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Professor Dr. Jutta Günther

Prof. Dr. Jutta Günther




Max-von-Laue-Straße 1
28359 Bremen
Building WIWI 2, Room F 2100

Phone: +49 (0)421 218-66630



• Innovation Processes
• Structural Change
• Economic Aspects of System Transformation


Jutta Günther studied economics and social science at the Universities of Oldenburg, Osnabrück and Albany/New York from 1994 to 1999. In 2002 she did her doctorate at the University of Osnabrück in the field of social science at the chair of economic theory. From 2002 to 2014 she worked at the Leibniz Institute for Economic Research Halle (IWH) as scientist. She held different leading positions there, for example as head of department for structural change from 2008 to 2013 or as member of the executive board from 2011 to 2013. She habilitated at the faculty for economic science of the Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena in 2014. In April 2014 Jutta Günther took the professorship of economics, especially innovation and structural change at the University of Bremen. Her research priorities are innovation processes, structural change and economic aspects of system transformation.

Curriculum Vitae
Complete list of publications


About Jutta Günther



Academic Positions

Since 2014

University of Bremen 

Professor of Economics, especially Innovation and Structural Change, Faculty of Business Studies and Economics


Habilitation (German postdoc degree) at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany

2002 - 2014

Leibniz Institute for Economic Research Halle (IWH)

Researcher, head of department, member of the executive board (interim)


PhD candidate at the University of Osnabrück

1994 - 1999

Studies of Social Sciences and Economics at the University of Osnabrück and at the State University New York at Albany


Second chance education


2018 - 2022

“Obstacles to Modernization in the Economy and Science of the GDR” – Mod-Block-DDR (2018 to 2022), financed by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), Germany; in cooperation with the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, and TU Berlin.

2017- 2019

“INNcentive – Förderung junger Innovationsforscher” (2017-2019) – scholarship program financed by the "Stifterverband".


“Evaluating Science Organisations in Ukraine” (2017-2018) – financed by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), Germany; in cooperation with the National Academy of Science, Kiev/Ukraine.


“Global value chains, technological capabilities and economic development” (2016-2018) – financed by the German Academic Exchange Service; with Maciej Grodzicki (Jagiellonian University in Cracow/Poland) and Maria Savona (University of Sussex/UK).


„Openness of the Russian Innovation System“ (2016-2017) – Research fellowship for an international guest doctoral student financed by the Ministry of Science of the Russian Federation, in cooperation with the State University of Tyumen.


„Innovation in emerging economies“ (2015-2017) – financed by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), Germany.


„Innovationsnetzwerke in der pflanzenbasierten Bioökonomik“ (2013-2014) – financed by the Leibniz Association and Federal State of Saxony Anhalt


„Rahmenbedingungen von Gründungen in Sachsen-Anhalt“ (2012-2014), financed by the European Commission (ESF) and Federal State of Saxony Anhalt


„Technology Report Saxony 2012“, project on behalf of the Saxonian Ministry for Science and Art (SMWK).


„International R&D Locations“, project on behalf of „Expertenkommission Forschung und Innovation (EFI)”.


„Strategien für eine zukunftsorientierte Technologie- und Innovationspolitik im Freistaat Sachsen“, report for the Enquete Commission of the Sächsischsen Landtags (2012).


RegDemo (2011-2014) – „The Contribution of Universities to regional Development under Conditions of Demographic Change“– financed by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), Germany; joint project with Friedrich Schiller University of Jena


"Standortwahl ausländischer Investoren in Transformationsökonomien" (2011-2012) – financed by the DFG (German Science Foundation); joint project with HSE Moscow


„Evaluierung des BMWi-Programms „FuE-Förderung gemeinnütziger externer Industrie-forschungseinrichtungen Ostdeutschlands – Innovationskompetenz Ost (INNO-KOM-Ost)“ einschließlich des Modellvorhabens Investitionszuschuss technische Infrastruktur “ (2011-2012) – project on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Germany; in cooperation with the ZEW Mannheim.


„Effects of the business cycle support program (Konjunkturpaket II) through means of the innovation program “ZIM” on the cyclical economic development in Germany”, project on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Germany, 2010-2011.


“20 Years German Unification – Aspects on the East German Innovation System”, project on behalf of „Expertenkommission Forschung und Innovation (EFI)”, 2009-2010.


Vorbereitungsprojekt für einen internationalen Verbundantrag beim European Institute of Technology (EIT) zur Industrieentwicklung in der Photovoltaik, in Kooperation mit dem Fraunhofer-Institut für Mikrostruktur von Werkstoffen und Systemen (IWMS) Halle (2009-2010) – financed by the Martin-Luther-University of Halle-Wittenberg and the Ministry of Education of Saxony Anhalt


„Evaluation of the program in support of scientific research projects in Saxony “, project on behalf of the Ministry of Science and Art of the Federal State of Saxony.


“Clusterentstehung und -entwicklung in der Photovoltaik: Wie ist die Position Sachsen-Anhalts?” (2008-2010) – project on behalf of the Ministry of Education of Saxony-Anhalt.


„Investment (FDI) Policy for Azerbaijan” on behalf of the „Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ)” in the context of the „Private Sector Development Programs“ of the GTZ in Baku.


„Evaluierung der FuE-Projektförderung des Sächsischen Staatsministeriums für Wirtschaft und Arbeit“ (2007-2008) – project on behalf of the Ministry of Economics and Labor of the Federal State of Saxony, in cooperation with the Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena.


