Stephan Leixnering

Senior Scientist,
Research Institute for Urban Management and Governance,
WU Vienna University of Economics and Business

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Special Field of Expertise

Stephan’s research focuses on issues of organizational governance, the emergence of organizational forms, and ethical aspects of organization and management. He studies the control of public sector entities, inter-sectoral collaboration, and the role of the common interest in private-sector corporate governance. Stephan’s research explores an array of topics and empirical settings such as the management of inter-organizational arrangements in the public sector, board composition and compensation, city resilience, collective decision-making in crises, the sharing economy, and the purpose of corporations as well as gender diversity on boards. With an educational background in business administration and ethics, he seeks to combine a philosophical background with a perspective on organization and management theory grounded in the social sciences. Stephan has taught in executive education and training programs for various Austrian government bodies and auditing institutions as well as the BBG.


Formal Education and Career History

  • 2016–current: WU Vienna, Research Institute for Urban Management and Governance
  • 2013–2015: WU Vienna, Institute for Organization Studies
  • 2010–2013: WU Vienna, Institute for Public Management
  • Visiting fellow at Stanford University (2014), research fellow at Zeppelin University (2016–current), guest lecturer at Leibniz University Hanover (2016–2018), research associate at MINES ParisTech (2020–current)