University Research

University research is an interdisciplinary field of research that deals with the university from different perspectives – as an organisation, place of learning and place of work – and the significance it has on individual educational and career paths. This generates practice-relevant findings that lead both teaching and other fields of activity at the university.

The following questions are of particular interest: What significance can be attributed to employment opportunities when choosing a degree? What are the advantages and disadvantages of distance learning and blended learning for different student groups? How can different data on learning, learning success and study progress be systematically used for research purposes? What is the significance of Third Mission projects at Austrian universities? What role do universities of applied sciences play for people who grew up with educationally disadvantaged/unqualified parents? How can educational and employment histories be tracked and represented?

An example of university research is transfer research, which identifies determinants and predictors of the training transfer from higher education to a profession. A study is currently being conducted to examine the transfer effectiveness of degree programmes of universities of applied sciences in more detail. The evaluation, analysis and associated evidence of the applicability of what has been learnt in the degree programme at a university of applied sciences intends to increase the attractiveness of the degree programmes offered at universities of applied sciences. In particular, the following research questions will be investigated: How effective is the transfer of academic education at the University of Applied Sciences? What factors promote or inhibit transfer success? What measures can be taken to further promote transfer-relevant factors when outlining the course of studies?

Research Activities

  • Sinn als Grundlage von Hochschulmanagement

    In the new world of Work 4.0, more and more people are asking about the objectives of work, hence companies are increasingly under pressure to set purposeful goals for their employees. Consequently, we should consider what kind of framework conditions management in higher education needs to create in order to satisfy this wish for meaningful employment.

  • Hochschulstrategische Zielgruppenanalyse

    The aim of this project is to understand the main target groups of FHWN, based on their individual heterogeneity. Therefore student´s and employee´s diversity-aspects will get analysed in detail. Finally the outcome of this survey can be used for specific strategic interaction with relevant (potential) students and employees.

  • Change Wiener Neustadt - Subprojekt 1

    We analyze the role of a cross-functional project team decoupled from their Weberian context and entrusted with offering innovative solutions regarding the city council’s facility management. Based on the results, we developed a model relating public innovativeness and organizational ambidexterity to micropolitical efforts, which has so far remained a ‘black box’.

  • Begleitforschung zu Leadership

    Evaluation of leadership development programs in higher education

  • Forschung zu Leadership & Komplexitätsmanagement

    Research on theory-based leadership development with a focus on organizational complexity and future developments.


    The main aim of the SEASAC project is to strengthen South-East Asian Universities’ capability to provide highly skilled B2B Sales professionals for the emerging international markets. In the project, we will utilize existing European knowledge and experiences in developing a pedagogically rich concept for the cooperation of Universities and companies in the sales education.


Link, Karin/Müller, Barbara (2019): Drittmittelfinanzierung im Hochschulbereich. Spannungen und damit verbundene Konsequenzen für die wissenschaftliche Forschung. In: http://ffhoarep.fh-ooe.at/handle/123456789/1284.
Platzer, H.; Verdonk, D (2019): A survey of workplace English: some implications for classroom teaching. In: Tania Pattison (Hrsg.): IATEFL 2018 Brighton Conference Selections. IATEFL. Kent/UK.
Link, K./Müller, B. (2019): Multiple-party funding: Tensions and related consequences for academic research in Europe. In: Review of Managerial Science. Springer.
Wegenstein, Karin/Dobernig, Karin (2019): "Triple Assessment Helix for Academic Skills Development". In: http://gutelehre.at/.
Platzer/Verdonk (2018): English use in the workplace: an Austrian long-term study. In: Tania Pattison (Hrsg.): IATEFL 2017 Glasgow Conference Selections. IATEFL. Kent, UK.
Mag.a Eva-Maria Königshofer (2018): Die Geringfügigkeit in der Sozialversicherung und in der Einkommensteuer, ASoK 2018. In: Linde. Wien.
Platzer, H.; Verdonk, D (2018): Workplace English: selected survey results and implications for the classroom. In: http://esp2018.technikum-wien.at/ESP_domain_20180308/Proceedings.html. FH Technikum Wien.
Platzer Hans und Verdon Désirée (2016): Reading medical science journals: The role of vocabulary size and background knowledge. In: Psonder, Tanja et al (Hrsg.). FH Joanneum Ges.m.b.H. Graz.


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