Dr. Lukas Zenk

Dr. Lukas Zenk

Danube University Krems / Department of Knowledge and Communication Management

Lukas Zenk works at the Department of Knowledge and Communication Management, Danube University Krems and his research is guided by a socio-cognitive approach in the field of innovation networks. The area of innovation research addresses the basic science questions on how new ideas, processes, and products emerge, and the area of social network analysis investigates patterns of people’s interactions based on graph theory. The combination of these areas allows us to quantitatively study various processes of co-creation based on social theories such as social capital. By integrating cognitive processes and social interactions, the research studies enable combinations at the individual level (e.g., implicit cognition), the organizational level (e.g., communication networks and culture), and the societal level (e.g., open innovation).

Zenk studied a combination of business informatics, sociology, and psychology at the Vienna University of Technology and the University of Vienna, where he completed his doctorate in the field of dynamic team networks. He is currently studying in the postgraduate master program on Innovation and Technology Management at Danube University Krems, and he has completed additional training programs in project management, knowledge management, social learning, mediation, and management coaching.

During the past ten years, he has worked on and led several applied research projects in the field of cognitive science, innovation management, social network analysis, information and communication technologies, and business culture. In January 2016, he co-founded together with his colleagues the research cluster „Socio-Cognitive Networks,“ and in October 2016, he took over the interim lead of the research group at the Department of Knowledge and Communication Management, Danube University Krems.

As a lecturer, he teaches various courses, particularly in postgraduate master programs in the areas of creativity and innovation, business networks, quantitative methods, and management skills. As a „sciencepreneur“, he co-created new methods for designing innovative events (www.designing.events) and web-based tools to facilitate networking in organizations and at business events (www.hallisto.com, www.co-pics.com). Furthermore he co-founded the improvisational theater company Quintessenz in Vienna and regularly performs as an improv actor (www.improvisationstheater.at).

Zenk has published in the fields of networks and innovation, and he has presented numerous talks and keynotes at international conferences and companies. His innovative lectures, talks, and research projects have earned him several awards.



  • Event Network Advancement

    Improvement of conferences to support participants and organizers

  • Schema Processing in Organizational Culture

    Analysis of organizational culture with the Implicit Association Tests

  • Health, Mobility and Globalization

    Start-up financing for transdisciplinary studies

  • Exploratory Visualization of Patent Network Dynamics

    Dynamic analysis and visualization of network data over time

  • Visual Enterprise Network Analytics

    Dynamic network visualizations in organizations

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  • Living sustainability or pretending to?

    Steiner, Geissler, Schreder & Zenk (2016, submitted).

  • Designing knowledge intensive events

    Zenk, L., Fundneider, T. & Peschl, M. (2016)

  • What participants really want

    Zenk, L., Fundneider, T. & Peschl, M. (2016)

  • Beyond the name tag

    Zenk, L., Smuc, M. & Windhager, F. (2014)

  • Social network analysis in organizations

    Zenk, L., & Behrend, F. D. (2014).

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  • How to reinvent yourself

    Keynote (2016), IBM

  • Designing knowledge intensive events

    Workshop (2016), 12th International Conference on Knowledge Management.

  • Failing successfully

    Keynote (2015), Convention for Young Entrepreneurs

  • Success factors of networks

    Talk (2015), Austrian Federal Ministry

  • The science of networking

    Keynote (2015), Access, Hofburg

more presentations


  • Creativity & Innovation

    Group Genius, ZigZag Method, Business Model Generation, Effectuation

  • Social network analysis

    Theories, Methods, Software-Tools (Visone, UCINet, Gephi)

  • Lean start up & Design thinking

    Marshmallow challenge, Minimum viable products, Prototyping

  • Quantitative methods

    Research process, Statistics, Questionnaires, Network analysis

  • Applied improvisation

    Presence, Leadership, Co-Creation

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  • Die Presse

    Applied Improvisation

  • BusinessArt

    Conscious and unconscious sustainability

  • Kurier – Big Career

    The art of cultivating contacts

  • Der Standard – brainwave

    Portraits of researchers

  • Upgrade

    Technology connects

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Workshops & Trainings


  • Applied Improvisation

    Develop your dynamic leadership skills and enhance co-creation processes

  • Design Thinking

    Prototype new services and products from a user-centered perspective

  • Applied networks

    Understand and make use of networks for your strategy

  • Creativity & Innovation

    Learn scientific proven methods to ideate

  • Facilitation

    Enable your team and organiziation to self-organize and co-create

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  • Innovation award


  • Top 5 Speaker

    PM Forum

  • Lecturer award

    Vienna University of Technology

  • Best Speaker

    CMG Austria and Eastern Europe

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

    University of Vienna

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Danube University Krems
Department for Knowledge and Communication Management
Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Straße 30, 3500 Krems, Austria
+43 (0)2732 893-2337