Dr. Barbara Sporn is professor of higher education management and heads the Institute of Higher Education Management at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business. Professor Sporn served as Vice-Rector for Research, International Affairs and External Relations of WU Vienna University of Economics and Business from 2002 to 2015. During the academic year 2015/2016 she works as Visiting Professor at the Department of Business Administration and CHESS (Center for Higher Education and Science Studies) at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

She studied Business Administration at WU and obtained her doctorate in 1991 and her habilitation in 1999. She was Acting Assistant Professor (1996/97) at the School of Education at Stanford University and Visiting Research Fellow (1997) at the Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research. She has held visiting research scholar positions at the Stern School of Business at New York University, the School of Education at the University of Michigan, and at the Center for the Studies in Higher Education of the University of California at Berkley between 1992 and 1994.

From 2003 to 2006 she acted as Chair of the PIM (Partnership in International Management) network. From 2007 to 2012, she was a member of the Board of Directors of UniManagement, Torino. From 2002 to 2015 Professor Sporn was member of the CEMS (Global Alliance of Management Education) Globalisation and Membership Committee as well as the CEMS Executive Board.

Today, Prof. Dr. Sporn is member of the EQUIS Committee of EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development). She serves on the International Professional and Academic Advisory Board (IPAAB) of the LUISS School of Business and Management, Rome, Italy; the Advisory Board of Universite Paris Dauphine, France; and is member of the management board of CEIBS (China Europe International Business School), Shanghai, China. Professor Sporn is member of the Fulbright Commission Austria and a Board Member of OeAD (Austrian Educational Exchange Agency).

She has published books and numerous journal articles on leadership and organization in higher education, university adaptation and change, international and comparative higher education, the globalization of higher education systems, and knowledge management and IT in non-profit organizations.