Award: ifm Mannheim’s article receives the Best Paper Award from the 2014 Diana International Research Conference in Stockholm, Sweden, June 15-17

Robert Strohmeyer, Research Fellow at the ifm Mannheim, and his co-authors - Assistant Professor Vartuhi Tonoyan from the Stevens Institute of Technology in the US, and Professor Jennifer E. Jennings from the University of Alberta in Canada - have received the Best Paper Award at the Diana International Research Conference for their study “Jacks and Jills of All Trades: Implications for Firm Innovativeness”.

Using large-scale data on female and male founders in Germany, the authors have uncovered the antecedents of firm innovativeness, by focusing on the importance of the entrepreneur’s knowledge diversity and their career paths prior to transitioning to entrepreneurship.

This year’s Diana conference’s theme was “Exploring the Impact of Women’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation in the Global Economy”. About 55 papers in total of the leading edge entrepreneurship scholars from the Babson College, the University of California at Berkeley, Grenoble University, University of Cambridge and the Nottingham University were presented there. You can read more about the conference here .

Contact Robert Strohmeyer at if you have any questions regarding the study.



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