Chancellor Angela Merkel announces new High Tech Strategy

The 25th version of the 2014 weekly podcast of Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, was dedicated to future technologies and the research and education environment in Germany. Anne-Marie Großmann, researcher at the Chair of Innovation Economics, asked Mrs Merkel about the future for jobs in Germany, the internal competitiveness of German universities and the agenda for future research.

Mrs Merkel emphasized that the High Tech-Strategy is now being extended to an Innovation Strategy, which she believes will establish Germany as an attractive location for innovation including the necessary employment. Due to the high number of graduates in higher education the government is trying to get enough young people into the dual education system. This dual education system is, according to Mrs. Merkel, also ensuring the possibility for life-long learning. With regards to the international attractiveness of German universities for international students, Mrs. Merkel welcomes the positive development to offer courses in English. With regards to research in future technologies, Mrs Merkel emphasizes that Germany is trying to reach “Weltspitze” (“top of the world”) in all disciplines. She stressed that Germany cannot be satisfied with mediocrity!

Watch the full viedo here and read the transcript here (in German).


Anne-Marie Großmann (TU Berlin) and Angela Merkel



Welcome visiting scholar Aleksandra Skorupinska from the Open University of Catalonia

We are very pleased to welcome Aleksandra Skorupinska as a visiting researcher at the Chair of Innovation Economics from April-June 2014. Aleksandra is a PhD Candidate in Information and Knowledge Society Doctoral Programme at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) of the Open University of Catalonia in Spain under the supervision of Prof. Joan Torrent-Sellens. She holds a Master in Computer Science and Econometric from Faculty of Economic Sciences of the University of Warsaw. She is a member of the Interdisciplinary Research Group on ICTs (i2TIC) at IN3 (UOC).

Aleksandra’s research focus is to investigate the role of ICT and its complementarities (human capital, innovation, workplace organization, institutions) in explaining productivity of Central and Eastern European countries. She is combining analysis at two levels: micro and macro. Since her background is econometric the research is based on the quantitative methodology, mainly structural equation modelling and ordinary least squares regression. Aleksandra is in her final year of the PhD program. Publications to be included in her dissertation are:

Skorupinska, A. & Torrent Sellens, J.:
The role of ICT in the productivity of Central and Eastern European countries: cross-country comparison.
Revista de Economía Mundial (Forthcoming)

Skorupinska, A. & Torrent Sellens, J.:
Drivers of Manufacturing Firms Productivity in Germany and Poland: Evidence from Survey Data.
Review of Applied Socio-Economic Research (Forthcoming)

Skorupinska, A. & Torrent Sellens, J.:
ICT, Innovation and Productivity: Modelling Direct and Indirect Effects in Eastern European Manufacturing Firms.
Industry and Innovation (Submitted)

Aleksandra will present her work within the  Research Colloquium on May 28th at 4pm.

We warmly welcome Aleksandra to the Chair of Innovation Economics and look forward to a productive and fruitful collaboration!


DIN Awards for Dr. Kerstin Goluchowicz and Anne-Marie Großmann

The DIN Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V. has awarded two prices to researchers of the chair of Innovation Economics. The awards went to Dr. Kerstin Goluchowicz for her Dissertation „Standardisation Foresight – an Indicator-based, Text Mining and Delphi Method“ and to Anne-Marie Großmann for her Master thesis “Strategic and Economic Benefits of Company Standards”.

More information can be obtained here (german) and here (german).


Dipl.-Ing. Rüdiger Marquardt (DIN), Dr. Kerstin Goluchowicz (TU Berlin) and Dr. Torsten Bahke (DIN)


Dipl.-Ing. Rüdiger Marquardt (DIN), Anne-Marie Großmann (TU Berlin) and Egon Behr (Daimler AG)


Dr. Kerstin Goluchowicz and Anne-Marie Großmann



Fifth Anniversary of the Cooperation between DIN and TU Berlin

The fifth anniversary of the cooperation between the German Institute for Standardization (DIN) and the Technical University of Berlin will be celebrated on the 27.11.2013. The festivity takes place at the TU Berlin and is free of charge.  For more information and the regristration click here (German).


About Innovation Economics


InnovationEconomics is going to inform about the recent activities of the Chair of Innovation Economics at the Technical University of Berlin, the Research Group Public Innovation at the Fraunhofer Institute of Open Communication Systems and the Chair of Standardisation at the Rotterdam School of Management at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. We are posting about presentations at and attendance of conferences, new publications and events and many other things.

The topics covered by these institutions encompass all innovation and standardisation related issues especially from the perspective of economics and management. We work both on specific technologies like nanotechnology, address also soft issues like services and the various dimensions of sustainability. Finally, the contents are interesting for the scientific communities, companies, institutions and policy makers.

InnovationEconomics is looking for feedback to its activities and for new ideas related to topics covered by the involved research organizations.