Seminarreihe  /  16. März 2021, 16:00 – 18:00

Innovation and the covid crisis

Am 16. März 2021 ist Prof. Dr. Bernd Ebersberger im Rahmen der Seminarreihe  virtuell zu Gast am Fraunhofer ISI. Der Vortrag »Innovation and the covid crisis« beginnt um 16 Uhr.

Die ISI-Seminarreihe bündelt spannende Themen aus dem Portfolio des Fraunhofer ISI und bietet in regelmäßigen Abständen Gelegenheit zu Diskussion und Austausch.


The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a changing environment posing many challenges that call for innovative solutions. This presentation focuses on two issues.

First, it aims a characterizing the types of innovation that have been introduced in the time of crisis. Using topic modeling we characterize the innovations by their contents and by what needs they address. Additionally, we explore the temporal dynamics of innovation during the first months of the pandemic.

Second, we explore particular organizational actors’ innovation response time to changing needs triggered by the pandemic. To support the robustness of our analysis we use a specification curve analysis.


Since October 2018, Prof. Ebersberger is Head of the Department for Innovation Management at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany, where he also coordinates the research network »Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Finance (INEF)« and leads the Innovation Greenhouse at the University of Hohenheim.

Previously, Prof. Ebersberger held a professorship in innovation management and economics at the Management Center Innsbruck (MCI), and held positions at Fraunhofer ISI in Karlsruhe, the Technical Research Center of Finland in Espoo, Statistics Finland, and the University of Augsburg, among others.

Prof. Ebersberger's work focuses on innovation management, innovation systems, business innovation strategies, entrepreneurship and the link between innovation and sustainability.