Prof. Dr. Klaus Fichter

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Klaus Fichter

Press releases with mentions

Karsten Hurrelmann

Prof. Dr. Karsten Hurrelmann


Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg
Department of Business, Economics and Law;
Innovation Management and Sustainability (PIN)
Ammerlaender Heerstr. 114-118
D-26111 Oldenburg, Germany




Prof. Dr. rer. pol. habil. Klaus Fichter

Klaus Fichter is adjunct Professor and responsible for the research and teaching area of Innovation Management & Sustainability. He is the scientific head  of the extra-occupational master’s programme in Innovation Management which is carried out at the Centre for Lifelong Learning (C3L).  He is responsible for the course specialisation "Eco Entrepreneurship" within Sustainability Economics and Management Master-programm. The innovative module Eco Venturing, developed primarily by him, has got the Hans-Sauer Prize in the competition "Promotion of Eco-Innovations".

Klaus Fichter is member of the Oldenburg Center for Sustainability Economics and Management (CENTOS). Furthermore he is a mentor for young entrepreneurs in the
entrepreneurship and innovation center of the university of Oldenburg (GIZ) and scientific leader of the network for innovation and entrepreneurship during times of climate change, co-ordinated by the University of Oldenburg.

Prof. Fichter conducts the research group "Sustainable Entrepreneurship" within the Förderkreis Gründerforschung (FGF) - the largest network of scientists in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation research in the germanspeaking area and have been elected to the presidium of FGF in October 2018.

The emphasis of his research is upon innovation management, eco-entrepreneurship and the creation of sustainable innovations. His particular focus is thereby upon strategic and interactive methods, innovation communities and the entrepreneurial role within the innovation process (entrepreneurship, interpreneurship).

Prof. Dr. rer. pol. habil. Klaus Fichter is the founder and director of the Borderstep Institute for Innovation and Sustainability.

Selected publications:

Horne, J., & Fichter, K. (2022). Growing for sustainability: Enablers for the growth of impact startups–A conceptual framework, taxonomy, and systematic literature review. Journal of Cleaner Production, 131–163. doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2022.131163

Olteanu, Y., & Fichter, K. (2022). Startups as sustainability transformers: A new empirically derived taxonomy and its policy implications. Business Strategy and the Environment, 1–17. doi.org/10.1002/bse.3065

Bergset, L., & Fichter, K. (2021). High-Sustainability-Gründerfonds: Bedarf und Optionen nachhaltigkeitsorientierter staatlicher Start-up-Finanzierung. Dessau-Roßlau, Berlin: Umweltbundesamt (UBA) & Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit (BMU). (Download)  

Fichter, Klaus & Clausen, Jens (2021): Diffusion of environmental innovations: Sector differences and explanation range of factors. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 38 (2021), 34–51. doi.org/10.1016/j.eist.2020.10.005 (Freier Download)

Hansen, E. G., Lüdeke-Freund, F., & Fichter, K. (2020). Circular Business Model Typology: Actor, Circular Strategy, and Service Level (IQD Research No. 1). Linz, Berlin, Oldenburg: Institute for Integrated Quality Design (IQD), Johannes Kepler University Linz, ESCP Europe, Borderstep Institute for Innovation and Sustainability, University of Oldenburg. (Download)

Fichter, K. & Tiemann, I. (2020): Impacts of promoting sustainable entrepreneurship in generic business plan competitions. Journal of Cleaner Production, 267 (2020). doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.122076

Volkmann, C., Fichter, K., Klofsten, M. & Audretsch, D. B. (2019). Sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystems: An emerging field of research. Small Business Economics. doi.org/10.1007/s11187-019-00253-7

Wagner, M., Schaltegger, S., Hansen, E. G. & Fichter, K. (2019). University-linked programmes for sustainable entrepreneurship and regional development: How and with what impact? Small Business Economics. doi.org/10.1007/s11187-019-00280-4

Clausen, J. & Fichter, K. (2019). The diffusion of environmental product and service innovations: Driving and inhibiting factors. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 31, 64–95. doi.org/10.1016/j.eist.2019.01.003

Fichter, K. & Hurrelmann, K. (2019). Climate Entrepreneurship. Von der schöpferischen Zerstörung zur Schöpfung gegen Zerstörung – Unternehmertum in Zeiten des Klimawandels. In H. Frambach, N. Koubek, H.D. Kurz & R. Pfriem (Hrsg.), Schöpferische Zerstörung und der Wandel des Unternehmertums (S. 277–303). Marburg: Metropolis.

