PD Dr. Christian Growitsch

Christian Growitsch

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Priv.-Doz. Dr. Christian Growitsch

Institute Director

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

Phone +49 341 231039-500

Fax +49 341 231039-9500

Professional development

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Christian Growitsch joined the leadership of the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy (IMW) in Leipzig in May 2021. As institute director, the habilitated economist brings his experience and networks to the market-oriented refinement of the institute’s portfolio and establishes the new research area of “Technology Economics and Management.” Prior to this role, he was the Director of “Industrial Solutions” in the board department of “Technology Marketing and Business Models” at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Munich. From 2017 to 2019, he served as the Deputy Institute Director at the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems (IMWS) in Halle (Saale) and during that time, he led the Center for Economics of Materials (CEM), which he transferred to Fraunhofer IMW at the beginning of 2020, now serving as an external branch of the Fraunhofer IMW in Saxony-Anhalt.

He has been teaching economics at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg since 2017 and studied business administration, as well as economics and social sciences in Hamburg and Lüneburg. Priv.-Doz. Dr. Growitsch earned his doctorate at the University of Lüneburg and the University of Cambridge. He obtained his habilitation at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in 2010 and, during his time as the Director of Applied Research at the Institute of Energy Economics (EWI), he transferred his habilitation to the University of Cologne in 2012. Before joining the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Christian Growitsch was director and spokesman for the management board of the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI). He is a member of the board of directors of the Fraunhofer Research Association for Innovation Research, a member of the Innovation Advisory Council of the German Electron Synchrotron (DESY), a member of the advisory board of the Foundation for Work and Environment of the IGBCE, a research fellow of the Energy Policy Group at the University of Cambridge, and an elected member of the “Regulation” working group of the Schmalenbach-Gesellschaft. Christian Growitsch serves as a member of the supervisory board of a Hamburg-based circular economy startup.


  • Economics of Technology
  • Industrial Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Energy Economics


Publication Type
2022 Prospects and opportunities for Eastern Germany for a competitive hydrogen economy
Brock, Laura Victoria; Ventz, Hannah; Growitsch, Christian; Pufky-Heinrich, Daniela
Journal Article
2021 Innovation and Covid-19: Food for Thought on the Future of Innovation
Bauer, Wilhelm; Edler, Jakob; Lauster, Michael; Martin, Alexander; Morszeck, Thomas; Posselt, Thorsten; Weissenberger-Eibl, Marion A.; Grill, Bernhard; Heuberger, Albert; Riedel, Oliver; Spath, Dieter; Schimpf, Sven; Bantes, René; Herrmann, Florian; Growitsch, Christian; Klages, Tina; Kroll, Henning; Pflaum, Alexander; Worms, Diana
2020 Betroffenheit regionaler Industrie durch den Braunkohleausstieg im Gebiet der IHKS Halle-Dessau und zu Leipzig
Schneider, Jens; Hafemann, Martin; Growitsch, Christian
2019 Stahl-Kreisläufe. Stahl als Enabler der Kreislaufwirtschaft aus der Perspektive der Haushalte in Deutschland
Pothen, Frank; Growitsch, Christian
2019 Die Automobilindustrie im Wandel: Beschäftigungspolitische Implikationen des Automobilsektors für die chemische, die gummi- und kunststoffverarbeitende Industrie
Pothen, Frank; Growitsch, Christian; Engelhardt, Jan
2019 Schrottbonus. Externe Kosten und fairer Wettbewerb in den globalen Wertschöpfungsketten der Stahlherstellung
Pothen, Frank; Growitsch, Christian; Engelhardt, Jan; Reif, Christiane
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