Michael E Meyer


Universities & Institutions

  • WU Vienna

Areas of Interest

  • Nonprofit-Management,
  • Organizational Studies,
  • Social Entrepreneurship,
  • Civil Society

Michael Meyer’s research and teaching is about nonprofit-management and governance, the third sector and civil society, the diffusion of management thinking into NPOs, and entrepreneurial ways of solving societal problems, e.g. social entrepreneurship and social innovation.

At WU Vienna, he teaches undergraduates, graduates, PhDs, and Executives. Beyond nonprofit management, he also offers courses on leadership, teambuilding, organizational behavior, and organization theory.

Together with many collaborators and friends, he has published more than 20 books, amongst them two textbooks on Discourse Analysis translated into Spanish, Arabic, Hebrew, Korean, Russian, and Japanese. He has published more than 120 scholarly articles in academic journals and edited volumes. Currently, Michael and others from the institute are engaged in an international project on civil society in urban regions, comparing six metropolitan regions on four continents (

Michael’s research is also on the development of civil society in Central and Eastern Europe and on managerialism in nonprofits.

With the Social Entrepreneurship Center, Michael is also in the forefront of applied research on social innovation and contributes to capacity building for civil society in CEE.

Michael Meyer has been the head of the Institute for Nonprofit-Management at WU Vienna (University of Economics and Business) since 2005. He is also member of the academic board of the Professional MBA Program for Social Management, and an academic director of WU’s Competence Center for NPOs and Social Entrepreneurship. Michael also contributes to the editorial board of NVSQ and NML, the two most impactful academic journals of the field.

You can find more about Michael’s CV, projects, and publications on WU FIDES

See a selection of work by this Author

Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe: Monitoring 2019

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