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  

Final Presentations of Course “Strategic Entrepreneurship”

In June 2022, selected students from WU’s SIMC master program presented findings to partner executives as part of the business project course on “Strategic Entrepreneurship”. The course focused on in-depth market and competitor analyses as well as customer journey analyses based on desk research and interviews. The general aim was to analyze the implications of…

ESTT at the EURAM Conference 2022

ESTT member A. Engelmann participated in the European Academy of Management (EURAM) Conference 2022 in Winterthur, from 15th-17th of June 2022. Dynamic capabilities for sustainability: Developing an integrative typology.

ESTT at the Sustainability Science Days 2022

ESTT members participated in the Sustainability Science Days Conference 2022 in Helsinki, from 18th-19th of May 2022. Digital sustainability: Tackling climate change with bits and bytes Dynamic capabilities for sustainability: Developing an integrative typology

Innovation Talk “Sustainable Business Model Design”

This Innovation Talk with the title “Sustainable Business Model Design – Using Patterns to Create Sustainable Value” was held by Florian Lüdeke-Freund, Professor of Corporate Sustainability at the ESCP Europe School of Business Berlin. His expertise and research focus are in the area of innovative business models in the context of environmental and social sustainability….

Master Thesis on Corporate Political Activities of Energy Providers in the Digital Age

The master thesis “Corporate Political Activities of Energy Providers in the Digital Age” analyses the characteristics of political activities made by energy providers and derives related advantages and disadvantages. Here is the abstract: The adoption of corporate political activities as a non-market strategy is becoming more and more relevant for companies in the energy industry….

Master Thesis on Alternative Sustainable Business Models for Energy Providers

The master thesis “Gas Exit: Alternative Sustainable Business Models for Energy Providers” provides a comprehensive overview of sustainable business models for energy providers. Here is the abstract: External pressures and environmental concerns have brought decarbonization efforts to the forefront of energy systems. As a result, natural gas, fossil fuels and utilities face a significant threat…

Master Thesis on Business Models for the Last Mile Problem

The master thesis “Business Models for the Last Mile Problem from the Perspective of Energy Providers” offers a business model perspective on how to cope with the last mile delivery problem, with a focus on the energy industry. Here is the abstract: E-commerce has seen significant growth in the past years, and demand in last…

Final Presentation of Course Strategic Leadership for Sustainable Innovation

In December 2021, selected students from WU’s SIMC & CEMS master programs presented findings to partner executives as part of the course Strategic Leadership for Sustainable Innovation. The course focused on analyzing the sustainability strategies of key players in the European energy industry. Equipped with the ESG framework (ESG stands for Environmental, Social, and Governance),…