The LBG OIS Center team is interdisciplinary, diverse and international. It is led by Patrick Lehner (Director OIS Center) and Marion Poetz (Scientific Director) in a distributed leadership approach. Team members have a variety of scientific backgrounds and professional experiences.
Susanne Beck is a post-doc researcher at the LBG OIS Center at Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft and the Department of Strategy and Innovation at Copenhagen Business School (CBS). She has received her PhD in economics from Zeppelin University in Germany and has been a visiting scholar at the Lancaster University Management School’s Department of Entrepreneurship, Strategy & Innovation. During her PhD, Susanne developed and lectured several different international courses in the area of Scientific Research Methods, Consumer Behavior, and Family Business Research on bachelor, master, and executive education level. Her research has been published in international peer-reviewed management and marketing journals such as European Management Journal, R&D Management, International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management and Family Business Review and her work was awarded with the Best Paper Award from the European Academy of Management. Her current research aims to contributing to the understanding of creating and capturing value from (open) scientific knowledge creation and dissemination. In particular, she is investigating individual, organizational and ecosystem-level antecedents, contingencies, and consequences of applying open innovation principles and methods in the context of science.
Tiare Brasseur is a PhD student and researcher at the LBG OIS Center and the Department of Strategy and Innovation at Copenhagen Business School (CBS). She received her Master’s in Business Administration from University of Vienna, where she majored in Innovation and Technology Management, and her Bachelor’s Degree from Vienna University of Economics and Business. She furthered her studies in Innovation Management at CBS and Melbourne Business School (MBS). Inspired by recent research in Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing, she devoted her master’s thesis to the exploration of “Open and Collaborative Business Model Innovation”. Her research interests span a range of topics within innovation management, including open and collaborative innovation, crowdsourcing, user innovation and business model innovation. She received a Best Paper Award from the Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) 2017 in Boston.
Robin Brehm is a research assistant at the LBG OIS Center. He is finishing his Master’s in Development Studies at the University of Passau, Germany, specializing in sociology and cultural studies with a research focus on North Korea. His thesis is dedicated to analogue economic propaganda in North Korea and its effects on economic transition in the context of the nation’s ideological background.
Agnes Effert is a PhD student at the LBG OIS Center. She received her Master’s in Psychology from the University of Vienna with specializations in economic and social psychology. Her research interests include the microfoundations of open and collaborative behavior in the context of science.
Marlies Graf-Demirtaş is the team assistant at the LBG OIS Center. Before joining the LBG OIS team, she completed the Cambridge CELTA course and moved to Istanbul, where she taught English at a secondary school. Prior to that she worked in Salzburg as an office manager for ten years.
Katie Hyslop is a researcher at the LBG OIS Center. She is in the final stages of completing her PhD studies in social and economic studies at the WU Vienna University of Economics and Business. She received her Master´s in International Business from the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, and her Bachelor’s Degree from Edinburgh Napier University. During her time as Teaching and Research Associate, Katie was involved in developing and delivering several courses in the areas of entrepreneurial management and innovation and strategy at the WU Vienna and FH Wien University of Applied Sciences for Management and Communication. Her current research focusses on a broad range of themes within the field of innovation management, including the management of open and collaborative innovation processes in SMEs, and exploring the antecedents, contingencies and effects of open innovation in science.
Abdul-Basit Issah is a post-doc researcher at the LBG OIS Center and the Department of Strategy and Innovation at Copenhagen Business School (CBS). He completed his PhD in Management Science at the University of Luxembourg, where he investigated “the influence of family ownership on M&As and innovation”, received his MSc in Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden and an MA in Development Studies at the Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam. During his PhD, Basit was a visiting scholar at Copenhagen Business School and Maastricht University School of Business and Economics. Basit has previously worked as a policy analyst and a research assistant at Imani Centre for Policy & Education, a leading think tank in Africa based in Ghana and Ghana’s office of parliament respectively. He also had a stint as a development-planning analyst at the local government service secretariat in Accra. His most recent work has been published in prestigious journals such as Family Business Review. Presently his research is focused on organizational design, performance and impact measurement of open innovation in science. Basit is also interested in frugal innovation.
Raphaela Kaisler is a psychologist with a multidisciplinary background in molecular biology and science communication. As a scientist, she worked in basic research in the field of cancer research, neuroscience and social psychology before she focused on project management in research organisations. Before joining the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft, she gained work experience as project manager at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (research service) and the interdisciplinary Cognitive Research Platform at the University of Vienna. Additional training in the psychosocial field and work with children and adolescents form the basis for her interface function at the Ludwig Boltzmann Society. As a Research Group and Relationship Manager, she supports the Research Groups on Mental Health of Children and Adolescents in establishing a partner network and bridging science and society in research processes. The focus is on engaging the public, experts-by-experience in the field of mental health and other key stakeholders in research activities. The research program "Mental Health" is the continuation of the CRIS I project and aims to promote mental health of children and adolescents using open innovation methods to generate societal relevant impact by engaging with patients and family members in research.
Marcel LaFlamme is a post-doc researcher at the LBG OIS Center at Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft and the Department of Strategy and Innovation at Copenhagen Business School. He received his PhD in anthropology from Rice University in the United States, where his research focused on changing forms of expertise and their institutionalization at an innovation cluster in the rural U.S. state of North Dakota. With a background in library and information science, he also served as managing editor for the open-access journal Cultural Anthropology. His current work concerns the design of ecosystems for open, collaborative, and public scholarship. He also has a methodological interest in experimentality and the politics of evidence.
