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dr. M. Wyrwich

Associate Professor
dr. M. Wyrwich

Current employment & affiliation

Since 10/2018 (Employment)                 

Associate Professor for Small Business and Entrepreneurship at Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.

Since 10/2018 (Affiliation)                 

Privatdozent (adjunct lecturer) and guest researcher at
Friedrich Schiller University (FSU) Jena.

Previous employment

04/2018 – 09/2018           

Interim Full Professor (W3) for Business Dynamics, Innovation, and Economic Change at FSU Jena.

12/2016 – 03/2018           

Privatdozent (adjunct lecturer) at FSU Jena.

07/2012 – 11/2016           

Post-doctoral Research Associate at the Chair of Business Dynamics, Innovation, and Economic Change at FSU Jena.

09/2015 – 05/2018           

Project member in „Financial and Institutional Reforms for the Entrepreneurial Society“ (FIRES) within the framework of the Horizon 2020-initiative of the EU (Grant Agreement No. 649378/ Lead Partner: University of Utrecht).

02/2014 – 04/2014           

Visiting academic at Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE)/University of Warwick (UK).

06/2013 – 12/2015           

Research Associate in the DFG-Project T03 “Elaboration of good practices of transition-preparing activities in Korea.”

11/2012 – 09/2014           

Research Associate in the project “Strategies of universities for regional development in the face of demographic change” funded by the Federal German Ministry of Education and Research.

11/2008 – 06/2012           

Research Associate at the Collaborative Research Center “Social developments in Post-Socialistic Societies: Discontinuity, Tradition, Structural Formation” (SFB580) at FSU Jena and University of Halle.

08/2007 – 10/2007           

Institute for Employment Research (IAB) Nuremberg, Internship & preparation of diploma thesis at the Research Department “Establishments and Employment.”

09/2006 – 10/2006           

Institute for Economic Research Halle (IWH), Internship at the Research Department for Urban Economics.



Habilitation (“venia legendi”) at FSU Jena (Title of thesis: “Labor Market Dynamics, Structural Change, and Economic Development”; Submission: 12/2015).


PhD in Economics (“summa cum laude”) at FSU Jena (Title of thesis: “Entrepreneurship across regions from a long-term perspective”).

11/2008 - 11/2016            

Member of the DFG Research Training Group – “The Economics of Innovative Change” (DFG-RTG 1411) within the framework of the Jena Graduate School "Human Behaviour in Social and Economic Change" (GSBC).


MSc (Diploma) in Economics (FSU Jena).

10/2003 – 10/2008           

Student of Economics at FSU Jena and Högskolan Dalarna, Sweden (08/2005 – 01/2006).



EPAINOS Award for the best paper presented by a young scientist at the Congress of the European Regional Science Association 2016 (title of presentation: “Persistence of Spatial Differences of Female Labor Force Participation.”)


DRUID Most Promising Research Project Award 2010 (Runner-up), one of the three most promising papers presented at the DRUID-DIME Academy Winter 2010 PhD Conference in Aalborg (Denmark) for “Regional Entrepreneurial Heritage in a Socialist and a Post-Socialist Economy.”

Third-Party Funding

Work package „The heritage of the GDR innovation system across East German regions“ (Principle Investigator) within the framework of the “GDR research“-directive of the Federal Ministry of Education Research (Project title: „Modernisierungsblockaden in Wirtschaft und Wissenschaft der DDR: Entstehung und Folgen im innerdeutschen Vergleich und im Vergleich mit Nachbarländern in Ostmitteleuropa“), 400,000 Euro. 2018-2022.

Financial support by IWH Halle (SPEED Fund SP2016-02; 9,126 Euro) for preparing data on firms privatized during the East German transition process (1990-94), 2017.

Financial support by FSU Jena for early career researchers (9,074 Euro) for the project proposal “Organizational change and firm development: an investigation of the large-scale privatization in East Germany”, 2013/14.

ERASMUS Staff Mobility Grant by European Commission for short term visit at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, 2013.

