Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Müller

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Firms
Phone +49 (0) 7131 645636-860

Research Interests

Entrepreneurship and innovation management, especially: Organization of research and development in young companies, innovation in China, management of intellectual property, financing of innovative companies

Curriculum Vitae/Professional Experience

  • Since 09/2015: German Graduate School of Management and Law, Heilbronn, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Firms
    Chair of the Institute of Entrepreneurship at GGS
    Head of the specialization innovation and technology management within the part-time MSc in Management
  • Since 01/2015: Adjunct Professor, Centre for Transformative Innovation, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia
  • Since 01/2015: Research Associate, Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim
  • 09/2010-08/2015: Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Frankfurt/Main, Professor of Innovation Management
  • 01/2004-08/2010: Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, Senior Researcher at the department of industrial economics and international management


  • 09/2000-11/2004: PhD student, London School of Economics and Political Science, London
  • 09/1999-06/2000: Master in Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, London
  • 10/1993-02/1999: Diplom in Economics, University of Mannheim and University of California, Berkeley


Publications in refereed journals

  • Boeing, P., & Mueller, E. (2016). Measuring Patent Quality in Cross-country Comparison. Economics Letters, DOI 10.1016/j.econlet.2016.10.039. (VHB-JOURQUAL 3 Rating: B).
  • Boeing, P., Mueller, E. (2016). China’s R&D Explosion – Analyzing Productivity Effects Across Ownership Types and Over Time. Research Policy45(1), 159-176.
  • Haeussler, C., Harhoff, D., Mueller, E. (2014). How Patenting Informs VC Investors  – the Case of Biotechnology. Research Policy, 43(8), 1286-1298.
  • Harhoff, D., Mueller, E., Van Reenen, J. (2014). What are the Channels for Technology Sourcing? – Panel Data Evidence from German Companies. Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, 23(1), 204-224.
  • Mueller, E. (2014). Entrepreneurs from Low-Skilled Immigrant Groups in Knowledge-intensive Industries – Company Characteristics, Survival and Innovative Performance. Small Business Economics, 42(4), 871-889.
  • Mueller, E., Reize, F. (2013). Loan Availability and Investment – Can Innovative Companies Better Cope with Loan Denials?. Applied Economics, 45(36), 5001-5011.
  • Mueller, E., Cockburn, I., MacGarvie, M. (2013). Access to Intellectual Property for Innovation: Evidence on Problems and Coping Strategies from German Firms. Research Policy, 42(2), 529-541.
  • Mueller, E. (2011). Returns to Private Equity – Idiosyncratic Risk Does Matter!. Review of Finance, 15(3), 545-574.
  • Cockburn, I., MacGarvie, M., Mueller, E. (2010). Patent Thickets, Licensing, and Innovative Performance. Industrial and Corporate Change, 19(3), 899-925.
  • Mueller, E., Zimmermann, V. (2009). The Importance of Equity Finance for R&D Activity – Are There Differences Between Young and Old Companies?. Small Business Economics, 33(3), 303-318.
  • Blind, K., Cremers, K., Mueller, E. (2009). The Influence of Strategic Patenting on Companies’ Patent Portfolios. Research Policy, 38(2), 428-436.
  • Mueller, E. (2008). Benefits of Control, Capital Structure and Company Growth. Applied Economics, 40(21), 2721-2734.
  • Mueller, E. (2008). How Does Owners’ Exposure to Idiosyncratic Risk Influence the Capital Structure of Private Companies?. Journal of Empirical Finance, 15(2), 185-198.
  • Mueller, E., Spitz-Oener, A. (2006) Managerial Ownership and Company Performance in German Small and Medium-Sized Private Enterprises. German Economic Review, 7(2), 233-247.

Current research projects

  • »Composition of R&D teams along the life cycle of firms – Implications for path-dependency, recombination, innovation quality and firm success«, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Carolin Häussler, University of Passau
  • »Price and Quality Competition from China – How Can German Firms react?«, in cooperation with Dr. Philipp Böing, Centre for European Economic Research, Mannheim; Prof. Pierre Mohnen, United Nations University, Maastricht, The Netherlands; Prof. Loren Brandt, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada [Link]

Membership in Executive Committees


Scientific Journals

  • Strategic Management Journal
  • Journal of Business Venturing
  • Research Policy
  • Journal of Economics & Management Strategy
  • Journal of Banking and Finance
  • BuR - Business Research
  • Economics Letters
  • Economics of Innovation and New Technology
  • European Financial Management
  • European Management Review
  • Industry and Innovation
  • Journal of Business Research
  • Journal of Empirical Finance
  • Journal of Small Business Management
  • Small Business Economics

Funding Institutions

  • European Science Foundation
  • Research Foundation Flanders

Awards and Honors

  • Nomination for the Best Paper Award, 6th Annual Conference for the Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (AIE), Oxford, UK, 2013
  • Nomination for the Best Conference Paper Award, Annual Meeting of the German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB), Kaiserslautern, 2011
  • Support program for female researchers, Robert Bosch Foundation (“Fast Track”), 2009-2011
  • Stipend of the London School of Economics and the Financial Markets Group for PhD studies, 2001-2003
  • Stipend of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to study at the University of California, Berkeley, 1996-1997
  • Young Economist Award of the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics (EARIE), 2005