Dr. Christoph Strumann

Assistant Professor



Office hours: after appointment only


Dr. Christoph Strumann (Dipl.-Volksw.) received his doctorate in 2013 under Prof. Dr. Helmut Herwartz within the program “Quantitative Economics” at the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel.  His doctoral thesis focused on methods of the spatial econometrics as well as the effects of the lump compensation on the competition and the efficiency of the hospitals. During his time as PhD student he worked as research assistant at the Chair of Economics (Prof. Dr. Helmut Herwartz) and at the Chair of Start-up and Innovation Management (Prof. Dr. Achim Walter) at the CAU in Kiel.  Previously Christoph studied Economics at the CAU in Kiel, focusing on quantitative economic research. In September 2014 he joined the Chair of Technology Management as research assistant. His research focuses on health care management (esp. efficiency of hospitals and modelling the length of hospitalization), international diffusion of knowledge and innovations, and econometrics (esp. spatial econometrics, micro and panel econometrics).

Dr. Jan Sternkopf




Dr. Jan Sternkopf (Dipl.-Kfm.) received his doctorate in 2016 under Prof. Dr. Carsten Schultz. His research focuses on the adoption and diffusion of innovations, particularly in healthcare, as well as on innovation and intellectual property management. During his time as PhD student he visited the Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge and the Management Engineering Department, Technical University of Denmark, for several months. Jan studied business administration at Kiel University and BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo focusing on marketing and innovation management. During his studies, he worked for a mid-sized company based in Kiel and completed various internships in Melbourne, Australia and Qingdao, China.

Heiner Lütjen M.Sc

Research Assistant and PhD Student


Research project "Innovative services - service expertise for utilities"


Heiner Lütjen (M.Sc.) studied business administration at the University of Hamburg, the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel and the University of Leuven focusing on innovation management and controlling. During his studies, he worked three years as a business analyst for a mid-sized consulting company in the energy and insurance sector.

Heiner joined the Chair of Technology Management as a research assistant in July 2014.

Dr. Alexander N.P. Wirsich

Research Assistant and PhD Student

Westring 425, R. 216
Phone: +49 431 880-4740
Telefax: +49 431 880-1166


Research focus

Dipl.-Volksw. Alexander Wirsich studied economics at the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, focusing on innovation, new media and marketing. Starting in September 2011, he worked as a student assistant in the Department of Innovation, New Media and Marketing under the direction of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Sönke Albers. In January 2012, Alexander completed his thesis entitled “Mechanisms of Action and Organization of Content for Recall Communication.” Immediately afterwards, he began working as research assistant for the Chair of Technology Management in February of 2012. Alexander’s research focuses on university – industry collaboration.

Dr. Andrea Popa

Westring 425, R. 215
Phone: +49 431 880-1535
Telefax: +49 431 880-1166

E-Mail: popa(at)bwl.uni-kiel.de



Research projects

SimPat - Sicherung intersektoraler Versorgung durch ein IT-gestütztes Dienstleistungskonzept für multimorbide Patienten mit Demenz

KOPS - Coordination of Victim Assistance and immediate psychological care


Dr. Andrea Popa (Dipl.-Volksw.) earned her doctorate in 2017 at the Department for Technology Management under Prof. Dr. Carsten Schultz. Her research focuses on drivers and barriers of innovations, particularly in interdisciplinary healthcare settings and the development and implementation of nonprofit innovations. Prior to her doctoral studies, Andrea worked for an innovative FinTech start-up in Hamburg as Manager of Business Development. Andrea majored in economics at the Kiel University; during her studies she worked as a student assistant at both the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, as well as the Department of Innovation, New Media and Marketing at Kiel University.