Prof. Dr. Michael Woywode

Prof. Dr. Michael Woywode

Chair of SME Research and Entrepreneurship


Main fields of research

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Family Business Research
  • Industry Life Cycles
  • Organizational Design
  • Digitization
  • New Self-Employment

Curriculum vitae

1986-1992 Studies of Business Administration at the University of Mannheim, at the University of St. Gallen and at the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP)
1992 Diplom-Kaufmann (M.Sc. in Business Administration), University of Mannheim
1992-1996 Doctoral studies in Economics, in particular Applied Microeconomics, University of Mannheim
1996-2000 Research Assistant at the Chair of Business Administration and Organization, University of Mannheim
1997 Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Economics
1995, 1999 Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, Stanford Graduate School of Business
2000–2002 Visiting Professor at the Institute for Innovation and Management, University of Karlsruhe (KIT)
2002–2007 Full Professor of International Management at the Faculty of Business and Economics, RWTH Aachen University
Since 2007 Professor for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises and Entrepreneurship, University of Mannheim Director of the Institute for SME Research (ifm Mannheim)
Since 2008 Research Professor at ZEW Mannheim
2016 Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University

Selected memberships

  • Member of the Academy of Management
  • Member of the Schmalenbachgesellschaft
  • Member of the European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS)
  • Member of the Verein für Socialpolitik

Prizes, awards, honors

  • Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung
  • German American Academic Council (GAAC)
  • Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft
  • DAAD

Selected editorial activities

  • Reviewer at Academy of Management Journal (AMJ)
  • Journal of Industrial Economics (JIE)
  • Organization Studies (OS)
  • Zeitschrift für betriebswirtschaftliche Forschung (ZfbF)
  • Management International Review (MIR)

Selected publications