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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.

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New Book Chapter Alert: Prof. Pernille Eskerod Contributes to Latest Project Management Handbook

We are proud to announce that Prof. Pernille Eskerod, full-time professor at WVPU specializing in management and organizational behavior, has co-authored a significant chapter in the upcoming 6th edition of "The Handbook of Project Management." This comprehensive resource, edited by Prof. Martina Huemann and Prof. Rodney Turner, provides practitioners and students with cutting-edge insights into project management best practices.

Prof. Eskerod's chapter, in cooperation with Prof. Huemann, titled "Engaging Project Stakeholders," promises to be a valuable addition to the book. Scheduled for release on February 28, 2024, this edition encompasses the latest developments in project management, offering practical knowledge that professionals can apply immediately.

Reference: Eskerod, P. & Huemann, M. (2024). Engaging Project Stakeholders, CH 27, in Huemann, M., & Turner, R. (eds) Handbook of Project Management, 6e, Routledge.

Faculty — Business and Management

Faculty and Staff

Active in 2020-2021

Dr. Florin Abazi
Computer Science
abaziflo@webster.edu
Dr. Mehdi Ali
Economics
mehdiali29@webster.edu
Dr. Maximilian Benner, M.Sc.
Economics
maximilianbenner@webster.edu
Mr. Alfred Dolecek, MSc.
Accounting and Marketing
alfreddolecek24@webster.edu
Univ.-Doz. Dr. Claus Ebster
Marketing & Management
clausebster36@webster.edu
Mag. Alexandra Federer, MBA
Marketing
alexandrafederer@webster.edu
Mr. Massimiliano Falcinelli, MS
Computer Science
mfalcinelli49@webster.edu
Dr. Paul Fischer, LLM
Business Law
paulfischer44@webster.edu
Dr. Andrea Gaal
Management
andreagaal70@webster.edu
Dr. Hossein Hassani
Statistics
hosseinhassani57@webster.edu
Ms. Casandra Hutchinson, MSc
Math & Statistics
chutchinson61@webster.edu
Prof. Mag. Dr. Dr. Petra Inwinkl
Management
petrainwinkl@webster.edu
Mr. Michael Kapfer, MBA
Marketing & Public Relations
michaelkapfer77@webster.edu
Dr. Christian Kreuzer
Finance
ckreuzer26@webster.edu
Dr. Christopher Kronenberg
Management & Entrepreneurship
ckronenberg96@webster.edu
Mr. Charles La Fond, MBA
Management
charleslafond29@webster.edu
Dr. Xavier Matteucci
Marketing
xmatteucci75@webster.edu
Mr. Alan Noble, MA
Management
alannoble03@webster.edu
Dr. Heinz Palasser, MBA, MSc
Accounting
heinzpalasser17@webster.edu
Mag. Svetla Pehlivanova-Porenta
Management
svetlap16@webster.edu
Dr. Hanno Poeschl, MSc, MBA
Finance & Management
hannopoeschl35@webster.edu
Dr. Rudolf Rössel, MBA
Computer Science
rudolfroessel99@webster.edu
Dr. Roman G. Seligo
Sales Management
romanseligo46@webster.edu
Mag. Robert Senz
Finance
robertsenz64@webster.edu
Dr. A. Nicholas Simon
Business Law
nicholassimon91@webster.edu
Dr. Christian Steineder
Mathematics
csteineder10@webster.edu
Mr. Miguel Suarez Vasquez, PhD, MSc, MBA
Business & Accounting
miguelsuarez21@webster.edu
Dr. Owat Sunanta
Math & Statistics
owatsunanta43@webster.edu
Mr. William Tippin, DM, CMC
Management [Fall 2020 Visiting Sverdrup Fellow]
wmtippin@webster.edu
Mr. Emil Tsenov, MA
Marketing
emiltsenov73@webster.edu
Dipl.Kfm. Norbert Wetzel, MBA
Finance & Human Resources Management
norbertwetzel59@webster.edu
Mag. Christian Wozabal, MBA
Accounting
cwozabal74@webster.edu

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
anerbarzilay@webster.edu
Dr. Elina Brutschin
Methods of Political Inquiry
Advanced Research Methods
elinabrutschin60@webster.edu
Dr. J. Werner Druml
International Affair
johannesdruml66@webster.edu
Univ.-Ass. Mag. Dr. Marcel Fink
Comparative Politics
marcelfink07@webster.edu
Dr. Eric Frey
International Political Economy
efrey@webster.edu
Mag. Gerlad Garber
Introduction to Political Argumentation and Debate
geraldgarber07@webster.edu
Dr. Sandra Goldstein
Middle East Area Studies
MMag. Dr. iur. Ralph Janik, LL.M.
International Law
ralphjanik18@webster.edu
Dr. Monika Mokre
Politics of Development
Refugee and Migration Movements
monikamokre25@webster.edu
Prof. Iver B. Neumann, PhD
Globalization
War and Diplomacy
Mag. Dr Dieter Reinisch MRes
The Age of Total War: Europe 1890-1945
Contemporary Europe: 1945-Present
dieterreinisch07@webster.edu
Dr. Astrid Reisinger Coracini
International Law

Dr. Anthony Löwstedt's and Natalia Hatarova's research paper "Transcultural Communication Ethics and Universal Human Rights? Suggestions for Minimum and Maximum Values as a Common Ground" has been accepted for presentation at the 74th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), to be held 20-24 June, 2024.

