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- PublicationForms of Knowledge Transfer in IT Project ManagementThis qualitative research study explores the experiences of project managers in IT projects, using an investigative approach to explore the intricacies of knowledge transfer in these contexts. The research framework emphasizes the complexity of social dynamics and the need for a deeper understanding, prompting the use of qualitative methods. Expert interviews were chosen as the primary data collection technique due to their alignment with the research objectives. The study adopts an exploratory perspective, with online interviews conducted using a co-expert approach. The philosophical stance of the study is based on phenomenalist principles and aims to gain insights into the personal experiences of project managers. The experts selected for the study met specific criteria, including certification and experience in IT project management. Thematic analysis revealed key categories: Forms of knowledge transfer, challenges, and opportunities. Personalized spontaneous knowledge transfer emerged as the dominant form, facilitated by informal interactions, and efforts to codify this knowledge in a documented form were observed. Challenges included issues of quantity, distribution, team dynamics, technology platforms, organizational culture, and time constraints. Successful knowledge transfer was associated with increased efficiency, improved quality, faster project completion, and continuous improvement of methods and standards. The study suggests that project-based organizations should develop strategies to improve knowledge transfer, incorporate it into project management standards and focus on facilitating effective communication between team members.
- PublicationThe Facilitation of Digital Literacy in EFL ClassesDigital literacy has become an essential form of literacy for the students of the 21st century. This development had been significantly accelerated by the Covid- 19 pandemic, when all students in Austria had to switch to distance learning at some point between the years 2020 and 2022. Based on a web-based survey conducted among Austrian EFL students, this paper aims to investigate the current status of digital literacy among 5th and 6th grade EFL students from their perspective. A special focus is placed on students who have received a digital device for e-Learning purposes within the school year 2021/2022. The following key results were observed: Students have a generally positive attitude towards e-Learning that also shows a connection to their level of digital skills. Furthermore, there are significant differences in experiences and attitudes toward e- Learning based on grade level. Further research into manifold areas of digital literacy could be beneficial in order to gain a deeper understanding of the topic and practical assistance for educators and students.
- PublicationLocal Political Parties in Austria during the COVID-19 Era: A Comparative Case Analysis(2023)This article examines local political party organization of the SPÖ and its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The practices and initiatives adopted by local political, social, and democratic party groups in two Austrian regions, a rural town in Styria and an urban district in Vienna, during the COVID-19 pandemic were examined. Using Problem-centered interviews (PCI) and group discussions as instruments for data collection, it was investigated how these parties adapted their activities to maintain engagement and support from the population in the face of unprecedented challenges. The results showed that both parties transitioned to online formats for meetings and events. Measures such as telephone assistance for emotional support, projects to support local businesses, and social measures for those in financial need were introduced to meet the urgent needs of people in the communities. Despite some challenges such as fluctuating motivation, difficulties in maintaining online engagement, ICT competencies, and dealing with personal overload, local parties demonstrated resilience and adaptability during the crisis.