Heike M. Grimm holds the Aletta Haniel Professorship for Public Policy and Entrepreneurship at the University of Erfurt and served as Vice President for International Affairs at the University of Erfurt, from 2014 until 2020. Currently, she is the Deputy Director of the Brandt School while having served as the Director of the Policy from 2006 until 2008 and from 2015 until 2019. Prior, she was Professor in Policy Analysis and Public Management with the Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy of the University of Malta. From 2002 until 2008, she held the Research Lectureship for Public funded by the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft.
She worked as Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Economics in Jena joining the Entrepreneurship, Growth and Public Policy Group lead by Professor David B. Audretsch, from 2004 until 2008. She was senior researcher at the Johns Hopkins University and the German American Centre for Visiting Scholars in Washington, D.C., visiting lecturer at the Higher School of Economics of the State University in Moscow, and visiting professor at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs of Indiana University in Bloomington.
She accomplished diverse research projects focusing on the role of entrepreneurship, start-ups, small business promotion for sustainable development funded, among others, by the European Science Foundation, the European Commission, the German Federal Ministry of Economics, the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education, and the Haniel Foundation. Next to academic experience, she worked as consultant and policy analyst for local and national governments, and international as well as private organizations, among them, the OECD, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Washington D.C., the State Chancellery and Ministry of Economics of Lower Saxony, Hanover, Europe Unlimited SA, Brussels, or the European Union of Small and Medium-Sized Companies. She studied politics, economics, economic history and Arabic at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich and the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She holds a Doctorate from the University of Munich and a Habilitation from the University of Erfurt.
The research of Heike Grimm focuses on the role of social and policy entrepreneurship, public policies for start-up initiatives and business promotion in context of development and the strategic management of places in diverse, international contexts.
Recently, she was awarded around 700,000 Euros in federal grants for implementing a social and international start-up campus at the University of Erfurt. The grant is part of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology‘s (BMWi) national initiative “EXIST Potentiale”, specifically addressing the pillar “Poteniale heben” (Unlock Potential) of the “EXIST Gründungskultur” (Exist Start-up Culture) program. The successful applicants and project team of four led by Heike Grimm submitted a convincing proposal which aims at promoting the entrepreneurial spirit of students and to further support ideas from international and interdisciplinary start-up teams.
Heike Grimm is specifically interested in the role of social entrepreneurship for bottom-up development in Global South countries and peripheral regions in the Global North. Previously successful start-up teams from the Willy Brandt School that emerged in her social entrepreneurship class, such as MINTy Girls, Sharing Living or the app Amigo, provided essential motivation for the idea and the development of a social and international start-up campus and incubator at the University of Erfurt. These projects were recipients of the Brandt School’s Commitment Award, which has been spearheaded by the Engagement Price Foundation over the last ten years. The intersection of entrepreneurship and public policy is an especially innovative aspect of the teaching and research portfolio of Heike Grimm, and is one of the unique selling points of the Brandt School’s MPP program.
Latest research is focusing on public health entrepreneurship. Further publications projects tackle issues such as policy entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship education. The peer-reviewed journal Public Administration Education just accepted an article for a special issue, in 2021.
A research cluster could be established focusing on Public Policy Research in the Global South culminating in edited volume by Heike Grimm with doctoral students and alumni of the Brandt School supported by internationally highly academics and researchers, among them, David B- Audretsch, Richard Rose and Meng-Hsuan Chu.
Social and international start-up campus University of Erfurt (EXIST) more information
Public Policy Research in the Global South
The Diversity of Entrepreneurship: Policy Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship Education, Public Health Entrepreneurship
Member International Association of Public Policy (IPPA), College Member more information
COMParative Methods for the Advancement of Systematic Cross-case Analysis and Small-n Studies (COMPASSS) more information
Grimm, H. M. (2010). Entrepreneur – Social Entrepreneur – Policy Entrepreneur. Typologische Merkmale und Perspektiven. Zeitschrift für Politikberatung, 3 (3-4), 441-456.
