Department

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Innovation and entrepreneurship are important sources for the growth of modern economic systems and the enhancement of the prosperity and quality of life of their citizens. However, they can entail high economic and social costs and may cause major disruptions at the individual and societal level. In the context of digitalization, a number of new ethical questions arise which have an impact on the societal assessment of new technologies, new organizational forms and business models. By designing the framework conditions for innovation and entrepreneurship as well as through immediate interventions (e.g., incentive measures) policymakers are able to influence these processes. Another important field lies in the innovation management of companies which aims at improving the economic efficiency of innovation processes.

A profound scientific understanding of the causal relationships between the determinants and outcomes of innovation and entrepreneurship processes is necessary to successfully carry out such tasks. The department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research engages in research to explore and analyze these relationships from an economics perspective and contributes to the innovation discourse with other disciplines in close cooperation with the legal department of the institute.

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Field of Research
Innovation

 

Field of Research
Entrepreneurship

 

Field of Research
Innovation Motives and Behavior

 

Entrepreneurial activity is a main driver of innovation. Entrepreneurial activities and outcomes depend on a multitude of factors, such as financing opportunities, support of start-ups by governmental measures, taxation, and cultural factors. The research works of the department analyze different types of entrepreneurship as well as the significance of framework conditions and the role of different actors in entrepreneurial processes.

In the past years, particular attention has been given to the analysis of crowdfunding for start-ups. Over the last decade, crowdfunding has become an important mechanism for start-up financing – besides classical financing mechanisms such as business angels and venture capital financing.

Of particular importance is furthermore the analysis of measures aiming at entrepreneurship education. Respective governmental support programs are used in many countries. The research at the department analyses the Youth Start program. Other projects study the effectiveness of accelerators and the emergence of new industries through spin-outs.

Projects

Further research project
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Are Entrepreneurs Lone Wolves? An Experimental Analysis of Sorting Into Teams

Laura Rosendahl Huber, Ph.D. (MPI and Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University)

 
Dissertation
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Business Acceleration: A Game Changer for Entrepreneurial Ventures?

Dr. Magdalena Streicher

 
Further research project
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Copyright and Innovation in Digital Markets

Prof. Dietmar Harhoff, Ph.D., Prof. Dr. Reto M. Hilty, Dr. Alexander Suyer, Dr. Stefan Nothelfer

 
Externally funded project
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Crowdinvesting in Germany, England and the USA: Regulatory Perspectives and Welfare Implications of a New Financing Scheme

Prof. Dr. Lars Klöhn (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Jun. Prof. Dr. Lars Hornuf (MPI and Universität Bremen), Dr. Matthias Schmitt, Tobias Schilling (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

 
Further research project
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Entrepreneurial Spawning in Turbulent Times: Evidence from the Decline of Nokia in Finland

Dr. Magdalena Streicher

 
Dissertation
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Essays on Business Acceleration and Entrepreneurship

Dr. Magdalena Streicher

 
Dissertation
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Essays On Entrepreneurship and Contests Using Experiments

Jonas Heite

 
Externally funded project
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Identifying and Teaching High-Growth Entrepreneurship: Experimental Evidence from Entrepreneurship Academies for University Students in Uganda

Dr. Vojtech Bartos (LMU), Dr. Kristina Czura (LMU), Michael Kaiser (LMU), Timm Opitz, Brendan Shanks (LMU)

 
Dissertation
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Nature or Nurture? – Essays on Fostering Female Entrepreneurship

Dr. Laura Bechthold

 
Further research project
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Openness as Platform Strategy – Evidence from a Quasi-Experiment in Crowdfunding

Dr. Fabian Gaessler, Zhaoxin Pu

 
Further research project
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Relative Age Differences in Non-Cognitive Skills

Laura Rosendahl Huber, Ph.D. (MPI and Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University)

 
Dissertation
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Signaling Effects of Crowdfunding on Venture Investors’ Decision Making

Dr. Michael Mödl

 
Further research project
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

The Effect of a Tax Training Program on Tax Compliance and Business Outcomes of Starting Entrepreneurs: Evidence from a Field Experiment

Laura Rosendahl Huber, Ph.D. (MPI and Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University)

 
Further research project
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

The Effects of Innovation Vouchers on Innovation Activity and Performance of SMEs in the UK – A Randomized Controlled Trial

Laura Rosendahl Huber, Ph.D. (MPI and Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University), Dr. Marco Kleine, Jonas Heite

 
Further research project
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Yes I Can! – A Field Experiment on Female Role Model Effects in Entrepreneurship

Laura Rosendahl Huber, Ph.D. (MPI and Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University), Dr. Laura Bechthold

 
Externally funded project
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Youth Start Entrepreneurial Challenges

Laura Rosendahl Huber, Ph.D. (MPI and Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University), Dr. Magdalena Streicher