Stefan currently is Associate Professor of Strategy and Director of PhD Studies at ESMT Berlin

Stefan is Associate Professor of Strategy and Innovation (with tenure) and Director of PhD studies at ESMT Berlin. He joined ESMT in 2011 after completing his Habilitation (2010) and Doctorate in Management (2005) at Ludwig-Maximilians University LMU Munich.

During the course of his education he was supported by the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation) and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California Los Angeles UCLA. He held visiting appointments at the National Bureau of Economic Research NBER Cambridge (MA), the Intellectual Property Institute of Australia IPRIA, National University Singapore NUS, Yonsei University Seoul, Hitotsubashi University and the Catholic University Santiago de Chile. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Berlin Centre for Consumer Policies (BCCP) and serves on the boards of the European Policy for Intellectual Property Association EPIP and the Doctoral Program of the Berlin School of Economics.

His research interests cover the intersection of firm strategy, technological innovation, industrial organization and law. Currently, he is primarily interested in the interaction of the changing landscape of intellectual property rights (in particular patent systems) and firms’ long term strategy regarding their innovative activities. The Forschungsmonitoring ranking established by the Swiss Economic Institute (KOF) at ETH Zurich has listed him among the top 10% (according to the main SJR weighting) and among the top 5% (considering only A+ and A publications) Business Administration scholars at German-speaking Institutions considering lifetime publication record as well as considering publications between 2014 and 2018 exclusively.

From a more practical perspective, he is also interested in venture creation and growth strategies for young firms. In this context he co-authored a practitioner-oriented book on business planning. Moreover, Stefan frequently works with large corporations on questions related to data analytics and empirical modelling. Prior clients include BMW, Cap Gemini, the Federal Ministry of Education and Science of Germany or Kabel Deutschland.