Alumni Senior Fellow

Prof. Dr Bettina Burger-Menzel

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Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
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E-mail: burger-menzel@spam


Prof. Dr Bettina Burger-Menzel joined the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Senior Fellow. She conducted her research in Research Unit 1 “The (Im)Possibility of Cooperation” from April to September 2014, and has continued her research for another period from April–June 2015.

Research Project at the Centre

Lessons from innovation systems: Increased (global) cooperation potential through the application of diffusion principles

According to the World Economic Forum (2010), “The World is facing a paradox. It has become increasingly interdependent, but governments and international organizations are becoming less capable of addressing global issues as large parts of national populations are not yet ready to accept the consequences of policies which must be pursued in the global public interest.”

Thus, there seem to be gaps between the goals upon which negotiators agree on a global level and the degrees of implementation reached in the negotiators' home countries. How can these implementation gaps be explained? And how can new scientific insights help to close or at least bridge them?

Bettina Burger-Menzel builds on her previous work on incentive systems for creativity and diffusion in innovation systems.

Effective global cooperation needs that people are willing and capable to cooperate over time and to behaviorally change in a sustainable manner. Based on first research results, which discussed the cognitive self and its motivational process, this part of the research looks at what enables such an individual to practice and stimulate learning and adaptation within networks and scale up systemig change, not only top down but also bottom up. Actors, who are relevant for the negotiation and implementation of global cooperation, are not only described through their cognitive features but also through their positions, roles and needs within peer-group and agent networks. As a result, effective policy formulation needs to be checked against intra- and inter-diffusion patterns of groups and networks.This includes ICT-driven changes such as open communities or platforms, which allow individuals and organizations to develop their own hubs for social networking.

Research Interests

  • Markets, workable competition and public policy
  • Creativity and conditions for innovative behavior
  • Innovation systems, diffusion potentials and public policy
  • Knowledge societies and (open) interactive learning
  • Technological catching up and social innovations
  • Biotechnology, intellectual property, and development economics

Current Projects

  • The FTN-model: The importance of freedom, transparency and norms for individual creativity; based on Burger-Menzel (2011): Creators and National Innovation Systems: How to Integrate Motivational Factors into Policy Considerations, in: Aboites, J. / Corona, J. M. (eds.), Economía de la Innovación y Desarollo, Mexico-City, pp. 267–85
  • Tradititional knowledge, modern biotechnology and local development; in cooperation with Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco, Mexico-City
  • ICT-based learning and diffusion patterns in techno-economic paradigms, case study of Bolivia; in cooperation with Technical University of Berlin and Universidad Católica Boliviana San Pablo, La Paz
  • Technology transfer in industry-science linkages; in cooperation with University of Kassel and Universidad Autónoma de Hidalgo, Pachuca
  • Agent networks and environmental policies; in cooperation with Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta


Since 2000 Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences
Department of Business and Management
Professor of Economics, esp. Competition and Technology Policy
Since 2003 Short-term work stays at: Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco (UAM-X), División de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades, Mexiko-City (2003, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013); University of Arizona, Karl Eller Center for Entrepreneurship, Tucson (2005); Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Industrial and Systems Engineering & School of International Affairs, Atlanta (2013)
Guest Scientist
1991-2000 (i) Research Institutes: ZEW-Centre for European Economic Research, Mannheim (1992-1993); HWWA-Institute for Economic Research, Hamburg (1993-1998); (ii) Associations and Industry: The Delegate of German Industry and Commerce - German Business Association, Hong Kong (1991-1992); RWE-DEA AG für Mineraloel und Chemie, Hamburg (1998-2000); BDI-Federation of German Industries, Berlin (2000)
Researcher; Economic Analyst incl. strategic functions on national and European level
1993-1998 University of Hamburg, Germany
Faculty of Economics; with research stay at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Chair of Technology Transfer Studies on Small- and Medium-Sized Companies, Mexico-City (1995-1996; PhD scholarship by DAAD)
Doctoral thesis (Dr. rer. pol.) on 'Foreign direct investment, technological spillover effects and industrial development - case study of Mexico' (tutor: Prof. Dr. Erhard Kantzenbach)
1991 University of Mannheim, Germany
Faculty of Economics
Thesis (Dipl.) on 'Public-Choice analysis of autonomous central banks' (tutor: Prof. Dr. Roland Vaubel)
1989-1991 University of Mannheim, Germany
Faculty of Economics, Institute of Econometrics: Prof. Dr. Heinz König
Research Assistant; 'Socio Economic Panel'-based analysis of 'Determinants for the setting up of enterprises'

Selected Publications

Burger-Menzel, Bettina (2015): Universidades en Redes de Transferencia de Tecnología: De la teoría hacia la práctica, in: Raesfeld, L. / Badillo, R. (eds.), Gestores en Transferencía Internacional, Universidad Autónoma de Hidalgo, Pachuca (forthcoming)

Burger-Menzel, Bettina (2015): Lessons from innovation systems: Global cooperation and new insights on the cognitive self, Global Cooperation Research Paper, Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg (forthcoming)

Burger-Menzel, Bettina / Soría Lopez, Manuel (2014): Conocimiento tradicional, biotecnología moderna y desarrollo local en México, IX Congreso Latinoamericano de Sociología Rural 2014, Conocimientos, saberes y tecnologías en el medio rural, Mexico-City, 6.-11.10.2014

Büsch, Victoria / Burger-Menzel, Bettina (2014): Staatliche Förderung von Kreativitätspotenzialen in einer alternden Gesellschaft?, in: Merk, J. et al. (eds.), Öffentliche Aufgabenerfüllung zwischen Markt und Staat, Lage, 67-76.

