Seminar  |  22.01.2020 | 16:00  –  20:00

TIME Kolloquium

Dennis Byrski (Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb), Georg Windisch (TUM) (auf Einladung)

Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb, München, Raum E10


Fire and Mice: The Effect of Supply Shocks on Basic Science
Stefano Baruffaldi, Dennis Byrski, Fabian Gaessler
Referent: Dennis Byrski

We study how a negative supply shock to research-related assets affects the production of scientific knowledge. In particular, we exploit the 1989 Morrell Park fire that destroyed a considerable share of the world’s largest mice breeding facility, the Jackson Laboratory, and killed approximately 400,000 mice. This fire led to an unforeseen and substantial supply shortage in mice for the North American biomedical research community, which we can isolate at the strain and scientist level based on proprietary archival data. Using difference-in-differences estimations, we find that the scientific productivity of affected scientists decreases when measured in simple publication counts, but much less so when we adjust for the publications’ quality. Moreover, affected researchers are more likely to initiate research that is unrelated to their previous work. This indicates that affected scientists switched research trajectories but maintained their scientific impact. In the aggregate, the temporary supply shortage of particular mice strains led to a permanent decrease in their usage among U.S. scientists. These results highlight the important role of supply chains in basic science.


Strategy Development in Project-Based Organizations
Referent: Georg Windisch (TUM)

Research has established that learning at and across different level is of utmost importance for project-based organizations (PBOs) to identify and develop new strategies. At the same time, pbo’s face inherent weaknesses in exactly these areas: organizational learning and firm-level strategizing. Literature to date has created a large body of knowledge on learning and capability building in support or in consequence of pursuing new strategies, that is a new strategy is already defined and firms improve on executing it through vanguard (also called “innovative”) projects. Yet, apart from few conceptual attempts, a profound empirical analysis of learning mechanisms that lead to the identification and development of new strategies – as prerequisite to initiate innovative projects - is missing so far. Consequently, the question this study aims to answer is the following: How does learning in project-based organizations lead to the development of new strategies? We put particular emphasis on which learning mechanisms occur throughout strategy development and which obstacles might lead to the difficulties on organizational learning, as identified by previous research. To answer this question, the author conducted a 16-month ethnographic case study on a pbo in the rail transport industry that faced a fundamental change in its business environment and, over a period of almost two decades and with the extensive help of internal consultants, managed to successfully identify and develop a new strategy to adapt to its new competitive landscape. Building on this, we put forward the concept of a self-locking cycle, which hindered the firm to conduct strategy development by their own efforts. Further we identified three learning mechanisms conducted by the internal consultants that allowed to overcome this self-locking cycle in our focal firm and finally enabled successful strategy development: project-oriented, business environment-oriented, and organization-oriented learning.

Kartellrechtszyklus  |  24.01.2020, 18:00

Die 10. GWB-Novelle: Wett­bewerbs­politik in digitalen Märkten und Umsetzung der ECN+ Richtlinie

Dr. Thorsten Käseberg, LL.M. (NYU), Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie

Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb in Kooperation mit dem Münchner Kartellrechtsforum


Die 10. GWB-Novelle (das „GWB-Digitalisierungsgesetz“) sieht eine Umsetzung der ECN+ Richtlinie vor und enthält grundlegende kartellrechtliche Vorschriften in Bezug auf digitale Märkte.


Dr. Thorsten Käseberg, LL.M. (NYU) ist Leiter des Referats Wettbewerbs- und Verbraucherpolitik, wettbewerbspolitische Grundsatzfragen im Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie.


Wir freuen uns auf Ihr Kommen und bitten um Anmeldung bis spätestens Dienstag, 21.1.2020, bei delia.zirilli(at)ip.mpg.de.

Seminar  |  28.01.2020 | 12:00  –  13:30

Brown Bag-Seminar: (How) Can Disruptiveness of Scientific Publications Be Measured?