Conference Travel Grants by German Academic Exchange Service (2012; 2013; 2014; 2016; 2017) and the Centre for European Economic Research Mannheim (2012).

Workshop Organization “The future of entrepreneurship research“, Jena, 2018 (650 Euro).



Statistics (Peer-reviewed journals):

  • H-index Google Scholar/ Web of Science: 11/ 8
  • Citations: Google Scholar/ Web of Science: 596/ 177
  • Cumulative SCImago Journal Rank of articles (2017): 35.37
  • Forschungsmonitoring (research monitoring)
    Top 25% German-speaking young economist ranking 2017
    - #3: (U35-years)
    / Impact per publication-weighting
       - #9: (U35-years)/ SCImago Journal Rank.
  • Top 10% General German-speaking author ranking for 2013-2017
       - #136/ Impact per publication-weighting.

Articles in peer reviewed journals:

Most important articles:

1) Historical Shocks and Persistence of Economic Activity: Evidence from a Unique Natural Experiment (with Michael Fritsch, Alina Sorgner & Evguenii Zazdravnykh), Regional Studies, forthcoming,

2) Failing Role Models and the Formation of Fear of Entrepreneurial Failure: A Study of Regional Peer Effects in German Regions (with Rolf Sternberg & Michael Stuetzer), Journal of Economic Geography, forthcoming,

3) Historical and current spatial differences in female labor force participation: Evidence from Germany, Papers in Regional Science, forthcoming, EPAINOS Young Scientist Award 2016 at the Congress of the European Regional Science Association (ERSA).

4) Regional Knowledge, Entrepreneurial Culture and Innovative Start-ups over Time and Space―An Empirical Investigation (with Michael Fritsch), 2018, Vol. 51, 337-353, Small Business Economics,

5) The Effect of Entrepreneurship on Economic Development—An empirical analysis using regional entrepreneurship culture (with Michael Fritsch), Journal of Economic Geography, 2017, Vol. 17, 157-189,

6) Industry structure, entrepreneurship, and culture: An empirical analysis using historical coalfields (with Michael Stuetzer, Martin Obschonka, David B. Audretsch, + for data sharing: P.J. Rentfrow, L. Shaw-Taylor, M. Coombes & M. Satchell), European Economic Review, 2016, Vol. 86, 52-72,

7) Entrepreneurship and intergenerational value transmission, Small Business Economics, 2015, Vol. 45, 191-213.

8) The Long Persistence of Regional Entrepreneurship: Germany 1925 to 2005 (with Michael Fritsch), Regional Studies, 2014, Vol. 48, 955-973,

9) Can socioeconomic heritage produce a lost generation with regard to entrepreneurship?, Journal of Business Venturing, 2013, Vol. 28, 667-682, .

10) Regional entrepreneurial heritage in a socialist and a post-socialist economy, Economic Geography, 2012, Vol. 88, 423-445, Most Promising Research Project Award 2010 (Runner-Up) at the DRUID-DIME Academy PhD Conference.

Further articles (English):

11) An Evaluation of German Active Labour Market Policies: A review of the empirical evidence (with Michael Fritsch & Moritz Zoellner), Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, forthcoming,

12) New KIBS on the bloc: The role of local manufacturing for start-up activity in knowledge-intensive business services, Regional Studies, forthcoming,

13) Persistence of Regional Entrepreneurship: Causes, Effects, and Directions for Future Research (with Michael Fritsch), International Review of Entrepreneurship, 2017, Vol. 15, 395-416.

