Michael Woywode is a full professor of entrepreneurship at Mannheim University and academic director of the Center for small and medium sized business at Mannheim University. His research interests focus on entrepreneurship, the life cycle of firms and industries. His work has been published in journals like American Journal of Sociology, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Studies and Journal of Industrial Economics. Michael has studied business administration at Mannheim University, Hochschule St. Gallen (HSG) and École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP). He received a doctorate in economics and a habilitation in business administration both from Mannheim University. He spent two years as visiting researcher at Stanford University at the Graduate School of Business and the Department for Economics. Before joining the Mannheim Faculty Michael held professorship positions at the RWTH Aachen and Karlsruhe University.
Dr. Robert Isaak is the author or coauthor of eleven books including Brave New World Economy (German edition: Geldherrschaft) with German economist Wilhelm Hankel, The Globalization Gap, Managing World Economic Change, Green Logic: Ecopreneurship, Theory and Ethics, and Modern Inflation (with Wilhelm Hankel). Included in Who's Who in Finance and Business, he has taught as Henry George Professor of International Management at Pace University in New York (courses in international management, comparative management, creativity and entrepreneurship across cultures, and venture initiation). He has consulted for global enterprises including Siemens, Technicon, Prudential Intercultural and Global Intercultural and has taught many places in the world including at the University of Heidelberg, The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Groupe École Superieure de Commerce deGrenoble, SKEMA European Graduate School of Management in Sophia Antipolis, and Franklin College in Lugano. He holds a B.A. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from New York University. He continues to teach at Pace University and Franklin College as well as at University of Mannheim.
Jan Zybura holds a B.Sc. in Economics (2008) and a M.Sc. in International Business (2010) from Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Via various internships in consultancy, Jan has gained substantial insights into start-up marketing, strategic restructuring, and strategic procurement. In his leisure time, Jan enjoys (glider) flying, meeting people and exploring new travel destinations. @MCEI Jan is coordinating MAN630, MAN632 and also lecturing in these two classes. What is more, he is in charge of the Student Accelerator "Inside the Venture", Master Theses Inside the Venture, the Mannheim Founder Talks and contact person for various topics. The best way to get in touch with Jan is either sending an e-mail or preferably establishing contact via the MCEI Network (https://www.mcei.de/networking/zybura/profile)
His current research interests are twofold: 1) Leadership transition, CEO succession, organizational change and resulting organizational performance implications (in firms with a concentrated ownership structure) 2) Academic entrepreneurship, innovation, technology transfer, creative science prototyping and strategic foresight. Students being interested in writing their master thesis in one of these two topic domains are welcome to approach Jan with a thesis proposal at any time.
Nora Block completed her Bachelor in the social sciences and history at the University of Erfurt and the University of Gent, Belgium. After that she continued with her master studies in sociology at the University of Mannheim with focus on empirical social research as well as migration and integration. In the context of her postgrudate studies she spent a semester abroad at the East Carolina University, USA.
Andrew Isaak studied economics at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania and completed the full time MBA program in International Business at Pace University's Lubin School of Business. Since 2013, he is a PhD candidate and lecturer at the Chair for SME Research and Entrepreneurship at the University of Mannheim. In 2016 he spent four months on a scholarship as visiting researcher at the University of California at Berkeley. He has been nominated for the Best Paper Award of the RENT Entrepreneurship conference. Besides research and teaching, he supervises master and bachelor theses on entrepreneurship topics. Previously, he coordinated the behavioral economics lab at the University of Heidelberg's Alfred Weber Institute, founded the crowdfunding startup Tommoko UG and worked at Accenture as a technology consultant, after several internships with global technology and marketing firms.
He also serves as a volunteer juror for the startsocial competition (www.startsocial.de) and as a mentor for Startup Weekend Rhein-Neckar (www.startup-weekend-rhein-neckar.de) and Straßbourg. His research interests are twofold (1) entrepreneurial cognition and ecosystems and (2) trust and behavioral economics, particularly in the digital space of crowdfunding and crowdlending.
Robert Strohmeyer studied sociology, social-psychology and statistics at the University of Mannheim. He is currently a research fellow and PhD Candidate at the Chair for SME research & Entrepreneurship. He (co-) authored several research reports and book chapters and published in refereed journals such as Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice,International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research and International Journal of Sociology. He has been awarded the Academy of Management’s Best Paper Award (Entrepreneurship Division). He has been involved in numerous entrepreneurship and SME related research projects, funded by German ministries (BMBF, BMWI), and national research foundations (such as Fritz-Thyssen foundation, Rat für Sozial-und Wirtschaftsdaten). In 2011/12 he spent four months as visiting researcher at Stevens Institute for Technology, Hoboken. He has been involved in teaching lectures on entrepreneurship at the master level (such as Advanced Entrepreneurship, Theories of Entrepreneurship, Applied Econometrics in Entrepreneurship and Management Research).
Before going to college, he finished apprenticeship training in the craft sector and worked several years in start-ups and small businesses.
Thomas Hipp holds a B.A. from Munich Business School and is currently pursuing a Masters in Management at the University of Mannheim. During his undergraduate studies he gained experience in start-ups, audit and consulting as well as corporates in Germany and abroad. At the University of Mannheim he is an active member in several student initiatives.
His main responsibilities at MCEI consist of content management and strategy for the website and the other communications channels, partner relations as well as planning and conducting of events. If you want to get in touch with Tom, just drop him an email.
Kai Bruchmüller holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration from the University of Mannheim and is currently enrolled in the Masters in Management program also in Mannheim. During his studies in Mannheim and during his semester abroad, Kai focused his studies on entrepreneurship. Next to his academic focus on entrepreneurship, Kai co-organized the Startup Homecoming 2014 and organized several Startup related events during his activities for the bdvb Hochschulgruppe Mannheim.
At MCEI Kai is responsible for partner and Startup relations. If you have founded your own Startup, are in the process of doing so or simply want to get in contact with the MCEI, just write an email to Kai.
Elisabeth Gourlin studied French and German law in the joint Bachelor program of the University of Potsdam and the University of Nanterre, near Paris. During her time in Nanterre, she was able to complete a one year course about the American Legal System. She is now currently a Master of Laws student at the University of Mannheim, with speciality in Human Resources. Her studies allow her to follow her interest for law as well as to develop her interest for entrepreneurship.