Quantitative Innovation Research


This course provides an introduction to the practice of empirical innovation research. Participants will have the opportunity to specify a research question in the context of innovation management theoretically, to develop specific hypotheses and to test them empirically. For this purpose, a large innovation database will be made available. Moreover, a weekly STATA workshop will be offered in the computer lab during which participants will be trained in using the STATA package. As part of this workshop, participants will also perform their econometric analyses. In their essay and research presentation, students will be expected to present their initial research findings appropriately in both written and oral form. Moreover, participants will have to discuss critically and constructively the essay of a fellow student.


After participating in this course, students should be in a position to:
(1) develop and test theoretical hypotheses pertaining to a research question from the field of technology and innovation research,
(2) conduct econometric analyses with STATA,
(3) report research findings by means of a short research paper in English,
(4) present research findings by means of a scientific presentation in English.


(1) Solid command of English
(2) Basic knowledge of econometrics and innovation management (prior participation in one of the TIM core lectures is recommended)
(3) Active participation during lab sessions
(4) Willingness to engage in intense literature research

Further Information

Further information on this course and the application procedure can be obtained on CAMPUS.


Univ.-Prof. Torsten-Oliver Salge, Ph.D.