Chair of Innovation and Corporate Transformation

The Chair of Innovation and Corporate Transformation strives to generate and disseminate new ideas and novel insights about organizations that thrive on discovering and seizing the opportunities engendered by new technologies, new regulations, new markets, new customers and new ways of doing business.

We focus on organizations of all kinds, regardless of age, size, stature, geographic scope, social orientation, profit motive and ownership base.

A good deal of our effort is geared towards organizations, entrepreneurial initiatives and innovations in emerging markets and base-of the pyramid countries.

We are also WHU's hub for entrepreneurial finance, private equity and corporate restructuring related education, research and outreach activities, and Prof. Ozcan is the Academic Director of Campus for Finance Private Equity Conference.

We teach in the BSc, MSc, Part-Time MBA, Full Time MBA, and Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA programs. We also regularly contribute to open and customized programs under Executive Education. Prof. Ozcan is the Academic Director of Executive Education at WHU.

Through commitment to rigorous, interdisciplinary analysis of issues of substantial relevance and in close collaboration with the industry, we aspire to stimulate fresh educational content, inspire business leaders, develop effective management tools and practices, and inform current public policy debates.

Our work has been published or accepted for publication in prestigious research journals such as Academy of Management Journal Management Science, Organization Science, Journal of Management Studies, Strategic Organization, and others.

Our research is organized into three tracks:

News

15.11.2017

Ulrich Mechau joins the Chair’s External PhD Program

The Chair of Innovation and Corporate Transformation welcomes Ulrich Mechau, Head of Profitability Sales, BMW AG, as an external doctoral researcher.

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11.10.2017

Prof. Ozcan was the keynote speaker at this year's Industrial Excellence Award Europe Gala.

Prof. Ozcan held a keynote speech on corporate governance and digital transformation at the 2017 Industrial Excellence Award Europe Gala in Berlin.

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28.09.2017

Prof. Ozcan appointed as the Academic Director of Executive Education at WHU

Prof. Ozcan is the new Academic Director of Executive Education at WHU.

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23.09.2017

The Value Creation in Venture Capital Program completes successfully

Twenty-two participants from VC firms, corporate VCs, family offices, financial advisory services firms and corporations have completed the two-day Value Creation in Venture Capital Program

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09.08.2017

WHU - McKinsey & Co. Digital at Scale Program for Senior Executives

Prof. Ozcan is to teach in the new WHU - McKinsey & Co. Digital at Scale Program, which focuses on digitalization and digital transformation.

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12.07.2017

Prof. Ozcan gave the faculty lecture at 2nd WHU In-Praxi Summer Union in Berlin

Prof. Ozcan delivered a speech about what corporate executives could learn from venture capitalists at the 2nd WHU in Praxi Summer Union in Berlin.

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07.06.2017

Prof. Ozcan receives an award from Coller Institute of Venture Capital

Prof. Ozcan has been awarded a prize by the Coller Institute of Venture Capital at Tel Aviv University for his research into Venture Capital

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24.05.2017

Prof. Ozcan in Gruenderszene on Venture Capitalists

Prof. Ozcan's research on venture capitalists and start-up performance was recently covered by Germany's leading start-up magazine Gründerszene.

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20.05.2017

Thirty-three WHU students led by Prof. Ozcan completed a two-week field trip in United Arab Emirates

From strategy consulting, Islamic banking, corporate restructuring and luxury hospitality to consumer goods, real estate development and logistics: Unique exposure to growth stories in the UAE

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04.04.2017

Campus for Finance Private Equity Conference (PEC) Caps Another Record Year

More than two hundred participants attended this year's Campus For Finance Private Equity Conference (PEC) in Vallendar.

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20.02.2017

Prof. Ozcan to speak at the Coller Institute of Venture's Annual Conference in Hong Kong

Prof. Ozcan is invited to speak at the Coller Institute of Venture (CIV)'s Annual Conference in Hong Kong.

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05.02.2017

Christina Wiedemann Joins the Chair's External PhD Program

The Chair of Innovation and Corporate Transformation welcomes Christina Wiedemann, Project Manager, AUDI AG, as an external doctoral researcher.

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26.01.2017

New FTMBA/PTMBA Course: Entrepreneurial Finance

The Chair of Innovation and Corporate Transformation is now offering Entrepreneurial Finance Course in WHU's FTMBA and PTMBA programs.

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05.01.2017

Invited Speaker @ Munich School of Management - LMU Munich

Professor Ozcan gives a research talk at Munich School of Management - LMU Munich

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07.12.2016

Research Grant for Islamic Banking

Professor Dr. Serden Ozcan, Chair of Innovation and Organization at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management and his colleague, Professor Dr. Christophe Boone of the University of Antwerp have been...

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14.10.2016

New Publication in Organization Science

Prof. Ozcan's recent paper entitled "The Ideological Purity vs. Hybridization Trade-Off: When Do Islamic Banks Hire Managers from Conventional Banking?” (with Boone, C.) has been accepted for...

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25.09.2016

Prof. Ozcan was a panelist at Young CEO's Business Summit

Prof. Ozcan discussed the German foreign-direct investment into Africa on the opening panel of the Young CEO's Business Summit in Dusseldorf over the weekend. This event brings aspiring CEOs from...

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04.08.2016

Prof. Ozcan in WirtschaftsWoche on B2B Start-ups and Business Models

Prof. Ozcan was recently quoted in an article in WirtschaftsWoche on B2B start-ups and business models. WirtschaftsWoche is the biggest business news magazine in Germany with coverage of over 1...