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

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. (Free Download until 2018-02-10)

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.

Fichter, K. & Clausen, J. (2016). Diffusion dynamics of sustainable innovation: Insights on diffusion patterns based on the analysis of 100 sustainable product and service innovations. Journal of Innovation Management, 4 (2), 30-67.

Bergset, L. & Fichter, K. (2015). Green start-ups – a new typology for sustainable entrepreneurship and innovation research. Journal of Innovation Management, 3 (3), 118-144. (available as Open Access Document)

Fichter, K.; Hintemann, R. (2014). Beyond Energy. The Quantities of Materials Present in the Equipment of Data Centers, in: Journal of Industrial Ecology, Volume 18, Issue 6, p. 846-858.

Beucker, S.; Fichter, K. (2013). Self-organizing Networks and Radical Innovations - The Emerging Phenomenon of Innovation Communities. International Journal of Technology Management, Special Issue.

Fichter, K., Beucker, S. (Eds.). (2012). Innovation Communities. Teamworking of Key Persons as a Success Factor in Radical Innovation. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

Fichter, K. (2009): Innovation communities: the role of networks of promotors in Open Innovation, R&D Management, 39, 4, 2009, p. 357 - 371

Clausen, J.; Fichter, K.; Hintemann, R.: How to Make Computers Green. Ressource-efficient Innovations in Schools, in: "Einblicke - Research Magazine of the University of Oldenburg" (Spring 2009)
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Fichter, K.; Clausen, C.; Eimertenbrink, M.; edited by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) (2008): Energy-Efficient Data Centres - Best-Practice Examples from Europe, the USA and Asia, Berlin
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Fichter, K.; Pfriem, R. (2007): Leading Innovations to Sustainable Future Markets, in: Lehmann-Waffenschmidt, M. (ed.): Innovations Towards Sustainability, Conditions and Consequences, Physica-Verlag, A Springer-Company, Heidelberg, p. 103 – 116

Fichter, K.; Beucker, S. (2006): sInnovation Communities. The Role of Key Actor Net-works in Promoting Sustainable Innovations, in: Sustainable Innovation 06, Global challenges, issues and solutions. 11th International Conference, 23rd– 24th October 2006, Stuart Graduate School of Business, Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago/USA

Fichter, K. (2003): E-Commerce - Sorting Out the Environmental Consequences, in: Journal of Industrial Ecology, Volume 6, Number 2, S. 25 – 41.

Fichter, K. (2002): Sustainable Business Strategies in the Internet Economy, in: Park, J.; Roome, N. (eds.): The Ecology of the New Economy, Greenleaf Publishing, Sheffield, S. 22 – 34.

Prof. Dr. Karsten Hurrelmann

Prof. Dr. Karsten Hurrelmann is a researcher at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg and a member of the Oldenburg Center for Sustainability Economics and Management (CENTOS). His scientific interests are entrepreneurial innovations for climate change adaptation, strategic management as well as business and corporate ethics. He has been Professor of Sustainable Management at IU International University since October 2022.

In addition to his research, he is active in teaching the subjects Strategic Management, CSR as well as Innovations and Leadership at the University of Oldenburg, where he is also working at the Centre for Lifelong Learning (C3L). Furthermore, he is lecturer for Strategic Management at the Karlshochschule International University.

Karsten Hurrelmann made his bachelor in Economic and Social Sciences (B.A.) and graduated in Economic and Legal Sciences (M.A.). His docotral thesis deals with the issue of corporate responsibility of small and medium-sized companies.


Anne Seela

Anne Seela is a research assistant in the Challenge4Impact project. In this function, she works primarily on the development of methods for impact assessment in collaborative teaching formats (student-business). In addition, she is responsible for coordinating project management and sees herself as an interface between science and administration.

