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Entrepreneurship and Innovative Business Models

About us

Innovations at the boundaries of different fields of knowledge and technology have the potential to enable new technology and innovation systems as well as entirely new entrepreneurial eco-systems. For example, the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals adopted in Paris can only succeed through new technologies and new value chains that enable a more efficient use of resources. Against the background of this motivation, the team of the Chair of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Business Models deals with the entire transformation or start-up process from the emergence of new "Technological Innovation Systems" and the associated transformation of established firms to the identification of entrepreneurial opportunities and the underlying mental models of managers/entrepreneurs.

We aim at closely linking theoretical and practical questions in research and education. Our research projects are based on a wide array of quantitative as well as qualitative methods to analyze management questions in the diverse applications fields.

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Team

Prof. Dr. Stefanie Bröring
Chair of the department, Professor
Philipp Baaden
Scientific assistant
Dr. Syeda Nimra Batool
Post-Doc, Scientific assistant
Martina Böhmel
Scientific assistant
Lucia Brandt
Scientific assistant
Anja Iqbal
Student assistant
Christian Marx
Scientific assistant
Simon Ohlert
Scientific assistant

Teaching

The registration for the modules at the Chair of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Business Models is done via Moodle. If you are interested in a module, please enroll in the corresponding Moodle course.

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Teaching offers

The fundamental objective of this course is to explore current trends in entrepreneurship research as well as examine and evaluate research gaps in the field of technology-based entrepreneurship to better explain entrepreneurial phenomena in different settings. Participants will develop their own research idea in a term paper by applying different theory lenses and concepts. Therefore, the seminar includes literature studies, preparations of research concepts, and the state of the art in entrepreneurship literature. The course contributes to understand the emergence of entrepreneurial processes and how new insights in entrepreneurship research enable the implementation of new services, products, or processes.
Advanced Seminar Entrepreneurship (MSc)
Seminar
4 contact hours
WS
Vor dem Hintergrund zahlreicher Transformationsprozesse, wie beispielsweise der Nachhaltigkeitstransformation oder der digitalen Transformation, werden die Kenntnis über sowie die Bewertung von neuen, technologiebasierten Erfindungen und Innovationen immer wichtiger. Innerhalb des Moduls Technologiemanagement werden daher ausgewählte Methoden des Technologie- und Innovationsmanagements auf reale, technologiebasierte Erfindungen, Innovationen und Fallbeispiele angewandt. In Form eines Blockseminars erlernen die Teilnehmenden an drei Präsenztagen die Grundlagen des Technologie- und Innovationsmanagements, die Überführung von technologiebasierten Ideen in innovative Geschäftsmodelle sowie die Nutzung von Technologieplanungs- und Technologiebewertungsmethoden. Am ersten Tag der Blockveranstaltung werden Technologietypen und Innovationsprozesse erläutert sowie Methoden der Technologiefrüherkennung und -bewertung angewandt. Zu den anzuwendenden Methoden zählen unter anderem die Analyse von Megatrends, die Beobachtung potenzieller Wettbewerber und relevanter Technologien auf Basis von Sekundärdaten, wie beispielsweise Patent- und Trenddaten. Am zweiten Tag lernen die Studierenden die Grundlagen des Technologieportfolio-Managements und von Technologie-Innovationssystemen kennen. Darüber hinaus werden für reale, technologiebasierte Innovationen und Fallbeispiele Technologie-Roadmaps und Technologieumfeld-Analysen erstellt. Am dritten Tag werden Erfindungen, Innovationen und Fallbeispiele in geeignete Geschäftsmodelle überführt. Hierzu werden Methoden der Geschäftsmodellanalyse sowie zur Geschäftsmodellinnovation (bspw. Business Modell Canvas) angewendet und die Erfindungen, Innovationen und Fallbeispiele in ein Business-Ökosystem eingebettet (Ökosystemanalyse). Die realen, technologiebasierten Erfindungen, Innovationen und Fallbeispiele stammen in der Regel aus den Inkubatoren des Worldfactory Start-up Center (WSC). Studierende begleiten jeweils eine der vorgestellten Erfindungen, Innovationen und Fallbeispiele, wenden die vorgestellten Methoden auf diese Technologien an und nutzen die Ergebnisse als Grundlage für die Ausarbeitung einer schriftlichen Hausarbeit.
Technologiemanagement (BSc)
Seminar
4 contact hours
WS
This course introduces various qualitative and quantitative research methods which are particularly relevant for entrepreneurship and management research, whether in an academic or corporate setting. Some examples of such methods are comprehensive literature review, expert interviews, expert surveys, qualitative content analysis, quantitative data analysis, group concept mapping, and choice modelling. In this way, the course is set up to introduce and facilitate the application of these exploratory research methods for different units of analysis, such as individuals (e.g., entrepreneurs and managers), actors (e.g., start-ups, established companies and research institutions), or the entire ecosystems. Where applicable, students will become acquainted with relevant software and databases to apply the methods to their own research in the field of entrepreneurship.
Exploratory Methods in Entrepreneurship Research (MSc)
Seminar
4 contact hours
WS
Foundations of Entrepreneurship serves as the gateway course to the entrepreneurship education at CEIT. The main focus of this course is to consider and discuss entrepreneurial processes in established firms as well as newly created ventures. This course thus focuses less on the 'how' of entrepreneurship, but on the 'what' and the 'why'. It considers theories on the nature of entrepreneurship that explain entrepreneurial success and how entrepreneurship relates to innovation. Each lecture is devoted to a particular topic, which we cover through a combination of lecture, case-based discussion, and in-class activities. Over the course of the semester, students will work in teams to work on case studies, culminating in an end-of-term individual case development and presentation.
Foundations of Entrepreneurship (MSc)
Seminar
6 contact hours
WS
This course brings together key learnings about business model innovation for established firms as well as for science and technology-based ventures. This course teaches creating and validating a comprehensive business model, that is, the architecture that specifies the mechanisms of value proposition, creation and capture for emerging venturing ideas as well as for established organisations that intend to renew their business models.
Seminar Business Model Innovation (MSc)
Seminar
4 contact hours
SS

