After completing a degree in business administration in 2012, Josefine Diekhof undertook her doctoral studies in economics at the graduate college ‘The Economics of Innovative Change’, hosted by the Max Planck Institute of Economics and the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. In her PhD thesis, she focused on research areas related to entrepreneurial and innovative activities as well as international trade and sustainable transitions. Considering the context of radical and sustainable change, she analysed technology-specific responses of established firms to the activity of innovative entrants in the automotive industry. Throughout her research stay at the World Bank in Mexico (2015–2016), she furthermore investigated the relevancy of different firm characteristics when considering the effect of foreign market expansions on changes in firm performance.

Over the course of her academic career, Josefine Diekhof has gained experience working on inter-disciplinary projects at the interface of science, private business, and policy. She has, for instance, conducted studies for Siemens and the Fraunhofer IOF with the objective of identifying new market potentials for innovative technologies. As a supervisory board member of an energy cooperative, she performed profitability analyses and supported the development of new strategic areas while collaborating with professionals from the solar industry, utility companies, and local governments.

In September 2017, she joined ZEW as a postdoctoral researcher in the Research Department “Economics of Innovation and Industrial Dynamics”.

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