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Prof. Dr. Karin Hoisl

Prof. Dr. Karin Hoisl, MBR

Professor in the Economics and Management of Inventive Processes (part-time appointment) - Copenhagen Business School;
Minerva Fast Track Position (W2) - Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition


Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
Marstallplatz 1
80539 Munich

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Consultation Hours

on appointment


Research Interests

  • Knowledge Management
  • Organizational Innovation
  • Strategic Management
  • Inventor Creativity & Inventor Mobility
  • Intellectual Property Management



Curriculum Vitae


Professorship Offer from the University of Mannheim (accepted)


Minerva Fast Track Position (W2) at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition;

Association to the Research Group for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Munich School of Management, LMU

since 11/14 Professor in the Economics and Management of Inventive Processes, Copenhagen Business School, DK (part-time)



Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
11/11 Research stay at Copenhagen Business School, DK
03/11 Visiting Scholar Georgia Institute of Technology, College of Management, USA



Hans-Sauer-Foundation Assistant Professor „Invention Processes and Intellectual Property“ (intermediate evaluation passed ahead of schedule 04/2013)
02/10 - 04/10 Visiting Scholar Georgia Institute of Technology, College of Management, USA
2006 - 2013 Post-doc at the Institute for Innovation Research and Technology Management (Prof. D. Harhoff, Ph.D.); Habilitation
02/07 - 05/07 European Patent Office
Research Project: "Patent Validation - The Role of Fees and Translation Costs" (Supervisor: Prof. B. van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie)
2002 - 2006 Doctoral Candidate at the Institute for Innovation Research, Technology Management and Entrepreneurship (Prof. D. Harhoff, Ph.D.); Dissertation: "A Study of Inventors: Incentives, Productivity and Mobility"
2002 - 2004 Postgraduate Studies: Master of Business Research at Munich School of Management, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich; Thesis: "A Phantom Picture - What Determines Blocking Patents"; Degree: Master of Business Research
1997 - 2002 Studies in Business Administration at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich; Thesis: "Bewertung von Gründerteams durch Venture Capital-Geber - Eine empirische Analyse"; Degree: Diplomkauffrau
1995 - 1997 Studies in Mathematics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich


Third-Party Research Funding (European Commission, ESF, DFG and other institutions) (project management: Prof. D. Harhoff, Ph.D.)

  • DFG Grant - Clean Technology-Innovation in Germany: Human Capital Accumulation in Case of Heterogenous Knowledge Inputs (joint project with Prof. Dr. T. Zwick, LMU) (Ref.: ZW 172/2-1) (2012-2014)
  • ESF / DFG Grant – APE - Academic Patenting in Europe: Database Sharing, Applications and Extensions (Coordinated Funding via ESF and DFG) (07-RNP-011) (2009-2013) – Member of the Steering Committee
  • European Commission (7th FP) – InnoS&T - Innovative S&T indicators combining patent data and surveys: Empirical models and policy analyses (FP7-SSH-2007-1) (2008-2011)
  • DAAD Travel Grant (VIGONI-Program 2007) (D/06/19579) (2007-2008)
  • European Commission - Tender ENTR/05/82 – Strategic Patenting (2006-2007)
  • ESF / DFG Grant - Inventor Mobility, Knowledge Flows and  Firm Productivity (Coordinated Funding via ESF and DFG) (7/2005-6/2007)
  • European Commission - EPIP - European Policy for Intellectual Property (HPSE-CT-2002-60053) (2003-2005)
  • European Commission (6th FP) – PatVal - The Value of European Patents: Empirical Models and Policy Implications based on a Survey of European Inventors (HPV2-CT-2001-00013) (2002-2004)


Memberships in Editorial Boards

  • Associate Editor, ICC Industrial and Corporate Change (from 2016)
  • Guest Associate Editor, Management Science (2014)
  • Advisory Editor, Research Policy (2014 – 2017)
  • Research Committee of the Business Policy and Strategy (BPS) Division of the AOM (2014 – 2016)
  • AOM TIM Best Paper Awards Committee (2015)


Ad-hoc Reviewer

Research Funding Organizations

  • German Research Foundation (DFG)


  • Management Science, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Review of Economics and Statistics, Research Policy, Economics of Innovation and New Technology, European Management Review, Industry and Innovation, International Journal of Technology Management, Technovation, World Patent Information, DBW, zfbf, SBR, Small Business Economics, Journal of Business Economics


  • Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group


  • Academy of Management Meeting 2011, 2015 / SMS Conference (since 2014) / DRUID Summer Conference (since 2008) / EURAM Conference 2010 / TIE Conference (since 2012) / G-Forum (since 2014) / EPIP 2015


Awards & Grants

  • Nomination for the Best Paper Award 2015 of the German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB)
  • Minerva Fast Track Position (W2) from the Minerva Program of the Max Planck Society (2015-2019)
  • Reduction of the teaching assignment (summer term 2013) due to the support of selected young female researchers at the Munich School of Management, LMU.
  • Jürgen-Hauschildt-Award 2012 of the Commission for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (TIE) / VHB for the best scientific publication in empirical innovation managament research
  • Nomination for the DRUID Best Paper Award 2012 (DRUID Conference 2012, Copenhagen)
  • DRUID Best Paper Award 2011 (DRUID Conference 2011, Copenhagen)
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award for the Business Policy and Strategy Division at the Academy of Management Meeting in 2011
  • Visiting Research Fellowship from DFG (German Research Foundation) - research stay at Georgia Institute of Technology 2011
  • 2009: RePEc Ranking Top 100 Economists (5 years or less)
  • Hans-Sauer-Award 2006 for outstanding research in the field "Research on Inventors" (Dissertation)
  • Dissertation Award LMU Management Alumni 2005



  • Deutscher Hochschulverband (DHV)
  • Verband der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft e.V. (VHB)
  • German Economic Association for Business Administration e.V. (GEABA)
  • Academy of Management (AOM)
  • Strategic Management Society (SMS)
  • Fördergesellschaft Marketing e.V.
  • European Policy for Intellectual Property Association (EPIP) - founding member
  • The Econometric Society


Teaching (Diploma, Bachelor, Master)

  • Innovation Management
  • Innovationsmanagement 1 & 2
  • Projektseminar in Kooperation mit GeorgiaTech College of Management und TI:GER (Atlanta, USA)
  • SQ2 - Start with Business Planning - Download the Podcast on iTunes U
  • Seminar Geschäftsplanung
  • Proseminar Business Planning für HighTech-Industrien
  • Proseminar Social Entrepreneurship
  • Investition & Finanzierung
  • Proseminar IP Management
  • Various advanced seminars (Subjects: Innovationen & IP, Innovationsprozesse in der Biotechnologie, Innovationen in der IT, China der Zukunftsmarkt, Klimawandel und Innovation, IP Beyond Patents, Green Energy Innovation)
  • Proseminar Empirie
  • Proseminar IP & Empirie
  • Proseminar Skills & Tools
  • Strategy and Intellectual Property Rights


PHD Supervision

  • From 2014 - PhD Supervision at CBS: Davide Cannito

 Hiring Committees / PhD Committees

  • 2015 - Hiring Committee, Assistant Professor of Technology Entrepreneurship, The Mads Clausen Institute at the University of Southern Denmark
  • 2013 - Arjan Markus, Copenhagen Business School (external member of the PhD Committee)

 Support of Dissertation Projects /Supervision of Master's Theses

  • I have closely supported the following doctoral students who have completed their thesis at INNO-tec: Bernhard Kirchmair, Maria Heibel, Jeannine Sütterlin, Stephan Hundertmark, Volker Rürup, Michael Natterer, Alexander Suyer
  • I am currently supporting: Michael Mödl and Christian Steinle
  • Supervision of Master's Theses in the course of the Master of Laws in Intellectual Property (LL.M. IP) program of the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC) and at CBS


Executicve Education

  • Hans-Sauer- Foundation: Inventor Seminar: Commercialization of Inventions (2011)
  • Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC): Course "Valuation of Intangibles" (2010-2015)
  • Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC): Course "Innovation Management" (2014, 2016)
  • LMU EC Business Planning seminar for physicists: Lecture on intellectual property (since 2008)
  • LMU EC Entrepreneurship seminars: Lecture "IP Management for Start-ups" (since 2008)
  • European Patent Academy: Lecture "University patents – Incentive for Innovation?" (2008-2010)
  • DIHK: Lecture "Development of Patent Applications in the US and Europe" (10/2006 and 12/2006)