Dr. Anna Wachsmuth-Pohle

Anna Wachsmuth-Pohle

Contact Press / Media

Dr. Anna Wachsmuth-Pohle

Head of Innovation Policy and Transfer Design Unit, currently on parental leave

Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW
Martin-Luther-Ring 13
04109 Leipzig, Germany

Phone +49 341 231039-134

Fax +49 341 231039-9134

Areas of Expertise

  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Design Thinking Principle
  • Interest focus - Industry 4.0 


Professional Development

Since November 2015, Dr. Anna Wachsmuth-Pohle has worked at the Fraunhofer IMW in Leipzig as a research fellow, receiving support from the Fraunhofer TALENTAstart program. Ms. Pohle was also previously employed at the Leipzig institute in the capacity of research assistant. She has just received her doctoral title with a thesis on the topic “Success Factors and the Economic Importance of Standards and Norms within the Framework of Industry 4.0“ and in 2015 completed her master's degree in Business Administration at the Martin-Luther University Halle (Saale) (MLU). Throughout the course of her studies, Ms. Pohle has focused on the topics of (social) innovation and entrepreneurship, and has dedicated herself to undertaking projects using the Design Thinking Principle. As an assistant researcher at the Chair of Statistics at the MLU Halle, Ms. Pohle provided support to a third-party project on the topic of poverty participation in Saxony-Anhalt.

Since July 2021, Dr. Anna Wachsmuth-Pohle is Head of the Innovation Policy and Transfer Design Unit.

In addition, together with Dr. Anna Wachsmuth-Pohle and Dr. Christine Richter, she chairs the Fraunhofer IMW Science Colloquium.



Publication Type
2023 Excubation Platforms: Enabler of Digital Entrepreneurship Support?
Reuther, Kevin; Dahle, Yngve; Pohle, Anna; Schumann, Christian-Andreas
2022 Personnel motivation in knowledge transfer offices: The role of university-level and organizational-level antecedents
Pohle, Anna; Villani, Elisa; Grimaldi, Rosa
Journal Article
2021 Praxis-Guide: Eine grundlegende Prozess- und Modellbetrachtung zur Entscheidung zwischen verschiedenen Verwertungswegen wissenschaftlicher Forschungsergebnisse
Pohle, Anna; Dornbusch, Friedrich
Aufsatz in Buch
Book Article
2021 Institutional and organizational antecedents of personnel motivation in Knowledge Transfer Offices
Pohle, Anna; Villani, Elisa; Grimaldi, Rosa
Journal Article
2021 POTENTIALANALYSE - DIANA. Point-of-Care-Diagnostik macht Therapien effektiv: Technologische Innovationen auf Basis neuer Materialien und mikrostrukturierender Herstellungsverfahren
Pohle, Anna; Molina Vogelsang, Manuel; Stach, Tim
2021 How to Find New Industry Partners for Public Research: A Classification Approach
Trela, Karl; Campbell, Yuri; Dornbusch, Friedrich; Pohle, Anna
Journal Article
2021 Ausgründungen aus der außeruniversitären Forschung: Gründungsdynamik und Erfolgsbedingungen im Ost-West-Vergleich
Kahl, Julian; Dornbusch, Friedrich; Pohle, Anna; Trela, Karl; Weiße, Marlen
2020 Relevanz der Normung und Standardisierung für den Wissens- und Technologietransfer. Kurzstudie
Herrmann, Philipp; Blind, Knut; Abdelkafi, Nizar; Gruber, Sonia; Hoffmann, Walburga; Neuhäusler, Peter; Pohle, Anna; Stein, Lisa Theresa; Weiße, Marlen
2018 Managing the Fuzzy Front End in Research Organizations
Pohle, Anna; Fischer, Luise
Conference Paper
2018 The impact of international management standards on academic research
Pohle, Anna; Blind, Knut; Neustroev, Dmitry
Journal Article
2017 Beschäftigungseffekte in Deutschland durch Leichtbau im Automobilbereich
Abdelkafi, Nizar; Pohle, Anna; Täuscher, Karl; Dornbusch, Friedrich; Gaska, Philip; Dani, Ines; Hipke, Thomas; Drebenstedt, Claudia
2016 Die Bedeutung der Fraunhofer Gesellschaft für den deutschen Mittelstand : eine Bestandsaufnahme und Empfehlungen zur Intensivierung der Zusammenarbeit
Dornbusch, Friedrich; Lehmann, Harald; Pohle, Anna; Radic, Marija; Knorr, Hannes; Liebig, Marcel; Neustroev, Dmitry; Schellbach, Sebastian; Ziessnitz, Mark
2016 To standardise or to patent? Development of a decision making tool and recommendations for young companies
Abdelkafi, N.; Makhotin, S.; Thuns, M.; Pohle, A.; Blind, K.
Journal Article
Diese Liste ist ein Auszug aus der Publikationsplattform Fraunhofer-Publica

This list has been generated from the publication platform Fraunhofer-Publica

Further Conference Contributions


  • Dornbusch, F.; Pohle, A. (2018). Selecting the right commercialization channel in public research organizations: Development of a decision tree. University Industry Interaction Conference 2018 London.

Annual Report 2020-2022

The Annual Report 2020-2022: "From strategic foresight to successful transformation" focuses on Socio- and techno-economic research and innovations for companies, networks and regions. In this section you can find the projects and research areas in which Dr. Anna Pohle is involved as a scientist.


Shaping the future – Regional development as an opportunity

Annual Report 2020-2022

I recent years the research team of the "Regional Development and Innovation Policy" division, including Dr. Anna Wachsmuth-Pohle, has investigated several regional, national and international structural change processes and derived options for action for the future.

The main topic "Shaping the future - Regional transformation as an opportunity" in the Fraunhofer IMW Annual Report 2020-2022 provides an insight into our research and current issues.


Annual Report 2020-2022

From strategic foresight to successful transformation

The Fraunhofer IMW Annual Report presents socio- and techno-economic research and innovations for companies, networks and regions

Annual Report 2020-2022

Small and medium-sized companies depend on cooperation with scientists. In recent years, researchers of Fraunhofer IMW, including Dr. Anna Wachsmuth-Pohle, have investigated how companies can find the right research insights and how researchers can find the right industrial partners – also internationally – to jointly explore new value creation potentials.

The main topic "Building bridges - Knowledge transfer between business and research" in the Fraunhofer IMW Annual Report 2020-2022 provides an insight into our research and current issues.


Building bridges – Knowledge transfer between business and research