The paper will be presented online at the Global Communication and Social Change panel. The ICA is the world's leading global communication research group. Ms Hatarova graduated magna cum laude in strategic communication at WVPU last year; she is currently pursuing an MA in political science at the Central European University. This paper deals with abstract communication ethics principles found in a wide variety of cultures, including ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Israel, India, and China, as well as in modern value systems, such as liberalism and socialism, and in various other cultures around the world.

The authors conclude that consensus or agreements on several issues or principles are possible and could pave the way towards much-needed global media regulation, both in human rights regimes and in pro-diversity regulatory frameworks. 

Faculty — Strategic Communication

Faculty and Staff

Active in 2020–2021

Phil Moran, PhD
Media Production
philipmoran96@webster.edu
Rafal Morusiewicz, PhD
Film Studies
rmorusiewicz30@webster.edu
Seth Weiner, BFA, M.Arch
Digital Production Tools
sethweiner14@webster.edu
 

Unveiling the Influence of Human and Robotic Actions on Object Preference and Memory

In a groundbreaking study led by Dr Luca Ticini and Dr Alex Kafkas of the University of Manchester, researchers have unveiled fascinating insights into how human and robotic actions influence our preferences and memory. The study, titled "Grasp and Remember: The Impact of Human and Robotic Actions on Object Preference and Memory," delves into the cognitive phenomena of goal contagion and its implications in the rapidly evolving landscape of human-robot interactions.

The research team, including Prof Paolo Gallina from the University ofTrieste, embarked on an exploration to understand how observing different types of actions—human vs. robotic—alters our perception and recollection of objects. Participants were presented with a series of objects that were either grasped by a human, a robot, or not acted upon at all (static objects). They were then asked to indicate their preference for each object. To assess the impact of these actions on memory, participants' recollection of the objects was tested after a short delay, including their ability to recognize previously seen objects and distinguish them from new ones.

The findings are striking. Human actions not only heightened the preference for objects but also significantly enhanced the subsequent memory of them, more so than robotic actions. Interestingly, static objects, when presented in the context of human action, were also perceived as more familiar during the recognition task. This suggests that the mere observation of human actions has a profound effect on our cognitive evaluations and memory engagement, fostering the creation of detailed associative memories.

This study's results underscore the critical role of human interaction in cognitive processes, particularly in the context of goal contagion—a concept that describes the tendency to adopt others' goals. The differential effects observed between human and robotic actions highlight the nuanced complexities of our cognitive systems and their interaction with the world.

According to Luca Ticini and his team, these insights have profound implications for the design and implementation of robotic technologies in everyday life. “Understanding the cognitive effects of human versus robotic actions can guide the development of robots that better align with human cognitive processes, potentially enhancing learning, memory, and the overall human-robot interaction experience.”

Faculty — Psychology

Faculty and Staff

Active in 2020-2021

Aisha Bajwa, PharmD
Pharmacology, Psychoanalysis
aishabajwa@webster.edu
Dr. Christine Butterfield
Psychiatry & Psychotherapy
christineb41@webster.edu
Dr. Helga Felsberger
Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis
hfelsberger82@webster.edu
Dr. Kathleen Hodkinson
Clinical Psychology
khodkinson04@webster.edu
Dr. Jessica Howells
Clinical Psychology
jessicahowells@webster.edu
Dr. Maria Lolich
Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Science
marialolich@webster.edu
Dr. Isabella Sarto-Jackson
Biological Psychology
Isartojackson@webster.edu
Dr. Gregory Bartel
Business, Marketing, Cognitive Science
gregorybartel@webster.edu
Dr. Dezsoe Birkas-Kovats
Psychiatry & Psychotherapy
dezsoebirkas81@webster.edu
Dr. Ricardo Draghi-Lorenz
Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
rdraghilorenz@webster.edu
Dr. Romualdo Fernandes Ramos
Social Psychology & Occupational Health
Heather Moon-Vogels, MA
Counseling Psychology
hmoonvogels@webster.edu
Mag. Cornelia Kastner
Clinical Psychology, Organizational Psychology
corneliakastner@webster.edu
Mag. Krista Rothschild
Clinical & Health Psychology
krothschild44@webster.edu
Mag. Sandra Velásquez
Clinical & Health Psychology
sandrav03@webster.edu
Antonija Pacek, M. Phil
Psychology of Education
antonijapacek40@webster.edu

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