Public policy continues to be an important determinant of economic and societal development, among others, so long as institutions and policy-makers interfere to shape the market economy. During the last few decades all levels of government at the federal, regional and municipal level have become key players in the promotion of a so-called entrepreneurial economy (read more about it here). The re-emergence of entrepreneurship and the shift from a market economy to an entrepreneurial economy accelerated due to an increased globalization and pressing challenges (e.g., climate change, pandemics) that has led to the development of new entrepreneurship policies implemented at all levels of government and governance.
Change, creativity and innovation became the drivers of the so-called entrepreneurial economy which is, among others, characterized as having a high degree of turbulence. This change from the market to the entrepreneurial economy had a deep impact on the policy-making process: Policy-makers face the challenge of having to develop new entrepreneurship policies to ensure sustainable and resilient development within their places, regions and nations. Policy-makers do meanwhile acknowledge the importance of entrepreneurship and micro-financing for sustainable, bottom-up development (read more here).
Our research focus goes beyond these rather traditional paradigms of considerations reflecting and taking into account the varieties of entrepreneurship policies and policy-making including digital, social, sustainable, institutional, administrative, public and other forms of entrepreneurship (read more here). Such investigations, research and activities allow us to think out of the box and develop innovative forms of governance including state-societal co-collaboration. This discussion has been triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic and lies at the core heart of our research. And they do have an impact on public administration and public management in the future assessed by our School and partner organizations.
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Grimm, H. M. & Bock, C. (2022). Entrepreneurship in Public Administration and Public Policy Programs in Germany and the United States. Teaching PublicAdministration.
Grimm, H. M. (2019). Entrepreneurship in Public Policy Education: The Willy Brandt School as a Case. In E. E. Lehmann & M. Keilbach (Eds.), From Industrial Organization to Entrepreneurship: A Tribute to David B. Audretsch (pp. 369–384). Cham: Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-25237-3_33
Grimm, H. M. (2019). Public and Policy Entrepreneurship Research: A Synthesis of the Literature and Future Perspectives. In D. Audretsch, E. Lehmann, & A. Link (Eds.), A Research Agenda for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (pp. 91–106). Edward Elgar Publishing. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781788116015.00011
Grimm, H. M., & Jimenez, J. C. (2021). Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Comparative Policy Analysis. Review. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice, 1–2. https://doi.org/10.1080/13876988.2021.1908829
Grimm, H. M., & Roßner, E. (2019). Qualifikationen, Ausbildung und Professional Schools in der Politikberatung. In S. Falk, M. Glaab, A. Römmele, H. Schober, & M. Thunert (Eds.), Handbuch Politikberatung (pp. 609–623). Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-03483-2_65
Willy Brandt himself represented social change. The Commitment Award seeks to build on his legacy by awarding fascinating, new social projects. In 2022, the Engagementpreis Foundation is supporting the 11th Commitment Award at the Willy Brandt School…
Ms. Maha Aly successfully defended her PhD Thesis under supervision of Prof. Dr. Heike Grimm and Prof. Dr. David Audretsch on October 20, 2021, in which she investigated the impact of cultural values on entrepreneurial behavior.
Since 2019 the EXIST project by Prof. Heike Grimm aims at implementing a social and international start-up campus at the University of Erfurt and already records two successful EXIST start-up scholarship teams: ‘Coachingspace’ and the ‘MINTy Girls’.