Centre for Entrepreneurship

Prof Dr Jan Kratzer

Prof. Dr. Jan Kratzer is Chaired Professor for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management and Founder/Academic Director of Centre for Entrepreneurship (CfE) at Technische Universität Berlin, Germany. In the School for Business and Economy at Technische Universität Berlin he holds the function as Vice Dean for Internationalization and he is member of the Academic Senate at Technische Universität Berlin. Prof. Dr. Jan Kratzer established and leads the (dual degree) master program MSc “Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability” (“IMES”). Within the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Jan Kratzer has held different functions in designing the educational programs of EIT and conducting research. Prof. Dr. Jan Kratzer is in the Academic Board of International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre ICS3 and in the editorial board of “Creativity and Innovation Management” (CIM), “Journal of Product Innovation Management” (J-PIM), “Sustainability” and “Highlights of Sustainability”.

His research is mainly on factors that drive sustainable entrepreneurial and innovation activities, online and offline social networks and the human side of innovations. His work has appeared among more in Journal of Cleaner Production, Sustainability, Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, Economy and Society, Journal of Consumer Research, Industry & Innovation, Research Policy, Heath Policy, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Journal of Technology Transfer, Research-Technology Management, Journal of Creativity, Technovation, Journal of Mathematical Sociology, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, International Journal of Innovation Management, International Journal of Project Management, International Journal of Entrepreneurship Venturing, Journal of Quality in Higher Education, and Journal of Entrepreneurship Education.   



Peer-Reviewed Publications sorted according to Journal Impact Factors (Journal Citation Reports® published by Clarivate Analytics, 2021), only including publication with IF > 3.00:

J. Horne, M. Recker, I. Michelfelder, J. Kratzer, J. Jay (2020) `Exploring entrepreneurship related to the sustainable development goals – mapping new venture activities with semi-automated content analysis, Journal of Cleaner Production, 242, 118052. – IF 9.23

J. Kratzer, D. Meissner, V. Roud (2017) `Open innovation and company culture: internal openness makes the difference`, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 119, pp. 128-138 – IF 8.59

L. Rashid, K. Alzafari, J. Kratzer (2020) `Founder Personalities, Behaviors and New Venture Success in Sub-Saharan Africa`, Technological Forecasting and Social Change,151, 119766 – IF 8.59

J. Kratzer, H.G. Gemuenden, CH. Lettl (2008) ‘Revealing dynamics and consequences of fit and misfit between formal and informal networks in multi-institutional product development collaborations', Research Policy, pp. 1356-1370 – IF 8.11

J.Kratzer, R.Th.A.J. Leenders, J.M.L. van Engelen, (2010) `The social network among engineering design teams and their creativity: A case study among teams in two product development programs`, International Journal of Project Management, 28, 428-436 – IF 7.17

J. Kratzer, Ch. Lettl, (2009) ‘The distinctive role of lead users and opinion leaders in the social networks of schoolchildren', Journal of Consumer Research, 36, 646-659 – IF 7.00

R.Th.A.J. Leenders, J.M.L. van Engelen, J. Kratzer (2007) ‘Systematic Design Methods and the Creative Performance of New Product Teams: Do They Contradict or Compliment each other', Journal of Product Innovation Management, 24, pp. 166-179 – IF 6.99

I. Michelfelder, J. Kratzer (2013) ‘Why and How Combining Strong and Weak Ties within a Single Interorganizational R&D Collaboration Outperforms Other Collaboration Structures’, Journal of Product Innovation Management, 30, pp. 1159-1177 – IF 6.99

J. Kratzer, Ch. Lettl, B. Franke, P. Gloor (2016) ‘The social network position of lead user’, Journal of Product Innovation Management, 33, pp. 201-216 – IF 6.99


J. Kratzer (2020) `Starting up in the Age of Sustainability`, Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, 21, pp. 89-92 – IF 6.46

J.Kratzer, R.Th.A.J. Leenders, J.M.L. van Engelen, (2006) ‘Managing creative team performance in virtual environments: An empirical study in 44 R&D teams’, Technovation, 26, pp. 42-49 – IF 6.61

J. Kratzer, H.G. Gemuenden, CH. Lettl (2011) 'The organizational design of large R&D collaborations and its effect on time and budget efficiency: The contrast between blueprint and reality, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 2, pp. 295-306 – IF 6.15

M. Mrozewski, J. Kratzer (2017) ‘Entrepreneurship and country-level innovation: Investigating the role of entrepreneurial opportunities’, Journal of Technology Transfer, 42, pp. 1125-1142 – IF 5.78

J. Kratzer, H.G. Gemuenden, CH. Lettl (2008) ‘Balancing creativity and time efficiency in multi-team R&D projects: The alignment of formal and informal networks’, R&D Management, pp. 538-549 – IF 4.27

E. Gentina, J. Kratzer (2020) ` An integrative model of the influence of self-esteem on adolescents’ consumer innovativeness: the mediating role of social network position and need for uniqueness`, Industry & Innovation, 43, pp. 1-23 – IF 3.42

J. Kratzer, R.Th.A.J. Leenders, J.M.L. van Engelen (2005) ‘Keeping virtual R&D teams creative’, Research-Technology Management, April-March, pp. 37-41 – IF 3.40

K. Cagarman, J. Kratzer, K. Osbelt (2020) ‘Social Entrepreneurship: Dissection of a Phenomenon through a German Lens,Sustainability 12, 7764 - IF 3.25

C. Cagarman, J. Kratzer, L.H. von Arnim, K. Fajga, K.J. Gieseke (2020) ` Social Entrepreneurship on Its Way to Significance: The Case of Germany`, Sustainability 12, 8954 - IF 3.25

L.H. Middermann, J. Kratzer, S. Perner (2020) ` The impact of environmental risk exposure on the determinants of sustainable entrepreneurship`, Sustainability 12, 1534 – IF 3.25

J. Kratzer, J., D. zu Knyphausen-Aufseß, G. Festel (2021) Glancing through two decades of research on the human side of sustainable innovation: the past, the present, and directions for future research, Sustainability, 2021, 13, 11, 6355 – IF 3.25

J. Kratzer, R.Th.A.J. Leenders, J.M.L. van Engelen (2004) ‘Stimulating the potential: creativity and performance in innovation teams’, Creativity and Innovation Management, 13, pp. 63-70 – IF 3.05

J. Kratzer, R.Th.A.J. Leenders, J.M.L. van Engelen (2006) ‘Polarity and creative performance in innovation teams’, Creativity and Innovation Management, 15, pp. 96-104 – IF 3.05

J. Kratzer, Ch. Lettl (2008) ‘A social network perspective of Lead Users and Creativity: An empirical study among children’, Creativity and Innovation Management, 17, pp. 26-36 – IF 3.05

J. Kratzer, H.G. Gemuenden, K. Hoelzle (2010) 'How the network position of R&D team managers and members impact their evaluations of creative performance', Creativity and Innovation Management, 19, pp. 107-118 – IF 3.05

M Kessel, J Kratzer, C Schultz (2012) Psychological safety, knowledge sharing, and creative performance in healthcare teams, Creativity and Innovation Management, 21 (2), 147-157 ­– IF 3.05

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Technical University of Berlin
Chair of Entrepreneurship und Innovation Management
Prof. Dr. Jan Kratzer
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