Junior Professorship
in Strategic Entrepreneurship


Junior Professor

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Dominik Kanbach

Research Associate

Francie Lange

Research Areas

  • Strategic Entrepreneurship
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Management
  • Entrepreneurship


  • Disruptive Technologies & Business Models
  • Problem Solving & Communication
  • Strategic Management

Strategy goes hand in hand
with entrepreneurship!

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Dominik Kanbach
Junior Professor and Leader of the Strategic Entrepreneurship Research Group

What we do

The Junior Professorship holistically covers research, teaching and practice on the interface of strategy and entrepreneurship.

In research, the Research Group Strategic Entrepreneurship focuses on a variety of projects in the fields of strategic management, entrepreneurship and corporate entrepreneurship. With currently more than 30 doctoral candidates and researchers, it is the largest and fastest growing research group at HHL.

In teaching, our findings from research are transferred into the classroom covering courses in the field of strategic management and entrepreneurship including the Integrated Case Study Strategy and Disruptive Technologies & Business Models as well as application oriented methodological courses such as Problem Solving & Communication.

In transfer, we are embedded into DIGITAL SPACE – The HHL Digital Transformation Platform and drive the continuous development of the 12-weeks incubation program for tech startups.

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Dominik Kanbach

In times of a “VUCA” world, strategy becomes more important than ever. It has never been more challenging to assess economic, political and societal relationships: Digital technologies bring up completely new business models, industry boundaries vanish, novel competency profiles emerge for many jobs and at the same time geopolitical developments lead to a questioning of successful concepts of globalization. Of course, there have always been insecurities and risks – but the combination of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity leads to unprecedented challenges for companies and their executives and managers.
Good strategy today means developing a vision of the future and deriving creatively different options for the company. This requires not only the very fundamentals of strategy namely thorough analyses of the internal capabilities and external environment but also the entrepreneurial mindset of continuously thinking in opportunities and the agility to realize them. The companies with the most resources are not necessarily the successful ones in this environment, but the companies with a clear strategic vision and entrepreneurial thinking and acting.

As the leader of the Research Group Strategic Entrepreneurship, I drive the research activities at the Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Chair for Strategic Management and Digital Entrepreneurship with over 30 Ph.D. candidates and researchers. My research projects focus on a variety of topics on the interface between strategy and entrepreneurship including how established companies work together with start-ups, try to bring in more entrepreneurial spirit into their organizations and make use of disruptive technologies for new products, business models or processes to master the challenges of the digital transformation.
Before my academic career, I worked three years in a DAX-company and more than five years in strategy consulting. Therefore, the connection of theory and practice has high relevance for me. Besides the scientific contribution, in my research I focus on implications for practitioners in the business world. I continuously publish articles in leading academic journals, for example in Harvard Business Review, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, Journal of Applied Business Research, Journal of Cleaner Production and Review of Managerial Science. In addition to teaching at HHL, I am a lecturer at various international top-universities and business schools worldwide.

Media Picture



A-ranked publications (VHB: A+/A or AJG: 4 or SJR: Q1):

Bugl, B. M., Balz, F. P., & Kanbach, D. K. (2022)
Leveraging smart capital through corporate venture capital: A typology of value creation for new venture firms
Journal of Business Venturing Insights, advance publication online: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbvi.2021.e00292.

Kraus, S., Kanbach, D. K., Krysta, P., Steinhoff, M., & Tomini N. (2022)
Facebook and the creation of the Metaverse – radical business model innovation or incremental transformation?
International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, forthcoming

B-ranked publications (VHB: B or AJG: 3 or SJR: Q2):

Bugl, B. M., & Kanbach, D. K. (2022)
Non-financial value creation in corporate venture capital: a systematic review of empirical studies
International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, DOI: 10.1504/IJEV.2022.10041629, forthcoming.

Seiferlein, B., Gernsheimer, O., & Kanbach, D. K. (2022)
Fostering entrepreneurial competencies for business model innovation – The case of Audi Denkwerkstatt
ternational Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, forthcoming.

Veit, P., Kramer, A., Kanbach, D. K., & Stubner, S. (2022)
Revising the Taxonomy of Corporate Accelerators: Moving towards an Evolutionary Perspective
International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, DOI: 10.1504/IJEV.2021.10039348, forthcoming

C-ranked publications (VHB: C or AJG: 2 or SJR: Q3):

Salmony, F., & Kanbach, D. K. (2022)
Changes in entrepreneurs’ risk-taking propensity across venture phases
Journal of Enterprising Culture, forthcoming.


A-ranked publications (VHB: A+/A or AJG: 4 or SJR: Q1):

Gernsheimer, O., Kanbach, D. K., & Gast, J. (2021)
Coopetition research – A systematic literature review on recent accomplishments and trajectories
Industrial Marketing Management, published online: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.indmarman.2021.05.001.

Korherr, P., & Kanbach, D. K. (2021)
Human-related Capabilities in Big Data Analytics: A taxonomy of human factors with impact on firm performance
Review of Managerial Science, published online: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11846-021-00506-4.

Salmony, F., & Kanbach, D. K. (2021)
Personality trait differences across types of entrepreneurs: A systematic literature review
Review of Managerial Science, published online: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11846-021-00466-9.

Trapp, C. T.C.,  & Kanbach, D. K. (2021)
Green entrepreneurship and business models: Deriving green technology business model archetypes
Journal of Cleaner Production, 297 (2021), published online: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2021.12669

Weiss, L., & Kanbach, D. K. (2021)
Reviewing Corporate Venturing for Organizational Ambidexterity as a Dynamic Capability
Management Review Quarterly, published online: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11301-021-00223-y. ​

B-ranked publications (VHB: B or AJG: 3 or SJR: Q2):

Leemann, N., & Kanbach, D. K. (2021)
Toward a taxonomy of dynamic capabilities – a systematic literature review
Management Research Review, published online: https://doi.org/10.1108/MRR-01-2021-0066.

Salmony, F., & Kanbach, D. K. (2021)
Entrepreneurs in times of crisis: effects of personality on business outcomes and psychological well-being
Traumatology, forthcoming, advance online publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/trm0000359.

C-ranked publications (VHB: C or AJG: 2 or SJR: Q3):

Leemann, N., Kanbach, D., & Stubner, S. (2021)
Breaking the paradigm of sensing, seizing, and transforming – evidence from Axel Springer
Journal of Business Strategies, 38(2), 95–124. https://doi.org/10.54155/jbs.38.2.95-124

Yigit, A., & Kanbach, D. K. (2021)
The importance of artificial intelligence in strategic management:  a systematic literature review.
International Journal of Strategic Management (IJSM), 21(1), 5-40. http://dx.doi.org/10.18374/IJSM-21-1.1


Sabina Pielken, Dominik K. Kanbach:
Corporate accelerators in family firms: a conceptual view on their design
In: Journal of Applied Business Research, 36 (2020) 6

Publications 2016-2019

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