Supply Chain Intelligence Institute Austria – Evidence-based decision-making for business and politics

The research institute is dedicated to providing analyses to better address future challenges related to value networks, strategic interdependencies, and ensuring production and supply security. The aim is to provide decision-makers in politics, administration and industry with a solid basis for achieving the Austrian and European goals of secure value creation and environmental neutrality.


Global, European and Austrian production and logistics networks face multiple challenges. The overlapping crises of recent years have exposed vulnerabilities in supply chains and production networks, which leads to a multitude of questions regarding the design of more sustainable, resilient networks.

To solve these questions, the institute takes an interdisciplinary approach. The ASCII scientists create data-based analytical tools and use methods from mathematics, data and network science, international economics, management science, supply chains and logistics.

This project is being implemented in close cooperation with the founding organizations: the Complexity Science Hub, WIFO, Logistikum of the Upper Austrian University of Applied Sciences and Verein Netzwerk Logistik. The supply chain issue is embedded in overarching risks (e.g. geopolitical discord, trade wars) and the impact of man-made climate change, the mitigation of which will require new production structures and business models. The institute provides data and knowledge bases and acts as the first point of contact for analyzing, evaluating and deriving recommendations for action for time-critical and complex issues related to value chains.


The Supply Chain Intelligence Institute Austria sets itself the following goals in the field of supply chain and resilience research:

Fact-based support of economic policy in Austria and the EU on issues related to supply chains and production networks

Direct and practice-oriented knowledge generation in the field of value networks, change processes and their integration into the macroeconomic context

Increasing methodical knowledge to cope with the complexity and dynamics of value networks

International orientation of the training of the next generation

High impact of the results due to the inherent involvement of politics, business and science


ASCII advocates for a revision of the EU Corporate Sustainable Due Diligence Directive. The proposed amendments focus on direct monitoring of suppliers instead of bilateral supply links and the introduction of negative and positive lists to streamline due diligence processes, improving effectiveness and reducing costs for EU importers.
India’s proposed rice export restrictions, potentially affecting 40% of the global rice supply, may have severe consequences for several African and Middle Eastern countries. Projected losses of up to 304 kg per capita, as seen in the case of Djibouti, pose a threat to food security.
In a digital media chat (in German) on November 28, 2023, ASCII researchers will show what an efficient and effective implementation of the directive could look like.


Board of Directors


Univ.-Prof. MMag. Gabriel Felbermayr, PhD (WIFO)

Vice President

FH-Prof. DI Franz Staberhofer (FH OÖ)
Univ.-Prof. Mag. DDr. Stefan Thurner (CSH)

Financial Officer

Mag. Maria Viktoria Grünberger (FH OÖ)


DI Dr. Veit Kohnhauser (VNL)

Further Members

Mag. Sonja Jöchtl (CSH)
Mag. Dr. Agnes Kügler, M.Sc. (WIFO)



Assoz. Prof. Priv.-Doz. Dr. Peter Klimek (CSH)

Deputy Director

Mag. Dr. Klaus Friesenbichler (WIFO)
FH-Prof. DI (FH) Dr. Markus Gerschberger (FH OÖ)

Chair Advisory Board

Dr. Sabine Herlitschka (Infineon)

Founding Members

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