Beneficiaries are the core organisations of PERFORM. These organisations will host PhD candidates for conducting research projects in the different fields of Digital Retail. All these organisations also take part in the training of PhD candidates at training events by providing lectures and courses based on their specific expertise.


Dublin City University

contact: Prof. Dr. Markus Helfert

The Project is Co-ordinated by Dublin City University (DCU). DCU comprises ca. 16,000 students with a continuing focus on personal, academic and professional life-skill development. DCU regularly feature among the top young universities globally as measured by the Times Higher Education Top 100 under 50 and the QS Top 50 under 50. DCU has also been awarded prestigious HR Excellence in Research accreditation by the European Commission. The School of Computing is a stimulating environment for research, particularly in the areas of localization, data analytics, software engineering, scientific computing and cloud computing. It currently has over 100 postgraduate research students and a wide range of funded projects at national and international level.


University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria

contact: Mag. Werner Wetzlinger

The research group Digital Business of FHO investigates the continuous development in the field of digital media and how it creates changes on both an organizational and a societal level. Main research topics of the group are marketing, Internet business models, digital retail and decision-making processes in online-environments. The methods used range from the traditional methods of empirical social research to innovative procedures from cognitive neurosciences.


Linnaeus University

contact: Prof. Dr. Darek Haftor

Linnaeus University is one of Sweden’s newest higher education institutions. LNU offers ca. 180 degree programs, and 2,500 single-subject courses to more than 30,000 students at all levels, with is 2000 staff members. Its various scholarly disciplines are organized into five main Faculties: Technology, Economics and Business, Life Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities. The position is hosted at the Department of Informatics that conducts research and offers educational programs in information systems.


TU Eindhoven

contact: Dr. Nevin Mutlu

TU/e is a research university specializing in engineering science & technology. The School of Industrial Engineering is one of the longest-established IE Schools in Europe, with a strong presence in the international research, design, and education community, especially in the field of Operations Management and Operations Research. The graduate programs (MSc, PDEng, and PhD) in Operations Management & Logistics attract top-level candidates from all over the world. The OPAC Group closely collaborates with industry partners, and has an excellent track record of conducting practice-based research. The research and education at the OPAC group of the School of Industrial Engineering has specific emphasis on:(i) Planning and Control in Manufacturing, Services, and Supply Chains (ii) Distribution Logistics (iii) Maintenance and Reliability (iv) Finance and Accounting, oriented towards operational processes.


Johannes Kepler University

contact: Dr. Martin Stabauer

The Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU) is a young university with a unique focus on socio-economic, legal, natural/technical sciences and medicine. The Institute for Digital Business is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Economics and Business with Departments for Digital Business and Digital Education.



AWS-Institute for digitized products and processes

contact: Dr. Dirk Werth

The AWS institute for digitized products and processes (AWSi) is an independent research centre that aims to foster research and innovation. It focuses on digitization of economy and society. The institute is committed to develop new technologies and think ahead business models. It places great value on combining applied research with innovation and entrepreneurship. The main topics of AWSi are the gradual and disruptive digitization. This comprises concepts and technologies which transforms or substitutes existing products and business processes.


Raiffeisenlandesbank Oberösterreich AG

contact: Mag. Daniel Prieler

RLB is Austria’s leading regional bank. It has a strong customer focus and is a secure and reliable partner for private, corporate and institutional customers. Customers are supported with targeted and customised financial and business services.