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

 

Among the constitutive questions for the institute is the relation between innovation and IPR systems. IPR systems are one of the oldest institutions set up to encourage innovation and have attracted controversial assessments on a regular basis. The research seeks to illuminate the usually complex legal and economic microstructure of these systems. The researchers mainly study patent, trademark and copyright systems, but also the effects of data exclusivity on innovation incentives.

Innovation processes often build upon scientific research results. The “economics of science” have grown into an essential area of innovation research. Due to their high social and economic importance, they play a particularly important role in the departments’ research projects.

Governments try to generate benefits for their citizens through measures of science, research and innovation policies. Over the last decades, this policy area has gained considerable global significance. The research projects at the department analyze the efficiency of particular policies and instruments.

The opening of innovation processes for new actors and new forms of division of labor (open innovation) have led to the emergence of new approaches in innovation policy and innovation management in recent years. Open access to research results has significantly influenced the framework conditions for research and innovation.

These developments have been further accelerated by digitalization. Projects with new metrics take account of the growing importance of digitalization. Web scraping approaches as well as semantics-based analyses are used to determine the similarity between patents declared as standard-essential and the descriptions of technical standards.

Enterprises have developed comprehensive systems to manage innovation processes. With these systems, firms attempt to respond to opportunities and threats by introducing new products, services, processes or business models. Especially in established and large companies this creates a field of tension where different forms of innovation processes are competing and causing frictions in the organization. In this field of research we aim at identifying the causes of such frictions and particularly effective approaches of innovation management.

Projects

Further research project
Interdisciplinary Research

Copyright and Innovation in Digital Markets

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

 
Further research project
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Distance and the Timing of Licensing

Laurie Ciaramella, Ph.D., Prof. Gaétan de Rassenfosse, Ph.D. (EPFL)

 
Dissertation
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Enforcing and Trading Patents – Evidence for Europe

Dr. Fabian Gaessler

 
Dissertation
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Essays on Corporate Innovation and the Public Sector

Felix Pöge

 
Dissertation
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Essays on Technology Change in Health Care and Pharmaceutical Markets

Dennis Byrski

 
Dissertation
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Essays on the Economics of Patents

Stefan Sorg

 
Dissertation
Intellectual Property and Competition Law

European Patent Litigation: Heterogeneity in a Harmonized System - Essays on the Law and Economics of European Patent Litigation

Raphael Zingg

 
Further research project
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Informal Contacts in Hiring: The Economics Job Market

Michael Rose, Suraj Shekhar

 
Dissertation
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Innovation, Knowledge Spillovers and Digitalization

Zhaoxin Pu

 
Further research project
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Internet-Based Technologies and Digital Business Models

Prof. Dietmar Harhoff, Ph.D. (MPI),Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Kellerer (TUM), Prof. Dr. Monika Schnitzer (LMU), Michael Chromik, M.Sc. (CDTM), Zhaoxin Pu, M.Sc. (MPI), Matthias Wilhelm, M.Sc. (LMU)

 
Further research project
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Knowledge Lost in Capital

Dr. Stefano H. Baruffaldi, Dr. Fabian Gaessler

 
Dissertation
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Labor Market Outcomes and Industrial Dynamics in the Knowledge Economy – Empirical Analyses of Germany

Dr. Matthias Dorner

 
Further research project
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

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

Dr. Fabian Gaessler, Zhaoxin Pu, M.Sc.

 
Further research project
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Patent Boxes and the Relocation of Intellectual Property

Laurie Ciaramella, Ph.D.

 
Dissertation
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Patent Litigation in Europe

Fabian Gaessler

 
Further research project
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Patent Thickets

Prof. Dietmar Harhoff, Ph.D., Georg von Graevenitz, Ph.D., Dr. Stefan Wagner

 
Dissertation
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Patent Transfers in Europe

Fabian Gaessler

 
Further research project
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Patents and Cumulative Innovation – Evidence from Post-Grant Patent Oppositions

Prof. Dietmar Harhoff, Ph.D., Dr. Fabian Gaessler, Stefan Sorg

 
Further research project
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Patents, Data Exclusivity and the Development of New Drugs

Dr. Fabian Gaessler, Prof. Dr. Stefan Wagner (ESMT Berlin)

 
Further research project
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Patterns, Determinants and Outcomes of Inventor Mobility

Prof. Dietmar Harhoff, Ph.D., Prof. Dr. Karin Hoisl, Matthias Dorner (Kooperation mit dem IAB Nürnberg)

 
Dissertation
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Personality, Social Networks and the Performance of Inventors in Germany: Empirical Analyses of Survey and Patent Data

Dr. Christian Steinle

 
Further research project
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

R&D Investments, Innovation and Corporate Taxation: Evidence from German Municipalities

Felix Pöge, Dr. Ingo Isphording (IZA), Dr. Andreas Lichter (IZA), Max Löffler (Universität zu Köln), Dr. Thu-Van Nguyen (Stifterverband), Jun. Prof. Dr. Sebastian Siegloch (Universität Mannheim)

 
Externally funded project
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

SFB / TRR 190

Prof. Dietmar Harhoff, Ph.D., Prof. Dr. Monika Schnitzer (LMU Munich), Dr. Fabian Gaessler, Dr. Marco Kleine, Zhaoxin Pu, Stefan Sorg, Dr. Anna Gumpert (LMU Munich), Markus Nagler (LMU Munich), Henrike Steimer (LMU Munich), Dr. Martin Watzinger (LMU Munich)

 
Further research project
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Social Ties for Labor Market Access – Lessons from the Migration of East German Inventors

Prof. Dietmar Harhoff, Ph.D., Dr. Matthias Dorner (MPI and IAB), Prof. Dr. Karin Hoisl (MPI and University of Mannheim), Dipl. Volkswirtin Tina Hinz (Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg), Dipl. Soziologe Stefan Bender (Deutsche Bundesbank)

 
Dissertation
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Standard-Essential Patents and Technical Standards

Lorenz Brachtendorf

 
Dissertation
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Supplementary Protection Certificates and the Direction of R&D

Dennis Byrski

 
Dissertation
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Technological Distance: Theoretical Foundations, Statistical Analysis and Application to Mergers and Acquisitions

Florian Stellner

 
Dissertation
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Technological Distance: Theoretical Foundations, Statistical Analysis and Application to Mergers and Acquisitions

Florian Stellner

 
Further research project
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

The Effect of Incentives on International Mobility

Dr. Stefano Baruffaldi

 
Externally funded project
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

The Effects of Inventor Mobility on Productivity in Agglomerations and Teams – Evidence Based on Linked Inventor Biography Data

Dr. Fabian Gaessler, Dr. Jörg Heining (IAB), Prof. Dr. Karin Hoisl (MPI and University of Mannheim), Dr. Matthias Dorner (IAB), Prof. Dietmar Harhoff, Ph.D., Felix Poege

 
Dissertation
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

The Selection of Patents for Litigation

Stefan Sorg

 
Externally funded project
Interdisciplinary Research

The Use of Copyright-Protected Creative Online Content by German Consumers

Prof. Dietmar Harhoff, Ph.D., Prof. Dr. Reto M. Hilty, Dr. Roland A. Stürz, Dr. Alexander Suyer

 
Further research project
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research

Tracing the Path from Science to Technology

Prof. Dietmar Harhoff, Ph.D., Dr. Stefano H. Baruffaldi, Dr. Fabian Gaessler, Felix Poege