Master Thesis on Key Performance Indicators and Success Factors for Innovation in the Energy Industry

A thesis in WU’s SIMC master entitled “Key Performance Indicators and Success Factors for Innovation in the Energy Industry” has just finished. Even despite substantial research in the field, numerous differences across companies, industries and countries do not allow to identify the universal KPIs and success factors for innovation. Therefore, widespread and deep influence of…

Master Thesis on Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in the Energy Industry

A thesis in WU’s SIMC master entitled “Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in the Energy Industry” has recently been finished. Here the abstract: The nature of entrepreneurial ecosystems has been actively explored by academics in recent years. The topics of entrepreneurial ecosystems and new venture creation are of significance for regional policymakers, entrepreneurs, incumbents from various industries, and…

Master Thesis on Customer Engagement in the Energy Innovation Process

A thesis in WU’s SIMC master entitled “The role of customer engagement in the innovation process with a special regard to the energy industry” has recently been finished. This thesis aims at investigating the role of customer engagement in the innovation process of companies with a special regard to the energy industry. A systematic literature…

SIMC Master Students’ Final Presentation

On the 26th of June, the students from the Strategy, Innovation and Management Control master program presented their final assignments to the top management of OMV and Wien Energie. The students spent a semester working with our partner companies to identify promising business opportunities beyond their current business, and turn them into proposed business models…

Master Thesis on Venture Capitalists’ Non-Financial Value-add in the European Union

This master thesis sheds light on the phenomenon of non-financial value-adds of venture capital investors in the European Union. Literature on the resource-based view and venture capital suggests that, besides providing funding to their portfolio companies, venture capitalists also add value in a non-financial way to them. However, most previous research is based on US…

Master Thesis on Business Model Portfolio Management in the Logistics Industry

The business model concept has attracted considerable interest from researchers and practitioners alike. It is increasingly considered to be a major driver of innovation, inheriting the potential to create competitive advantage. More recent studies observed that a firm can operate multiple business models simultaneously, that is, business model portfolios. However, the unit of analysis when…

Master Thesis on Business Model Portfolio Management in the Automotive Industry

This master thesis offers a novel view on business model portfolio management. Through an empirical case study with BMW AG this study extends the predominant resource- based view on business model relationships by a customer value proposition and profit  formula dimension. Through analysing secondary data and conducting interviews with  senior BMW managers, 17 different business…