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Research and teaching at the interface ,of management and technology

At TUM School of Management, we conduct research and teaching with an interdisciplinary approach at the interface of management and technology. This unique combination attracts outstanding students and academics from all over the world who contribute to our international standing and guarantee our global perspective.

Our commitment to rigorous research as well as to practical relevance made us a center of excellence and one of the leading business schools in Germany. Our faculty is devoted to bridging the gap between management and engineering as well as the natural and life sciences, contributing to key international research activities and real-world solutions alike. In addition, TUM School of Management is home to research centers and institutes that pool knowledge of faculty from different disciplines, both within the school and in strong and rewarding collaboration with external partners.

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Since the founding of TUM School of Management, our efforts in research have been widely recognized in prestigious rankings, confirming our leading position:

In the 2014 Handelsblatt research ranking, TUM School of Management topped the list of all the German universities that were analyzed. Handelsblatt is Germany’s leading financial newspaper and regularly conducts studies into the quality of business administration research in higher education institutions in the German-speaking world, based on internationally established standards for the evaluation of economic research.

Additionally, in the same year, our Bachelor’s program in Management and Technology reached the top group in research in the CHE ranking. It is thereby positioned above all other universities, including those in Switzerland and Austria. The ranking is conducted by the German think tank Centre for Higher Education Development and includes over 300 universities offering Bachelor degrees in Business Administration.


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The user innovation paradigm: impacts on markets and welfare

Innovation has traditionally been seen as the province of producers. However, theoretical and empirical research now shows that individual users – consumers – are also a major and increasingly important source of new product and service designs. In this paper, we build a microeconomic model of a market that incorporates demand-side innovation and competition. We explain the conditions under which firms find it beneficial to invest in supporting and harvesting users’ innovations, and show that social welfare rises when firms utilize this source of innovation. Our modeling also indicates reasons for policy interventions with respect to a mixed user and producer innovation economy. From the social welfare perspective, as the share of innovating users in a market increases, profit-maximizing firms Read More here

Dividing the pie – Equity distribution in entrepreneurial teams

Like the founders of Facebook who took each other to court over equity issues (and later settled this lawsuit for an unknown sum to one of the initial founders), many entrepreneurial teams struggle with the equity distribution in their start-up. The decision on how to divide the pie has to be made very early in the entrepreneurial process, but the consequences are far-reaching and completely unpredictable. In an article published in the Journal of Business Venturing, Professor Breugst, Professor Patzelt, and Dr. Rathgeber of the TUM School of Management address this problem and focus on the long-term consequences of the equity split for entrepreneurial teams and ventures. The study shows that the essential factor in equity distribution is the perception Read More here

Embedded Lead Users – The benefits of employing users for corporate innovation

It is crucial for every company to learn from the users of its products. Interestingly, and overlooked by many, some of the most insightful users may be nearby – the company’s own employees. This study by Dr. Tim Schweisfurth and Prof. Dr. Christina Raasch (TUM) introduces the concept of “embedded lead users” – employees who are lead users of their employer’s products or services. Lead users are users who perceive new product-related needs ahead of others and would particularly benefit from a solution. Embedded lead users are ubiquitous in many consumer goods industries, e.g., in food and beverages, automotive, consumer electronics, software, and leisure products. Unlike external lead users, these are regular employees with employment contracts and secrecy clauses that Read More here

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