Anne Seela successfully studied economics (with a focus on marketing & commerce, human resources & organisation and economic sociology) at the Leipzig Graduate School of Management and the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. She has many years of professional experience at the University of Oldenburg, as a research assistant at the Institute for Technology and Education (ITB) at the University of Bremen and as a specialist in marketing/human resources management in the crafts organisation of North Rhine-Westphalia. She completed a part-time degree in education and science management (MBA) at C3L, which she successfully completed in 2022.

Visiting lecturers

Dr.-Ing. Severin Beucker

Severin Beucker is visiting professor within the master courses of innovation management where he is presently teaching cooperation and network management.

Severin Beucker is cofounder and senior researcher of the Borderstep Institute. The emphasis of his research lies upon the analysis of innovation and cooperation networks in the field of sustainable technologies and green future markets. In addition he has a strong focus on technology management, especially the assessment of resource productivity and the cost-effectiveness of new technologies.

Severin Beucker studied environmental engineering at the Technical University of Berlin. He worked for the Institute for Human Factors and Technology Management (IAT) of the University of Stuttgart and subsequently for its cooperation partner, the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO). He managed various joint research projects and projects funded by the industry and conducted taskforces for the development of the emerging research fields of nanotechnology and biotechnology for the Fraunhofer Society and the German Ministry for Education and Research. He completed his doctoral thesis in 2005 at the Faculty for Mechanical Engineering of the University of Stuttgart. Since 2007, he has been a lecturer for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Qualität.

Selected publications:
Beucker, S.; Hinsch, A.; Brandt, H.; Veurman, W.; Flarup Jensen, K., Lang-Koetz, C. and Stabe, M. (2009): Scaling-Up of Glass Based DSC-Modules for Applications in Building Integrated Photovoltaics, in Proceedings of the 34th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 7-12-2009

Lang-Koetz, C.; Beucker, S.; Heubach, D. (2008): Estimating Environmental Impact in the Early Stages of the Product Innovation Process, in: Schaltegger, S.; Bennett, M.; Burritt, R.L.; Jasch, C. (Eds.): Environmental Management Accounting for Cleaner Production, Springer Verlag, Dordrecht, Niederlande,

Beucker, S.; Marscheider-Weidemann, F. (2007): Potentials and Challenges of Bioplastics – Insights from a German Survey on “Green” Future Markets, in: Hilty, L. M., Edelmann, X., Ruf, A. (eds.): R'07 World Congress - Recovery of Materials and Energy for Resource Efficiency, September 2007, Davos, Switzerland. Empa Materials Science and Technology, St. Gallen

Busch, T; Liedtke, C.; Beucker, S. (2006): The Concept of Corporate Resource Efficiency Accounting. A Case Study in the Electronic Industry. In: Schaltegger, S.; Bennett, M. Burritt, R. (Eds.): Sustainability Accounting and Reporting. Springer UK

Beucker, S.; Lang-Koetz, C. (2006): Computer-aided Resource Efficiency: How Software and a Common Data Format can Enhance the Assessment of Environmental Impacts and Costs along the Supply Chain, in: Sarkis, J. (Ed.): Greening the Supply Chain, Springer UK


Dr. Ralph Hintemann

Ralph Hintemann is a external lecturer at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg and senior researcher at the Borderstep Institute for Innovation and Sustainability. The emphasis of his research is upon innovation strategies, the development of sustainable future markets and the diffusion of new products and technologies. His particular focus is thereby upon environmental innovations and information and communication technologies.
Ralph Hintemann studied mechanical engineering and economics at the RWTH Aachen University. He was thereafter member of the research staff from 1991 until 2000 with a focus on innovation and environmental research. In 2000, he completed his dissertation at the Department of Economics, RWTH Aachen. From 2001 until 2009 he worked in various technological areas at the German Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media - BITKOM in Berlin. His last positions were that of Head of Department IT-Infrastructure & Digital Office and Head of Business Excellence.

Selected publications:
Fichter, K.; Hintemann, R. (2014). Beyond Energy. The Quantities of Materials Present in the Equipment of Data Centers, in: Journal of Industrial Ecology, Volume 18, Issue 6, p. 846-858.

Clausen, J.; Fichter, K.; Hintemann, R.: How to Make Computers Green. Ressource-efficient Innovations in Schools, in: "Einblicke - Forschungsmagazin der Universität Oldenburg" (Spring 2009)



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