Apl.Prof.Dr. Klaus Fichter

Press releases with mentions

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


New paper: The diffusion of environmental product & service innovations

The new publication by Jens Clausen and Klaus Fichter "The diffusion of environmental product and service innovations: Driving and inhibiting factors" has now been published in the print edition of the journal Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. In the paper, the authors identify three key factors influencing the diffusion of environmentally friendly product and service innovations based on a large sample of 130 cases.
The article can be downloaded free of charge from the following link until 28 July 2019: eist.2019.01.003

SGA 2019 with new categories Circular Economy & Mobility of the Future

The StartGreen Award is entering a new round under the patronage of Environment Minister Svenja Schulze and this year attracts cash and non-cash prizes worth more than 60,000 euros. In four categories, start-up teams who work on solutions to challenges of our ecological and social future can apply with their products or services.

New this year are the categories "Future Mobility", supported by InnoEnergy, and "SDG12: Circular Economy", supported by SDG INVESTMENTS. Another new feature is that teams founded up to 10 years ago can now apply in these two categories as well as in the "Start-up" category.

More information about the competition

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

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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