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Josef Kolbitsch

Born 1979

Living and working in Austria

Professional Experience

Currently CIO at Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria

Previously worked as IT Director at the University of Mannheim, Germany, and as Deputy Head of IT Services and Head of the "Business Solutions" unit at Graz University of Technology, Austria


Working on the digital transformation in the public sector, and in ICT management with a focus on IT strategy, information management and organisational development

Interested in digital business models, lean startup approaches and making innovation part of an organisation's culture


PhD in Information and Computer Engineering (formerly "Telematics") from Graz University of Technology, Austria

Executive MBA from ESSEC Business School, Paris, and Mannheim Business School, Germany

Personal Stuff

I have developed a love for cooking and culinary experiments. After years of traditional cooking with a tendency towards nouvelle cuisine, I was given a copy of Harold McGee's "On Food and Cooking", a scientific analysis of the processes food undergoes when cooked. This was a starting point for me to look at molecular gastronomy. Now, I am a fan of Modernist Cuisine, a five volume book on modernist techniques.

Not strictly a hobby, I'm interested in computer history. There are some beautiful books such as Hartmut Esslinger's book on early design of Apple computers, The Computer: An Illustrated History from Its Origins to the Present Day, and Early Home Computers by Kevin Murrell.

I am very much interested in design, particularly interior design, furniture, and product design. This is what led me to collect several old Hi-Fi receivers produced by Bang & Olufsen during the 1960s.