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Professorial positions at TU Munich

  • 1.  Professorial positions at TU Munich

    Posted 07-04-2019 11:05

    Two Professorships in "Innovation and Entrepreneurship" (Munich, Germany)

    The Positions

    Subject to final administrative approval, the TUM School of Management at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany, is inviting applications for two professorships: one in the area of innovation management and one in the area of entrepreneurial management. For both positions, we are particularly encouraging applications from international candidates who will join us at the Assistant Professor level; we may also consider exceptional applications for tenured associate or full professor positions.

    The openings are part of a major expansion of the TUM School of Management in Munich, supported by the Dieter-Schwarz-Foundation. In total, seven new positions will be created at the Munich campus to complement the School's existing strengths in research at the interface of management and technology. Munich is uniquely positioned as one of Europe's leading industrial and entrepreneurial hubs, and TUM is of one of the top technological universities in the world. Drawing on this rich environment, the successful candidates will find themselves ideally positioned to research, teach, and reach out to various stakeholders on topics around the discovery, development, introduction, and/or impact of the technologies of tomorrow. To support this endeavors, candidates may for example join the Entrepreneurship Research Institute (ERI), collaborate with broader initiatives at TUM around artificial intelligence, transportation, or design, to name a few, and work on these topics with industry as well as start-ups from TUM's incubator. We invite applicants to highlight how their research and teaching would be complementary to ongoing activities at the Innovation & Entrepreneurship department and beyond.

    For all ranks, we expect pedagogical aptitude, including the ability to teach in English, significant international experience, and an active, extensive international research network. Research ability will be evaluated according to academic rank, with Assistant Professors having shown credible promise to produce internationally leading work, Associate Professors showing evidence of doing so at some regularity, and Full Professor being recognized leaders in their field. More senior candidates may also showcase their ability and willingness to contribute to executive education and acquire competitive third-party funding.

    The University

    Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of Europe's top universities. It is committed to excellence in research and teaching, interdisciplinary education and the active promotion of promising young academics. The university also forges strong links with companies (with more than 1,000 cooperation agreements) and active collaborations with top universities, at home and abroad. Since 1990, TUM alumni have created 800+ startups and 14,500+ jobs. The spectrum of subjects is unique in Europe, ranging from natural sciences and engineering to medical, life and business sciences, with the most recently introduced TUM School of Governance. TUM's interdisciplinary research platforms play a substantial role in developing new technologies, designing new products, and creating new business models. TUM is the first German university with an international campus in Singapore (TUM Asia), and is represented in the world through liaison offices across five continents. TUM is regularly highly positioned across a number of international rankings:

    • Excellence in working with students – #6 in the world (Global Employability Rankings)
    • Excellence in research - among top 50 globally (THE, Shanghai Ranking), top 1-2 in Germany
    • Excellence in entrepreneurship and innovation - best in supporting entrepreneurship among large German universities, with largest number of founders in Germany being TUM Alumni (German Startup Monitor) and #4 among Europe's most innovative universities (Reuters ranking); #9 in Europe for M.Sc. programs with an Entrepreneurship focus
    • One of the first in Germany to be named a University of Excellence

    Based on international standards and transparent performance criteria, TUM offers a merit-based academic career option for tenure track faculty, to advance from an Assistant Professor position through a permanent position as an Associate Professor, and on to the Full Professor. All professors gain a status of public servants in Germany ("Beamte"), which carries attractive tax-related and social benefits, with a generous pension scheme. The regulations of the TUM Faculty Recruitment and Career System apply and can be accessed here (https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/working-at-tum/faculty-recruiting/tum-faculty-tenure-track/). As a public university, TUM's base salaries are determined by the State of Bavaria – overall compensation is negotiable and commensurate with experience. The TUM Munich Dual Career Office provides career consulting to the partners of newly appointed faculty as well as relocation and integration services.

