Dietmar Grichnik

Dietmar Grichnik

Dietmar Grichnik

Prof. Dr.
Büro 2-246
Dufourstrasse 40a
9000 St. Gallen
Publications Publications of Dietmar Grichnik
Main Focuses Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Finance, Decision-Making
Fields of research
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
Further fields of research
  • Strategic Entrepreneurship
  • Technology Entrepreneurship
  • Start-up Management
  • Nascent Entrepreneurship
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship
Professional Career

Since 2018 Member of the Board Member of the Institute of Business Education and Educational Management, University of St. Gallen

Since 2017 Member of the Board of the Institute of Media and Communications Management, University of St. Gallen 

Since 2017 Dean, School of Management, University of St. Gallen

2015 - 2017 Vice-Dean, School of Management, University of St. Gallen

Since 2015 Director, Global Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of St. Gallen

Since 2012 Director, Center for Entrepreneurship - Startup@HSG, University of St. Gallen

Since 2010 Director, Institute of Technology Management, University of St. Gallen

Since 2010 Full Professor and Chair for Entrepreneurship, University of St. Gallen

2007 - 2010 Full Professor and Chair for Entrepreneurship (Prof. Otto Beisheim Foundation), WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Vallendar (Germany)

2007 Harvard Business School, Harvard University, Cambridge (USA)

2005 - 2007 Full Professor and Chair for Corporate Finance & Entrepreneurship, Witten Herdecke University (Germany)

2005 Venia legendi in Business Administration (Habilitation), Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf (Germany)

2000 Dr. rer. pol. (Ph. D.) in Business Administration, University of Cologne (Germany)

1996 Diploma in Business Education (Dipl.-Hdl.), University of Cologne (Germany)

1995 Diploma in Business Administration (Dipl.-Kfm.), University of Cologne (Germany)

Teaching Activities

Entrepreneurship: Foundations and Cases (Bachelor Course)
Technology and Entrepreneurship (Master Course)
High-tech Start-up Management (Master Course)
Entrepreneurship in Technology Firms (Master Course)
Lean Startup (Master Course)
Application Project "New Venture Creation" (Master Course)
CEMS Entrepreneurship
Research Seminar in Entrepreneurship (PhD Course)
Paper Clinic (PhD Course)


AOM – Academy of Management
DHV – German Association of University Professors and Lecturers
FGF – German Scientific Association of Entrepreneurship Research
SG – Schmalenbach Association for Business Research
VHB – German Academic Association for Business Research


Awards and Research Funding:

Academy of Management (AOM) Best Paper Proceedings 2018

SNSF-Swiss National Science Foundation, Project Funding: "Learning More when Learning Together: Antecedents and Consequences of New Venture Team Learning", 2017-2020  

Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research (BCERC), Best Paper Proceedings 2016

Ranked among TOP 100 Leading Professors in the Field of Entrepreneurship 2015
As nominated by today`s tech entrepreneurs worldwide 

Appointed for a Full Professorship and Chair in Management at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, 2015 (refused)

SNSF-Swiss National Science Foundation Research Funding, Project "Antecedents, Processes, and Consequences of Business Model Design in Technology Ventures", 2013-2016

Communication Impact-Award for "HSG Little Green Bags Video: 10 Myths of Entrepreneurship" at Business Innovation Day 2013

Best Sustainable & Social Entrepreneurship Paper Award at G-Forum 2012, FGF annual meeting 2012

Appointed for a Full Professorship and Chair in Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Finance at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, 2012 (refused) 

Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research (BCERC), Best Paper Proceedings 2011 

Communication Impact-Award for "HSG Gründergarage" at Business Innovation Day 2011

Academy of Management (AOM) Best Paper Proceedings 2009

EXIST III Sponsorship provided by the General Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Technology for KOpEE (Koblenz Network for Open Entrepreneurship Engineering)

Wolfgang Ritter Award 2007 for Outstanding Achievements in Business Administration Research, Wolfgang Ritter Foundation, Bremen (Germany)

Scholarships of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), of the German National Scholarship Foundation (DFG), of the Konrad Henkel Foundation, Duesseldorf (Germany) and of the German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB)

Talks Selected topics of recent talks:

Entrepreneurial Firms - Corporate Venturing
Switzerland - World Champion in Innovation, but not in Entrepreneurship?
Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in an International Comparison
Entrepreneurship - Mythen und Realitäten
Erfolgreich Handeln unter Unsicherheit - die Domäne des innovativen Unternehmers
Unternehmerische Expertise - wie innovative Unternehmer die Unsicherheit beherrschen und die Zukunft erfolgreich gestalten
Das Unternehmerische im Unternehmen wecken
Should entrepreneurs plan or just storm the castle?
Strategic decision-making in new ventures
Entrepreneurial expertise to foster innovation in enterprises
Financing entrepreneurship
Finanzierung innovativer Wachstumsunternehmen
Herausforderungen bei der Unternehmensgründung
Resource Bootstrapping of Nascent Entrepreneurs

Editorial Board JBV - Journal of Business Venturing
JSBM - Journal of Small Business Management
RDM - Research and Development Management Journal (Associate Editor 2014-2015)
ZfKE - Zeitschrift für KMU und Entrepreneurship
Additional Information


Author of 10 books and more than 200 articles in international journals such as Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Small Business Management, Research Policy, Small Business Economics, and Venture Capital.

Visiting Appointments and Scholarships:

2016 Visiting Professor, Kaunas University of Technology, Kaunas (Litauen)

2013 Visiting Professor, ESADE Business School, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona (Spain)

2013 Lecturer at ETH - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Management Zurich (Switzerland)

2011 Visiting Professor, WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Vallendar (Germany)

2010 Visiting Professor, University of Melbourne (Australia)

2009 Visiting Professor, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, III. International Engineering Seminar, Bogotá (Colombia)

Since 2009 Visiting Professor, MBA Degree Program for Management Executives , DBS – Düsseldorfer Business School (Germany)

2008 Visiting Professor, MBA in International Management and Innovation, SIMT, Stuttgart (Germany)

2007 Visiting Professor for the Professional MBA Entrepreneurship Central Europe, Danube University Krems (Austria)

2006 Visiting Professor, Global Entrepreneurship Center of the Garvin School of International Management, Thunderbird University, Phoenix/Arizona (USA)

2005 Visiting Professor, Master Program for International Executives in SMEs and International Management (MIEX), Università di Bologna (Italy)

Academic Management:

Vice-Dean, School of Management, University of St. Gallen

Member of Steering Committee School of Management, University of St.Gallen

Member of Senate, University of St.Gallen

Referee and Advisory Mandates:

Academy of Management (AOM)
Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC)
BFuP – Betriebswirtschaftliche Forschung und Praxis
DAAD – Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst
DBW – Die Betriebswirtschaft
DFG – Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
ET&P – Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice
G-Forum – Interdisziplinäre Jahreskonferenz zur Gründungsforschung
International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business (IJESB)
Journal of Business Venturing (JBV)
Journal of International Entrepreneurship (JIE)
Journal of Small Business Management (JSBM)
SNF - Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF)
VHB – Jahrestagung des Verbands der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft
ZfB – Zeitschrift für Betriebswirtschaft
zfbf / sbr – Zeitschrift für Betriebswirtschaftliche Forschung / Schmalenbach Business Review
ZfKE – Zeitschrift für KMU und Entrepreneurship

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