Dr. Kehinde Medase

Kehinde Medase

Scientific employee



Max-von-Laue-Straße 1
28359 Bremen
Gebäude WIWI 2, Raum F 2060

Telefon: +49 (0)421 218-66642
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Research Gate



  • Economics of Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Knowledge Management & Technology Transfer

ORCID profile:



Kehinde Medase is a postdoctoral researcher at the Chair of Economics of Innovation and Structural Change, University of Bremen. He works closely with Professor Jutta Günther and Dr Ann Hipp on the project “Obstacles to Modernisation in the Economy and Science of the GDR (Mod-Block-DDR)”.

Kehinde completed his PhD at Friedrich Schiller University Jena on December 13, 2019 and funded by Katholischer Akademischer Ausländer-Dienst (KAAD). His PhD dissertation, Dynamic Capabilities and Innovation Optimisation: A Firm-level Empirical Analysis, examines the heterogeneous nature of dynamic capabilities and their impact on innovation.  Kehinde has published his work in notable innovation journals and participated in many conferences within and outside Germany, where he presented most of his current and ongoing scholarly works. In addition, Kehinde serves as a regular reviewer to a number of innovation, entrepreneurship and business management journals. 

Before and during his PhD phase, Kehinde served as a research assistant at the Chair of Economic Policy, Friedrich Schiller University Jena and supported in the supervision of master theses. He also volunteered to teach and supervise end of semester examinations in Innovation Systems, Studies in Entrepreneurship and Regional Development at the Chair of Business Dynamics, Innovation and Economic Change. In career transition, Kehinde also worked on a project at the University of Jena on the Regionalisation of German Patents from 1989-1990 (DDR Patents).

Kehinde was a Queen Elizabeth Scholar emerging scholar recipient, a scholarship program competitively offered by the Open African Innovation Research (Open AIR) at the University of Ottawa, Canada, in conjunction with the DST/NRF/Newton Fund Trilateral Chair in Transformative Innovation, the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Sustainable Development, College of Business and Economics, the University of Johannesburg, where he currently serves as a Senior Research Associate.

His principal research interests lie in the economics of entrepreneurship and innovation; knowledge exploration, which includes open innovation, creativity & knowledge transfer and management; firm strategy & growth, which are a subset of dynamic capabilities. In addition, he is keen on the emergence and persistence of innovation and entrepreneurship in rural and urban regions, respectively—an academic quest that indicates the importance of all places, whether urban or peripheral, for innovation and entrepreneurship emergence. Consequently, he has a growing interest in gender economics, regional economics, economic geography, and econometrics.

Academic education and degrees

Since 10/2021

Faculty of Business Stuides and Economics, Chair of Economics of Innovation and Structural Change, University of Bremen

Postdoctoral Researcher

Obstacles to Modernisation in the Economy and Science of the GDR (Mod-Block-DDR).   

Since 10/2020

DST/NRF/Newton Fund Trilateral Chair in Transformative Innovation, the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Sustainable Development, College of Business and Economics, University of Johannesburg (collaborative, not remunerative)

Senior Research Associate | Johannesburg, South Africa | August 2020

Internal and External Research Collaboration

Open African Innovation Research (Open AIR): Queen Elizabeth Scholars’ Program

Emerging Researcher | University of Ottawa, Canada | October 23, 2020 – March 23, 2021


04/2020 - 09/2020

Chair of Business Dynamics, Innovation, and Economic Change, University of Jena

Data Assistant (Freelance) | Jena, Thüringen, Germany

Patent Data Management on the Project: Regionalisation of German Patents from 1989-1990 (DDR Patents)


Doctor of Philosophy Economics 

Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany

Dissertation Title: Dynamic Capabilities and Innovation Optimisation: A Firm-level Empirical Analysis

10/2014 – 02/2016

Master of Science Economics

Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany

Master Thesis: Innovation and Firm Growth: Evidence from Nigeria

07/2006 - 07/2010

Bachelor of Science Economics and Business Administration, Economics option

University of Ghana (Catholic University of Ghana College Campus), Legon, Accra, Ghana

Bachelor Thesis: The Effects of the Redenomination of the Cedi on Petty Traders: A Case Study of Sunyani Municipality, Ghana

Workshops, Conferences and Summer Schools


2023: Society of Open Innovation & DEMI Conference - New Way to Open Innovation and Open Business Model after the Pandemic for the Recovery of World Economy, University of Naples, Federico II, Naples, Italy: July 11-15. 

2022: British Academy of Management (BAM): Reimagining business and management as a force for good: 31st August-2nd September at Alliance Manchester Business School, United Kingdom (hybrid).

2022: 61st ERSA Congress Disparities in a Digitalising (Post-Covid) world – Networks, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development: 22 – 26 August. Hybrid: Onsite in Pécs, Hungary & Virtual.

2021:18th International Schumpeter Society Conference - Rome - 8-10 July, Luiss Guido Carli (virtual)

2021: Development Studies Association (DSA) Conference on Unsettling Development, 8 June – 2 July Online Conference at the University of East Anglia, Norwich United Kingdom (virtual).

2021: Future of Growth Conference organised by the Research Centre for Economic Analysis (RCEA), University of Waterloo, Ontario; May 20-21 (virtual).

2020: Creative Spark Berlin Conference, March 13 & 14, at Indiana University Europe Gateway, Berlin, Germany (Attendee).

2019: 2nd Annual Innovation, Economic Complexity and Economic Geography at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, September 2-4.

