Dr. Alexander Suyer

Research Coordinator

+49 89 24246-586

Areas of Work:

Research Coordination, Scientific Advisory Services to the Public Sector


Since 11/2021
Research Coordinator at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

01/2015 – 02/2021
Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition (Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research); scientific advisory services to the public sector with focus on innovation and digitalization; strategy develoment; data-based advisory services for policymakers and public institutions

  • Strategy for a German Agency for Pioneering Innovation (“German DARPA”), now the Federal Agency for Disruptive Innovation (SPRIN-D)
  • Strategy for the Bavarian Research Institute for Digital Transformation (bidt)
  • Analysis of business models of innovative start-ups in digital markets for the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (further developments of copyright law)
  • Survey and analysis on the use of copyright-protected content on the Internet and size estimation of different media markets
  • Advising the Munich I Regional Court on the optimization of the Munich proceedings in patent litigation
  • Assistance to the Federal Government’s Expert Commission on Research and Innovation (EFI) and to the Innovation Dialogue between the Federal Government, industry and science

10/2013 – 01/2015
Junior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition (Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research); research on disruptive technologies und change management in organizations. Doctoral thesis: „Ideology and Technological Change: An Empirical Analysis of the Adoption of Electromobility.“

10/2008 – 09/2013
Research Associate at the Institute for Innovation Research, Technology Management and Entrepreneurship, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich

  • Research on disruptive technologies
  • Coaching of start-ups; business planning seminars; teaching courses

Academic Education

Doctoral degree (Dr. oec. publ.) at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich

2008 – 2011
Postgraduate Studies (Master of Business Research, MBR) at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich

2003 – 2008
Studies in Management and Technology (TUM-BWL; academic degree: Dipl.-Kfm., M.Sc. equivalent) at the Technical University Munich (TUM) and the National University of Singapore. Focus: Entrepreneurial Finance (Prof. Dr. Dr. Ann-Kristin Achleitner), Technology and Innovation Management (Prof. Dr. Joachim Henkel), chemistry

Academic Prizes and Honours

Peter Pribilla Award

Stadtwerke München Award for Outstanding Academic Research Projects

2006 - 2008
Scholarship Max-Weber-Program of Bavaria, Extracurricular Program of Excellence

2003 - 2005
Scholarship for Highly Gifted Students from the State of Bavaria


Contributions to Collected Editions

Harhoff, Dietmar; Suyer, Alexander (2018). In Transit: From Classic Research to Modern Innovation Policy, in: Stefan Mair, Dirk Messner, Lutz Meyer (eds.), Germany and the World 2030: What will change. How we must act, Berlin: Econ Verlag.

    Harhoff, Dietmar; Suyer, Alexander (2018). Von klassischer Forschungs- zu moderner Innovationspolitik, in: Stefan Mair, Dirk Messner, Lutz Meyer (eds.), Deutschland und die Welt 2030: Was sich verändert und wie wir handeln müssen, 263-270. Berlin: Econ Verlag.

      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

      Harhoff, Dietmar; Suyer, Alexander (2019). Mehr Revolution! Impulse für eine agile Innovationspolitik, Die Politische Meinung. (559), 69-74.

        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.

        Harhoff, Dietmar; Hilty, Reto M.; Bechthold, Laura; Jablonka, Claudius; Nothelfer, Stefan; Suyer, Alexander (2016). Urheberrecht und Innovation in digitalen Märkten - Studie im Auftrag des Bundesministeriums der Justiz und für Verbraucherschutz. München: Max-Planck-Institut für Innovation und Wettbewerb.


        Suyer, Alexander (2017). Ideologie und technologischer Wandel: Eine empirische Untersuchung der Adoption von Elektromobilität. Berlin: Pro Business.

          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.

          Press Review

          Jeder Siebte nutzt illegale Angebote im Netz
          Forscher haben untersucht, wie sich die Deutschen im Internet verhalten – und ziehen überraschende Schlüsse
          Article by Jonas Jansen, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, with contributions by Alexander Suyer (in German)

          The Use of Copyright-Protected Creative Online Content by German Consumers – A Comparison to the UK
          Connected Life Conference
          Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
          Location: Oxford, UK

          The Use of Copyright-Protected Creative Online Content by German Consumers: Results of a Quantitative Survey
          WU Research Group Meeting “Legal Implications of the Platform Economy”, WU Wien
          Location: Vienna, Austria