Thomas Gegenhuber is currently a doctoral student and Austrian Academy of Sciences fellowship (DOC-team) recipient at the Institute for Organization and Global Management Studies at Johannes Kepler University (JKU) in Linz, Austria. Thomas Gegenhuber’s research interests are organization theory, crowdsourcing and (open) innovation; his work appears in several books and international journals, and he engages at academic as well as practitioner-oriented conferences. Dedicated to learning with students and sharing his experience, Thomas teaches in the interdisciplinary master’s program in web science at JKU.
Driven to contribute to a better world, Thomas has worked several years in leadership positions for political nonprofit organizations and for Wikonomics author Don Tapscott’s Toronto-based Think Tank. He recently joined Tapscott in researching “Global Solution Networks,” a project dedicated to analyzing multi-stakeholder networks’ role in tackling global problems. Furthermore, he is an open government advocate and contributes to such projects in Linz, such as developing the idea of the urban maintenance platform “Schau.auf.Linz.”
Apart from Linz, Thomas has lived in Berlin, Edmonton, and Toronto – the last he visits regularly, considering it his second home. Coffee shops, ranging from the classical Vienna “Kaffeehaus” to the North American style coffee shop, are his favorite work places around the world, and a source of creativity.
Thomas loves to hang out with friends and experience memorable moments. He regularly visits exhibitions, reads popular literature, attends concerts or the theatre, and enjoys listening to his vinyl or the radio. Samuel Beckett’s saying, “Try Again. Fail again. Fail better” serves as a leitmotiv in his actions, so it comes at no surprise that one of Thomas Gegenhuber’s passions – along with playing the trombone – is performing in (improvisational) theatre. He loves to stroll around exploring cities, and has a playfulness reflected in his frequent card and board games, or bocce in the summer. For a break from the computer, Thomas pursues activities such as bicycling, swimming, dancing (Lindy Hop) and escaping into nature for a hike.