Prof. Dr. Utz Dornberger

Prof. Dr. Utz Dornberger

Research Fellow

Entwicklungsökonomie/Kleinerer und Mittlerer Unternehmen
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Ritterstraße 9-13, Room 1.5
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-39761
Fax: 31139761

Abstract

Utz Dornberger is Professor for Development Economics with special emphasis on Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and the Director of the International SEPT Competence Center (SME Promotion and Training) at Leipzig University. His academic and professional focus lies primarily in innovation management in SMEs, innovation policies, promotion of entrepreneurship and internationalization process of businesses. Currently, he is also the Director of the Self Management Initiative Leipzig (Entrepreneurship Promotion Program) of Leipzig University.

Prof. Dornberger is also the founder of in4in-Network (intelligence for innovation) promoting the cooperation between universities worldwide in the fields of technology transfer and entrepreneurship promotion.

Professional career

  • 01/1996 - 09/1999
    Research Assistant and Project Leader of International Research Projects at the Institute for Molecular Biology, Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena (Germany)
  • 10/1999 - 03/2000
    Management Assistant at Chilean Enterprise Promotion Agency (CORFO); 1st Biotech-Survey in Chile, Development of Biotech Support Strategy
  • 10/2000 - 01/2004
    Senior Research Assistant at the International SEPT Program of Leipzig University
  • 01/2004 - 01/2011
    Assistant Professor for Development Economics with special emphasis on Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Director of International SEPT Program (SEPT- Small Enterprise Promotion & Training) at Leipzig University
  • since 01/2011
    Professor for Development Economics with special emphasis on Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Director of International SEPT Program (SEPT- Small Enterprise Promotion & Training) at Leipzig University
  • since 01/2006
    Director of Entrepreneurship Initiative SMILE at Leipzig University
  • since 01/2000
    Founder and Partner of Innoways GmbH and Conoscope GmbH

Education

  • 09/1990 - 12/1995
    Studies of Biology at the Friedrich Schiller University (Germany), University of Basque Country (Spain) and University of Paris du Nord (France)
  • 01/1996 - 07/1999
    PhD in Natural sciences at Friedrich Schiller University Jena
  • 10/1998 - 09/2000
    MBA in Small Business Studies at Leipzig University

In the last decades, the economic dimension of globalization has enhanced the application of innovative technologies and forms of organization in every sector. More than ever, entrepreneurial competitiveness in both industrialized as well as developing and emerging countries depends on the ability to rapidly leverage new technologies and modern organizational structures for change that fits the dynamics business environment. Overall, technological and organizational learning capacities are becoming the decisive factor for sustainable international competitiveness.


According to this international business backdrop, Prof. Dornberger clusters his research activities into two broad and interrelated themes: Theme 1: International Entrepreneurship and Ecosystems, Theme 2: Innovation Systems and University Business Linkages.

  • Development Economics
  • Innovation and Technology Promotion
  • Entrepreneurship Management
  • Innovation Management
  • Internationalisation of SMEs
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Research Design