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Webster Vienna Private University is delivering new opportunities through innovation excellence based on its Strategic Plan. We are committed to high-quality, globally significant academic research combining theory and practice, an international perspective and a strong integration with teaching.

Research at Webster Vienna

Prof. Dr. Boris Fisera Joins Webster Vienna

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Boris Fisera has joined the Business and Management Department at Webster Vienna Private University. Dr. Fisera's scholarly work delves into the mechanisms of economic systems, with a particular focus on the role of exchange rates, international financial flows, financial markets, and financial institutions in fostering economic growth and development. His research not only aims to explain complex economic processes such as the economic development but also offers valuable insights for policymakers on, for instance, stimulating economic growth and mitigating the adverse effects of economic crises. While primarily a macroeconomist, Dr. Fisera also addresses distributional issues such as income inequality in his research.

In his latest study, “Exchange Rates and the Speed of Economic Recovery: The Role of Financial Development”, Dr. Fisera examines the factors influencing the speed of economic recovery after an economic crisis. This research fills a critical gap in macroeconomic research, which typically examines long-term economic phenomena and may not provide representative insights on economic recoveries owing to the infrequent nature of economic crises. Dr. Fisera identifies 341 episodes of economic recovery across 67 countries over the past three decades, analyzing why some countries recover more swiftly than others. His findings highlight the crucial role of a robust financial system in expediting economic recovery by providing necessary external funds to economic agents. Additionally, the study reveals that the strategy of devaluing the domestic currency to spur growth is not particularly effective in hastening post-crisis recovery. These insights offer new evidence on economic dynamics during crises and practical policy recommendations.

Dr. Fisera's ongoing research focuses on monetary economics, specifically the transmission of central bank policies to inflation. His extensive research background and innovative methodologies promise to significantly enhance our department's academic and research capabilities. We are excited about the contributions Dr. Fisera will bring to our academic community and are confident that his expertise will inspire both our faculty and students to achieve new heights in their scholarly pursuits.

Faculty — Business and Management

Faculty and Staff

Active in 2020-2021

Dr. Florin Abazi
Computer Science
Dr. Mehdi Ali
Dr. Maximilian Benner, M.Sc.
Mr. Alfred Dolecek, MSc.
Accounting and Marketing
Univ.-Doz. Dr. Claus Ebster
Marketing & Management
Mag. Alexandra Federer, MBA
Mr. Massimiliano Falcinelli, MS
Computer Science
Dr. Paul Fischer, LLM
Business Law
Dr. Andrea Gaal
Dr. Hossein Hassani
Ms. Casandra Hutchinson, MSc
Math & Statistics
Prof. Mag. Dr. Dr. Petra Inwinkl
Mr. Michael Kapfer, MBA
Marketing & Public Relations
Dr. Christian Kreuzer
Dr. Christopher Kronenberg
Management & Entrepreneurship
Mr. Charles La Fond, MBA
Dr. Xavier Matteucci
Mr. Alan Noble, MA
Dr. Heinz Palasser, MBA, MSc
Mag. Svetla Pehlivanova-Porenta
Dr. Hanno Poeschl, MSc, MBA
Finance & Management
Dr. Rudolf Rössel, MBA
Computer Science
Dr. Roman G. Seligo
Sales Management
Mag. Robert Senz
Dr. A. Nicholas Simon
Business Law
Dr. Christian Steineder
Mr. Miguel Suarez Vasquez, PhD, MSc, MBA
Business & Accounting
Dr. Owat Sunanta
Math & Statistics
Mr. William Tippin, DM, CMC
Management [Fall 2020 Visiting Sverdrup Fellow]
Mr. Emil Tsenov, MA
Dipl.Kfm. Norbert Wetzel, MBA
Finance & Human Resources Management
Mag. Christian Wozabal, MBA

Professor Bátora published his research on “thought communities” in the European Union

How do citizens in European Union (EU) member states think about the EU? And what are the implications of different ‘thinking styles’ for citizens’ preferences regarding formation of policies, politics and polity in the EU? In a new article published in Journal of Common Market Studies, professor Jozef Bátora from IR Department at WVPU and his co-author Pavol Baboš (Comenius University) use relational class analysis (RCA) and analyze perceptions of the EU as a political order by citizens in six selected EU member states.

The article introduces a new approach to analyzing public opinion about the EU: unlike traditional surveys examining attitudes, the current article can identify ways of thinking - intersubjective cognitive constructs - that people use when forming their opinions about the EU. Based on an online survey (N=6000) of respondents in France, Hungary, Germany, Poland, Italy and Slovakia, the analysis identifies two "thought communities" - statists and pragmatists - which are present to varying degrees in individual member states.

People belonging to individual communities think about the Union on the basis of the same construct, but not with the same preferences: for example, statists include nation-state sovereigntists as well as Euro-federalists - all who use the ‘state’ as a frame of reference. The article analyzes the implications of thought communities for public support of different visions of political integration in the EU.

