Professor of Business

Vienna University of Economics and Business


Professor/in Business

  • Vienna University of Economics and Business
  • Research, development, teaching
  • Fulltime
  • published till: 13.12.2023
You want to understand how things are connected and make a fundamental impact? We offer an environment where you can realize your full potential. At one of Europe’s largest and most modern business and economics universities. On a campus where quality of work is also quality of life. We are looking for support at the

Institute for Strategy and Managerial Accounting
Fulltime, 40 hours/week
Starting September 01, 2024, and ending after 6 years

A qualification agreement can be concluded after a contract duration of two years (§ 27 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement). Pursuant to WU’s Personnel Development Plan, this position can only be fixed-term for up to six years. Once all objectives agreed upon in the qualification agreement have been fulfilled, the employment relationship can be made permanent. Employees who have successfully completed a qualification agreement are classified as associate professors. From an organizational regulation perspective they belong to the group of professors. Three years after successful completion of the qualification agreement, they are entitled to apply for promotion to full professor according to the By-Laws of WU § 43a.

We are looking for a candidate who conducts high quality research in management accounting with the potential to publish in the top-tier accounting journals. The candidate should have a clear focus on archival research methods. The candidate is expected to work on her*his own research projects and co-operate with our faculty and PhD-Students. Next to the research, the candidate will design and teach courses in management accounting in the bachelor, master, and PhD programs at WU Vienna, and engage in the institute’s third mission activities.  
Our institute has a long-standing tradition and excellent reputation in the international academic community and business practice. We have a diverse team consisting of senior and junior colleagues bringing together international and local expertise. What we have in common is that we all strive for excellence in all our research, teaching and third mission activities. For the third time in a row, we are ranked number 1 in Europe in terms of research output in management accounting (BYU accounting ranking 2021, 2022, 2023) and have won numerous teaching awards. We engage in various third mission activities, such as conducting company projects and organizing conferences and events, where we bring together international researchers, high profile practitioners, and ambitious students.
Our expertise is at the intersection of management accounting, general management, and strategy. Typical topics that we examine are:
  • Management Control Systems and Corporate Governance
  • Managing Creativity and Innovation
  • Performance Evaluation
  • Target setting, forecasting, and predictive analytics
  • Purposeful organizations: Corporate purpose and CSR
  • The new work context (e.g., part-time work, telecommuting…)
  • Data analytics and the interaction of humans and machines
In our research we use different quantitative methods, such as surveys, laboratory experiments, and archival data. Our teaching ranges from large scale introductory courses, to small scale interactive project courses.

What to expect

  • Renowned faculty that has published in the top tier accounting journals (e.g., The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Accounting Organizations and Society)
  • International research network with regular guests from top tier universities (e.g., Harvard Business School, Maastricht University, Emory University) at our conferences and research seminars
  • Competitive salary, research funds, and teaching load
  • Strong ties to business practice and professional controlling organizations
  • Highly motivated students

What you have to offer

  • A finished PhD in Accounting, Economics, or Management (or close to finishing soon);
  • Candidates can be in the last phase of their PhD, have recently finished their PhD, or already have some experience as Assistant Professors/Post docs.
  • Research expertise in Management Accounting and Control, or related fields (such as financial accounting, labor economics, management,…) proven through papers published in high quality journals or high quality working papers (e.g., presented at conferences, papers in the review process…).
  • Strong expertise in archival research methods, including work with publicly available data or large proprietary datasets.
  • Clear research agenda with a focus on archival research as method
  • Proven international academic experience (i.e. a PhD from a non-Austrian university or at least three years of working experience on the postdoc level at a non-Austrian academic institution abroad)
  • International research network  
  • A demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching, preferably in management accounting and control
  • Ability to teach in English language (German is a plus, but not required)
  • Ability to design and coordinate projects
  • High ambition and motivation for an academic career
  • Ability to work independently, but also being a good teamplayer!
Interested candidates should upload their applications including a cover letter, CV, relevant research papers (incl. job market paper), and other relevant documents, using the online application tool. Names and contact details of at least two potential academic references should also be included – if necessary, we will contact them directly.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Professor Gerhard Speckbacher (

What we offer you

  • Inspiring campus life with over 2,400 employees in research, teaching, and administration and approximately 21,500 students
  • A modern campus with spectacular architecture in the heart of Vienna
  • Excellent accessibility by public transportation
  • Meaningful work in an open-minded, inclusive, and family-friendly environment
  • Flexible working hours
  • A wide range of benefits, from an in-house medical officer to athletic activities and a meal allowance to a variety of employee discounts
Curious? Visit our website and find out more at

The minimum monthly gross salary amounts to €4,351.90 (14 times per year). Depending on your profile and qualifications, a higher salary may be negotiable. In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive social benefits.

Do you want to join the WU team?
Then please submit your application by December 13, 2023 (ID 1939).
We are looking forward to hearing from you!

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