Maximilian Göthner

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  • Post-Doc researcher at the Chair of Microeconomics
  • Research Fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Dr. Maximilian Göthner
Carl-Zeiss-Straße 3
D-07743 Jena

Room: 5.30
Tel: +49 3641 943260
E-mail: maximilian.goethner(at)

Main fields of research & interest
  • Technology entrepreneurship
  • University-industry technology transfer
  • Digital innovation
  • Labor mobility
  • Economic inequality



Curriculum Vitae Show content
  • Since 2020
    IZA Research Fellow
  • 2012-present
    Post-doc researcher, University of Jena
  • 2006-2011
    Ph.D. in Economics, University of Jena, Thesis title: "From lab to market place: An empirical investigation of the emergence and early performance of academic spin-off companies" (Grade: summa cum laude)
  • 1999-2005
    Diploma in Business Administration (Main focus: Economics of Innovation, Operations Research, International Management), University of Jena
Publications Show content

Peer-reviewed journals

Edited volumes / Book chapters

  • Goethner, M. (2017). International research collaboration and academic entrepreneurship: Evidence from Germany, in: Siegel, D., Fini, R., Grimaldi, R. (Eds.), Process Approach to Academic Entrepreneurship: Evidence from the Globe, Singapore: World Scientific Publishing, 55-80.
  • Cantner, U., Goethner, M., Meder, A. (2010), Prior knowledge and entrepreneurial innovative success, in: Freytag, A., Thurik, R. (Eds.), Entrepreneurship and Culture, New York: Springer, 79-94.

Non-reviewed reports

  • Hemer, J., Schleinkofer, M., Goethner, M. (2007), Akademische Spin-offs – Erfolgsbedingungen für Ausgründungen aus Forschungseinrichtungen, Studien des Büros für Technikfolgen-Abschätzung beim Deutschen Bundestag (TAB), Bd. 22 [Academic spin-offs - Success factors for business start-ups from public research organizations, Studies on behalf of the Office for Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag (TAB), Volume 22], Berlin: edition sigma.
  • Hemer, J., Berteit, H., Walter, G., Goethner, M. (2006), Erfolgsfaktoren für Unternehmensausgründungen aus der Wissenschaft [Success factors for academic spin-offs], Stuttgart: Fraunhofer IRB.

Working papers

Papers in progress

  • Goethner, M., Wyrwich, M., Cross-faculty proximity and academic entrepreneurship: The role of business schools, revision requested.
  • Goethner, M., Luettig, S., Regner, T., Crowdinvesting in entrepreneurial projects: Disentangling patterns of investor behavior, submitted.
  • Caliendo, M., Goethner, M., Weissenberger, M., Entrepreneurial persistence beyond survival: Measurement and determinants, submitted.
  • Cantner, U., Goethner, M., Imprinting matters: The impact of entrepreneurs’ institutional background on the performance of innovative start-ups, submitted.
  • Goethner, M., Grosse, M., The digitization of service industries: Practices, trends, and future research, submitted.
  • Goethner, M., Sorgner, A., Vannuccini, S., Run away from robots? Automation as driver of labor mobility.
  • Buscher, G., Cantner, U., Goethner, M., Kalthaus, M., Job openings, labor demand and the effect of digitization.
  • Goethner, M., Zoellner, M., Causes and consequences of income inequality: The role of innovation.
  • Cantner, U., Goethner, M., Hottenrott, H., International collaboration and researchers’ entrepreneurial intentions.
  • Cantner, U., Dew, N., Goethner, M., Wilfling, S., Entrepreneur characteristics as determinants of the market and innovation choices of start-ups.
  • Mmbaga, N. A., Goethner, M., Jain, S., Meek, W., Reger, R., White, T. D., Wood, M., A conversation on identity based views in academic entrepreneurship.
  • Goethner, M., From parent to progeny: Knowledge transfer linkages, research quality, and the early performance of academic spin-off companies.

