Doctoral Research Group Entrepreneurship, Management & Innovation

Our doctoral programme is designed for future researchers in entrepreneurship, management and innovation. Our goal is to train doctoral students for research positions at leading universities or advanced research careers in consulting, government, or industry. As a doctoral student, you receive training in state-of-the-art research and build a profound knowledge base in entrepreneurship, management, and innovation. Doctoral students learn to advance theory, develop scientifically sound research designs, and publish their research in international top-tier journals. This is the stepping stone for becoming an independent researcher and contributing to academic debates in the field.

The doctoral training involves four compulsory modules of the Leuphana doctoral study programme. These four modules are Philosophy of Science, Research Methods, Scientific Practice/Ethics, and ongoing Research Colloquia. Additionally, the training includes supplementary classes to enhance the doctoral experience and provide a kick-start for the academic career. These classes include yearly doctoral summer and winter schools, such as the summer school of the European University Network on Entrepreneurship (ESU) and the winter school of the Leuphana Conference on Entrepreneurship (LCE), research workshops with international guest researchers, doctoral conferences involving intensive writing workshops, a research stay at an international partner university, and a mentoring programme. Furthermore, doctoral students will receive financial support by the Fund for Young Researchers of Leuphana Graduate School for attending scholarly conferences, summer schools, short-term research visits, and workshops.

Areas of Research

Our research projects aim at enhancing our theoretical understanding of entrepreneurship, management and innovation in order to support entrepreneurs and managers in their entrepreneurial and organizational undertakings. We conduct research projects from a psychological, organizational, and strategic perspective. We believe that only an integration of the different perspectives leads to a comprehensive understanding of the phenomena of entrepreneurship, management, and innovation. Our research projects cover various areas, such as corporate and professional entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship training, international business and HR management, the aging workforce and demographic change, new technologies, organizational communication, and negotiation in the context of entrepreneurship and management.

Doctoral Degrees

Depending on the subject and method of the dissertation, the respective faculty confers the following doctoral degrees:

  • Dr. phil.
  • Dr. rer. pol.


  • Prof. Dr. Michael Gielnik