Professor Dr. Christian Fisch

Ehemaliger wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Privatdozent und akademischer Rat


Die thematischen Schwerpunkte von Herrn Fischs Lehrveranstaltungen waren Entrepreneurship, Geschäftsmodelle, Innovationsmanagement, quantitative Methoden, und Strategie. Die von ihm an der Universität Trier regelmäßig durchgeführten und/oder betreuten Veranstaltungen waren unter anderem Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, wissenschaftliches Arbeiten und empirische Methoden (Grundlagenmodul) sowie Forschungsprojekte und Forschungskolloquien.


2020Habilitation (Venia Legendi BWL), Universität Trier, Habilitationsschrift: "Essays on new and established types of entrepreneurial finance: venture capital, business angels, and the emergence of initial coin offerings (ICOs)"
2017-2022Akademischer Rat, Professur für Unternehmensführung, Universität Trier
2016–2018Geschäftsführung, 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
2017–2012Bachelor- und Masterstudium: Betriebswirtschaftslehre, Universität Trier


My research mainly focusses on entrepreneurial finance. I study novel questions regarding established forms of entrepreneurial finance (e.g., venture capital, business angels, leveraged buyout funds) and new, innovative types of entrepreneurial finance (e.g., initial coin offerings, cryptocurrencies, family offices). Other research topics include entrepreneurial personality (e.g., the influence of personality on success, the influence of failure on personality) and innovation (e.g., patents, trademarks). I am particularly interested in interdisciplinary projects that involve innovative data and data collection methods. My research is mostly quantitative-empirical.

Most of my publications and working papers are available online:

Selected publications

Publications in peer-reviewed journals (full list)


  • Fisch, C. (2020). Essays on new and established types of entrepreneurial finance: venture capital, business angels, and the emergence of initial coin offerings (ICOs). Postdoctoral thesis (Habilitationsschrift). (→ Link – open access)
  • Fisch, C. (2016). Patents and trademarks: Motivations, antecedents, and value in industrialized and emerging markets. ERIM Ph.D. Series Research in Management, Dissertation. (→ Link – open access)

Publications in edited volumes

  • Masiak, C., Fisch, C., Block, J. (2020). In which regions do governmental, independent, and corporate venture capital firms invest? An empirical investigation across 402 German regions. In: Moritz, A., Block, J., Golla, S., Werner, A. (Eds.). Contemporary Developments in Entrepreneurial Finance, 201–227. Heidelberg: Springer. (→ Article, → Working paper version, →
  • 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, 157–175. Heidelberg: Springer.
    (→ Article, → Working paper version, →


Editorial activities

  • 2019: Guest editor, special issue "Digital innovation management", International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management (Link)
  • Since 2018: Managing editor, Management Review Quarterly (Link)
  • Since 2017: Editorial review board, Small Business Economics (Link)
  • Reviewer for: Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, Research Policy, Journal of Corporate Finance, Small Business Economics, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Technology Transfer, R&D Management, Technovation, Journal of Family Business Strategy, Growth and Change

Conference presentations and research talks (selected)

TIE Conference 2019 (Darmstadt, DE)*, 4th ENTFIN Conference (Trier, DE), Workshop “Developments in Entrepreneurial Finance: Crowdfunding, Blockchain, and ICOs” (Lyon, FR), Research Seminar (Bergamo University, IT), G-Forum 2019 (Vienna, AT), ACERE Bootcamp (Brisbane, AU)*, G-Forum 2018 (Stuttgart, DE), Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (Waterford, IRE)*, AoM 2018 (Chicago, US)*, G-Forum 2017 (Wuppertal, DE), Greater Region Workshop (Luxembourg, LU), TIE conference 2017 (Koblenz, DE), AoM 2017 (Atlanta, US), G-Forum 2016 (Leipzig, DE), Workshop “Innovation and Entrepreneurship” (Luxembourg, LU), G-Forum 2016 (Leipzig, DE), AoM 2016 (Anaheim, US), FIFU conference DACHLi (Siegen, DE), RENT Conference 2014 (Luxembourg, LU), T2S Conference (Bergamo, IT), Erasmus Research Institute of Management Workshop (Rotterdam, NL)

* = Presented by Co-author

Press coverage (selected)

  • My research has been featured in various local and global news outlets, such as Brisbane Times (AU), Computerwelt (DE), Daily Mail (GB), Economic Times (IN), Frankfurter Allgemeine Woche (DE), Handelsblatt (DE), (US), L’Actualité (FR), L’Essentiel (LU), MailOnline (GB), Medical Daily (US), MSN (US), New Zealand Herald (NS), (US), Psychology Today (US), Science Daily (US), Sydney Morning Herald (AU), The Atlas (US), Trierischer Volksfreund (DE), WallstreetOnline (DE), WirtschaftsWoche (DE), Yahoo News (GB), Yahoo Finance (US).
  • Interview on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) with BörseTV (in German):
  • Springer Nature selected my study on entrepreneurial personalities in political leadership study as one of 2018’s most influential studies published by Springer Nature. As of 2019, the study ranks Nr. 1 in terms of the Altmetric score for media coverage in news outlets of all studies published in the top 20 innovation and entrepreneurship journals.