Apl.Prof.Dr. Klaus Fichter

Press releases with mentions

EURAM Conference 2020 - Call for Papers

In June 2020 the next conference of the European Acedemy of Management, the EURAM 2020, will take place in Dublin. Next year's theme will be The Business of Now: the future starts here. Scientists are invited to submit papers in one of 14 different Strategic Interest Groups (SIGs), one of which is titled "Innovation for Circularity, Green Technologies and Sustainability". Within this track, it is all about reframing ecological and societal challenges as opportunities for innovation. 

Papers regarding topics such as Sustainability-Oriented Innovation (SOI), Circular innovation & Design, Green Technology and more related themes can be submitted via the EURAM 2020 Webseite until 14 January 2020. Guidelines for authors can be found here:

EXIST reports on innovative climate start-ups

In an extensive online article, the the funding programme EXIST from the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) reports on the importance of innovations which reduce emissions harmful to the climate or make climate change more bearable for humans and the environment. As an expert on environmentally oriented start-ups, Klaus Fichter is cited regarding the financing of green start-ups ventures. The full length article can be accessed here (German only):

Dr. Karsten Hurrelmann invited as expert at the Energy Summit East Württemberg

What climate change means for companies - this was the central question at the second energy summit in East Württemberg, which took place on 24.09.2019 in Heidenheim. Dr. Karsten Hurrelmann has several years of expertise in research and consulting on this issue and knows how companies can face up to these challenges. In addition to risk avoidance, PIN always takes into account the opportunities offered by innovative products and services. With this in mind, Dr. Hurrelmann discussed with representatives from business and politics in the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK). More information can be found in the press:

We are changing our Eco-Venturing concept! What's new?

Eco-Venturing has been successfully carried out for 10 years in team teaching by PIN and the Chair of Entrepreneurship, Prof. Dr. Alexander Nicolai. Instead of integrating different practice partners with different business ideas into the module, we are now working exclusively with Cewe in the winter semester 2019/20. The Oldenburg market leader in the field of photo books is well known to everyone. But is the photo book sustainable? What could sustainable products look like at Cewe?

This is where the course starts. Together we will get to know the company and develop ideas for sustainable products. In addition to input events, we will also conduct an excursion and an ideation workshop using the Lego Serious Play method. For further information about the course and about grading, visit our information event on 15.10.2019 or our website.

New paper: Sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystems: an emerging field of research

Volkmann, C., Fichter, K., Klofsten, M. et al. Small Bus Econ (2019).

While the concept of entrepreneurial ecosystems is now a prominent theme and an important part of entrepreneurship research, the question of how ecosystems can promote sustainable entrepreneurship and contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is rather neglected. The authors of the paper address this research gap at the intersection of the contextualization of entrepreneurship and sustainability.

The article can be downloaded free of charge from Springer Links until the end of September.

XXXI ISPIM Conference 7.-10. June 2020 (Berlin) - Call for Submissions

The ISPIM Innovation Conference 2020, “Innovating Our Common Future” (co-hosted next year by the Borderstep Insitute) is a three-day event that brings together world-renowned experts on innovation management. Researchers, managers, business and thought leaders will share insights on innovation management hot-topics. Submissionsfrom academic, research, consulting, industry, intermediary and policy are encouraged.

Focus themes:

  • Values-based Innovation Management
  • Innovation Management to address the UN’s SDGs
  • Sustainability-oriented Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Scaling strategies/Diffusion Polices for Environmental Innovation
  • Impact measurement and sustainability assessment of start-ups
  • Transition Strategies for Growing and Transforming Cities

Important Deadlines:
24 January 2020:Outlines Only (All Submissions)
21 February 2020:Acceptance Notification
1 May 2020:Final Submissions (including papers, profiles & photos) PLUS registration and receipt of payment
29 May 2020:Presentation Slides

Complete Call


Climate Challenge - Trainer package is now available for free!

Over the past two years, PIN, together with its project partner Fresenius University Cologne, has worked intensively on the development of educational materials on the topic of corporate climate adaptation. The main idea was to integrate climate change and its entrepreneurial consequences as a challenge into various management approaches. At the end of the project, a comprehensive trainer package with moderation guidelines, slides and materials for the Climate Challenge is now available. The Climate Challenge is aimed at start-up teams and innovation managers of existing companies who want to subject their (new) business model to a "stress test" with regard to climate change. Trainers and moderators can get the cc-licensed material on our website.

If you would like to acquire background knowledge on the topic of "managing climate change" through self-study, you will find numerous tutorials created in the Climate LO project at the project partner Fresenius University.

ScaleUp4Sustainability - Student-Business-Collaboration in Green Venturing

On November 7, 11 German, Swedish and Dutch partners "met" during a web conference to start a three-year intensive cooperation in the project "ScaleUp4Sustainability". The aim of the project is to test new forms of cooperation between students, companies and start-ups in promoting green innovations and to improve existing courses. The focus is on joint learning - both among the project partners and between students, company founders and innovation managers of established companies. The Eco-Venturing module offered jointly by the Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship and PIN at the University of Oldenburg will be a central component of the project activities.

The EU's Erasmus+ programme is providing around one million euros over three years to support research and development projects in the Knowledge Alliances priority area. The partners include Linköping University (S), Vennebroek Academic Services (NL) and several companies close to the participating universities - for Oldenburg EWE, CEWE and BÜFA . The team of Prof. Klaus Fichter is the Coordinator of the project.

Press release (German)

Latest Publications

Volkmann, C., Fichter, K., Klofsten, M. et al. (2019). Sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystems: an emerging field of research. Small Business Economics (2019). 

Clausen, J. & Fichter, K. (2019). The diffusion of environmental product and service innovations: Driving and inhibiting factors. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 31 (2019), 64-95.

Tiemann, I.; Fichter, K. & Geier, J. (2018). University support systems for sustainable entrepreneurship: insights from explorative case studies. in: International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing.  Vol. 10, No. 2, 2018; DOI: 10.1504/IJEV.2018.090983

Breuer, H.; Fichter, K.; Lüdeke-Freund, F. & Tiemann, I. (2018). Sustainability-oriented Business Model Development: Principles, Criteria, and Tools. in: International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing.  Vol. 10, No. 2, 2018; DOI: 10.1504/IJEV.2018.10008388

K. Fichter & I. Tiemann (2017): Factors influencing university support for sustainable entrepreneurship: Insights from explorative case studies. in: Journal of Cleaner Production, 175 (2018), 512 - 524.

N. Bank, K. Fichter & M. Klofsten (2017): Sustainability-profiled incubators and securing the inflow of tenants - the case of Green Garage Berlin. in: Journal of Cleaner Production, 157 (2017), 76-83.

Further publications

Practice-oriented Publications

Tiemann, I. and Fichter, K. (2016). Developing business models with the Sustainable Business Canvas: Manual for Conducting Workshops. (Download)

Flyer Sustainable Business Canvas (Download)


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