14) The emergence of entrepreneurial ideas at universities in times of demographic change: Evidence from Germany (with Matthias Piontek), Review of Regional Research, 2017, Vol. 37, 1-37,

15) Entrepreneurship in the East German Transition Process: Lessons for the Korean Peninsula (with Michael Fritsch), Historical Social Research, 2016, Vol. 41, 256-280,

16) Entrepreneurial role models, fear of failure, and institutional approval of entrepreneurship: a tale of two regions (with Michael Stuetzer & Rolf Sternberg), Small Business Economics, 2016, Vol. 46, 467-492,

17) Balanced Skills and the City: An Analysis of the Relationship between Entrepreneurial Skill Balance, Thickness and Innovation (with Michael Fritsch & Elisabeth Bublitz), Economic Geography, 2015, Vol. 91, 475-508,

18) Ready, Set, Go! Why are some regions entrepreneurial jump starters?, The Annals of Regional Science, 2014, Vol. 53, 487-513,

19) How much of a socialist legacy? The reemergence of entrepreneurship in the East German transformation to a market economy (with Michael Fritsch, Elisabeth Bublitz & Alina Sorgner), Small Business Economics, 2014, Vol. 43, 427-446,

20) The role of regional conditions for newly emerging KIBS industries in the face of radical institutional change, European Planning Studies, 2013, Vol. 21, 1760-1778,

21) Coping with the market: Are there cohort effects for organisations in transition? (with Ina Krause), Journal for East European Management Studies, 2011, Vol. 16, 54-74,

22) Assessing the role of strategy and “socioeconomic heritage” for rapidly growing firms: evidence from Germany, International Journal for Entrepreneurial Venturing, 2010, Vol. 1, 245-263,

Further articles (in German/ English abstract):

23) Regionale Unterschiede der Verteilung von Personen mit unternehmerischem Persönlichkeitsprofil in Deutschland – Ein Überblick [Regional differences of people with an entrepreneurial personality structure in Germany – An overview] (with Michael Fritsch & Martin Obschonka; Samuel D. Gosling. Peter J. Rentfrow & Jeff Potter), Spatial Research and Planning: Raumforschung und Raumordnung, Vol. 76, 65-81.

24) Von unterkühlten Norddeutschen, gemütlichen Süddeutschen und aufgeschlossenen Großstädtern: Regionale Persönlichkeitsunterschiede in Deutschland (with Michael Fritsch; Martin Obschonka; Samuel D. Gosling; Peter J. Rentfrow & Jeff Potter), Psychologische Rundschau, forthcoming,

Working Paper (if not published yet):

25) The effect of being Protestant on entrepreneurial choice, Jena Economic Research Papers #2018-010.

26) Technological change and labor market integration (with Elisabeth Bublitz), Jena Economic Research Papers #2018-008 & Hamburg WiSo -HH Working Paper Series No. 45.

27) Historical Roots of Entrepreneurial Culture and Innovation Activity―An Analysis for German Regions (with Michael Fritsch & Martin Obschonka), Jena Economic Research Papers #2018-007 & Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography #18.24 (Utrecht University).

28) Self-Employment and Well-Being across Institutional Contexts (with Michael Fritsch & Alina Sorgner), Jena Economic Research Papers #2018-005.

29) Migration and Regional Development: Evidence from large-scale expulsions of Germans after World War II, Jena Economic Research Paper # 2018 – 002.

30) Cross-faculty proximity and academic entrepreneurship: The role of business schools (with Maximilian Goethner), Jena Economic Research Papers # 2017-017.

31) Women and the labour market in East and West Germany: Socialist legacy and pre-socialist tradition, Jena Economic Research Paper # 2017 – 015.

32) TV and Entrepreneurship (with Viktor Slavtchev), Jena Economic Research Paper, # 2017 – 003 & IWH Discussion paper, No. 17-201.


33) Regional Trajectories of Entrepreneurship, Knowledge, and Growth―The Role of History and Culture (with Michael Fritsch), Springer Nature: Heidelberg. ,

34) Determinanten schnell wachsender Gründungen: Eine empirische Untersuchung anhand des IAB-Betriebspanels, 2009, VDM-Verlag, Saarbrücken.

Contributions to edited volumes:


35) The regional emergence of innovative start-ups (with Michael Fritsch), in: David Audretsch, Erik Lehmann, and Al Link (eds.): A Research Agenda for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishers.

