IoC Mission Statement

With a strong academic background and in close relation to corporate partners, the Institute of Competitiveness (IoC) at LBS seeks to contribute to the creation, dissemination and exchange of knowledge between three types of stakeholders – academics, corporations and public policy-makers – to stimulate competitiveness of Austrian companies and the Austrian economy.


Its main activities are:

  • Carrying out research projects, either publicly or privately funded, together with partners from academia, industry or local authorities
  • Facilitating the exchanges between academics, corporations and public policy-makers through meetings, executive courses, conferences, and advisory activities
  • Promoting the scholarly work of Professor Michael E. Porter from Harvard Business School and its application in the Austrian context
  • Convening the Harvard Business School course Microeconomics of Competitiveness, which has developed and taught by Professor Michael E. Porter through Harvard affiliated faculty and Harvard Business School resources
  • Enhancing knowledge and the understanding of competitiveness among LBS students through e.g. courses, visiting professorships, guest lectures from corporations and public policy-makers, business plan competitions, and field excursion to Austria’s top companies