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Research

Given the increasing need to implement sustainable development goals and the pressing urge to mitigate challenges such as climate change, new technologies and innovations are not only increasingly necessary but also a fascinating research subject.

Research focus

Technology Dynamics and Transformation
New technologies have the potential to disrupt and thus change the logic of various industries. On the one hand, this dynamic leads to opportunities for start-ups; on the other, it poses major challenges for established companies.
Business Model Innovations
The combination of different knowledge and technology areas holds great potential for technology-based business models and at the same time poses major challenges for the transformation process of established companies.
Entrepreneurial Opportunity Recognition
Identifying and realizing entrepreneurial opportunities in the context of interdisciplinary high-tech fields helps to link diverse fields of knowledge and technology.

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Publications

Borge, L., Wustmans, M., & Bröring, S. (2022). Assessing Interdisciplinary Research Within an Emerging Technology Network: A Novel Approach Based on Patents in the Field of Bioplastics. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management.

Waßenhoven, A., Rennings, M., & Bröring, S. (2022). Knowledge Development in Emerging, Multi-disciplinary Technological Innovation Systems. The International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM), 04. – 08. June 2022, Copenhagen.

Baaden, P., Rennings, M., John, M., & Bröring, S. (2022). What is science convergence? A review and research agenda. The International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM), 04. – 08. Juni 2022, Copenhagen.

Borge, L., Wustmans, M., & Bröring, S. (2022). Assessing Interdisciplinary Research Within an Emerging Technology Network: A Novel Approach Based on Patents in the Field of Bioplastics. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management.

Waßenhoven, A., Rennings, M., & Bröring, S. (2022). Knowledge Development in Emerging, Multi-disciplinary Technological Innovation Systems. The International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM), 04. – 08. June 2022, Copenhagen.

Baaden, P., Rennings, M., John, M., & Bröring, S. (2022). What is science convergence? A review and research agenda. The International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM), 04. – 08. Juni 2022, Copenhagen.

Latest news

Research article on selection criteria of sustainability-oriented technologies
January 26, 2023
Contribution to lecture series
January 19, 2023
Prof. Dr. Stefanie Bröring will join the event series "ThinkTank Climate Neutrality in the Food Industry NRW"
January 9, 2023
CEIT meets Fraunhofer INT
November 21, 2022
Best Paper Award for Dr. Syeda Nimra Batool
November 16, 2022
New book chapter available
October 19, 2022
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