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This empirical research seminar gives an overview of current topics in innovation economics and innovation management. Innovation processes are considered on different levels of analysis. The topics of the seminar deal on the one hand with innovation processes in companies. The focus is on employees and the organization of the company. On the other hand, the national and supranational level will be considered. The topics deal with institutional framework conditions and their effects on the innovative capacity of countries and regions.

The seminar will contain:


  • Literature research in a predefined research area
  • Selection and application of theoretical models
  • Formulation of research questions and hypotheses
  • Independent but guided empirical research
  • Data preparation and analysis with STATA
  • Academic writing
  • Presentation and discussion of research results


During the introductory meeting on April 3rd, 2019, I will introduce the main theme of this year’s seminar (innovation systems), present the topics for seminar papers and will give an overview on relevant data sets. The introductory meeting will also cover a repetition of the basic topics of academic writing. The introductory meeting provide sufficient time to clarify question on the seminar. After the introductory meeting participants choose the topic of their seminar paper, by sending two preferences to me. Participants will work on the topics in groups (2-3 team members). Due date for submitting topic preferences is April 5th, 2019. I will publish the topic allocation and team composition on the course webpage on April 8th, 2019.
The session on April 10th, 2019 will cover the structure of empirical papers in detail. We will analyze in detail which function each section of an empirical paper has and will especially focus on the structure of the introduction. This session supports students in structuring their first deliverable (an extended abstract) and in writing their seminar paper later on.
The due date for the extended abstract and the presentation slides is May 10th, 2019. The presentation will take place on May 15th, 2019 and shall be no longer than 15 min (after the presentation 15 min will be reserved for questions and comments). It shall cover the theoretical foundation of the seminar paper, the planned empirical strategy, and a work schedule.
The two STATA tutorials on May 28th and June 4th, 2019 prepare students for their data analysis. I will introduce the software, the syntax and we will prepare and analyze training data sets. For the STATA tutorial no prior knowledge on using statistical software is required. Knowledge on quantitative methods at an intermediate level is expected.

The second presentation session shall focus on the results of the empirical analysis. The due date for submitting the presentation slides is July 5th, 2019. The presentation shall cover the theoretical foundations of the seminar papers very briefly, shall describe the empirical design and the data, shall summarize the (preliminary) main findings and give an outlook on further steps. The presentation shall be no longer than 15 min (after the presentation 15 min will be reserved for questions and comments).
The due date for the seminar paper is September 14th, 2019. Please submit your papers electronically as PDF documents. For the presentation, you may either submit PowerPoint or PDF files. All deliverables shall be submitted on the respective dates until 11:59 am.


Seminar places are limited. Please register in WUSEL until March 10th, 2019 (Course ID: 191WIR025011). For any questions on the seminar, please contact the lecturer directly via e-mail.


The seminar will be in English.



April 3rd, 2019: Introductory meeting
April 5th, 2019: Due date topic preferences
April 8th, 2019: Topic allocation and team composition available
April 10th, 2019: Academic writing and paper analysis
May 10th, 2019: Due date extended abstract and presentation slides
May 15th, 2019: Presentation session (Theory)
May 28th, 2019: STATA tutorial
June 4th, 2019: STATA tutorial
July 5th, 2019: Due date presentation slides on empirical analysis
July 10th, 2019: Presentation session (Empirical analysis)
September 14th, 2019: Due date seminar paper.

The seminar can be credited in the following modules

MWiWi 1.4 - Innovations- und Technologiemanagement (Witt)
MWiWi 1.8 - Personalmanagement (Fallgatter)
MWiWi 1.14 - Energie- und Projektmanagement (Witt)
MWiWi 2.4 - Entrepreneurship und Wirtschaftsentwicklung (Volkmann)
MWiWi 2.6 - Economics of Innovation (Bönte)
MWiWi 2.7 - Infrastruktur und Wirtschaftsentwicklung (Volkmann)
MWiWi 2.10 - Ökonomischer und Institutioneller Wandel (Frambach)


Prof. Dr. Christian Rupietta