Vienna University of Economics and Business named winner of WRDS-SSRN Innovation Award

Dr. Victoria Kent presented the award to Dr. Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger, Rector of Vienna University of Economics and Business

Award presentation
L to R: Dr. Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger (Vienna University), Dr. Victoria Kent (WRDS)

Philadelphia, PA (BusinessWire) — Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) and SSRN are pleased to announce WU Vienna University of Economics and Business as the 2022 WRDS-SSRN Innovation Award winner for the EMEA region.

The WRDS-SSRN Innovation Award series elevates the visibility of impact-focused research and the institutions that conduct it. Each year, awards are presented to rising business schools from North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific regions to highlight innovation and research excellence. As a part of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, WRDS provides global institutions with comprehensive thought leadership and targeted solutions that underpin research, reinforce learning, and enable discovery.

Together, WRDS and SSRN, the world’s leading scholarly research network, are advancing impact-focused research, changing policy and practice at regulatory, national, and global levels. In addition to the Innovation Award, the organizations developed the WRDS Research Paper Series, a searchable repository of all papers submitted to SSRN that cite WRDS in their work.

Dr. Victoria Kent, WRDS Director of international initiatives, presented the award to Dr. Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger, Rector of Vienna University of Economics and Business, during the AACSB EMEA Annual Conference. “On behalf of the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), its academic and administrative staff, and its students, I would like to thank Wharton Research Data Services and the Social Service Research Network for the award of the WRDS-SSRN Innovation Award for EMEA honoring emerging business schools,” said Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger. “Given the excellence of previous awardees and being aware of the numerous excellent business schools in Europe, it is an immense honor to be receiving such an important award.”

“I am delighted to offer my congratulations to Vienna University of Economics and Business,” said Robert Zarazowski, Managing Director of WRDS. “It is exciting to recognize the excellent research taking place at the University, and the school’s commitment to growth and innovation in business education.”

“SSRN congratulates the WU Vienna University of Economics and Business for the diversity they bring to innovative research.” said Gregg Gordon, managing director of SSRN. “We look forward to seeing more of it in the future.”

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