36) Entrepreneurship and Job Satisfaction: The Role of Age (with Michael Fritsch & Alina Sorgner), in: Charlie Karlsson, Mikaela Bakman & Orsa Kekezi (Eds.); Edward Elgar Handbook on Entrepreneurship and Aging, 2018, Cheltenham: Elgar, forthcoming.

37) Does Persistence in Start-up Activity Reflect Persistence in Social Capital? (with Michael Fritsch) In: Hans Westlund & Johan P. Larsson (Eds.): Edward Elgar Handbook on Social Capital and Regional Development, 2016, Cheltenham: Elgar, S. 82-108.

38) The Persistence of Regional Entrepreneurship – Are all types of Self-Employment Equally Important? (with Michael Fritsch), in: Elizabeth Mack & Haifeng Qian (Eds.): The Geography of Entrepreneurship, Abingdon: Routledge, S. 46-67.

39) Knowledge-Intensive Entrepreneurship Across Regions: Does Being a New Industry Make a Difference?, in: Peter Nijkamp, Karima Kourtit & Peter Stimson (Eds.): Applied Regional Growth and Innovation Models, 2014, Springer: Berlin/ New York, S. 15-35,


40) Die Förderung von Gründungen und Gründungskultur an Hochschulen vor dem Hintergrund demografischen Wandels (with Matthias Piontek), in: Michael Fritsch, Peer Pasternack & Mirko Titze (Eds.): Schrumpfende Regionen - dynamische Hochschulen. Hochschulstrategien im demografischen Wandel, 2015, Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

41) Wandel und Persistenz: Die Entwicklung der Wirtschaft in Ostdeutschland nach der Wiedervereinigung (with Michael Fritsch & Alina Sorgner), Gesellschaft. Wirtschaft. Politik, 64, 2015, Vol. 2, pp. 225-239, .

42) Fernwirkungen alter industriegeschichtlicher Erbschaften: Die regionale Kultur unternehmerischer Selbständigkeit im Transformationsprozess, (with Michael Fritsch, Elisabeth Bublitz, Alina Rusakova & Yvonne Schindele), in: Heinrich Best & Everhard Holtmann (Eds.): Aufbruch der entsicherten Gesellschaft. Deutschland unterwegs nach der Einigung – Entwicklungen seit dem Systemumbruch, 2012, Campus Verlag: Frankfurt/New York.

Book review:

43) Everything in Its Place: Entrepreneurship and the Strategic Management of Cities, Regions, and States, (written by David B. Audretsch, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2015); Regional Studies, 2016, Vol. 50, 183-184,

Data report:

44) The privatization activities of the Treuhandanstalt and the transformation of the East German corporate landscape: a new dataset for first explorations (with Alexander Giebler), FDZ-Report, forthcoming, Institute for Economic Research Halle.

45) GAW-Befragungsdaten verknüpft mit administrativen Daten des IAB (GAW-ADIAB). Datenreport zur Gründerbefragung des Projekts SFB 580 B10 „Gründungsgeschehen und Arbeitsmarkt in ost- und westdeutschen Wachstumsregimen (GAW)“ (with Michael Fritsch, Elisabeth Bublitz & Alina Sorgner), FDZ-Datenreport 05/2015, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung, Nürnberg,

Policy Reports:

46) FIRES-Reform Strategy for Germany (with M. Sanders; M. Fritsch; A. Herrmann; G. Latifi; B. Pager, L. Szerb & E. Terragno Bogliaccini), FIRES Report, D5.12. + Policy Brief on the FIRES-reform strategy for Germany, No. XX/ April 2018.

47) The Role of a Regional Entrepreneurship Culture—Evidence and Consequences (with Michael Fritsch), in: Pontus Braunerhjelm (Ed.): Entrepreneurship, norms and the business cycle, Swedish Economic Forum Report 2012, Stockholm: Entreprenörskapsforum.

48) FIRES-Policy Report: An Evaluation of German Active Labor Market Policies and its Entrepreneurship Promotion (with Michael Fritsch & Moritz Zoellner), Jena Economic Research Paper, # 2016 – 022.

