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Prof. Dietmar Harhoff, Ph.D.

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Since 28 February 2007, Prof. Dietmar Harhoff has been chairman of the Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation that has been appointed by the German Federal Government.

Dietmar Harhoff is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, and head of the economics-oriented department (Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research). At the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universit√§t (LMU) M√ľnchen, where he was Director of the Institute for Innovation Research, Technology Management and Entrepreneurship (INNO-tec) from 1998 to 2013 as well as Director of the LMU Entrepreneurship Center, he is Honorary Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. After graduating with a Diploma degree in mechanical engineering, Dietmar Harhoff began his professional career as a research engineer in Great Britain and Germany. From 1985 to 1987, he was a McCloy Scholar at Harvard University (M.P.A. 1987). In his MIT doctoral thesis (Ph.D. 1991) he analyzed research incentives and voluntary information disclosure. After joining the Center for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim, he became its Associate Scientific Director in 1995. In 1998, he assumed his current position at LMU where he was a co-founder of LMU's Entrepreneurship Center in 2000.

Dietmar Harhoff's research focuses on issues in innovation and entrepreneurship, intellectual property and industrial economics. His research results have been published in a large number of book and journal articles. Besides advising several public and private organisations, he is an elected member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) and of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.