Dietmar Harhoff

Dietmar Harhoff

Director at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

Dietmar Harhoff is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition since 2013. At the Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich (LMU), where he was Director of the Institute for Innovation Research, Technology Management and Entrepreneurship (INNO-tec) from 1998 to 2013, he is Honorary Professor for Entrepreneurship and Innovation as well as Director of the LMU Entrepreneurship Center, and, in June 2014, also took over the Research Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. After graduating with a Diploma degree in mechanical engineering, Dietmar Harhoff began his professional career as a research engineer in Great Britain and Germany. From 1985 to 1987, he was a McCloy Scholar at Harvard University (MPA 1987). In his MIT doctoral thesis (PhD 1991) he analyzed research incentives and voluntary information disclosure. Harhoff’s research focuses on issues in innovation and entrepreneurship, intellectual property and industrial economics. His research results have been published in a large number of book and journal articles. Besides advising several public and private organizations, he is the Chairman of the Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation (EFI) of the German Federal Government and an elected member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) and of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

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