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Managing Disruptive Technologies – Interferences with the Ecosystem

A disruptive technology refers to any enhanced or entirely new technology that replaces an existing one, rendering it obsolete. Their novelty holds the potential for advantages over competitors (e.g., through new or additional functionalities). However, disruptive technologies significantly alter the way businesses operate eventually leading to changes in the ecosystem. Using a qualitative approach, this study aims to provide an in-depth review of recent developments in the field of disruptive technologies, strives to support managers in identifying how to cope with disruptive technologies and addresses their interferences with the ecosystem.

Author: Ines Korajman

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Sustainable Business Models of Start-ups

Over the last years the concept of sustainable development has more and more been addressed by the business sector. Innovative as well as sustainable business models are needed to achieve both economic and environmental goals. The dissertation project will focus on sustainable business models of start-ups in order to better understand how they operate and what the drivers for developing these business models are. Using a cross-industry sample covering start-ups showing notable sustainable activities, this study aims to analyse the characteristics of their business model. 

Author: Martin Glinik

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Professional practice of certified management systems based on ISO 9001

An exploratory, qualitative research and comparison with literature on quality management according to the ISO 9000 series of standards in Austrian engineering firms. The results of this work provide a better understanding for implementation of the ISO 9001 standard in consulting engineering organisations. It sheds light on quality management in consulting companies and analyse influences on the quality of the service. In addition it can be used as a basis for future work in the international context according to the implementation on ISO standards in the engineering consulting industry.

Author: Walter Painsi

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Lean Technology Management

The object of this thesis is to discuss the interrelationships between Lean Management and Technology Management. Through an in-depth analysis into the methods, processes, and useful interconnections of both management techniques, the findings will be implemented back into the existing Technology Management process to help create a more efficient and lean program for the betterment of all companies. This process can be applied in the field to ensure companies’ insistence on a long-term basis.

Author: Jürgen Kiszilak

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Factors that influence business models of small enterprises in business-to-business markets

Small enterprises (SE) increasingly face a competitive business environment, where they have to compete with firms of any size. Furthermore, a small enterprise is not just a small version of a large enterprise (LE). Which is why SEs business models significantly differ from LEs business models. In a qualitative study small enterprises in business-to-business markets are researched. The purpose of the study is to find factors that, according to literature, influence the elements of SEs business models most and to analyze to what degree those factors are present in the sample cases.

Author: Fabian Pirker

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Software Product Management for medium- and large-sized business applications

In today's software developing firms software product management (SPM) is part of business and it is done often by practitioners to the best of their knowledge and belief. Nevertheless many scientific research has been done on this topic. The dissertation project covers a systematic mapping study about the research which have been done within last recent years. The second part of this dissertation will focus on empirical research on SPM under particular consideration of medium- and large-sized business applications.

Author: Thomas Salzmann

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