Austrian Partners

Dr. Werner Auer-Rizzi


Werner Auer-Rizzi is an associate professor of Business Administration at the Johannes Kepler University Linz.

He studied Business Administration and Informatics and worked as a software developer during his studies. Before joining the Institute for International Management Studies at Johannes Kepler University in 1988, he worked as a system analyst with IBM, White Plains, New York and on several projects in Belgium (Ford) and Norway (Statoil).

Dr. Ernst Balla (Research Associate)

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Dr. Balla is responsible for Management Development in the Corporate Human Resource Department of voestalpine AG, a worldwide steel company with over 40,000 employees in 60 countries. He is head of the internal international leadership-program. After 10 years experience in training and personnel development from the consultant’s view having an economic and technical background he changed in 2005 into a healthcare company with 20,000 people to be responsible for  leadership development and educational issues before he joins voestalpine in 2008.