Burger-Menzel, Bettina / Huyoff, Susanne (2014): Technologiepolitik auf dem Prüfstand, in: Stronk, D. (ed.): Moderne Wirtschaftsförderung (forthcoming)

Burger-Menzel, Bettina / Longton Brunet, Agustín / Villa Moreno, Camilo (2013): The Exploitation of Renewable Energies: A Cross-Country Analysis for Chile, Colombia and Germany, International Conference on Management of Technology, Porto Alegre, Brazil, 14.-18.04.2013

Burger-Menzel, Bettina / Syring, Nadine (2013): Managing across cultures – How to positively impact innovation through diversity, in: Hofstadler, H. et al. (eds.), Cross Cultural Conference 2013 - Proceedings, Steyr, 17–26

Burger-Menzel, Bettina / Assadi, Sara (2012): The economics of open sourcing: A new type of interactive learning within national innovation systems, Ide@s CONCYTEG, 7 (80), 240–60

Burger-Menzel, Bettina (2011): Creators and National Innovation Systems: How to Integrate Motivational Factors into Policy Considerations, in: Aboites, J. / Corona, J. M. (eds.), Economía de la Innovación y Desarollo, Mexico-City, 267–85

Burger-Menzel, Bettina / Cabero Tapia, Patricia (2011): ICT-based learning and diffusion awareness: Insights from social network analysis and reflections on the Bolivian Case, Globelics Conference, Buenos Aires, 14.-17.11.2011

Burger-Menzel, Bettina (2010): Technology Transfer, University-Industry Linkages and the Micro-Level, Workshop on ‘Regional competence in technology and innovation management in Latin America’, Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogota, Colombia, 14.-18.09.2010 (forthcoming as book contribution)

Burger-Menzel, Bettina (2009): Fachhochschulen in regionalen Innovationsnetzwerken, in: Kujath, H.J. / Krupa, J. (eds.), Fachhochschulen als regionales Potenzial – zur Kooperation von Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft in der Metropolregion Berlin-Brandenburg, Leibniz-Institut für Regionalentwicklung und Strukurplanung (IRS), Berlin, 103–24

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Relevant markets, firm strategies and competition policy
  • From research and innovation management to technology policy
  • Evaluation of interrelated policy fields and potential trade-offs: The case of competition and technology policy
  • General economic policy and institutional frameworks
  • Networks in knowledge economies and intercultural aspects

Expertise and Consulting Work

Extract of recent activities:

  • Educational expert for the European University Association; Project 'Alfa Puentes', Costa Rica, Guatemala and Honduras (2012-2014)
  • Educational expert for the German Academic Exchange Service; Project 'Dualmex', Mexico and Bonn (2013)
  • Expert hearing at the German Council of Science and Humanities on demographic change, qualification strategies and labour market, Bonn (2013)
  • Peer Reviewer, Internal Accreditation Audit, Master of Business Administration, Technical University of Wildau (2013)
  • Guest expert for the Bolivian Ministry of Education for the 'Day of the Internet' (2011; supported by DAAD)
  • Lead function in project partnership on 'Innovation and Technology Management' with División de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco, Mexico-City (2008-2011; supported by DAAD)

Seminars and Conferences

  • Examples see 'Expertise and Consultant Work'


  • Member of Work Group of German Council of Science and Humanties (WR), Cologne (since 2014)
  • Member of Scientific Committee of the German-Argentinian University Center (Centro Universitario Argentino-Alemán / Deutsch-argentinisches Hochschulzentrum), Buenos Aires
  • Member of the Global Network for the Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems
  • Member of sqb-Advisory Council of the State of Brandenburg, Germany (2008-2013)
  • Vice President for Academic and International Affairs of Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences (2007-2013) with membership in numerous interorganizational networks
  • Member of the German SIFE Network of University Advisors (now: enactus) with establishment of plattform at Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences (2007-2012)
  • Member and Responsible University Leader of the international 'PRIME Networking', Brussels, Girona (2003-2013)


  • Research grant of Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences (yearlong research professorship; 2014-2015)
  • Globus Award for International Accomplishment of Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences (2012)
  • Scholarship by German-American Fulbright Commission, Berlin (short-term; 2008)
  • PhD-scholarship by German Academic Exchange Service, Bonn (short-term; 1995-1996)
  • Various short-term scholarships (1989-1992) by Institute for Humane Studies at George-Mason University, Washington; Liberty Funds, Indianapolis; Timbro Institute, Stockholm

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