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Dr. Jakob Pohlisch

Jakob Pohlisch is an Assistant Professor (NTT) at the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. His research focuses on open and user innovation. More specifically, Jakob investigates how firms can leverage the potential of crowds in various contexts to increase their innovativeness.

Before joining the E&I team in 2021, Jakob completed his doctoral studies at the Technical University Berlin, where he also worked as a research associate and taught courses on innovation economics, sustainable innovation, open innovation, and strategic standardization and platform management. Jakob holds a master’s degree in Statistics from the Humboldt University of Berlin and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Technical University Berlin. During his masters, he co-founded a company that develops products for highly automated driving to pave the way for autonomous valet parking.

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Experience

2021 – todayAssistant Professor (NTT), Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Vienna University of Economics and Business / Austria
2015 – 2020Research Associate, Chair of Innovation Economics, Technical University Berlin
2015 – 2016Co-Founder, Promotives GmbH, A Start-up working on Highly Automated Driving (HAD) with a focus on autonomous valet parking
2012 – 2015Student Assistant, Chair of Econometrics and Business Statistics, Technical University Berlin
2011 – 2012Research Assistant, Research Data Center of the Statistical Office Berlin-Brandenburg
2011 – 2011Student Assistant, Research Data Center of the Statistical Office Berlin-Brandenburg

University Education

2015 – 2020Ph.D. Economics, Technical University Berlin
2019Visiting Ph.D. student, University of Copenhagen
2012 – 2015M.Sc. Statistics, Humboldt-University Berlin
2007 – 2011B.Sc. Economics, Technical University Berlin

Further Information


  • ISPIM Dissertation Award 2021 (2nd place) for Jakob Pohlisch for his PhD thesis “The Quest for Innovation: Exploring the Potential of the Crowd”


  • Academy of Management (TIM)

  • World Open Innovation Conference (WOIC)

  • Research Fellow at the Technical University Berlin (https://www.inno.tu-berlin.de)

  • Verband der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft e.V. (TIE)

Publications & Teaching