Dr. Roland A. Stürz

Former Research Fellow




Areas of Interest:

Copyright Law and Digital Transformation, Internet User Behavior, Innovation Policy, Industrial Evolution, Survival of Firms

Academic Résumé

2013 - 2019
Senior Research Fellow at Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition (Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research)

2013
Dr. oec. publ. - Doctoral thesis: "Lokale Agglomeration, Markteintrittsbedingungen, vertikale Industriestrukturen und das Überleben von Firmen" (Local Agglomeration, Entry Conditions, Vertical Structures of Industries and Firm Survival)

2008 - 2010
Master of Business Research (MBR) - postgraduate studies "Betriebswirtschaftliche Forschung" at LMU Munich 

2007 - 2013
Research Fellow and doctoral candidate at the Institute for Innovation Research, Technology Management and Entrepreneurship (Prof. D. Harhoff, Ph.D.) of the LMU Munich

2007
Dipl.-Kfm. (university diploma in business administration, M.Sc. equivalent) - diploma thesis: "Industrieevolution - Theoretische Konzepte, empirische Befunde und Analyse der historischen Entwicklung der Nürnberger Motorradindustrie" (Industrial Evolution: Theoretical Concepts, Empricial Findings and Analysis of the Historical Development of the Motorcycle Industry in Nuremberg)

2004 - 2007
Practical experience, among others at Nexolab, Siemens and Allianz

2004 - 2006
Studies in communication science at LMU Munich

2002 - 2007
Studies in business administration at LMU Munich and Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. Majors: Innovation Management (Prof. D. Harhoff, Ph.D.) and Marketing (Prof. Dr. A. Meyer)

Academic Prizes and Honours

2013
Doctoral thesis award of the Forum Münchner Betriebswirte e.V. for a summa cum laude doctoral thesis

2008
Award of the Forum Münchner Betriebswirte e.V. in cooperation with KPMG as the faculty's best graduate in the academic winter term 2007/2008

Publications

Contributions to Collected Editions

Harhoff, Dietmar; Stuerz, Roland; Suyer, Alexander (2018). Impulse für Sprunginnovationen in Deutschland, in: Dietmar Harhoff, Henning Kagermann, Martin Stratmann (eds.), (2018). Impulse für Sprunginnovationen in Deutschland (acatech Diskussion), München: Herbert Utz Verlag.

Further Publications, Press Articles, Interviews

Stuerz, Roland (2018). Nutzung urheberrechtlich geschützter Inhalte im Internet durch deutsche Verbraucher. Radio-Beitrag von Sebastian Filipowski und Miltiadis Oulios mit Interview, Cosmo-Radio, WDR, 23.01.2018 2018.

    Stuerz, Roland; Suyer, Alexander; Harhoff, Dietmar; Hilty, Reto M. (2018). The Use of Copyright Protected Creative Online Content by German Consumers, Medien und Recht International, 15 (2), 51.

    • The question of how copyright-protected content is used on the Internet and, particularly, which conclusions should be drawn from users’ behaviour has been the subject of intense debate for years. To what extent do Internet users download, stream or share content like music, films, series or Video games? What is the share of paid compared to free use? Do users consider their own conduct to be legal, and what are their motives for choosing potentially illegal forms of use? The research project carried out by the economic and legal departments of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition examines these issues gathering data with a large-scale, representative quantitative Survey of German consumers and analysing it.

    Monographies

    Stuerz, Roland (2014). Industrieevolution: Lokale Agglomeration, Markteintrittsbedingungen, vertikale Industriestrukturen und das Überleben von Firmen. München: Verlag Dr. Hut.

      Discussion Papers

      Harhoff, Dietmar; Hilty, Reto M.; Stuerz, Roland; Suyer, Alexander (2018). Nutzung urheberrechtlich geschützter Inhalte im Internet durch deutsche Verbraucher - Ergebnisübersicht einer repräsentativen quantitativen Erhebung. München: Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb.

      Stuerz, Roland (2015). Imprinting and Inertia – Density Delay Revisited, Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition Research Paper, No. 15-16.

      • The study builds on previous research in the domain of organizational ecology and derives hypotheses about delayed effects of the competitive intensity at the time of founding of a new organization on mortality rates. It is argued that on the one hand, old incumbent organizations with more industry experience exert more competitive pressure than younger ones. On the other hand, a situation at founding where incumbents have to spread their competitive efforts among different entry cohorts should be favorable for new organizations. Data on four populations of motorcycle producers in Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Australia are used to test these predictions. Empirical results provide support for the hypotheses in the first three populations. Conflicting results for Australia might be explained with the special evolution of the industry there. As it is known, estimated effects of the density at founding in various populations usually can explain only part of the observed declines of the number of organizations after a peak (Carroll and Hannan, 2000). However, the implemented measures in this study yield lager effects than the estimated classical density delay effect alone in three of the populations. Hence, the study extends the existing theory helping to explain generally observable evolutionary patterns more fully. Furthermore, it provides important theoretical insights in the historical path-dependency of the evolution of industries and in firm survival.
      • Available at SSRN

      Stuerz, Roland (2014). Evolution and Firm Survival in Vertically Related Populations: The Case of the German Piano Industry, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition Research Paper, No. 14-04.

