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CEIT

Welcome to CEIT

Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Transformation

About Us

In times of economic upheaval, it is important to develop new business fields through innovation, business creation and start-ups, but also to ensure economic sustainability of traditionally successful companies and institutions. Overall economic challenges such as crisis management, transformation of the energy system, digital transformation or the increasing number of new businesses are regionally reflected in many different ways.

The Faculty of Management and Economics of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum established the CEIT to develop future perspectives in a regionally networked manner and to unite those who are interested in the topics of entrepreneurship, innovation and transformation. The CEIT, with its combination of management and economic expertise, intends to serve as a connecting element and catalyst for economically profound projects in research and practice.

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Neues Lehrbuch zum Kostenmanagement erschienen
January 18, 2024
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Scholarship for Students - Hans Böckler Stiftung
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Spring School „Digitalisierung und Entrepreneurship“ zum Oberthema „Social Entrepreneurship und Nachhaltigkeit“ – Bewerbungen ab sofort möglich
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Stefanie Bröring befasst sich in Forschung und Lehre mit technologiebasierten Unternehmensgründungen. © RUB, Marquard
Ein neues Amt für Stefanie Bröring
December 13, 2023
Interview, Meet your Prof
Meet your Prof: Prof. Dr. Stefan Winter
December 13, 2023
Interview, Meet your Prof
Meet your Prof: Prof. Dr. Stefanie Bröring
December 6, 2023
Interview, Meet your Prof
Meet your Prof: Prof. Dr. Helmut Karl
November 29, 2023

Our working areas

The CEIT’s fields of activity  are defined by the following functions:

01

Basic function

The CEIT conducts research in the fields of entrepreneurship, innovation and transformation and initiates projects in cooperation with other members of the faculty.

02

Initiator function

The CEIT makes it easier for students, graduates and researchers to take the step into founding a company.

03

Transfer function

The CEIT designs teaching and advanced training courses in its subject areas and establishes networks with political and economic actors
for mutual knowledge transfer.

04

Transformation function

The CEIT accompanies entrepreneurs and companies throughout the entire life cycle in order to increase resilience of different operational functions (sales, financing, risk management, etc.).

05

Catalytic function

The CEIT defines itself as a catalyst for the pooling of competences for research-focused innovative projects and initiates inter- and transdisciplinary projects at the RUB and within the University Alliance Ruhr. Furthermore, it supports the identification of projects with a potential for commercialisation and spin-offs.

06

Guide function

The CEIT informs people inside and outside the university about activities at the RUB in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation and transformation and, if necessary, refers them to other contact persons. For this purpose, a signpost has been set up on the website.

Professors of CEIT

Prof. Dr. Stefanie Bröring
is head of the Chair for Entrepreneurship and innovative Business Models at the Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Transformation of the Faculty of Management and Economics since 2022.
  • Business model innovations
  • Entrepreneurial Opportunity Recognition
  • Technology dynamics and transformation
Prof. Dr. Torsten Schmidt
ist seit 2019 außerplanmäßiger Professor an der Ruhr-Universität Bochum und Leiter des Kompetenzbereichs Wachstum, Konjunktur, Öffentliche Finanzen am RWI – Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung in Essen.

Er studierte Volkswirtschaftslehre an der Universität Göttingen und wurde an der Universität Zürich promoviert. Seit 2000 ist er am RWI – Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung tätig. In seinen Forschungsarbeiten analysiert er empirische und wirtschaftspolitisch relevante Fragestellungen aus den Bereichen der Konjunkturanalyse und -prognose, der mittelfristigen Wirtschaftsentwicklung sowie des demografischen Wandels.

…hier die wirtschaftspolitische Relevanz sowohl in der Forschung als auch in der Lehre eine große Rolle spielt. So kann ich meine Erfahrungen als Konjunktur-Chef des RWI – Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung unmittelbar einbringen.
Prof. Dr. Uta Wilkens
geb. 1967, ist seit 2005 Inhaberin des Lehrstuhls Arbeit, Personal und Führung und Geschäftsführende Leiterin des Instituts für Arbeitswissenschaft mit Schwerpunkt in der wissenschaftlichen Weiterbildung an der Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

