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History and identity
The Department of Corporate Leadership and Entrepreneurship was established on the recommendation of the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences in the summer semester of 2010. It is headed by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alfred Gutschelhofer and perceives itself to be a practice-oriented institution providing relevant teaching in business and management studies. The departments’ teaching and research activities comprise all areas of activities from business start-ups to management and leadership and prioritise relevant practical aspects of management and leadership, leadership philosophies, environmental and competitive analyses, corporate strategies, business plans etc., in addition to the analysis and teaching of theoretical principles. Accordingly, co-operations with external partners are a key element in the activities of the department.

Principles and teaching objectives
Teaching aims to provide insight in theoretical principles and research activities. Students should be able to apply what they have learned to solve practical problems. Identifying related business concepts, assessing opportunities and risks, as well as developing potential solutions and strategies for implementations are paramount in our teaching. Independent thinking and acting are central concepts. Teaching covers a wide range of subjects, from start-ups, SMEs and corporations to public sector institutions.

Research activities
Departmental research focuses on leadership and start-ups. Empirical research is a core element. Considering economic and application-oriented issues ensures results are interesting both for science and management practice.

The department’s projects are organised in cooperation with the Center of Entrepreneurship and Applied Business Studies. In addition to externally funded research, smaller projects are carried out in master theses jointly with business partners.


Secretary's Office
Elisabethstraße 50b, 2nd floor 8010 Graz
Mag. Caroline Zmölnig Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 7351


Office hours:
Monday to Friday
9.00-12.00 a.m.
2.00-4.30 p.m.

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