Prof. Dr. Katharina Hölzle
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Prof. Dr. Katharina Hölzle, MBA

Head of the Research Group IT-Entrepreneurship

E-Mail: katharina.hoelzle(at)hpi.de

Phone: +49 (0)331 5509 4920

Room: G-1.E.08

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Short Profile

Prof. Dr. Katharina Hölzle, MBA leads the Research Group IT-Entrepreneurship at the Hasso Plattner Institute, Digital Engineering Faculty, at the University of Potsdam since November 2019. Prior to this, she held the chair for Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Potsdam from 2011 to 2019.

She has published various articles in the field of entrepreneurship, innovation, technology, and project management in leading scholarly and practitioners’ journals. She holds a Ph.D. from the Technical University of Berlin, a diploma in business engineering from the University of Karlsruhe (TH) and an MBA from the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia.

She is Deputy Chair of the Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation (EFI) and member of the German government's High-Tech Forum. Katharina Hölzle is Visiting Professor at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing and the Macquarie University in Sydney. She is Editor-in-Chief of the journal 'Creativity and Innovation Management’ (Wiley). Her research focuses on digital entrepreneurship, digital innovation and transformation, and digital ecosystems. 


Academic Career

2011Habilitation "Individuelles Innovationsverhalten in der Organisation".
2008PhD "Die Projektleiterlaufbahn - Organisatorische Voraussetzungen und Instrumente für die Motivation und Bindung von Projektleitern" (summa cum laude).
Academic staff at the Chair of Technology and Innovation Management with Prof. Dr. Hans Georg Gemünden. Research projects "Project leader career paths", "Barriers to inovation management", "People in innovation management: promoters".
Research assistant at the Institut für Angewandte Betriebswirtschaftslehre und Unternehmensführung (IBU), University of Karlsruhe. Research project "Teams im Relationship Marketing". Re-development of lecture “Organisational development".
Scholarship from the University of Karlsruhe: Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA.
Studied industrial engineering with a focus on business planning at the University of Karlsruhe.

Professional Experience

Consultant in strategic innovation, technology and project management.
Manager Strategic Planning & Business Development, Need2Buy Electronics Europe GmbH. Strategic business field planning and validation of the business model of an internet platform for the electronics industry.
Consultant, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. Projects in the fields of telecommunications, automobiles, and eBusiness.
Team Business Process Engineering at Infineon Technologies Fiber Optics in Berlin. Team leader for the department eBusiness. Responsible for the international strategic and organisational design of eBusiness related subjects. Methodological support of the production and logistical strategy.


Selected Publications

Hölzle, H., Tiberius, V., & Surrey, H. (2020). Perspektiven des Entrepreneurships: Unternehmerische Konzepte zwischen Theorie und Praxis. Schäffer-Poeschel.
Schmeiss, J., Hölzle, K., & Tech, R. P. G. (2019). Designing governance mechanisms in platform ecosystems: Addressing the paradox of openness through blockchain technology. California Management Review, 62(1), 121–143.
Henike, T., Kamprath, M., & Hölzle, K. (2019). Effecting, but effective? How business model visualisations unfold cognitive impacts. Long Range Planning, 101925.
Hölzle, K., & Rhinow, H. (2019). The dilemmas of design thinking in innovation projects. Project Management Journal, 50(4), 418–430.
Rose, R., Hölzle, K., & Björk, J. (2020). More than a quarter century of Creativity and Innovation Management: The journal’s characteristics, evolution, and a look ahead. Creativity and Innovation Management, 29(1), 5–20.