About the ESTT

The Energy & Strategy Think Tank (ESTT) is a collaboration between Verbund, Wien Energie and the Institute for Strategic Management (ISM) at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). Aims of the ESTT: Megatrends such as digitalization, decentralization, and decarbonisation are reshaping the energy industry and adjacent capital-​intensive industries. To lead, navigate, and understand these disruptive…

About the Team

The ESTT team at WU consists of experts on strategy, innovation, organization, and sustainability in and beyond the energy industry. Georg Reischauer  (Head) Christian Bruck Philipp Buss Alexander Engelmann Nina Hampl  Melanie Wiener  

ESTT at the SMS Conference 2022

ESTT members contributed to the 42nd Strategic Management Society (SMS) Annual Conference, London, with the following papers: Assessing how digital strategies create and capture value Strengthening the Identity of Incumbent Ecosystems After New Rival Entry The Design of Incumbent-Sponsored Meta-Organizations for Sustainability-Oriented Innovation

Innovation Talk “Ansätze und Trends der dekarbonisierten Wärme”

This Innovation Talk with the title “Ansätze und Trends der dekarbonisierten Wärme” was held by John Werner, Head of Corporate Development & Strategy at Zukunft Gas, an association of 135 leading companies from the gas industry in Germany. This community of all stages of the value chain in the industry is actively committed to shaping…

Master Thesis on Integrating Sustainability into the Strategy Process

The master thesis “Integrating Sustainability into the Strategy Process: Learnings from the Power and Utilities Industry” analyses the integration of the concept of sustainability into the whole strategy process within the power and utilities industry. Here is the abstract: Over the last decades, the issue of sustainability has received unprecedented attention. Companies experience increasing pressure…

Workshop on Platforms and Ecosystems

ESTT member G. Reischauer co-organized the workshop “Creating and Capturing Value with Platforms and Ecosystems: The Road Ahead”. The workshop discussed papers from colleagues around the globe on how to create and capture value with platforms and ecosystems as well as how the field will likely develop in the future, and called for new papers…

ESTT at the Hybrid AOM Meeting 2022 in Seattle

ESTT members contributed to the 2022 Hybrid Academy of Management (AOM) Meeting in Seattle (USA)  as follows: Panel Symposium “Digital Sustainability: Can We Tackle Climate Change with Bits and Bytes?” Panel Symposium “Practices and Purposes of Digital Organizing” Paper Presentation “Governing Ecosystems to Generate Digital Innovation” Paper Presentation: “The Design of Incumbent-Sponsored Meta-Organizations for Sustainability-Oriented…

Workshop on Strategizing for Sustainability

ESTT member G. Reischauer co-organized the workshop “Strategizing for Sustainability”. The workshop discussed papers from colleagues around the globe on how to effectively integrate the concepts of sustainability into different strategizing activities of organizations, and called for new papers in these important research fields.

ESTT at the EGOS Colloquium 2022, Vienna

ESTT members contributed to the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium 2022, Vienna  with the following papers: How product-focused incumbents compete and cooperate in the face of platform envelopment Strengthening the identity of mature ecosystems after rival entry The design of incumbent-sponsored meta-organizations  for creating sustainability-oriented innovation

ESTT at the R&D Management Conference, Trento

ESTT member A. Engelmann contributed to the 2022 R&D Management Conference, Trento (Italy) from 11-13 July, with the following paper: Governing Ecosystems to Generate Digital Innovation

Master Thesis on Energy Communities

The master thesis “Energy Communities: Best Practices, Players and Business Models in Austria, Germany and Switzerland” looks at the key characteristics of business models in energy communities and compares them for the German-speaking countries. Here is the abstract: Consumers are at the center of the energy transition from a centralized to a decentralized system with…