Stiftungsfonds Deutsche Bank
Chair of Innovation Management
and Entrepreneurship



  • Prof. Dr. Kelvin W. Willoughby (Deputy Chairholder)
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart (on leave)


  • Disruptive Technologies & Business Models
  • Innovation Management & Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship & Agile Working Methods
  • Entrepreneurial Challenges
  • Executive Education

Research Areas

  • Innovation Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Intellectual Property Management
  • Commercialization of Science and Technology


  • FGF – Association for Entrepreneurship Research, Education and Policy (Förderkreis Gründungs-Forschung e.V.), Krefeld, Germany
  • SpinLab – The HHL Accelerator, Leipzig, Germany
  • Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, China
  • Copenhagen Business School, Department of International Economics, Government and Business, Denmark
  • GLORAD, Center for Global R&D and Innovation, international research network
  • HYVE AG, Munich, Germany
  • Xi’an Jiatong-Liverpool University, Intellectual Property Institute, Suzhou, China
  • Thermal Motors LLC, Russia

Success happens when luck meets preparation.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart
Holder of the Stiftungsfonds Deutsche Bank Chair of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship
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Make a difference in the world through enlightened leadership in technological innovation and entrepreneurship!

Prof. Dr. Kelvin W. Willoughby
Deputy Chairholder Stiftungsfonds Deutsche Bank Chair of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship
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What we do

Belief in the power of innovation and entrepreneurship, and the quest for creativity and fulfillment in work, has inspired millions of people worldwide to eschew an orthodox corporate career for the dream of creating a new venture. Progress in science and technology is lauded by policy makers and corporate leaders as the key to solving critical economic, environmental and social problems, and technology venturing is now celebrated as the key to wealth generation and personal advancement. “Innovation” has thus become the leitmotif of success for startups, established corporations and public policy makers. These trends evoke a number of important challenges that are the focus for research and teaching in our Chair:

  • What knowledge and skill do individuals need to overcome the obstacles to success when launching a technology startup?
  • How can established corporations renew their competitive advantage through artfully managing the innovation process?
  • How can local communities harness the potential of technological innovation to stimulate local economic development and employment generation?
  • How can the direction of technological change be managed to maximize social benefit and minimize harmful human and environmental impact?
  • What can we as individual human beings personally do to make the world a better place through leadership in the business of technology?

Our work addresses innovation management in both new ventures and established companies, and on the transfer of created knowledge between academia and business. We are especially interested in strategy for enterprises and projects based on the development and commercialization of new technology, and in how intellectual property may be managed to support innovative enterprises, both locally and internationally.

The Chair’s goals emphasize realizing an intensive theory-practice transfer in both research and teaching. The teaching programs are interactive and practical; our lectures are supported by our wide network of entrepreneurs and innovators in the market who are engaged in interesting co-teaching with our professors.

Feel free to contact us, if you would like to get more information about innovation management and entrepreneurship.


Publications by Prof. Dr. Kelvin W. Willoughby in 2021

Kelvin W. Willoughby & Nadezhda Mullina
Reverse Innovation, International Patenting and Economic Inertia: Constraints to Appropriating the Benefits of Technological Innovation
In: Technology in Society, 67 (2021) November

Dmitry S. Smirnov & Kelvin W. Willoughby
Rethinking the Dynamics of Innovation, Science, and Technology: The Curious Case of Stirling Engines and Stirling Refrigerators
In: Energy Research & Social Science, 79 (2021)

Punyapat Saksupapchon & Kelvin W. Willoughby.
Contextual Factors Affecting Patent Licensing Provisions in Collaboration Agreements of Complex Technological Organizations
In: International Journal of Intellectual Property Management, 11 (2021) 3, 280-315

Punyapat Saksupapchon & Kelvin W. Willoughby
Intellectual Property Management, Dynamic Capabilities and Competitive Innovation in the Commercial Aircraft Industry
In: International Journal of Intellectual Property Management, 11 (2021) 3, 236-262


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