Faculty — International Relations

Faculty and Staff

Active in 2020-2021

Aner Barzilay, PhD
Topics in Modern European History
Dr. Elina Brutschin
Methods of Political Inquiry
Advanced Research Methods
Dr. J. Werner Druml
International Affair
Univ.-Ass. Mag. Dr. Marcel Fink
Comparative Politics
Dr. Eric Frey
International Political Economy
Mag. Gerlad Garber
Introduction to Political Argumentation and Debate
Dr. Sandra Goldstein
Middle East Area Studies
MMag. Dr. iur. Ralph Janik, LL.M.
International Law
Dr. Monika Mokre
Politics of Development
Refugee and Migration Movements
Prof. Iver B. Neumann, PhD
War and Diplomacy
Mag. Dr Dieter Reinisch MRes
The Age of Total War: Europe 1890-1945
Contemporary Europe: 1945-Present
Dr. Astrid Reisinger Coracini
International Law

Dr. Anthony Löwstedt, Assistant Professor at the Media Communications Department, and Natalia Hatarova, a WVPU strategic communications alumna who is currently pursuing an MA at Central European University, have just published an important article in the Journal of Media Ethics. It is titled ‘Transcultural and Transnational Communication Values: Suggestions for Minimum and Maximum Values as a Common Ground’ (doi: 10.1080/23736992.2024.2333500). 

Löwstedt and Hatarova employ the term “Values” to refer to either principles or single positions, or to certain, defined ranges of positions or principles. The communication ethics issues addressed are incitement, deception, greed, truth, freedom of expression, privacy, and self-regulation. Within each issue, a range of acceptable to good positions  are presented. Incitement, deception, and greed are rejected, but not necessarily completely, the same with affirmation of the other four issues. There are some positions that are excluded from the values, especially prescriptive elitism, sexism, racism, classism, ableism, and heteronormativity. 

Together, the positive values are referred to as a system or code of values, as one that can be found in both the Instruction of Ptahhotep (written 3,890 years ago) and the International Federation of Journalists’ Bordeaux Declaration, one of the world’s most copied and applied media ethics codes, but also in whole or in part in many cultures and general ethical systems. However, these values are largely unconscious as both ethicists and practitioners seem to have stuck to a single normative position on each issue rather than to a range of positions. 

After analyses of samples of communication ethics from a number of major value systems around the world, Confucian, Buddhist, Stoic, Christian, Islamic, Aborigine, Cree, San, Māori, Ubuntu, Kantian, socialist, and liberal, the authors conclude that there is plenty of room for consensus and even more room for agreement. An inclusivist global consensus on ranges of acceptable communication ethics (rather than specific principles) is not an impossibility. It could provide cornerstones for a regulatory system for any kind of communication, including social media, journalism, and AI. 

Faculty — Strategic Communication

Faculty and Staff

Active in 2020–2021

Phil Moran, PhD
Media Production
Rafal Morusiewicz, PhD
Film Studies
Seth Weiner, BFA, M.Arch
Digital Production Tools

VR Technology Applications in Psychology: A Study on the Effects of Induced Stress on Attention Focus and Heart Rate Variability

Dzmitryi Yatsenka, an undergraduate student of psychology at Webster Vienna Private University, has completed a compelling bachelor's thesis on the effects of induced stress on heart rate variability (HRV) and attention focus capabilities among students, utilizing VR technology. This study investigated how stress impacts students' ability to concentrate and regulate their physiological responses during cognitive tasks.

Yatsenka's research employed a quantitative approach, where VR was used to simulate stressful conditions to study changes in HRV and attentional performance. The thesis hypothesized that induced stress would increase the time students spent on attention focus exercises and decrease HRV indices like SDNN (Standard Deviation of Normal-to-Normal intervals) and RMSSD (Root Mean Square of Successive Differences).

The findings indicated significant changes in attention focus and HRV in response to stress, confirming the hypotheses. Specifically, under stress, participants took longer to complete attention tasks, and their HRV measures decreased, suggesting reduced autonomic nervous system flexibility.

This study offers interesting insights into the physiological impacts of stress on cognitive functions and suggests the potential of VR as a tool for creating controlled, immersive environments for psychological research. The implications of this study could help guide interventions aimed at improving stress resilience and cognitive function in educational settings.

Faculty — Psychology

Faculty and Staff

Active in 2020-2021

Aisha Bajwa, PharmD
Pharmacology, Psychoanalysis
Dr. Christine Butterfield
Psychiatry & Psychotherapy
Dr. Helga Felsberger
Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis
Dr. Kathleen Hodkinson
Clinical Psychology
Dr. Jessica Howells
Clinical Psychology
Dr. Maria Lolich
Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Science
Dr. Isabella Sarto-Jackson
Biological Psychology
Dr. Gregory Bartel
Business, Marketing, Cognitive Science
Dr. Dezsoe Birkas-Kovats
Psychiatry & Psychotherapy
Dr. Ricardo Draghi-Lorenz
Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
Dr. Romualdo Fernandes Ramos
Social Psychology & Occupational Health
Heather Moon-Vogels, MA
Counseling Psychology
Mag. Cornelia Kastner
Clinical Psychology, Organizational Psychology
Mag. Krista Rothschild
Clinical & Health Psychology
Mag. Sandra Velásquez
Clinical & Health Psychology
Antonija Pacek, M. Phil
Psychology of Education

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