Prof. Dr. Thorsten Posselt

Thorsten Posselt

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Prof. Dr. Thorsten Posselt

Executive Director

Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW
Neumarkt 9-19
04109 Leipzig, Germany

Phone +49 341 231039-100

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Ten years with the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft: Professor Thorsten Posselt celebrates anniversary as director of Fraunhofer IMW

Professor Dr. Thorsten Posselt took up his appointment as the director of what is now called the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW in Leipzig ten years ago, on 1 February 2008. Professor Dr. Thorsten Posselt, who is a business management and economics graduate and expert, initially headed the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft's socio-economics institute, then called the Fraunhofer Center for Central and Eastern Europe (MOEZ), from 2006 onwards. The institute consolidated its expertise and range of services in 2015 with an international profile and under a new name, the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW. As the head of the institute, Professor Posselt contributed considerably to the initiation of the associated change processes, the development of the institute profile and the strategic further development of this non-university based Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft research center in many decisive ways. 

“In the past decade of the institute's development and since its establishment in 2006, we have established the innovation-promoting scope that allows the excellent researchers from by now twenty different countries to contribute their perspectives to the institute's interdisciplinary research groups. We are successfully coming up with solutions for the complex issues of the globalized world; solutions that make it possible for us to understand them and that can be applied in a scientifically sound way. At the Fraunhofer IMW, we work on and investigate ecologically and socially fair and economically viable innovations with the global perspective in mind. All of us are working together for the benefit of the knowledge society – we are duty-bound to do so and conduct our research in various worlds of knowledge which we then link by building bridges.”

The economist also teaches as professor for innovation management and innovation economics at the University of Leipzig. As an innovation research expert, he sits on numerous scientific advisory committees. In the current Fraunhofer IMW Annual Report, he discusses the value of the resource knowledge for the IMW's customers and partners from science, political, business and social backgrounds with Dr. Steffen Preissler, the head of the Fraunhofer IMW's Knowledge and Technology Transfer division, and defines the knowledge economy perspective within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft more precisely.

Professional Development

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Posselt is head of the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW and Professor of Innovation Management and Innovation Economics at the University of Leipzig. He studied Management and Economics at the J.W. Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main and at Stanford University, USA. Likewise, at the J. W. Goethe University he habilitated on the subject of “The formation of distribution systems”, having already gained a doctorate there with a thesis on the mobility behavior of companies. From 2000 to 2005, Dr. Thorsten Posselt was Professor of Business, specializing in Services Management, at the University of Leipzig. Following this, he was Professor of Business, with a focus on Retailing, Service Management and E-Commerce, at the University of Wuppertal for six years. In 2008, he returned to Leipzig in order to take on management of the Fraunhofer MOEZ (since 2015, IMW). Dr. Thorsten Posselt had been on several research visits to the University of California in Berkeley and the University of California in Davis in 2003-2007. His academic specializations and fields of interest are the management, economics and politics of innovation, along with services management and economicsHe is a member of various institutions, including the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, is on the academic board of trustees of the magazine “Innovationsmanager” (FRANKFURT BUSINESS MEDIA - Der F.A.Z.-Fachverlag), and he was head of the “Marketing” research group of the Schmalenbach-Gesellschaft für Betriebswirtschaft e.V. from 2004 to 2014.


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Interview with director of the institute, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Posselt, and Dr. Steffen Preissler, the head of the Knowledge and Technology Transfer division

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