Vita: Studium der BWL und Wirtschaftspädagogik an der Georg-August-Universität Göttingen und der FU Berlin mit Abschluss Dipl.-Kffr. (1992) und Dipl.-Hdl. (1994); Promotion (1998) und Habilitation (2004) jeweils an der Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaft an der TU Chemnitz mit Forschungsaufenthalten in Washington D.C. und am MIT Boston (1996) sowie JAIST in Japan (2000). 2004 Lehrstuhl für Allgemeine BWL, insbes. Personalmanagement und Organisation an der wissenschaftlichen Hochschule Lahr (WHL); seit Ende 2005 Lehrstuhlinhaberin an der RUB.  Zwischen 2008 und 2015 auch Prorektorin für Lehre und in 2018 Gastprofessorin an der University of Colorado, Boulder. Ausgehend von konkreten Veränderungen der Arbeitswelt beschäftigt sich Uta Wilken in Ihrer Forschung mit der Frage, was Organisationen in volatilen Umwelten adaptionsfähig macht und mit welchen Kompetenzen Individuen diese Veränderungsprozesse bewältigen und selbstbestimmt gestalten können. Dabei steht der digitale Wandel im Zentrum des Interesses. Ein besonderer Schwerpunkt liegt auf der Integration von künstlicher Intelligenz (KI) in Arbeitsprozesse.

…ich hier Menschen in ihrem Entwicklungsprozess begleiten und dabei Anregungen geben kann, immer auch über den Tellerrand hinaus zu blicken. Es gibt so viel zu entdecken.

Team

Position
Simon Ohlert
Scientific assistant
Elka Thevanesan
Scientific assistant
Matthias Sinnemann
Scientific assistant
Dr. Elkhan Richard Sadik-Zada
Scientific assistant
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Britta Hasenbein
Employee in technology and administration
Martina Schomer (geb. Böhmel)
Scientific assistant
Prof. Dr. Michael Roos
Lehrstuhlinhaber, Professor
Dr. Michael Rennings (geb. Wustmans)
Academic council, Scientific assistant
Björn Mehlis
Dr. Vera Jahn
Post-Doc, Scientific assistant
Prof. Dr. Stefanie Bröring
Chair of the department, Professor
Simon Ring
Student assistant
Elka Thevanesan, M.Sc.
Scientific assistant
Vanessa Thybussek
Scientific assistant
Vanessa Thybussek
Scientific assistant
Prof. Dr. Brigitte Werners
Chair of the department, Senior Professor
Dr. Vivian Peuker Steinhäuser
Post-Doc, Scientific assistant
Anja Iqbal
Student assistant
Malte Gregory
Student assistant
Prof. Dr. Astrid Krenz
Chair of the department, Lehrstuhlinhaberin, Professor, Professorin
Melissa Kistner, M.Sc.
Scientific assistant
Ana Vanacker
Scientific assistant
Deborah Maffia, M.Sc.
Scientific assistant
Robin Stetzka, M.Sc.
Scientific assistant
Martin Queißner
Scientific assistant
Dirk Lang
Prof. Dr. Torsten Schmidt
Lehrstuhlinhaber, Chair of the department
Maxine Heye
Student assistant
Prof. Dr. Nicola Werbeck
Professor
Lev Kalishchuk
Scientific assistant
Prof. Dr. Stefan Winter
Philipp Baaden
Anna Waßenhoven
Scientific assistant
Prof. Dr. Uta Wilkens
Vanja Mati
Employee in technology and administration
Silvia Oleksakova
Student assistant

Students & Entrepreneurs

Certificate in Entrepreneurship

for Bachelorstudents
The certificate is an offer of the Ruhr-Universität within the framework of undergraduate teaching. It is an additional qualification within the regular studies, the special framework conditions for the optional area are noted on the page.
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Micro Credential:
Innovation & Entrepreneurship

for Masterstudents
With the Micro Credential, students in the Master's program can expand their competencies in the area of entrepreneurship/entrepreneurial thinking and action and also receive a certificate of achievement upon successful completion.
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Matchmaking

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Mehr zu folgenden Themen: Informationen für alle Studiengänge, Anerkennungen und Einstufungen, Bachelor M&E (1-Fach-Bachelor), Bachelor Wirtschaftswissenschaft (2-Fach-Bachelor BWL/VWL), Masterstudiengänge
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For Students

Teaching Offers

Study Type
Seminar
2 contact hours
WS
Lecture
2 contact hours
WS
Lecture
2 contact hours
SS, WS
Seminar
2 contact hours
SS, WS
Seminar
2 contact hours
SS
Seminar
2 contact hours
SS, WS

For Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship

The Faculty of Business and Economics has set itself the goal of being the central economic entrepreneurship competence on campus and in the region. To promote the start-up culture, we offer – also in cooperation with various faculties of the RUB, the Worldfactory and other partners from science and industry – numerous teaching and further education programmes, advisory and networking opportunities.

