Chair of Entrepreneurship and Innovation / ChairEEEE

Prof. Dr. René Mauer

Prof. Dr. René Mauer
Chair Owner

Phone: +49 30 32007 203


Academic Background

Since 2015

  • ESCP Europe, Berlin Campus
    Chair of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

2011 - 2015

  • RWTH Aachen, TIME Research Group, Chair for Business Administration for Engineers and Natural Scientists (WIN)
    Assistant Professor for entrepreneurship

2005 - 2011

  • RWTH Aachen, Chair for Business Administration for Engineers and Natural Scientists (WIN)
    PhD – Dissertation: „A Process Perspective on Effectuation: Elements, Effects, Antecedents and Complements“ (Grade: summa cum laude)
    Award of the 2011 “Borchers-Plakette” for doctoral degree with distinction


  • European Entrepreneurship Colloquium (EEC)
    Participation and guest speaker in the one week seminar of the European Forum for Entrepreneurship Research (EFER).


  • Max Planck School on Entrepreneurship Research
    Summer school of the Max Planck Institute for Economics in Jena
    Academic guest speakers: Melissa Cardon, Norris Krueger, Henry Etzkowitz, Frank Rothaermel, Arvids Ziedonis


  • Darden School of Business (University of Virginia)
    Grant of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for a research stay with Prof. S. Sarasvathy


  • Amos Tuck School of Business (Dartmouth College)
    Fall trimester in the 2nd year Tuck MBA program


  • Libera Università Degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli (LUISS) in Rome
    Erasmus program

2000 - 2004

  • WHU Beisheim School of Management
    Master’s Degree in Economics and Business Administration, GPA: 1.4
    Focus: entrepreneurship, marketing, controlling

Professional Background

Since 2011

  • Effectuation Intelligence, Aachen / Graz / St. Gallen / Rotterdam / Istanbul / Salem
    Consulting company for entrepreneurial management
    First curriculum for effectuation experts
    Founding Partner

2010 - 2011

  • Incelltec GmbH, Aachen
    Technology start-up in microscopy
    Co-founder: Finance, controlling, business development and marketing

Since 2009

  • GrüneG e.G., Marl
    Cooperative of companies in open space management
    Member of the supervisory board

Since 2005

  • Mauer GmbH, Neuss
    Family business in landscape gardening
    Co-owner and supervising consultant

2005 - 2015

  • RWTH Aachen, Chair Business Administration for Engineers and Natural Scientists (WIN)
    Senior researcher, lecturer and project coordinator
    Head of the Center for Entrepreneurship (2005 - 2007)

2005 - 2009

  • Business consultant (freelancer)
    Projects: IPO support, business development, coachings for entrepreneurs, moderation

2001 - 2003

Internships as part of the university program:

  • Targus Management Consulting AG (2003), Ratingen
    Practical thesis: „Changes in corporate finance – an empirical study on the reactions of large SMEs with regard to the credit crunch “
  • HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt KGaA (2002), Düsseldorf
    Investment banking: Equity research
  • Gamebookers Ltd. (2001), St. John’s (Antigua and Barbuda)
    Business development for a start-up in online sports betting

1998 - 2000

  • 3M Germany GmbH, Neuss
    Vocational training as assistant in industrial management



  • Academy of Management (AOM)
  • Eindhoven-Leuven-Aachen Triangle (ELAT)
  • European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ECSB)
  • Förderkreis Gründungsforschung (FGF)
  • Verband der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft e.V. (VHB)