Dr. Christian Fisch

Akademischer Rat und Mitglied der wissenschaftlichen Leitung der Forschungsstelle Mittelstand


Die thematischen Schwerpunkte meiner Lehrveranstaltungen sind Entrepreneurship, Geschäftsmodelle, Innovationsmanagement, quantitative Methoden, und Strategie. Die von mir an der Universität Trier regelmäßig durchgeführten und/oder betreuten Veranstaltungen sind:

  • Bachelor: Gründung und Innovation, Strategy and Organization, Forschungskolloquium
  • Master: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management,  Statistik Refresher (Grunldagenmodul), Forschungsprojekt, Forschungskolloquium


Seit 2017Mitglied der wissenschaftlichen Leitung, Forschungsstelle Mittelstand, Universität Trier
Seit 2017Akademischer Rat, Professur für Unternehmensführung, Universität Trier
2016–2017Geschäftsführung, Forschungsstelle Mittelstand, Universität Trier
2016Promotion, Erasmus Universität Rotterdam (NL), Promotionsschrift: "Patents and trademarks: Motivations, antecedents, and value in industrialized and emerging markets" (Link)
Seit 2013Affiliate Researcher, Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus Universität Rotterdam
2012–2017Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter an der Professur für Unternehmensführung, Universität Trier
2010–2012Masterstudium: Betriebswirtschaftslehre (Dienstleistungsmanagement), Universität Trier
2012Abschlussarbeit: "Die Wirkung von Charakteristika des CEO auf die Wahl der Markteintrittsform in Auslandsmärkte: Eine theoretisch fundierte, quantitativ-empirische Untersuchung deutscher KMU" (Ausgezeichnet mit dem Axel G. Schmidt-Preis für ganzheitliche Unternehmensführung)
2007–2010Bachelorstudium: Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften, Universität Trier


I am a research associate at Trier University's Department of Management (Germany) and an affiliate researcher at the Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam (the Netherlands). My research is mostly quantitative empirical and focusses on entrepreneurship (e.g., entrepreneurial finance, entrepreneurial personality) and innovation (e.g., patents, trademarks).

Most of my publications and working papers are available online:

Publications in Journals

  • Fisch, C. (2019). Initial coin offerings (ICOs) to finance new ventures. Journal of Business Venturing, 34(1), 1–22.
    (Article, Working paper version, German press release)
  • Block, J., Fisch, C., Obschonka, M., Sandner, P. (2018). A personality perspective on business angel syndication. Journal of Banking & Finance, forthcoming.
    (Article, Working paper version, German press release)
  • Block, J., Fisch, C., van Praag, M. (2018). Quantity and quality of jobs by entrepreneurial firms. Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 34(4), 565–583.
    (Article – open access)
  • Fisch, C., Block, J., Sandner, P. (in press). The impact of acquisitions on Chinese acquirers' innovation performance: An empirical investigation of 1,545 Chinese acquisitions. Journal of Business Economics (ZfB), forthcoming.
    (Article – open access)
  • Block, J., Fisch, C., Lau, J., Obschonka, M., Presse, A. (in press). How do labor market institutions influence the preference to work in family firms? A multilevel analysis across 40 countries. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, forthcoming.
    (Article – open access)
  • Obschonka, M., Fisch, C. (2018). Entrepreneurial personalities in political leadership. Small Business Economics, 50(4), 851–869.
    (Article, Working paper versionEnglish press release, German press release; selected coverage: Handelsblatt, Daily Mail, phys.org)
  • Fisch, C., Sandner, P., Regner, L. (2017). The value of Chinese patents: An empirical investigation of citation lags. China Economic Review, 45, 22–34.
  • Obschonka, M., Fisch, C., Boyd, R. (2017). Using digital footprints in entrepreneurship research: A Twitter-based personality analysis of superstar entrepreneurs and managers. Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 8, 12–23.
  • De Vries, G., Pennings, E., Block, J., Fisch, C. (2017). Trademark or patent? The effects of market concentration, customer type, and venture capital financing on start-ups’ initial IP applications. Industry and Innovation, 24(4), 325–345.
    (Article – open access)
  • Block, J., Fisch, C., van Praag, M. (2017). The Schumpeterian entrepreneur: A review of the empirical evidence on the antecedents, behavior, and consequences of innovative entrepreneurship. Industry and Innovation, 24(1), 61–95.
    (Article – open access). 
  • Block, J., Fisch, C., Lau, J., Obschonka, M., Presse, A. (2016). Who prefers working in family firms? An exploratory study of individuals’ organizational preferences across 40 countries. Journal of Family Business Strategy, 7(2), 65–74.
  • Fisch, C., Block, J., Sandner, P. (2016). Chinese university patents: quantity, quality, and the role of subsidy programs. Journal of Technology Transfer, 41(1), 60–84.
  • Block, J., Fisch, C., Hahn, A., Sandner, P. (2015). Why do SMEs file trademarks? Insights from firms in innovative industries. Research Policy, 44(10), 1915–1930.
  • Adam-Müller, A., Andres, R., Block, J., Fisch, C. (2015). Socialist Heritage and Image of Entrepreneurs in Europe: Micro-Level Evidence. Business Administration Review, 75(4), 211–232.
  • Fisch, C., Hassel, T., Sandner, P., Block, J. (2015). University patenting: a comparison of 300 leading universities worldwide. Journal of Technology Transfer, 40(2), 318–345.
  • Block, J., Fisch, C., Sandner, P. (2014). Trademark families: characteristics and market values. Journal of Brand Management, 21(1), 150-170.
  • Fisch, C., Block, J. (2013). The significance of the CEO for the internationalization of small and medium-sized enterprises. Wirtschaftspolitische Blätter, 60(1), 139–157.

Publications in edited books

  • Masiak C., Fisch C., Block J. (2018). What drives the intellectual property output of high-tech firms? Regional- and firm-level factors. In: Presse A., Terzidis O. (eds). Technology Entrepreneurship. FGF Studies in Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Springer.
    (Article, Working paper version)


  • Block, J., Fisch, C. (2019). Extending the focus of Management Review Quarterly: one year later. Management Review Quarterly, 69(1), 1–2.
    (Article – open access)
  • Fisch, C., Block, J. (2018). Six tips for your (systematic) literature review in business and management research. Management Review Quarterly, 68(2), 103–106.
    (Article – open access)
  • Block, J., Fisch, C. (2018). Introducing the new scope of Management Review Quarterly. Management Review Quarterly, 68(1), 1–2.
    (Article – open access)


  • Fisch, C. (2016). Patents and trademarks: Motivations, antecedents, and value in industrialized and emerging markets. ERIM Ph.D. Series Research in Management.
    (Link – open access).

Editorial activities

  • 2019: Guest Editor of a Special Issue on "Digital Innovation Management, International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management
  • Since 2018: Managing Editor of, Management Review Quarterly
  • Since 2017: Member of the Editorial Review Board of, Small Business Economics
  • Reviewer for: Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, Research Policy, Small Business Economics, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Technology Transfer, R&D Management, Technovation, Journal of Family Business Strategy