Educational offers on the topic

Joint workshop of the Faculty of Economics and the engineering faculties of the RUB for doctoral students. The focus of this event is on the topic of start-ups. The founding team “PHYSEC” got to know each other during this event.
Dr. Andreas Bonse, Dr. Fabian Schmitz, Dr. Anna Talmann, Prof. Dr. Nicola Werbeck

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Content-related support and coaching of the founders, especially with regard to organisational and strategic aspects as well as with regard to the development and expansion of their network. Provision of resources; for example in the form of premises, software, equipment or access to students as assistants, interns or for project-related collaboration in the form of theses.
Prof. Dr. Matthias Weiß

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Mentoring promotes the exchange of knowledge and experience, it steers thinking in new directions and supports networks.” This is how the WORLDFACTORY START-up Center advertises its mentoring programme on its website. Following this motto, we are currently supporting the young start-up Dormciety as part of the WSC’s mentoring programme, which emerged from the faculty’s own entrepreneurship activities to create networks and thus enable the founding team to follow new paths for successful further development.
Lea Decker, Prof. Dr. Nicola Werbeck

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“The “Entrepreneurial Idea Competition” is aimed at RUB students (Bachelor, Master, PhD) with innovative ideas from science and research. “Whether flyer, poster or idea sketch, there are no limits to your imagination. set. Send us a meaningful presentation of your founding idea and win 1,500 euros! In addition, you will be given the opportunity to give your best in a creative video pitch within 2-3 minutes. all out in a creative video pitch. Send us an appealing video and use the opportunity to opportunity to prove that your idea should be promoted!”
Lea Decker, Prof. Dr. Michael Roos, Nicholas Schmidt, Dr. Fabian Schmitz, Dr. Anna Talmann, Prof. Dr. Nicola Werbeck

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Researchers & Research Institutions

Research projects

Collaborative Project
Project Y
The Human Side of Digitizing the Innovation Process - Completed
bottom-up.city - Start-up Transfer.NRW
Collaborative Project
Bio4MatPro: Kompetenzzentrum zur Biologischen Transformation von Materialwissenschaften und Produktionstechnik
Single Project
Clarisa: Climate-Related Risk Assessment & Scenario Analysis - EN
Collaborative Project
PRIMED: Redesigning the Primary Sector for Maximizing Bioeconomy Development

Publications

Waßenhoven, A., Rennings, M., Laibach, N., & Bröring, S. (2023). What constitutes a “Key Enabling Technology” for transition processes: Insights from the bioeconomy's technological landscapeTechnological Forecasting and Social Change 197, 122873.

What makes German manufacturing plants move locations?, Annals of Regional Science, https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00168-023-01238-x

Physiological Ageing in India: The Role of the Epidemiological Transition, with H. Strulik, PLOS ONE, 18, 7, e0287259, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0287259.

Melnychuk, T., Galke, L., Seidlmayer, E., Bröring, S., Förstner, K. U., Tochtermann, K., & Schultz, Carsten. (2023). Development of Similarity Measures From Graph-Structured Bibliographic Metadata: An Application to Identify Scientific Convergence. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management.

Brandt, L., Laibach, N., Kamrath, C., & Bröring, S. (2023). Start-up selection criteria for corporate venturing: what matters for incumbents?. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing15(4), 381-408.

Wambsganss, A., Bröring, S., Salomo, S., & Sick, N. (2023). Technology strategies in converging technology systems: Evidence from printed electronics. Journal of Product Innovation Management.

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Institutes

ISEB

Institut für Sicherheit im E-Business

Interested in working at CEIT?

Student Assistant (m/w/d)
Student Assistant (m/w/d) with Bachelor's degree
Wissenschaftliche Hilfskräfte (m/w/d) mit Bachelor-Abschluss (WHB)

Centre for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Transformation (CEIT)

Prof. Dr. Matthias Weiss

Suttner-Nobel Allee 4

(ehm. Opelring 1)

44803 Bochum

Phone: 0234 32-26690

E-Mail: ceit@rub.de

Further thematic fields of competence

FAACT

Finance, Accounting, Auditing, Controlling, Taxation

CISE

Centre for International and Spatial Economics

CURE

Centre for Environmental Change, Resources and Energy

SMD

Sales Management Department