49) Unternehmerische Selbständigkeit im ostdeutschen Transformationsprozess und Implikationen für Korea (with Michael Fritsch) in: Eun-Jeung Lee & Everhard Holtmann (Eds.), Wissenstransfer als interkulturelle Translation: Erarbeitung modellhafter Praxen transformationsvorbereitender Aktivitäten in Korea, DFG-Transferprojekt Abschlussbericht, Halle/Berlin, pp. 345-374.

50) Entwicklung und Perspektiven der Förderung innovativer Gründungen im Freistaat Thüringen (with Michael Fritsch, Alina Sorgner & Moritz Zöllner), Jena, 2015.

51) Several chapters in “Lange Wege der Deutschen Einheit“ der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (with Michael Fritsch, Yvonne Schindele & Alina Rusakova), Jena, 2011.

52) Innovative Gründungen und ihre Bedeutung für den Standort Thüringen (with Michael Fritsch, Florian Noseleit & Viktor Slavtchev), Jena, 2010.

53) Frauen in Thüringen: Eine Bestandsaufnahme der Wanderungs-, Erwerbs- und Einkommenssituation auf Basis der amtlichen Statistik (with Alexandra Krause, Olaf Struck, Lydia Henning & Janine Bernhardt), Jena, 2008.


54) Systemumbruch und Beschäftigungsentwicklung: Wirken die Spuren der Vergangenheit langfristig nach? Eine empirische Untersuchung mit Daten des SFB 580-B2 Betriebspanels (with Ina Krause). Sonderforschungsbereich Gesellschaftliche Entwicklungen nach dem Systemumbruch - Diskontinuität, Tradition und Strukturbildung. Arbeitspapier, 16, Jena, 2008.

Professional Activities


Small Business Economics (14x), Regional Studies (5x), Economic Geography (3x), Journal of Business Venturing (4x), Journal of Evolutionary Economics (5x), Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Economic Geography, Research Policy, Journal of Economic Behavior and Economic Organization, Industrial and Corporate Change, Papers in Regional Science (2x), Journal of Management Studies, Oxford Economic Papers, Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie, The Annals of Regional Science, Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, International Review of Entrepreneurship, European Planning Studies, Review of Regional Research, Comparative Economic Studies, Eastern European Economics, Post-Communist Economies, European Urban and Regional Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, International Journal of Technology Management, Historical Social Research (2x), Geography Journal, African Journal of Business Management, Routledge Publishing Company, Edited volumes/Books (2x), Federal German Ministry of Education and Research.

Membership in committees:

General Research Committee of FSU Jena (2012-2016); Awarding commission for scholarships (funded by the state of Thuringia and FSU Jena [Landesgraduiertenstipendien] (2013-2016); G-Forum Entrepreneurship Conference Advisory Board (since 2014), Board of the Jena Graduate Academy (2015-2016). Council for promoting academic entrepreneurship at FSU Jena [Gründungsbotschafter] (since 2015); Committee for Regional Theory and Policy of the German Economic Association [Ausschuss für Regionaltheorie und –Politik des VfS] (since 2015; youngest member in 2017); Editorial Review Board at Small Business Economics (since 2016), Editorial Board at Review of Regional Research (since 2017), International reviewer for the Russian Science Foundation (RSF) (since 2018).

Membership in associations:

VfS (German Economic Association), GfR (German speaking section of the RSAI), RSA (Regional Studies Association), EEA (European Economic Association), EALE (European Association of Labor Economists), Royal Economic Society.

