I am an economist and a management scholar with a strong interest in innovation, entrepreneurship and higher education.


Here is what I do.



As an economist and management scholar I work at the intersection of economics and management science. In my research work  I am currently interested in various dimensions of innovation:

  • Innovation strategies such as open innovation or frugal innovation
  • Entrepreneurship, innovation & failure, in particular the role of failure, the costs of failure and learning from failure for innovation
  • Higher education and its relationship with innovation, also innovation in higher education.

Over the past years I have worked on projects in the context of innovation and innovation systems quite extensively.


In my publications I have been focusing on different actors in innovation systems, on their activities, their strategies and their performance.

In book publications that are currently in the making I focus on the role of higher education institutions. In particular, as an editor, I focus on the impact of technological development on higher education (‘The Disruptive Power of Online Education’). Additionally I currently write about the ‘Impact of Business Schools – Concept, Measurement and Communication’.


As a faculty member at the Management Center Innsbruck I teach in fields that are dear to me and that have been important for me as an academic. These fields are economics, management and economics of innovation & entrepreneurship, and research methodology.

I also hold workshops quite frequently, give presentations and deliver keynotes for larger and smaller audiences. I speak about:

  • Innovation, success & failure
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Impact


It is important for me to share my knowledge and expertise in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship with companies, public organizations and funding institutions through:

  • Coaching and counselling of startups
  • Offering workshops and consulting for SMEs
  • Holding (advisory) board memberships (e.g. EU Commission H2020 MSC-Action, Christian Doppler Society, Austria Wirtschaftsservice, startup.tirol)

Additionally, I consider it crucial to share with my colleagues within my organization and within my extensive network.