Alexander Tekles (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft)

Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb, München, Raum 313


Recently, a new class of bibliometric indicators has been introduced, which are intended to measure whether a scientific publication is disruptive to a field or tradition of research. Disruptiveness is connected to the ‘scientific revolutions’ concept of Thomas S. Kuhn and refers to exceptional research which is characterized by an overthrow of established thinking. The general approach that all of these indicators build upon is rooted in patent analysis and considers the relations of citing papers and cited references for a given focal paper in the citation network. This seminar will give an overview of the different indicators following this approach and present results that allow a first assessment of whether they measure what they propose to measure. Our results suggest that a modified version of the indicators proposed so far could improve the ability to measure the disruptiveness of papers.


Ansprechpartner: Fabian Gaessler

Workshop  |  13.02.2020, 14:00  –  14.02.2020, 16:30

Workshop Geographical Indications

Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb, Raum E10 (auf Einladung)

Obwohl die Bedeutung Geographischer Herkunftsangaben (englisch: Geographical Indication, GI) in jüngster Zeit mehr Aufmerksamkeit bekommt, gibt es bislang wenig einschlägige Forschung zu dem Thema. Daher hat das Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb Anfang des Jahres 2019 ein Forschungsprojekt gestartet, dessen Zielsetzung in einer Gesamtbewertung der GI-Regelungen in der EU zum Schutz von Agrarerzeugnissen und Lebensmitteln liegt.


Im Rahmen eines zweitägigen Workshops im Februar 2020 wird das Forschungsteam seine zentralen Forschungsergebnisse ausgewählten Teilnehmern aus Wissenschaft, Verwaltung und Praxis vorstellen um damit der Debatte um GIs neue Impulse zu geben.

Seminar  |  11.03.2020 | 12:00  –  13:30

Preview: Brown Bag-Seminar mit Marieke Huysentruyt (HEC)

Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb, München, Raum 313

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Seminar  |  18.03.2020 | 12:00  –  13:30

Preview: Brown Bag-Seminar mit Guido Buenstorf (Universität Kassel)

Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb, München, Raum 313

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Tagung  |  02.06.2020, 09:00  –  04.06.2020, 18:00

Munich Summer Institute 2020

Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften

From 2 to 4 June 2020, the Center for Law & Economics at ETH Zurich, the Chair for Technology and Innovation Management at TUM, the Institute for Strategy, Technology and Organization at LMU Munich and the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition will jointly organize the fifth Munich Summer Institute.


The Summer Institute will focus on three areas:

The goal of the Munich Summer Institute is to stimulate a rigorous in-depth discussion of a select number of research papers and to strengthen the interdisciplinary international research community in these areas. Researchers in economics, law, management and related fields at all stages of their career (from Ph.D. students to full professors) may attend the Munich Summer Institute as presenters in a plenary or a poster session, as discussants or as attendants. The Munich Summer Institute will feature three keynote lectures, 18 plenary presentations and a daily poster session (including a poster slam). Paper presentations will be grouped by topics, not discipline or method. The Munich Summer Institute will be held at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities in the heart of Munich. Participation is by invitation only. The organizers will fund travel and hotel expenses for all plenary speakers and hotel expenses for all poster presenters and invited discussants.


Keynote speakers are:

Paper submission procedure

Researchers who would like to present a paper are invited to submit their paper online until 29 February 2020, at  http://editorialexpress.com/conference/msi2020. The Munich Summer Institute only considers papers which have not been published or accepted for publication at the date of submission. Paper selections will be announced in early April 2020. The program of the Munich Summer Institute will be available in early May 2020. Final papers will be made available to conference participants on a public website, and are due on 1 May 2020. Researchers who would like to attend the Munich Summer Institute without giving a presentation should contact one of the organizers by 1 May 2020.


Further information

More information is available at the MSI website. Any questions concerning the Munich Summer Institute should be directed to Stefan Bechtold, Jörg Claussen, Dietmar Harhoff, Joachim Henkel, Hanna Hottenrott or Tobias Kretschmer.