Mr Prof. Dr. Christian Rupietta

Assistant Professor for business studies, esp. innovation


Christian Rupietta graduated from the University of Bochum in 2009 where he majored in Management and Economics. During his studies, he specialized in Personnel Economics and Econometrics. He obtained his PhD from the University of Zurich in 2015. In his dissertation he analyzed how vocational education and training affects innovation in companies. His professional career includes employment as research assistant and post-doctoral researcher at the University of Zurich where he worked for the Institute for Business Administration and the Swiss Leading House on Economics of Education, Firm Behaviour and Training Policies.

In addition to his work in research and teaching, he is a consultant for non-governmental organizations. The main focus of this activity is on consulting on and application of qualitative, qualitative comparative and quantitative research methods in the context of evaluation projects. Since August 2016 he has been engaged as Assistant Professor at the Schumpeter School for Business and Economics at the University of Wuppertal.

Main research areas

  • Innovation and economics of education
  • Organizational innovation
  • Set-theoretic methods


  • Swiss Leading House Best Paper Award 2015: Runner up-prize (07/2016)


Articles in peer-reviewed journals

  • Rupietta, C., Meuer, J., & Backes-Gellner, U. (2020). How do apprentices moderate the influence of organizational innovation on the technological innovation process? Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training (forthcoming).
  • Shephard, D., Ellersiek, A., Meuer, J., Rupietta, C., Mayne, R., & Cairney, P. (2020). Kingdon’s Multiple Streams Approach in new political contexts: Consolidation, configuration, and new findings. Governance (forthcoming).
  • Rupietta, C. & Backes-Gellner, U. (2019). How firms’ participation in apprenticeship training    fosters knowledge diffusion and innovation. Journal of Business Economics, 89(5), 569-597.
  • Rupietta, C. & Backes-Gellner, U. (2019). Combining knowledge stock and knowledge flow to    generate superior incremental innovation performance - Evidence from Swiss      manufacturing. Journal of Business Research, 94: 209-222.
  • Meuer, J. & Rupietta, C. (2017). Integrating QCA and HLM for Multilevel Research on Organizational Configurations. Organizational Research Methods, 20 (2): 324-342. 
  • Backes-Gellner, U., Rupietta, C. & Tuor, S. (2017). Reverse educational spillovers at the firm-level. Evidence-based HRM, 5 (1): 80-106.
  • Meuer, J. & Rupietta, C. (2017). A review of integrated QCA and statsitical analysis. Quality & Quantity, 51 (5): 2063-2083. 
  • Meuer, J., Rupietta, C. & Backes-Gellner, U. (2015). Layers of co-existing innovation  systems. Research Policy, 44 (4): 888-910.

Book chapters

  • Backes-Gellner, U., Rupietta, C. & Tuor Sartore, S. N. (2020). University Graduates Profit from Working Together with VET Graduates in Economics and Governance of Vocational and Professional Education and Training (including Apprenticeship), Hrsg. Backes-Gellner, U., Wolter. S. & Renold, U., Bern: hep Verlag, 232-234.
  • Rupietta, C. & Backes-Gellner, U. (2020). How Firms’ Participation in Apprenticeship Training Contributes to Innovation in Economics and Governance of Vocational and Professional Education and Training (including Apprenticeship), Hrsg. Backes-Gellner, U., Wolter. S. & Renold, U., Bern: hep Verlag, 280-282.
  • Caves, K., Meuer, J. & Rupietta, C. (2015). Qualitative Comparative Analysis For Instructional Leadership, International Research on School Leadership in Challenges and Opportunities of Educational Leadership Research and Practice: The State of the Field and Its Multiple Futures , Hrsg. Bowers, A. J., Shoho, A. R. & Barnett, B. G. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, 147-170.
  • Backes-Gellner, U. & Rupietta, C. (2014). Duale Berufsbildung und Innovation. Wirtschaft und Beruf, 66 (6): 58-59.

Evaluation reports

  • Shephard, D., Ellersiek, A., Meuer, J. & Rupietta, C. (2018). Influencing Policy and Civic Space: A meta-review of Oxfam’s Policy Influence, Citizen Voice and Good Governance Effectiveness Reviews, Oxford: Oxfam.
  • Meuer, J., Ellersiek, A., Rupietta, C. & Caves, K. (2016). The MasterCard Foundation - Final Evaluation of the Aflateen Programme: Global Report. In Te Kaat, A., "To Continue and Grow: Final Evaluation of the MasterCard Foundation Partnership with Aflatoun International on Youth Social and Financial Education", p. 8-47, Aflatoun International. Amsterdam.

Papers in Proceedings and Working Papers

  • Rupietta, C., Meuer, J., & Backes-Gellner, U. (2018). How hybrid change agents moderate innovation complementarities, Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings, 2018(1):11169.
  • Schulze, A. & Rupietta, C. (2017). What Motivates Employees to Engage in Entrepreneurial Behavior? A Set Theoretic Approach, Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings(1):17394.
  • Rupietta, C., Pfeifer, H., & Backes-Gellner, U. (2017). Firms' knowledge acquisition during dual-track VET: Which sources are important for innovativeness? Swiss Leading House Working Paper No. 131.
  • Meuer, J. & Rupietta, C. (2015). Qualifying “Fit”: The Performance Dynamics of Firms’ Change Tracks through Organizational Configurations, Compasss Working Paper 2015-81.

Conferences (selection)

  • Academy of Management Meeting (2017, 2018)
  • Canadian Economics Association (2012, 2015)
  • DRUID Society Conference (2015)
  • European Group for Organizational Studies (2014, 2018, 2020)
  • Colloquium of Personnel Economics (2011, 2012, 2013, 2016)
  • Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Spring Meeting of Young Economists (2012)
  • Strategic Management Society Special Conference in Banff (2018)
  • Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics (2012)

(Co-)Organized Conferences and Workshops (Selection)

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