Research at MCI

MCI is built on the concept of the Entrepreneurial School®. Based on its mission research at MCI is:

  • applied
  • business-relevant
  • solution-oriented

Research Priorities

At MCI research serves as an inspiration for our teaching as MCI faculty create state of the art knowledge and know-how to be passed on to the students. At the same time research at MCI serves as a basis for service to the community. With its expertise MCI faculty and researchers contribute to the technological, economic and societal development of its environment. MCI research strives to support regional, national and international partners in their innovation activities to increase efficiency and competitiveness.

For many years the MCI has been involved in joint projects with leading companies in the fields of chemical engineering, biotechnology and food process engineering and also in the metal-working and environmental engineering industries.

In addition to

  • targeted research commissioned in the form of Bachelor’s and Master’s theses and dissertations
  • development projects designed to meet the specific needs of our industry partners as well as the further development of innovative concepts and industrial products are playing a growing role in research at the MCI.
Prof. DI Dr.-Ing. Michael Kraxner | Head of Research & Development R & D
Prof. DI Dr.-Ing. Michael Kraxner Head of Research & Development +43 512 2070 - 1800
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Research areas at a glance

As an integrational executive department, R & D Services supports and links the rector’s office, the scientific departments, academic services and study programs of the MCI in connection with issues related to research, technology and innovation, including in particular

  • entrepreneurship, start-ups and company formation
  • research funding
  • coordination of research projects, master theses and scientific papers

Cooperative Options

  • Client specific studies
    If your daily business is hampered, your innovation efforts stall or your efficiency slumps, MCI expertise could serve as partner to address your specific problems. Our customized studies and projects provide you with inspiration, ideas and solutions, often developed in close interaction with the fresh minds of our students.These projects can provide the opportunity for you to address your problem from a different and novel perspective to help you solve the issue.

  • Research Collaboration
    In our research collaboration with businesses and organizations we jointly follow the creation of new knowledge, the development of new products, services or processes and the dissemination of knowledge within the partners and beyond.It is high importance for us that all partners involved a collaborative research endeavor benefit and hence create a win-win-situation. Often our collaborative research is facilitated and supported by national and international research funding through FFG, TTFP, InterReg, Euregio or the EU Commission.

  • Contract Research
    MCI drives solution oriented projects together with national and international business partners. We provide knowledge and know-how transfer to support a powerful and sustainable society and to support the competitiveness of industry. Within the established research priorities our research staff works on numerous projects also on collaboration students.As a partner you have access to our high-end infrastructure, to our academic expertise and to our industrial and business know-how. Additionally you have access to a broad pool of talent.

  • Sponsoring
    MCI provides different modes how businesses and institutions can support relevant research conducted at the Entrepreneurial School® for instance through sponsorships, donations and naming donations.

  • Endowments
    Various different cooperation models are available, dependent on the relevant areas and aims.



As the Entrepreneurial School®, the MCI supports faculty, students, and graduates in their entrepreneurial activities. MCI’s Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services provides assistance with the generation, protection and commercial exploitation of research results and more generally it provides initial information about launching a start-up, about entrepreneurship, and about commercial exploitation of research findings.

The “Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs” exchange program allows young entrepreneurs and startup founders to collect practical experience relevant to self-employment with experienced entrepreneurs who manage a small or middle-sized business in one of the 37 participating countries.

Are you interested in fostering entrepreneurship education? If so, you might want to check out the EEE Teaching Toolkit ( pdf | 3.49M )!
The EEE Teaching Toolkit is a guide for lecturers and curriculum designers and wants to sensitize lectures and students (independent of their backgrounds) for the added-value of entrepreneurship education and introduces 23 practical and theoretical modules to foster entrepreneurial skills and competences.
All modules are designed in a flexible manner and can be combined with each other, enabling the integration of entrepreneurship into different lectures, courses or seminars, and serving to develop new ones at the same time. Moreover, three different entrepreneurship courses are proposed that can be adopted and transferred into existing curricula (Basics, Advanced, Social Entrepreneurship). To involve the business sector, different options how regional entrepreneurs or experts can participate in entrepreneurship education are suggested, taking on the roles of mentors, coaches, jury members, story tellers etc.
You are also interested in the other outcomes of the EEE Project and like to find out more about creating sustainable relationships with actors from the regional entrepreneurship ecosystem then please feel free to visit our EEE Learning Platform!

