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Univ.-Prof. Thomas Lindner, PhD


Professor of International Management


  +43 512 507 9560


  Karl-Rahner-Platz 3

  Appointments by arrangement


Thomas has joined University of Innsbruck in May 2021. Before, he was an Assistant Professor at WU Vienna from 2016 to 2021. He earned his PhD at WU with a dissertation on international finance. Thomas also holds an MSc and a CEMS MIM in international management as well as a BSc in economics and social sciences and a BSc in physics. In 2018, Thomas was a visiting professor at NYU Stern and he has been a part-time lecturer at the Copenhagen Business School since 2017. In his classes, he teaches strategy, international finance, research methods, and data science with applications in R and Python. In his third-party funded work, Thomas connects energy efficiency measures to innovative financing methods, and develops inquiry-based teaching methods for physics education. Outside of university, he is engaged in several NGOs working on political and science education. Thomas' research and teaching were, among others, awarded the Copenhagen Business School Prize, the Douglas Nigh Award, the Stephan Koren-Prize, the Emerald/EFMD Award, and the CEMS Best International Business Project Award.

Research Interests

Thomas' research covers international strategy, international finance, and data science. In international strategy, Thomas investigates the interaction between government policy and firm strategy, post-internationalization behavior of firms, and organizational responses to liabilities of foreignness. His research in international finance deals with capital structure in international firms, valuation of cross-border bond issues, and project finance. Thomas also works on research methods for international business and applications of artificial intelligence in multinational companies. His research has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, International Business Review, Journal of International Business Policy, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of International Management, and the Journal of World Business.

In this short interview (in German), Thomas talks about his perspectives on research and teaching at UIBK.


  • Müllner, J., Filatotchev, I., & Lindner, T. (2023). Striking a balance? Finance perspectives on international business research. Multinational Business Review, 31(3), 313-332. https://doi.org/10.1108/MBR-06-2023-0094
  • Lindner, T., Müllner, J., & Puhr, H. (2023). Ownership, institutions, and the agency of M&A completion. Global Strategy Journal. https://doi.org/10.1002/gsj.1494
  • Lindner, T., & Puck, J. (2023). Information distance: Conceptual development and empirical tests of a novel measure of cross-national distance. Journal of International Management. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.intman.2023.101087
  • Slangen, A. H., Valboni, R., Eerola, A., & Lindner, T. (2023). Tax‐motivated relocations of headquarters: The role of affinity bias among socially‐responsible blockholders and CEOs. Journal of Management Studies. https://doi.org/10.1111/joms.13012
  • Greiner, B., Grünwald, P., Lindner, T., Lintner, G., & Wiernsperger, M. (2022). Incentives, framing, and trust in algorithmic advice: An experimental study. Available online
  • Hartmann, S., Lindner, T., Müllner, J., & Puck, J. (2022). Beyond the nation-state: Anchoring supranational institutions in international business research. Journal of International Business Studies. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41267-022-00537-3
  • Lindner, T., Puck, J., & Stocco, G. (2022). Asymmetric risk perception and firm financing in the institutional envelope. International Business Review, 102067. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ibusrev.2022.102067
  • Lindner, T., Puck, J., & Verbeke, A. (2022). Beyond addressing multicollinearity: Robust quantitative analysis and machine learning in international business research. Journal of International Business Studies. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41267-022-00549-z
  • Lindner, T., Puck, J., & Doh, J. (2021). Hierarchical modelling in international business research: Patterns, problems, and practical guidelines. Journal of World Business, 56(4). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jwb.2021.101224
  • Menkveld, A. J., Dreber, A., Holzmeister, F., Huber, J., Johannesson, M., Kirchler, M., Razen, M., Weitzel, U., Abad, D., Abudy, M. M., et al. (2021). Non-standard errors. https://papers.ssrn.com/abstract_id=3961574
  • Lindner, T., Puck, J., & Verbeke, A. (2020). Misconceptions about collinearity in international business research: Identification, consequences, and remedies. Journal of International Business Studies, 51(3), 283-298. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41267-019-00257-1
  • Dorobantu, S., Lindner, T., & Müllner, J. (2020). Political risk and alliance diversity: A two-stage model of partner selection in multipartner alliances. Academy of Management Journal, 63(6), 1775-1806. https://doi.org/10.5465/amj.2017.0265
  • Putzhammer, M., Puck, J., & Lindner, T. (2020). Changes in foreign operation modes: A review and research agenda. International Business Review, 29(1), 101619. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ibusrev.2019.101619
  • Putzhammer, M., Slangen, A., Puck, J., & Lindner, T. (2020). The pace of corporate expansion within host countries: How local institutional improvement hampers the exploitation of a firm's regional knowledge base. Journal of International Management, 26(1), 100703. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.intman.2019.100703
  • Kunczer, V., Puck, J., & Lindner, T. (2019). Benefitting from immigration: The value of immigrants' country knowledge for firm internationalization. Journal of International Business Policy, 2(4), 356-375. https://doi.org/10.1057/s42214-019-00034-9
  • Lindner, T., Klein, F., & Schmidt, S. (2018). The effect of internationalization on firm capital structure: A meta-analysis and exploration of institutional contingencies. International Business Review, 27(6), 1238-1249. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ibusrev.2018.05.005
  • Lindner, T., Müllner, J., & Puck, J. (2016). Cost of capital in an international context: Institutional distance, quality, and dynamics. Journal of International Management, 22(3), 234-248. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.intman.2016.01.001

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