Dr. Klaus Fichter is the founder and director of the Borderstep Institute for Innovation and Sustainability. He is adjunct Professor of Innovation Management and Sustainability at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany, and is member of the Oldenburg Center for Sustainability Economics and Management (CENTOS). He is head of graduate degree programs in innovation management and sustainable entrepreneurship.
Professor Fichter is scientific director of the regional Network for innovation and entrepreneurship in times of climate change (NIK) and is on the board of the FGF network of entrepreneurship and innovation research (the largest network of entrepreneurship and innovation researchers in German-speaking Europe. He is also the Chair of the FGF-Special Interest Group “Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation”.
Furthermore, as widely published author in journals such as Industrial Ecology, R&D Management and Environmental Innovation and Societal Transition, and a business entrepreneur, he has proven credentials in both academia and the business world.
Distinctions include the €10,000 Hans Sauer Award for the promotion of environmental innovations for an innovative “eco-venturing” teaching approach that mentors start-ups on developing sustainable business ideas.
His research focuses on evolutionary and interaction economics, eco-innovation, management, sustainable entrepreneurship and green start-ups. He is particularly interested in co-creation, innovation communities and entrepreneurial ecosystems.
Klaus Fichter studied business administration, entrepreneurship and economics at the University of Bremen. From 1993 to 2000, he was head of the “Corporate Environmental Management” research field at the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IOEW) in Berlin. He completed his doctoral thesis in 1998 and his habilitation (qualifying for full professorship) in 2005. From 2005 to 2009 he was Associate Professor and since 2010 adjunct Professor of Innovation Management and Sustainability at the Department for Economics, Management and Law at the University of Oldenburg, Germany.
Borderstep Impact Guide published 14.10.2021
What impact do start-up support programs have on the economy, environment & society? This is hardly ever analyzed. The Borderstep IMPACT Guide offers practical approaches to evaluate and manage the impact of these programs. More
ImpactNexus: Sustainability as a success factor 02.09.2021
Borderstep celebrates the 15th year of its existence with its first spin-off. The start-up ImpactNexus, a spin-off of the Borderstep Institute, develops digital solutions for assessing start-ups. More