Grimm, H. M. (2010). The Diffusion of Bayh-Dole to Germany: Did new public policy facilitate university patenting and commercialisation? International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 12(4), 459-478.
Audretsch, D. B., Grimm, H. M. (2009). Local Strategies within a European Policy Framework. European Planning Studies, 17(3), 463-486.
Grimm, H. M. (2006). Do Public Information and Subsidies Contribute to the Entrepreneurial Environment?An Exploratory Transatlantic Study with Local-Global Perspectives. International Journal of Public Administration, 39(13), 1167-1193.
Grimm, H. M. (2019). Public and Policy Entrepreneurship Research: A Synthesis of the Literature and Future Perspectives. In D. B. Audretsch, E. Lehmann und Al Link (Eds.), A Research Agenda for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (91-106).Edward Elgar Publishing.
Grimm, H. M. (2019). Entrepreneurship in Public Policy Education: The Willy Brandt School as a Case. In E. Lehmann, & M. Keilbach (Eds.), From Industrial Organization to Entrepreneurship. A Tribute to David B. Audretsch (369-384).Springer.
Grimm, H. M. (2019). Introduction. The Added Value of Public Policy Research in the Global South. In Grimm, H. M. (Ed.), Public Policy Research in the Global South. A Cross-Country Perspective (1-13). Springer Nature.
Grimm, H. M. (2018). Qualifikationen, Ausbildung und Professional Schools in der Politikberatung. In S. Falk, M. Glaab, A. Römmele, M. Thunert, & H. Schober (Eds.), Handbuch Politikberatung. Springer.
Grimm, H. M. (2014). Entrepreneurship und Wissenschaftsmanagement an staatlichen Hochschulen. In H. Pechlaner, B. C. Doepfer und S. Märk (Eds.), Wertschöpfungskompetenz und Unternehmertum. Rahmenbedingungen für Entrepreneurship und Innovation in Regionen (165-196). Springer Gabler.
Grimm, H. M. (2010). Country Profile Germany. In Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Innovation. OECD´s Studies on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (66-67). OECD.
Grimm, H. M. (2009). Fostering Entrepreneurship in East Germany: Multi-Level Governance in a Transitional Economy. In Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): Perspectives on Strengthening Entrepreneurship in East Germany: Lessons from Local Approaches (29-54). OECD.
Grimm, H. M. (2009). Creating an Entrepreneurial Economy: The Role of Public Policy. In Z. Acs, D. B. Audretsch, & R. Strom (Eds.), Entrepreneurship, Growth, and Public Policy (299-318). Cambridge University Press.
Consultancy Output / Papers
Grimm, H. M. (2016). Country level assessment of inclusive policies and programmes: GERMANY. Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Programme of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Grimm, H. M. (2013). Policy briefs on evaluating inclusive entrepreneurship policies, financing business start-ups and entrepreneurship by people with disabilities. Nutek (Sweden), Junge Leute machen sich selbständig (Deutschland), WomEqual (Finland), RABE (Austria), submitted to the Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Programme of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Grimm, H. M. (2012). Skills Development and its Relevance to FDI-SME Linkages for East Kazakhstan. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. 35 pages.
Grimm, H. M. (2007). Assessing the Policy Environment of Places: The Free State of Thuringia in a Transitional Context. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Local Development (CFE), Local Economic and Employment Development Programme (LEED), Trento Centre for Local Development. 15 pages.
Grimm, H. M., & Audretsch, D. B. (2005). The ENABLE Program in the European Entrepreneurship Policy Context. Report on Behalf of the State Development Corporation of Thueringen (LEG). 25 pages.
Comparative Public Policy
Political Advocacy and Leadership
Project Group: Conceptualizing a Business Plan for a Fairtrade Shop or Selling Point
Project Group: The Emergence of Public Policy in Cross-Country Perspectives - A Publication Project
Project Group: The 'Social Impact navigator' - a Useful and Free-of-Chrage Tool which Needs to Reach the International NPO Community