Academic awards & distinctions

Review activities for journals

Conferences & workshops

  • 15th European Network on the Economics of the Firm (ENEF) Meeting “Firm automation in the era of artificial intelligence: The future of organization, employment, and productivity”, Brighton (UK), 13-14 September 2018.
  • 30th Annual EAEPE Conference, Nice (France), 06-08 September 2018.
  • 6th Crowdinvesting Symposium, Munich (Germany), 20 July 2018.
  • 17th International Schumpeter Society Conference, Seoul (South Korea), 02-04 July 2018.
  • 4rd International ZEW Conference on the Dynamics of Entrepreneurship (CoDE II), Mannheim (Germany), 18-19 June 2018.
  • Workshop “Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development – Concepts and Measurements”, Jena (Germany), 07-08 May 2018.
  • Workshop “Knowledge and Technology Transfer and Beyond”, Dresden (Germany), 20-22 September 2017.
  • 10th European Meeting on Applied Evolutionary Economics (EMAEE), Strasbourg (France), 31 May–03 June 2017.
  • Conference on the “Economic, Technological and Societal Impact of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems”, Augsburg (Germany), 16-17 March 2017.
  • CGDE Doctoral Workshop, Jena (Germany), 13-14 March 2017.
  • 3rd International ZEW Conference on the Dynamics of Entrepreneurship (CoDE II), Mannheim (Germany), 06-07 June 2016.
  • 9th Summer Academy on Innovation and Uncertainty, Jena (Germany), 26 July-08 August 2015.
  • Workshop “Economics of Entrepreneurship and Innovation”, Trier (Germany), 02-03 June 2015.
  • Workshop “Science-Based Entrepreneurship”, Bologna (Italy), 07-08 May 2015.
  • 15th International Schumpeter Society Conference, Jena (Germany), 27-30 July 2014.
  • 2nd International ZEW Conference on the Dynamics of Entrepreneurship (CoDE II), Mannheim (Germany), 22-23 May 2014.
  • Workshop “Beyond spillovers? Channels and effects of knowledge transfer from universities”, Kassel (Germany), 06–07 March 2014.
  • Technology Transfer Society Conference 2013, Bergamo (Italy), 09–10 November 2013.
  • 35th DRUID Celebration Conference, Barcelona (Spain), 17-19 June 2013.
  • 14th International Schumpeter Society Conference, Brisbane (Australia), 02-05 July 2012.
  • 1st Potsdam PhD Workshop in Empirical Economics “Economics of Entrepreneurship”, Potsdam (Germany), 11-13 June 2012.
  • The 2012 Conference on Entrepreneurial Universities, Münster (Germany), 25-27 April 2012.
  • 10th Interdisciplinary European Conference on Entrepreneurship Research “Entrepreneurship and Innovation” (IECER), Regensburg (Germany), 15–17 February 2012.
  • 71st Academy of Management Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX (USA), 12-16 August 2011.
  • Technology Transfer Society Conference 2011, Augsburg (Germany), 21–23 September 2011.
  • DIME Final Conference, Maastricht (The Netherlands), 06–08 April 2011.
  • 8th Interdisciplinary European Conference on Entrepreneurship Research “Academic Entrepreneurship” (IECER), Regensburg (Germany), 10–12 March 2010.
  • DRUID-DIME Winter Conference 2010, Aalborg (Denmark), 21–23 January 2010.
  • FIRB-RISC KITeS “Research and Entrepreneurship in the Knowledge-Based Economy” Conference, Milan (Italy), 07–08 September 2009.
  • Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference 2009, Wellesley, MA (USA), 04–06 June 2009.
  • 6th European Meeting on Applied Evolutionary Economics (EMAEE), Jena (Germany), 21–23 May 2009.
  • 12th Annual Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship Conference (G-Forum), Dortmund (Germany), 06–07 November 2008.
  • 5th European Meeting on Applied Evolutionary Economics (EMAEE), Manchester (UK), 17–19 May 2007.
Teaching Show content

English (Master level)

  • Economics of Innovation I: Innovation Decisions (Lecture + Tutorial in winter 2011/12 – 2012/13)
  • Economics of Innovation (Seminar in summer 2012 – 2018, winter 2012/13 – 2017/18)

German (Bachelor level)

  • Microeconomic Theory (Lecture + Tutorial in winter 2011/12 – 2017/18)
  • Introduction to the Economics of Innovation (Lecture in summer 2012 – 2018)
  • Selected Issues of the Economics of Innovation (Seminar in winter 2012/13 – 2017/18)
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