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Head of Business and Management Department, Maria Madlberger, PhD, is member of the editorial team of the scholarly journal, Electronic Markets


Maria Madlberger, PhD, Webster Vienna's Head of Business and Management Department and Full Professor; Area Coordinator for Marketing has been appointed as Co-Editor of the renowned scholarly journal Electronic Markets – the International Journal on Networked Business. This newly installed editorial team will be in place from 2023. Together with Prof. Rainer Alt from the University of Leipzig (Editor-in-Chief), Prof. Mathias Klier from the University of Ulm, and Dr. Hans-Dieter Zimmermann from the Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences, Madlberger will be responsible for the journal’s strategic orientation, handling of special issues, and pre-selection of journal submissions. The Editorial team is supported by more than 30 Senior and Associate Editors located at universities around the globe. 

Since its foundation in 1991, Electronic Markets has been a success story among international Information Systems scholarly journals. Its impact factor has constantly increased to reach a current level of 6.017 (Clarivate Analytics Master Journal List 2021) and a five-year-impact factor of 6.378. It is ranked A among relevant international IS journal rankings, B according to the VBH ranking, and on the 6th position among top global IS journals. The acceptance rate in 2022 is 11.9 percent. Electronic Markets is published by Springer and indexed in the leading academic journal platforms, hence accessible in around 7,000 institutions worldwide.

In terms of content, Electronic Markets publishes scholarly research at the intersection between information technology and business with a major focus on the networking aspect. This view particularly addresses information technologies’ capabilities to transform the way business is conducted, to establish new markets, to offer new communication possibilities, and to enhance collaboration among multiple stakeholders. Its target audience are scholars, practitioners, and policy makers who are concerned with digital transformation, digitally-enabled business models, digital platforms and ecosystems and other impacts of information technology.

This is how the journal describes its scope: Electronic Markets is a leading academic journal from the information systems discipline that offers a forum for research on all forms of networked business. EM recognizes the transformational role of information and communication technology (ICT) in changing the interaction between organizations and individuals ("digitalization"), which is present in social networks, electronic commerce, supply chain management, or customer relationship management. Electronic markets, in particular, refer to forms of networked business where multiple suppliers and customers interact for economic purposes within one or among multiple tiers in economic value chains. 

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

Webster Vienna Associate Professor and Head of the Department of International Relations, Franco Algieri PhD and Webster Vienna Lecturer in International Relations, Joachim Honeck, presented the paper "An interregional society in the making?"

The aim of this presentationat at the 15th EISA Pan-European Conference on International Relations, held from 1 to 4 September 2020, in Athens, was to provide an analyze the institutionalization of EU-Asia relations and the relevance of EU-China relations."

Here is an abstract:

Following Hedley Bull’s considerations on international society, the paper discusses whether EU-Asia relations are reflecting the consciousness “of certain common interests and common values” and whether the involved actors “conceive themselves to be bound by a common set of rules in their relations with one another, and share in the working of common institutions”. Furthermore, the authors ask, whether the conceptualization of the EU’s Asia policy might contribute to the creation of some kind of interregional society. Recognizing the significance of EU-China relations, the paper also addresses the mpact of the EU’s China policy in terms of either contributing or eroding the formation of an interregional society. 

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

Natalia Hatarova, Strategic Communications senior at WVPU, has been awarded Webster University St. Louis’ President’s Student/Faculty Collaborative Grant together with her faculty sponsor, Dr. Anthony Löwstedt of WVPU’s Media Communications department. The awarded project is titled “Transcultural and Transnational Communication Values: Suggestions for Minimum Principles as a Common Ground.” 

An early paper outlining the project was accepted and presented at an IAMCR (International Association of Media Communications Researchers) conference in Beijing (and online) in July. This spring, the authors will finalize a scholarly research article based on that paper and submit it to one of the leading research journals in the field. 

The article suggests that not norms should be chosen for global communication value consensus, but ranges of norms, allowing for flexibility and cultural diversity. For example, hate speech can be discouraged, stopped and punished by means of communication ethics codes and other self-regulatory media rules and by civil, as well as criminal law, depending on cultural differences, as well as the severity of the threat caused by the hate speech in question. In the process of mapping those ranges, communication values are extracted with media anthropological methodology from ancient Egyptian culture, as well as several non-Western (Confucian, Buddhist, Aborigine, Cree, San, Māori, Ubuntu and Islamic) and Western cultures (Stoic, Christian, Kantian, liberal, socialist and regulatory journalistic values).

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

Do you want to enjoy happy romantic relationships? Then it's time to work on your self-regulation skills!

This research was conducted by Reza Noori Khoondabi as part of a MA thesis, supervised by Marc Mehu, PhD
Individuals with higher levels of self-regulation experience a happier romantic relationship. Self-regulation is necessary for assessing a situation, assigning meaning to the experience, and regulating emotions to attain a goal, specifically in close relationships. This study aims to determine factors, such as attachment style, romantic jealousy and gender differences that influence the association between self-regulation and relationship satisfaction. 

To test the hypotheses: 

  1. the relationship between self-regulation and relationship satisfaction will be stronger among individuals with close attachment style;
  2. the relationship between self-regulation and relationship satisfaction will be affected by romantic jealousy;
  3. attachment style will moderate the direct and indirect relationship between self-regulation and relationship satisfaction via romantic jealousy, and 
  4. females will be more upset by emotional jealousy than males, but males will be more upset by sexual jealousy than females, an online survey was distributed on social media platforms and in person.

The results of 97 respondents revealed that the association between self-regulation and relationship satisfaction was not moderated by attachment styles, but was mediated by anxiety and close attachment styles. On the one hand, it seems that a good self-regulation capacity leads to reduced anxiety, and reduced anxiety is associated with higher relationship satisfaction. On the other hand, better self-regulation capacities are associated with closer attachment styles, which in turn increases relationship satisfaction. 

Cognitive and behavioral jealousy did mediate the relationship between self-regulation and relationship satisfaction, higher self-regulation skills led to less cognitive and behavioral jealousy, which in turn increased relationship satisfaction. Contrary to our hypotheses, there was no gender differences in sexual and emotional jealousy. 

The findings of the research highlighted the intricate connections between self-regulation, attachment styles, romantic jealousy, and relationship satisfaction, and also suggest that people who are better at self-regulation experience lower romantic jealousy and have a happier romantic relationship.

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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