2019: The Annual Conference (Verein fur Socialpolitik) in Leipzig, Germany, September 22 to 25. Theme: 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall: Democracy and Market Economy

2019: Development Studies Association (DSA) Conference on 50 Years of Openness 19-21 June, The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.

2019: International Conference on African Entrepreneurship and Innovation at De Montfort University (DMU), Leicester, 13&14 June (Best Paper Award)

2018: 16th Globelics International Conference Accra, Ghana: Innovation Economic Growth and Sustainable Development: Strengthening Institutions for Greater Relevance, Effectiveness, and Industry: 24-26 October

2018: The Annual Meeting of the Verein fur Socialpolitik in Freiburg i.Br. Germany, September 2 to 5

2018: 17th International Joseph A. Schumpeter Society (ISS Conference) 2-4 July, Seoul South Korea.

2018: Development Studies Association (DSA) Conference on Global Inequalities 27- 29 June, University of Manchester, United Kingdom.

2018: 7th International Conference on Economics 23-25 January, Lisbon, Portugal

2017: 3rd AFRICALICS Conference on Emerging Innovation Systems for Sustainable Development in Africa (27-29 November) University of Oran 2 Mohamed Ben Ahmed, Oran Algeria.



2018: International Workshop FSU Jena: The Future of Entrepreneurship Research Where should we go to and what should we look at? (17th January).

2017: Workshop on Jena Lecture Series in Economic Geography: Quality of Government and the Returns of Investment: Examining the Impact of Cohesion Expenditure in European Regions. Guest Lecturer: Professor Dr Andres Rodriguez-Pose, LSE, London. (May 9 & 10) at Friedrich Schiller University Jena.

2017: Workshop on Water: Molecules, Resources and Source of Life (April 30, in Bonn, Germany) organised and supported by KAAD.

2017: Interdisciplinary Research for Peace, Development and Preservation of Creation (April 27-30, in Bonn, Germany) organised and supported by KAAD.

2017: Religion and Development: The Role of Religious Communities for the Sustainable Development Goals (March 13-16, in Bonn, Germany) organised and supported by KAAD.

2016: Current Trend in Globalization and Consequences for Developing Countries (Friedrich Schiller University, Jena) Organised by the Chair of Economic Policy, Jena.

2016: Conference on Violence and the Role of Religions in South Africa (7-9 April at Friedrich University, Jena) Supported by the German Foundation for Peace.


Summer academies

2019: 13th Jena Summer Academy on Innovation in a Digitalised World (July 21-August 2).

2017: 11th Summer School on Innovation and Uncertainty (July 23-August 5, 2017), offered by Friedrich Schiller University Jena and the International Max Planck Research School on Adapting Behaviour in a Fundamentally Uncertain World.

2016: 10th Summer School on IMPRS Uncertainty & Economics of Innovative Change (July 24-August 6), offered by Friedrich Schiller University and the Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena, Germany.



Medase, K., & Barasa, L. (2019). Absorptive capacity, marketing capabilities, and innovation commercialisation in Nigeria. European Journal of Innovation Management, 22(5), 790-820. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJIM-09-2018-0194.  

Abdul Basit, S., & Medase, K. (2019). The diversity of knowledge sources and its impact on firm-level innovation: Evidence from Germany. European Journal of Innovation Management, 22(4), 681-714. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJIM-10-2018-0232.

Medase, S. K., & Abdul‑Basit, S. (2020). External knowledge modes and firm‑level innovation performance: Empirical evidence from sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Innovation & Knowledge, 5(2), 81-95. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jik.2019.08.001.

Medase, S. K. (2020). Product innovation and employees' slack time. The moderating role of firm age & size. Journal of Innovation & Knowledge, 5(3), 151‑174 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jik.2019.11.001.

Medase, S.K. (2020). The Impact of the heterogeneity of employees' qualifications on firm-level innovation: Evidence from Nigerian firms. International Journal of Innovation Managementhttps://doi.org/10.1142/S1363919621500110 or https://www.econstor.eu/bitstre am/10419/203563/1/VfS-2019-pid-27465.pdf.

Medase, S.K & Wyrwich, M. (2021): The role of innovation for employment growth among firms in developing countries: Evidence from Nigeria, African Journal of Science,    Technology, Innovation and Developmenthttps://doi.org/10.1080/20421338.2021.1877417.

Medase, S.K & Abdul Basit, S. (2021). Trademark and Product Innovation: The Interactive Role of Quality Certification and Firm‑level Attributes. Innovation and Development. https://doi.org/10.1080/2157930X.2021.1911049.

Medase, S. K., Ahali, A. Y., & Belitski, M. (2023). Natural resources, quality of institutions and entrepreneurship activity. Resources Policy, 83, 103592. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resourpol.2023.103592

Hipp, A., Jindra, B., & Medase, K. (2023). Nothing new in the East? New evidence on productivity effects of inventions in the GDR (No. 2301). Institute for Economic Research and Policy (IERP), University of Bremen, Faculty of Business Studies and Economics.10.26092/elib/1994



Journal Referee

  • The International Journal of Innovation Management
  • International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research
  • Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging economies
  • African Journal of Science Technology Innovation and Development
  • International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship
  • Journal of Financial Services Marketing
  • Innovation: Organization & Management
  • The Brazilian Journal of Political Economy
  • Innovation and Development
  • Small Business Economics
  • Borsa Istanbul Review
  • Regional Studies
  • PLOS One