Dr. Daniel Wittenstein

Ehemaliger wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research


Digitale Technologien, Digitale Transformation, Industrie 4.0, Künstliche Intelligenz, Innovationsforschung, Einflüsse neuer Technologien auf die Gesellschaft, Wertschöpfung und Geschäftsmodelle

Wissenschaftlicher Werdegang

2018 – 2021
Doktorand gefördert durch das Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb
Dissertation: “Managing Digital Transformation ‒ Evidence from Hidden Champions and Measurement Approaches”

Seit 2017
Postgraduales Studium Betriebswirtschaftliche Forschung (MBR), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

2014 – 2017
European Master in Management

  • Betriebswirtschaftslehre (M.Sc.), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • Diplôme Grande École (M.Sc.), EMLYON Business School, Frankreich
  • International Business (M.Sc.), Aston Business School, England

2010 – 2013
Studium der Betriebswirtschaftslehre (B.Sc.), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München


Excellence and Merit Scholarship, EMLYON Business School



Wittenstein, Daniel (2020). Champions of Digital Transformation? The Dynamic Capabilities of Hidden Champions, ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research Discussion Paper, No. 20-065 . DOI

  • Hidden Champions (HCs) are small- and medium-sized global market leaders that repeatedly show superior innovation capabilities and economic performance. However, empirical evidence on how the digital transformation may affect their success story remains scarce. I argue that HCs show stronger dynamic capabilities which enables them to be better prepared for the digital transformation than non-HCs firms. To test this hypothesis, I use data from the Mannheim Innovation Panel. This allows me to identify a representative set of German HCs and develop a firm digital readiness index, reflecting the use of important digital technologies and applications. An instrumental variable estimation suggests that higher levels of digital readiness lead to an increase in share of revenue from innovations and productivity. In combination with higher average digital readiness levels of HCs compared to non-HCs, my findings indicate that HCs may indeed be better prepared for the digital transformation.

Vorträge und Konferenzbesuche

The Future of Hidden Champions – A Comprehensive Analysis of Their Digital Readiness
Forschungsseminar, Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb
Ort: Zugspitze

The Future of Germany's Hidden Champions in Times of Digital Transformation
SASE Annual Meeting – “Fathomless Futures: Algorithmic and Imagined”
The New School
Ort: New York City, US

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Society
University of California
Ort: San Diego, US