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20.07.2016

Prof. Ozcan in Bloomberg, Chicago Tribune, Beijing Bulletin, Oman Daily Observer and others

Prof. Ozcan was recently quoted in Bloomberg, Chicago Tribune, Beijing Bulletin, Oman Daily Observer, Ulsan Daily of South Korea, Borneo Bulletin of Brunei, The Ames Tribune (US), Standard Examiner...

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06.06.2016

Prof. Serden Ozcan quoted in a Bloomberg article

Prof. Ozcan was quoted in a recent Bloomberg article titled: "Midea Touts Kuka Deal as Chinese Offer Hits German Hurdles"

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03.06.2016

Panel Debate: The Fit Between Chinese Investors and German Start-ups

Prof. Ozcan participated in the panel debate on Chinese investors and German start-ups in HTGF's exclusive annual VC and start-up networking event in Bonn on June 1, 2016. Other panelists included...

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06.05.2016

New Executive Program on Private Equity and Venture Capital successfully launched

WHU’s new Executive Education Program “Value Creation in Private Equity and Venture Capital” commenced on Thursday, April 28. The two-day program was taught by WHU Professors Serden Ozcan and Garen...

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08.03.2016

New Academic Director For Campus For Finance Private Equity Conference

Prof. Ozcan is the new Academic Director for Campus for Finance Private Equity Conference - a leading global forum for exchanging and cultivating ideas on hot button issues, key opportunities and...

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16.01.2016

Invited Speaker @ University of Antwerp

Professor Ozcan gives a research talk at University of Antwerp.

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18.12.2015

Corporate Entrepreneurship at Hahn AG: From Accelerators and Retail Analytics to Crowdfunding of Real Estate

Teams from Prof. Ozcan and Prof. Hienerth’s graduate course presented their entrepreneurial ideas to board members and senior executives at Hahn AG.

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10.12.2015

New Executive Course: Value Creation in Private Equity and Venture Capital

WHU will offer a new Executive Education program at its campus in Düsseldorf. Over the course of two days, executives will receive intense exposure and training in private equity and venture capital.

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04.12.2015

Brand new WHU Management Abroad Course: Turkey Module

The Chair of Innovation and Organization is offering the brand new Turkey module with a focus on the city of Istanbul under WHU's Management Abroad Course in Spring 2016.

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28.09.2015

Invited Speaker @ Durham University Business School

Professor Ozcan gives a research talk at Durham University Business School

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22.09.2015

Dirk Sassmannshausen joins the Chair's external PhD Program at venturecapital@whu

The Chair of Innovation and Organization welcomes Dirk Sassmannshausen, Senior Controller, at High-Tech Gründerfonds, one of Europe's most active venture capital firms, as an external doctoral...

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15.09.2015

New article in Journal of Management Studies

A new article forthcoming in the Journal of Management Studies by Professor Ozcan and Professor Boone shows the persistent effects of strategic entry choices on the survival chances of start-ups in...

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05.06.2015

From Islamic banking and luxury hospitality to real estate development and logistics: Unique exposure to growth stories in the Middle East

Thirty WHU students led by Prof. Ozcan completed a two-week field trip in Dubai as part of the Management Abroad Course.

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06.04.2015

Prof. Ozcan delivered a keynote speech at Campus For Finance Private Equity Conference (2015)

Prof. Ozcan delivered the keynote address on Friday evening at Campus For Finance Private Equity Conference

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01.02.2015

Michael Hildinger joins the Chair's External PhD Program

The Chair of Innovation and Organization welcomes Michael Hildinger, Head of Corporate Strategy at Schaeffler Technologies Gmbh as an external doctoral researcher.

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20.01.2015

Introducing the WHU Venture Capital Speaker Series

The Chair of Innovation and Organization is proud to introduce the WHU Venture Capital Speaker Series

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15.12.2014

Business Models for An Accelerator at Metro Group

Teams from Prof. Ozcan and Prof. Hienerth’s graduate course presented their business model proposals for an Accelerator to senior executives at Metro Group.

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12.11.2014

Launching the WHU Management Abroad Course: Dubai Module

The Chair of Innovation and Organization is offering the Dubai module under WHU's Management Abroad Course in Spring 2015.

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Professor Ozcan is interviewed on Silicon Valley’s early pioneers
13.10.2014

Professor Ozcan is interviewed on Silicon Valley’s early pioneers

Professor Ozcan is interviewed by Denmark’s largest newspaper on Silicon Valley’s early pioneers.

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Professor Ozcan gives a research talk
07.10.2014

Research Talk @ Frankfurt School of Finance and Management

Professor Ozcan gives a research talk at Frankfurt School of Finance and Management

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Local ownership and social innovation in the renewable energy sector
21.08.2014

New article in Academy of Management Journal offers insights into local ownership and social innovation in the renewable energy sector

A new article in the Academy of Management Journal by Professor Ozcan and Professor Boone offers insights into local ownership and social innovation in the renewable energy sector.

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Professor Serden Ozcan appears on National Television in Denmark
22.07.2014

Professor Ozcan appears on National Television in Denmark

Professor Ozcan appears on National Television Interview in Denmark on small business growth and migration of entrepreneurs

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Ethiopia: The New Land of Opportunity For Entrepreneurs, Business and Researchers
15.07.2014

Ethiopia: The New Land of Opportunity For Entrepreneurs, Business and Researchers

A team of four including Professor Ozcan has just trained business school faculty in Ethiopia as part of a Strategic Management Society Poverty Initiative.

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Serden Ozcan

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