      • Research on the evolution of industries has devoted little attention to the development of vertical structures of firms and the emergence of new, specialized supplier populations along the value chain of an industry as industries mature. The change of the vertical industry structure and the co-evolution of subpopulations of suppliers lead to the creation of an interdependent community of organizational populations. However, the impact of vertically related upstream suppliers on the survival of downstream end product manufacturers remains under-researched. This study addresses this research gap and explores the impact of upstream suppliers on downstream survival of all German piano manufacturers (1705-1929). Quantitative event history analyses show that the number of suppliers of the most important core components exhibits a positive effect on firm survival of piano manufacturers. However, the number of firms in other supplier subpopulations does not always affect the exit rates of quality and non-quality end product manufacturers in the same way, which is probably related to the different degree of vertical integration of these two types of firms. The study contributes to the understanding of the forces driving industry evolution and firm survival and makes it easier to predict long-term industrial developments.
      • Available at SSRN

      Presentations and Lectures

      16.09.2019
      Platform-based Media Distribution and its Impact on User Behaviour, Legal Implications of the Platform Economy
      City University of Hong Kong, Graduate Law Centre
      Ort: Hongkong, Hongkong


      07.09.2018
      The Use of Copyright-Protected Creative Online Content by German Consumers - A Comparison to the UK
      2018 Annual Conference of EPIP (European Policy for Intellectual Property)
      Location: Berlin


      18.06.2018
      The Use of Copyright-Protected Creative Online Content by German Consumers - A Comparison to the UK
      Conntected_Life_2019
      Location: Oxford, UK


      13.03.2018
      The Use of Copyright-Protected Creative Online Content by German Consumers_ Results of a Quantitative Survey1
      Legal Implications of the Platform Economy
      Location: Vienna, Austria


      29.06.2016

      Firm Survival in Vertically Related Populations: The Case of the German Piano Industry

      Nineteenth Annual Meeting of Organizational Ecologists

      Location: Catania, Italy


      20.10.2015

      Evolution of Vertically Related Industry Populations: The Case of the German Piano Industry

      Research and Doctoral Seminar Durham University Business School

      Location: Durham, United Kingdom


      11.08.2015

      Evolution of Vertically Related Industry Populations: The Case of the German Piano Industry

      75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management

      Location: Vancouver, Canada


      17.06.2015

      Evolution of Vertically Related Industry Populations: The Case of the German Piano Industry

      The DRUID Society Conference

      Location: Rome, Italy


      05.08.2014

      Firm Survival in Vertically Related Populations: The Case of the German Piano Industry

      74th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management

      Location: Philadelphia, USA


      17.06.2014

      Firm Survival in Vertically Related Populations: The Case of the German Piano Industry

      The DRUID Society Conference

      Location: Copenhagen, Denmark


      28.05.2014

      Imprinting and Inertia - Density Delay Revisited

      Canadian Sociological Association Annual Congress

      Location: St. Catharines, Canada


      29.01.2014

      Firm Survival in Vertically Related Populations: The Case of the German Piano Industry

      TIME Kolloquium LMU and TU Munich

      Location: Munich


      04.07.2012

      Imprinting and Inertia - Density Delay Revisited

      International Schumpeter Society Conference

      Location: Brisbane, Australia


      26.05.2011

      Imprinting and Inertia - Density Delay Revisited

      Competition and Innovation Summer School

      Location: Turunç/Marmaris, Turkey


      22.12.2010

      Imprinting and Inertia - Density Delay Revisited

      TIME Kolloquium LMU and TU Munich

      Location: Munich


      26.01.2010

      Firm Location, Market Entry and Survival: Insights from 100 Years of the Austrian Motorcycle Industry

      TIME Kolloquium LMU and TU Munich

      Location: Munich

      Courses

      2014 - 2017

      Innovation Policy (graduate level)

      Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC) Munich


      2008 - 2017

      Quantitative Empirical Methods (undergraduate, graduate and doctoral student level)

      LMU Munich


      2008 - 2013

      Innovation Management (undergraduate and graduate level)

      LMU Munich

      Projects