Paul Pöltner

Paul Pöltner

From the so-called information society, over the knowledge society, we have reached a point where the number of links between people, organizations and things is increasing every day. Some call this the network society, where the building up of links has become a strategic advantage.


For more than ten years, I’ve been investigating and helping people and organizations to cope with the complexity of the so-called network society in the following domains:

Technical complexity: Starting from 2001, I have worked as a self-employed IT consultant for several organizations (banks, the automotive industry, marketing firms, etc.) helping them to cope with their technical requirements to interlink with the relevant environment (link). Furthermore, since 2008, I’ve been investigating the technical requirements for interlinking organizations (e.g., ecosystem and service oriented computing, etc.) and people (enterprise 2.0, customer portals, etc.) at the Vienna University of Technology.





  • Interlinking of ERP-Systems: Currently, I’m working on my Ph.D. in the area of ad-hoc interlinking of Enterprise Resource Planning Systems by the example of vendor-managed inventory model.
  • Highly distributed project management systems: Developments show that the “crowd” has a high potential to be interlinked into the daily project management tasks. In order to cope with this complexity, new ways of organizing projects is required –> Management Exchange
  • Enterprise 2.0: Connecting the organization within and with the outside is a challenging task not only from a technical point of view, but also from an organizational point of view. Within this field, I’m interested about how an organization can work more efficiently together within and without.


Tax complexity: In order to align with the fast changing market requirements, people and organizations need to work jointly on upcoming challenges. These challenges can be overcome:

  1. within one group by building up a shared service centre or competence centre,
  2. with separated uncontrolled organizations by building up a virtual organization,
  3. between individuals by investing in a joint idea.

All these scenarios not only lead to organizational effects, but also have a high impact on the tax burden. Looking at these specific needs, I’m currently helping organizations in the following areas

  • Electronic invoices and archives: In order for an organization to get a step closer to the paperless office, electronic invoices and digital archives can play a major role. Nevertheless, certain rules have to be followed in order to setup these systems in accordance to the Austrian tax law.
  • Cloud ERP Systems: Beside business documents, bookkeeping also has to follow certain rules. I can help in meeting the Austrian requirements.
  • Joint ventures: For an organization planning to build up a supply chain for a specific amount of time, I help to build up the right legal organizational structure from a tax point of view.
  • Models of participation (for startups, business angels): I help in setting up different models of participation depending on the proposed aims (especially for IT-related projects).
  • Buying-process, Tax Due-Diligences: When you buy a company, you are not only buying the assets, but also its historical tracks. Therefore, in every buying-process a tax due diligence can help to find certain tax risks before you buy a target.
  • Company and patent valuation: Based on the information from a company, I can help in evaluating the company or a specific patent of the company for the buying-process or tax issues.