Teaching experience


Postgraduate level:

  • Entrepreneurship (at 10th Jena Summer Academy on 'Innovation and Uncertainty' in summer 2016)

 Master level:

RU Groningen:

  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship WiSe 2018/19
  • Entrepreneurship: The entrepreneurial personality WiSe 2018/19
  • New Ventures WiSe 2018/19
  • Entrepreneurship policy: Gastvorlesung WiSe 2012/13

FSU Jena:

  • (Advanced) Studies in Entrepreneurship
    -Lecture in winter 2014/15
    -Reading Class/Tutorial in winter 2010/11; 2011/12; 2012/13; 2013/14; 2014/15; 2015/2016; 2016/17; 2017/18)
  • Entrepreneurship and the region
    -Seminar in summer 2012; 2013; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017
  • Innovation Systems
    -Lecture in summer 2018
    -Tutorial in summer 2013; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018
  • Regional Development
    -Lecture in winter 2014/15
    -Tutorial in winter 2016/17; 2017/18
  • Entrepreneurship policy
    -Guest lecture in winter 2012/13 at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen


Bachelor level:

FSU Jena:

  • Markets, Competition, and Regulation
    -Lecture in summer 2018
    -Tutorial in summer 2012; 2013; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017
  • Entrepreneurship, Competition, and Regulation
    -Seminar in winter 2010/11; 2013/14 ; 2014/15; 2015/16; 2016/17; 2017/18
  • Entrepreneurship, Market Dynamics, and Economic Development
    -Lecture in summer 2018
    -Tutorial in summer 2010

German/ English:

  • FSU Jena/RU Groningen: Supervision of numerous bachelor, master, and diploma theses (ca. 60x)
  • 2nd supervisor of ongoing PhD theses (2x).

Policy Consulting & Further education

Honorary-based regular consulting and further education of South Korean public officials on privatization of socialist enterprises and the role of entrepreneurship in the economic transformation process (since 2016; Organized by Institute of Korea Studies at Free University of Berlin).

Workshops, seminars, & conferences (since 2014)

Accepted invitations only:

Research Seminar at University of Regensburg, scheduled for June 2019.

Research Seminar at University of the West of England, scheduled for March 2019.

Workshop “Knowledge Frontiers and Entrepreneurship” (KFE 2018), Indiana University Europe Gateway, Berlin (Germany).

CREM Research Seminar, 2017, Universite de Caen (France).

IAB-Colloquium on Labor Market Research, 2017, Nuremberg (Germany).

Workshop on „Entrepreneurship in the East German Transformation Process and the privatization of socialist SOEs– Implications for Korea?”, 2016, 2017, 2018 Weimar; Dresden; Freyburg a. d. Unstrut (organized by Free University of Berlin).

Workshop on implications of German re-unification for the Korean peninsula with experts of the University for North Korea Studies and from Konkuk University, 2015, Seoul (South Korea).

Panelist at the policy round table “German experience of re-unification: Are there options for the Korean Peninsula?” at the 2nd World Conference on North Korean Studies, 2015, Seoul (South Korea).

Annual Conference of the committee for Regional Theory and Policy of the German Economic Association, 2015, Dresden (Germany).

Dinner Talk at 9th Jena Summer Academy on Innovation and Uncertainty, 2015 Jena (Germany).

Economic Research Seminar at University of Kassel, 2014 Kassel (Germany).

Workshop on “Institutions and Entrepreneurial Development: A dynamic perspective”, 2014, Utrecht (The Netherlands).

Economic History Workshop at University of Warwick (UK), April 23 2014.

Internal Seminar at Aston Business School, April 9 2014, Birmingham (UK).

Special Session Organization:

58th ERSA Congress, 2018, Cork (Ireland).

56th ERSA Congress, 2016, Wien (Austria).

54th ERSA Congress, 2014, St. Petersburg (Russia).

Media Coverage

Audio (Selected):

„Psychologische Landkarte: So tickt Deutschland“ on Deutschlandfunk Nova (4 Sep 2018), LINK

„Psychologische Landkarte über Unternehmer“ on NDR Info (14 Sep 2018), LINK

Press (Selected):

„Die psychologische Deutschlandkarte“ at FOCUS Online (4 Sep 2018), LINK

„Psychologische Landkarte zeigt – so ticken die Thüringer“ at Thueringer Allgemeine (5 Sep 2018), LINK

„Neurotisch und offen für neue Erfahrungen: So ticken die Freiburger“ at fudder/Badische Zeitung (28 Sep 2018), LINK

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