Fostering young people's entrepreneurship skills is increasingly seen as a way to drive economic growth while also addressing pressing social issues. The last five years have seen growth in the number of HEIs (higher education institutions) offering entrepreneurship education of some kind. Nevertheless, absolute levels of student entrepreneurship remain low and lag far behind competitors.

For these reasons, the “Embedding Entrepreneurship Education” project, funded by the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union, is designed with a clear objective: to increase the proportion of HEI students acquiring an entrepreneurial mind-set and engaging in early stage entrepreneurial activity.

The project is carried out jointly by Univations (Germany), University of Szeged (Hungary), UIIN University Industry Innovation Network (The Netherlands), Canice Consulting (Northern Ireland) and MCI Management Center Innsbruck

More information is available on the EEE website

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MCI as Entrepreneurial School® has always encouraged and supported entrepreneurial activities of its students. Therefore, MCI is also working together with partners such as Startup.Tirol to strengthen and promote business start-ups in higher education. In order to support students in their entrepreneurial ideas, MCI offers the possibility of start-up consultation hours.

If you have an entrepreneurial idea, please contact We are pleased to support you! Your MCI Team Research & Development.

Executive PhD Program

The "Executive PhD Program in Management" jointly offered by the University of Antwerp, the Antwerp Management School and the Management Center Innsbruck is a four-year, part-time research-based program. It provides the perfect fit for senior executives who have been seeking for high-level DBA programs.


In connection with doctoral programs, MCI cooperates with the University of Innsbruck, the Medical University of Innsbruck and other universities in Austria and abroad. These cooperations allow MCI researchers (and those who want to be) to earn a doctorate during their research activities at MCI. 

Doctoral Cooperations

Innsbruck University

A cooperation agreement signed between Innsbruck University and the MCI promotes joint research work and staff integration in combined research teams and projects, includes tutoring by the MCI’s highly qualified faculty and provides for support at the MCI for Ph.D. students in their academic work.

This university partnership benefits research projects requiring major third-party funding, enhances the attractiveness and academic excellence of Innsbruck University and the MCI, supports recruitment of high-flying academics, and facilitates the creation of cross-disciplinary research teams incorporating the strengths of the two partners. All the examinations prescribed for the doctorate are taken at Innsbruck University, which also confers the degree.

Innsbruck Medical University

Innsbruck Medical University (MUI) and Management Center Innsbruck (MCI) have announced the signing of a cooperation agreement by the two institutions providing for joint research groups and shared tutoring for doctoral students.

Following the decision to cooperate more closely in future, the MUI and the MCI can look forward to synergies generated by coordinating and pooling their respective fields of competence and strengths. In addition to the two universities and their students, the new system will also benefit the Tyrol as a location for science, technology and business, and patient care in the region.

Graz University of Technology (TU Graz)

The doctoral cooperation agreement between the two institutions enables the pooling of scientific competences, intensified cooperation in research & development, initiation of more joint projects in the future, the establishment of joint research groups, and cooperation with regard to the supervision of doctoral students.

Young researchers from the technical and scientific departments at MCI, who can apply for admission to the doctoral program at one of the Doctoral Schools held at the Graz University of Technology, will benefit particularly from this cooperation. Doctoral students will be supervised jointly by both institutions of higher education. Thus, most of the research activities aimed at their doctoral theses can be embedded in the research performed at MCI. The Graz University of Technology, on the other hand, will benefit from the high competence and dynamism of MCI in industrial and business-related research projects. In addition to the evaluation by the Graz University of Technology and MCI, an external, preferably international, review will be obtained for each thesis.