Djerdj Horvat, Ph.D.

Fraunhofer Institute for
Systems and Innovation Research ISI

Project Manager


Djerdj Horvat studied business and economics with special focus on international entrepreneurship at the University of Novi Sad in Serbia. Thereafter he did his Masters degree in Germany at the University of Potsdam in the Programme "Master of Economics and Business" with focus on international finance, banking, innovation management and entrepreneurship. Parallel to the work at the institute he finished his doctoral thesis on "Absorptive capacity in foreign subsidiaries of multinational companies" at the Freie Universität in Berlin at the Department of Innovation Management. Since November 2014 he has been employed as a researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research in Karlsruhe in the Competence Center Industrial and Service Innovations, since June 2015 in the Competence Center Policy - Industry - Innovation, Business Unit Industrial Innovation Strategies.

Work Focus

  • Measuring and evaluation of manufacturing firms' innovation capability with a special focus on process innovations

  • Strategic planning and analysis of production and R&D re-location, off-shoring and outsourcing decisions

  • Evaluation and Development of organisational capabilities and competences of manufacturing firms

  • Development of adaptable transnational value-chain networks 

  • Quantitative simulation and long-run analysis of industrial innovation dynamics and strategies with System Dynamics approach  


Güth, S.; Decius, J.; Horvat, D.; Schaper, N.; Virgillito, A. (forthcoming): Strategisches Kompetenzmanagement von Produktionsbeschäftigen in nicht-forschungsintensiven KMU. In Ahrens, D./Molzberger, G. (Hrsg.): Betriebliche Kompetenzentwicklung in analogen und digitalisierten Arbeitswelten. Heidelberg: Springer.

Kroll, H.; Horvat, D.; Copani, G.; van de Velde, E.; Simons, M.; Jäger, A.; PourAbdollahian, G.; Wastyn, A.; Naumanen, M. (2017): Dynamising the Uptake of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies in European Industries. 8 Proposals for Policy Action. Insights from a Recent Project for the European Commission. Karlsruhe: Fraunhofer ISI.

Horvat, D.; Dreher, C.; Som, O. (2016): Absorptive Capacity: Opening the Black Box from a Process Perspective. XXVII ISPIM Innovation Conference. Porto, Portugal.

Kinkel, S.; Horvat, D.; Rieder, B.; Jäger, A. (2016): The effects of in-house manufacturing and outsourcing on companies' profits and productivity. 23rd International Annual EurOMA Conference. Trondheim, Volume 23.

Kinkel, S.; Horvat, D.; Rieder, B.; Jäger, A. (2016): Flexibility constraints of global value chains – the (re-)emergence of local value chains? 23rd International Annual EurOMA Conference. Trondheim, Volume: 23.

Mladineo, M.; Horvat, D.; Veza, I. (2016): Case Study of Croatian manufacturing industry: Industry 4.0 Providers or Users? International Conference Mechanical Technologies and Structural Materials. Split.

Zanker, C.; Horvat, D. (2015): Globale FuE-Aktivitäten deutscher Unternehmen: Die Globalisierung hat bislang zu keinem Ausverkauf deutscher Entwicklungskompetenz geführt. Mitteilungen aus der ISI-Erhebung" Modernisierung der Produktion", Ausgabe 68. Karlsruhe: Fraunhofer ISI.

Kinkel, S.; Horvat, D.; Rieder, B.; Jäger, A. (2015): Wertschöpfung lohnt. Vorteile und Notwendigkeit lokaler Wertschöpfungsketten. Karlsruhe: Hochschule Karlsruhe - Technik und Wirtschaft, Fraunhofer ISI.

Horvat, D. (2015): Absorptive Capacity in auswärtigen Niederlassungen multinationaler Unternehmen. Eine vergleichende Analyse der Wissens­absorptions­prozesse zweier Unternehmen aus der Antriebstechnik. Hamburg: Verlag Dr. Kovac.

Horvat, D. (2014): An Analysis of Absorptive Capacity Routines and Processes in a MNC Subsidiary Abroad: Empirical Evidence from a German Electrical Drive Manufacturer and its Serbian Subsidiary. 15th CINet Conference, Budapest.