Lancaster University
United Kingdom
Eindhoven University of Technology The Netherlands
Copenhagen Business School Denmark
University of Milan
The Portuguese Catholic University Portugal
University of Aveiro
Philips Research
The Netherlands



Stefan Wiltschnig
Marketing Department - Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Stefan Wiltschnig

My educational background contains training as telecommunications engineer, a diploma in business administration with majors in entrepreneurship and innovation as well as process and project management and master studies in cognitive science together with continuous learning around systemic consultancy and large group methodologies.

My work experiences include co-developing emersense, teaching Mei:CogSci teamwork and researching cultures and technologies of knowledge at the University of Vienna,  business development for WU Vienna as assistant to one of the vice-rectors,  change management in the automotive industry and being president of AIESEC in Austria.

I’m interested in processes and spaces that enable and support trans-disciplinary collaboration for coming up with new insights and leading to profound innovations and positive change in organizations and society. Looking at this field and insights aka “aha-moments” from the perspective of “designerly ways of knowing” and related practices in an “in vivo-in vitro” manner is the focus of my PhD-project at Copenhagen Business School and in the DESIRE network.

My passion is to develop my knowing about human cooperation and “enabling spaces” for creative, innovative and sustainable responses to complex issues. “enabling spaces” means for me creating and holding environments/ processes that allow people to engage themselves in elegant, joy- and fruitful conversations and collaboration. To do so, I am integrating expertise from Cognitive Science, Management and Design Thinking.

Educational background

I am trained as telecommunication engineer and graduated in business administration from WU Vienna with majors in entrepreneurship and innovation as well as process and project management. Additionally I have studied Cognitive Science in the MEi:CogSci-Master program of the University of Vienna. My areas of continuing education and learning include systemic consultancy, change management and the “Art of Hosting”.

Work experience

From 2003 to 2008 I have been working as Assistant to the Vice-Rector for Infrastructure and Business Development at WU Vienna in the field of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management. During the last years we (a team of four, that I´m part of) have started up emersense ( - a social enterprise dedicated to providing enabling spaces for value creators through learning designs, communities and ventures. Other work experiences include being president of AIESEC in Austria, change management in the automotive sector and systemic consultancy.

Research Project

Title: Enabling Insight - from Intimation to Innovation
Exploring spaces, processes and practices of designerly ways of knowing

Discourses about the need for innovation(s) as key drivers of sustainable economic development as well as societal change populate political as well as scientific agendas in the recent years. Together with the call for innovations goes the need for creative ways of coming up with these innovative solutions, products and services. In this respect design and “designerly ways of knowing” seem to be an interesting field to study human creative abilities and activities by exploring spaces, processes and practices related to them.

My PhD project is set out to develop and apply an integrative multi-disciplinary and multi-methodological approach to the phenomenon resp. concept of insight (aka aha-moments/heureka-experiences of creative break through). Insights and the accompanying sensations are at the core of reports about creative processes that lead to artistic masterpieces, profound business and social innovations as well as genuine new solutions to complex (scientific) problems.

The search field of this PhD project embraces design practices in different professional settings e.g. architecture, industrial design (product R&D), educational/research design. In addition I am looking for possibilities to take “designerly ways of knowing” as analogies to management and leadership practices venturing to enable and support creative processes towards profound innovations in organisational settings.