Currently I hold a professorship for economics and management of  innovation with the Management Center Innsbruck MCI in Innsbruck, Austria. Additionally, I held an interim professorship for economics with the department of economics at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz from Oct 2014-Feb 2015.

My positions involve teaching, curriculum development, coordination of R&D activities and research.

Additionally, since September 2013 I am research fellow with the Berlin University of Technology, Faculty of Economics and Management — Innovation Economics.

My research focusses on the quantitative analysis of international, interactive, and open innovation strategies with a strong focus on supporting strategic decisions of corporate and policy decision makers.


My research takes an economics and a strategic management perspective on innovation activities. It has a strong emphasis on policy (innovation, technology and economic policy). I focus on how knowledge interactions of firms – inter-sectorally and internationally – affect their economic performance.


My current teaching obligations cover the economics and management of innovation, micro economics, and statistical methods. More details about the classes I am teaching can be found here.

Curriculum development and responsibilities

I oversee the entire economics and innovation management  education for the business administration programs on the Bachelor and the Master level. This involves the development of the curricula, exams and the selection of teaching staff. In particular this also involves the development of new study programs on the Bachelor and on the Master level.

As a member of the scientific board of the executive MSc programs I am responsible for content and the structure of the MCI executive program about innovation management. With Stefan Warbek and Rolf Einsele I share the responsibility for the MCI executive program about patent- and license management, both are the backbone of the MSc in Innovation and IPR.

Head of the internal services unit for R&D and entrepreneurship

As the head of the R&D staff unit to the rector of MCI I lead a small team. We coordinate and support the research and development activities of MCI researchers and scientists.  We encourage entrepreneurship among  MCI researchers and students and offer coaching for prospective entrepreneurs. I serve as a member of the advisory board for academic start-up with the Center for Academic Spin-Offs Tyrol (CAST) and in the seed-financing board and in the pre-seed financing board of the Austria Wirtschaftsservice (AWS) in Vienna.

Academic Qualification

Mar 2013

Habilitation in Economics, University of Innsbruck

Dec 2001

Doctoral degree in Economics, University of Augsburg

Jul 1997

Graduate degree in Managment (Dipl. Kfm.), University of Augsburg

May 1994

Graduate degree in Economics (M.A.), Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, US

Aug 1992

Undergraduate degree in Economics and Social Sciences, University of Augsburg


Previous Positions

Nov 2004 – Dec 2006

Senior Researcher at Fraunhofer ISI, Karlsruhe, Germany

Aug 2002 – Nov 2004

Visiting Researcher at Statistics Finland, Helsinki, Finland

Aug 2002 – Nov 2004

Senior Researcher, Team Leader at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo, Finland

Jul 1997 – May 2002

Lecturer / Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter at the department of economics at the University of Augsburg, Germany

Research papers by Bernd Ebersberger