachhochschule Krems
    Mag. Dr. Christian Kümmel
    Programme Director Transnational Programmes
  • Prof.(FH) DI Roman H. Mesicek | Programme Director Environmental and Sustainablity Management - IMC Fachhochschule Krems
    Prof.(FH) DI Roman H. Mesicek
    Programme Director Environmental and Sustainablity Management
  • Prof.(FH) Dr. Alina Schoenberg | Programme Director International Business and Economic Diplomacy - IMC Fachhochschule Krems
    Prof.(FH) Dr. Alina Schoenberg
    Programme Director International Business and Economic Diplomacy
  • Florian Teurezbacher, MSc (WU) MA Bakk. BA | Research Assistant / PhD Student at the Department of Business - IMC Fachhochschule Krems
    Florian Teurezbacher, MSc (WU) MA Bakk. BA
    Research Assistant / PhD Student at the Department of Business