U-Know (2006-2009) – „Understanding the Relationship between Knowledge and Com-petitiveness in the Enlarging EU” – Research network (STREP) financed by the 6. Research program. Project coordination: Johannes Stephan (IWH); European research consortium



Microeconomics (lecture)

Scientific Reserch Methods in Economics (lecture)
Economics of Transition and Emerging Economies (project)
Internalization of Reserch and Innovation - the Role of Multinational Enterprises (seminar)
History of Economic Thought (seminar)
Transition, Structural Change and Innovation (seminar)
Economics of Knowledge (lecture)
Innovation Economics: Empirics (seminar)
Innovation Policy and Governance (seminar)
Innovationsforschung in der wirtschaftspolitischen Beratung (project)
Innovation and Economic Policy (seminar)
Industrial engineering
Theory of Innovation and Innovation Management (Master, seminar)
Innovation Research for economic policy making (project)

Selected publications


Cantner, U.; Dettmann, E.; Giebler, A.; Günther, J.; Kristalova, M. (2019): IThe impact of innovation and innovation subsidies on economic development in German regions. Accepted for publication, In: Regional Studies (in press).

 Günther, J.; Kristalova, M.; Ludwig, U. (2019): Structural stability of the research & development sector in European economies despite the economic crisis. Accepted for publication in: Journal of Evolutionary Economics (forthcoming soon).

Cantner, U.; Giebler, A.; Günther, J.; Meder, A.; Kristalova, M. (2018): Innovation cooperation in East and West Germany: a study on the regional and technological impact. in: International Journal of Computational Economics and Econometrics, Vol. 8, No. 3/4, 242-279.


Günther, J.; Meissner, D. (2017): Clusters as innovative melting pots? - The Meaning of Cluster Management for Knowledge Diffusion in Clusters. in: Journal of the Knowledge Economy, 8 (2), pp 499–512.


Kudic, Muhamed; Günther, Jutta (2017): Understanding the complex nature of innovation network evolution. in: Pyka, A.; Cantner, U. (ed.): Foundations of Economic Change – A Schumpeterian View on Behaviour, Interaction and Aggregate Outcomes, Springer, pp. 501-524.


Kudic, Muhamed; Günther, Jutta (2017): Foundation of Economic Change, A Schumpeterian View on Behaviour, Interaction and Aggregate Outcomes. in: Pyka, A. ; Cantner, U.(ed), 501-523.


Günther, J.; Kristalova, M (2016): No risk no fun? Foreign Direct Investment in Central and Eastern Europe. in: Intereconomics – Review of European Economic Policy, Vol. 51(2), 95-99


Günther, J.; Kristalova, M .; Ludwig, U. (2016): Unmittelbare und mittelbare Folgen der Wirtschaftssanktionen zwischen der EU und Russland auf Produktion und Beschäftigung in Deutschland. in: Russland Analysen, Nr. 325,20-24.


Brautzsch, H.-U.; Günther, J.; Loose, B.; Ludwig, U.; Nulsch, N. (2015): Can R&D Subsidies Counteract the Economic Crisis? - Macroeconomic Effects in Germany. in: Research Policy, Vol. 44, 623-633.


Dettmann, E.; Dominguez Lacasa, I.; Günther, J.; Jindra, B. (2015): The importance of localized related variety for international diversification of corporate technology. in: Regional Studies, Vol. 50 (10), 1648-1662.


Jindra, B.; Hassan, S.; Günther, J.; Cantner, U. (2015): European integration and outward FDI from Central and East Europe – Is there evidence of knowledge-seeking? in: Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 53 (6), 1248-1267.


Kudic, M.; Pyka, A.; Günther, J. (2015): Taking the first step - What determines German laser source manufacturers' entry into innovation networks? in: International Journal of Innovation Management Vol. 19 No. 5, 26 pages, online first, DOI: 10.1142/S1363919615500504.


Günther, J. (2015): Innovation. in: Hölscher, J. & Tomann, H. (editors): Palgrave Dictionary of Emerging Markets and Transition Economies, pp. 360-371.


Dettmann, E.; Günther, J. (2013): Subsidized Vocational Training: Stepping Stone or Trap? Assessing Empirical Effects Using Matching Techniques. in: Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 149 (3), S. 405–443.


Schwartz, M.; Peglow, F.; Fritsch, M.; Günther, J. (2012): What Drives Innovation Output from Subsidized R&D Cooperation? Project-Level evidence from Germany. in: Technovation Vol. 32 (6), 58-369.


Tunzelmann, N. von; Günther, J.; Wilde, K.; Jindra, B. (2010): Interactive Dynamic Capabilities and Regenerating the East German Innovation System. in: Contributions to Political Economy, Vol. 29 (1), 2010, S. 87-110.

Committees & advisory boards


Since 2019

Member of the scientific advisory board, Research Centre for East European Studies

Since 2018

German-Korean Consultation Board for Reunification Questions at the Office of the commissioner of the Federal Government of Germany for the New Federal States (Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs, Germany)

Since 2018

Leibniz Science Campus Halle – Plant Based Bio Economy, Germany, Member of the scientific advisory board

Since 2017

Federal Ministry of Science and Education (BMBF), Member of the scientific advisory board (ITA, Innovation and Technology Analyses)

Since 2015

Member of the scientific advisory board, Wissenschaftsstatistik GmbH (national R&D data) within the Stifterverband, Germany

University of Bremen

Since 2019

Member of the Academic Senate of the University of Bremen

Since 2017

Member of the Faculty Council, Faculty of Business Studies and Economics

Since 2018

Member of the steering committee, „Bremer Forschungszentrum für Energiesysteme“ (BEST)

Since 2017

Member of the advisory council for the project “go diverse – human resources development in academia“


Member (substitute) of the Academic Senate, University of Bremen


Representative for International Relations of the Faculty of Business Studies and Economics