    The School and the Department

    Grounded in TUM's technological and entrepreneurial ecosystem, the TUM School of Management (http://www.wi.tum.de) educates responsible talents and pursues relevant research to advance innovation-based businesses and societies in Germany, Europe, and the world. In the 17 years since its establishment, ongoing commitment to world-class research and teaching at the interface between management and technology resulted in a triple-crown accreditation (AMBA, AACSB, EQUIS), bringing the school into the elite group of ~70 business schools in the world. The School has a rounded teaching portfolio, spanning undergraduate, master, EMBA, and doctoral programs. We attract students and researchers from all over the world and actively promote international collaboration and exchange. Further internationalization and even stronger international positioning are key in the School's strategic objectives for 2025. In both national and international rankings, the School of Management regularly ranks first in Germany for its research output.

    The successful applicant(s) will join the Innovation and Entrepreneurship department, which currently includes Oliver Alexy, Christoph Ann, Nicola Breugst, Fabian Gaessler, Joachim Henkel, Hana Milanov, Holger Patzelt, and Sebastian Pfotenhauer as faculty. In their teaching and research, the members of the I&E department strive to improve our understanding of what new technologies mean for existing and novel organizations, and for society at large. Accordingly, I&E department members specialize on questions around entrepreneurial activities, innovation management and policy, intellectual property rights, organization design, and responsible innovation. Specific research topics include for example crafting and implementing corporate and entrepreneurial strategies to profit from innovation, designing and managing innovative organizations from small teams up to platforms and ecosystems, discovering and developing new technologies, as well as the psychological processes of entrepreneurial individuals and teams, the recognition of business opportunities, the consequences of entrepreneurial failure, openness in innovation processes, patent management and law, the framing of innovation policy, and the development of policy guidelines for responsible innovation.

    The research developed by the I&E department is of the highest international standard, and regularly published in leading journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Research Policy, the Journal of Product Innovation Management, Social Studies of Science, as well as Harvard Business Review and Sloan Management Review. These cutting-edge insights further drive evidence-based I&E teaching at TUM at the Bachelor's, Master's, and Executive level, and are used to help entrepreneurial ventures, established companies, and government and policy-makers make more informed decisions. Finally, the I&E department is home to the Entrepreneurship Research Institute (ERI) which is closely tied to all TUM-wide entrepreneurship activities, and also co-located with the TUM Incubator and TUM's affiliated institute UnternehmerTUM, one of the largest centers for innovation and business creation in Europe.

    The location

    The city of Munich (1.5m inhabitants) is the capital of the State of Bavaria. Munich is one of the culturally and economically most prolific areas in all of Europe, with the region being home to several of Germany's largest corporations (Allianz, BMW, Linde, Munich Re, Siemens, and Wirecard). In addition, Munich is one of the leading European hubs for technology entrepreneurship (ventures from TUM alone account for more than 10% of the entire venture capital deal-flow in Germany) and home to countless successful small and medium-sized firms in all industrial sectors ranging from the arts, food and beverages, material sciences-even to flying taxis! Thanks to its luscious green spaces, rich cultural offerings, and proximity to the Alps and many lakes, the city of Munich regularly features in rankings specifying the world's most livable cities (Mercer: #3; Monocle: #1).

    The process

    Application documents should be submitted in accordance with the guidelines covered by the TUM Appointment and Career System: http://www.tum.de/faculty-recruiting. As an equal opportunity employer, TUM explicitly encourages applications from women and all others who will bring additional diversity dimensions to the university. Preference will be given to disabled candidates with essentially the same qualifications

    Please send your application no later than August 20, 2019 to the Dean of the TUM School of Management, Prof. Gunther Friedl, Email: berufungen@wi.tum.de.

    Please direct informal inquires to Prof. Oliver Alexy (o.alexy@tum.de), current speaker of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship department. Members of the department will also conduct informal talks at the Academy of Management Conference. Should you be interested in such a conversation, please send an email including a cover letter, current CV, and one published or working paper, which would most strongly represent the kind of research you would expect to engage in at TUM, before July 22 to Oliver Alexy.

    Oliver Alexy
    Technical University of Munich
    Garching, Germany