Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Development
The doctoral programme builds upon the already successfully established AAU research initiative „Entrepreneurship“ and explicitly extends its focus to areas of „Innovation“ and „Economic Development“. Through the participation of scholars from the fields of business administration, economics, sociology and humanities, it is possible to discuss entrepreneurship, innovation and economic development from different perspectives.
The overall aim is to qualify young researchers scientifically and methodically for:
international academic careers (incl. presentations of research findings at academic conferences and first publications in high ranked scientific journals)
leading positions in politics and in public sector or management of private organisations
entrepreneurship (e.g. business start-ups, business succession, corporate entrepreneurship)
Academic degree: Dr. rer.soc.oec
Duration of studies: 3 years
Language of instruction: English
Admission to Doctoral Studies of Economics and Social Sciences at AAU
Confirmation of supervision by a member of the doctoral programme
Possible research areas in the fields of entrepreneurship, innovation and economic development are:
topics along the entrepreneurial process (from opportunity identification to opportunity exploration)
special topics like „female“, „ethnic“, „social“ and „technological“ entrepreneurship.
technological- and business model innovations at company level
macro-economic questions relevant to innovation (e.g. economic development, fragmented research systems and markets, insufficient support mechanisms).
entrepreneurship and its impact on innovation and job creation
entrepreneurship and its impact on transition economies or developing countries.
letter of motivation
documents (certificates incl. evaluation results / grades and evidence of skills in one or more of the research fields of the doctoral program)
envisaged topic of doctoral thesis / envisaged dissertation topic
master thesis (pdf)
reviews of master thesis
to the contact address below.
The decision about admission (after a hearing) will be taken jointly by the faculty members of the doctoral programme.
There are no formal deadlines. Applications can be filed any time. The first round of the programme will start on October 1, 2016. Joining later will be possible after consultation with members of the teaching staff.
Basic module (minimum of 16 ECTS credits):
central courses (on compulsory literature as well as theories and methods in innovation and entrepreneurship) which have to be taken by all doctoral students
doctoral colloquium to enhance discussion and exchange among doctoral students and supervisors
Methods module (minimum of 20 ECTS credits):
courses to expand methods competence
additional in-depth methods courses can be chosen from CESEENet programme, EDEN seminars or VHB courses
Elective module (minimum of 12 ECTS credits):
individual choice of thematic courses
preferably cumulative, written in English
Core faculty members (potential supervisors)
Prof. Dr. Dieter Bögenhold ( Department of Sociology, AAU)
Prof. Dr. Robert Breitenecker (Department of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship, AAU)
o. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Werner Drobesch (Department of History)
Prof.in Dr.inRita Faullant (Department of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship, AAU)
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Reinhard Neck (Department of Economics, AAU)
Prof. Dr. Erich Schwarz (Department of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship, AAU)
Prof.in Dr.inNina Hampl (Department of Operations, Energy, and Environmental Management, AAU)
Additional faculty members (potential supervisors)
Prof. Dr. Gerald Reiner (Department of Operations, Energy, and Environmental Management, AAU)
Prof. Dr. Paul Schweinzer (Department of Economics, AAU)