Patrick Lehner, together with the scientific director, heads the Open Innovation in Science Centers of the Ludwig Boltzmann Society (LBG OIS Center). Patrick has been with the Ludwig Boltzmann Society since 2016, most recently as Head of Impact and Knowledge Exchange. Prior to that, he was Director of Administration at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, where he was responsible for the administration of the institutes and for several years headed the research service of the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. As an innovation expert, he studied economics at the University of Vienna and the University of California Santa Cruz and researched innovation systems.
Benjamin Missbach is responsible for several Open Innovation in Science projects (e.g.: crowdsourcing, crowdfunding). Before joining the LBG OIS Center, Ben received his PhD in Nutrition Sciences from the University of Vienna in 2016, focussing on behavioral aspects of food intake. His research has been published in several international peer-reviewed scientific journals He has been part of the LBG OIS Center since early 2017.
Franziska Nittinger is responsible to foster the development of key programms (LOIS) and target group specific activities to enhance Open Innovation in Science methods and principles (capacity & capability). Before joining the LBG OIS Center, Franziska headed the Development and Quality Management Unit at the Technische Universität Wien. She has a multidisciplinary background in evolutionary biology, science communication and public governence.
Marion Poetz is Associate Professor of Innovation Management at the Department of Strategy and Innovation (SI) at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) and Scientific Director of the LBG Open Innovation in Science Center (OIS Center). She gained her PhD from WU Vienna and has been a visiting scholar at MIT Sloan School of Management, Bocconi University and ETH Zurich. Inspired by phenomena linked to open innovation, crowdsourcing and similar topics, her research focuses on antecedents, processes, consequences and contingencies of open and collaborative research and innovation processes. As a principle investigator in several large-scale research projects, she currently manages research groups around these topics in Denmark and Austria. Marion’s work has been published in leading international journals such as Management Science or Harvard Business Review, featured in various media such as Forbes or Inc. Magazine and received numerous awards such as the 2019 Informs TIME Best Paper Award. Marion has been an academic advisor and consultant to organizations from various industries including national and international firms and policy-making institutions. She has co-founded several institutions such as the Danish Crowdsourcing Lab or the Institute for Innovation Capability Building and engages as director, coordinator and teacher in several educational programs in the fields of strategy and innovation. Marion has also been involved in developing the Open Innovation in Science (OIS) Initiative of the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft (LBG) and created the Lab for Open Innovation in Science (LOIS). She is affiliated with the Danish Research Unit for Industrial Dynamics (DRUID), the Academy of Management (AOM) and is a member of the Young Global Leaders (YGLs) of the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Johanna Pühringer is a student assistant at the LBG OIS Center. She is doing her Bachelor in Political Science at the University of Vienna with specializations in European Union and Europeanisation, Culture and Politics as well as Gender and Politics. Prior to that she worked as a volunteer in West Africa, Togo for half a year after completing High School.
Roja Ratzinger is a research assistant at the LBG OIS Center. She received her Master’s in Psychology from the University of Vienna with specializations in economic and social psychology. In her thesis she investigated individual-level psychological processes driving social transmission in the context of political communication on Twitter.
Laura Soyer is a Project Manager at the OIS Center. She received her undergraduate degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) in the fields of law and social anthropology. After fieldwork and study experience in West Africa and Turkey she returned to Vienna and finished her postgraduate education at the University of Vienna, specializing in migration and citizenship studies. Before joining the LBG OIS team, Laura worked as a project manager and volunteer coordinator in the areas of social innovation, citizen science and social work.
Julia Süss-Reyes is a post-doc researcher at the LBG OIS Center at Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft and the Department of Strategy and Innovation at Copenhagen Business School (CBS). She holds a doctoral degree in social and economic science from WU Vienna University of Economics and Business. During her doctoral program, Julia developed and lectured several international courses in the area of Scientific Methods, Family Business Management, Strategy and Innovation and Corporate Entrepreneurship at WU Vienna and FHWien University of Applied Sciences for Management and Communication. Her research has been published in leading international journals, including Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Family Business Strategy, Journal of Business Economics and Journal of Rural Studies. Julia has received several awards for her work, e.g. the Heinrich Stremitzer-Prize for outstanding research and the Best Reviewer Award from the International Family Enterprise Research Academy. Her current research focuses on contributing to the understanding of antecedents, contingencies, and consequences of applying open innovation principles in science.
Magdalena Theurl is a Project Manager at the OIS Center. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Vienna University of Economics and Business. After collecting some work experience, she decided to study communication science at University of Vienna and received there her Master’s degree. Her thesis was about the difference of idea crowdsourcing in non-profit and for-profit organizations. Before joining the LBG OIS team, Magdalena gained experience as a project manager, consultant and coach in the area of innovation management.
Magdalena Wailzer supports the OIS initiative on the operational side. She received both her Bachelor’s and her Master‘s degree from Vienna University of Economics and Business and spent time abroad in the US, Belgium, Spain and India. Her thesis within the Master program „Strategy, Innovation and Management Control“ investigated performance and impact measurement in Austrian social enterprises. Before joining the LBG OIS team, Magdalena held jobs in several different industries, the latest at TU Wien.