Robert Strohmeyer

Robert Strohmeyer studied sociology, social psychology and statistics at the University of Mannheim. He finished his Ph.D. in management in 2019 at the University of Mannheim with summa cum laude and is currently a Senior Researcher at the Chair for SME Research and Entrepreneurship. He has (co-) authored several research reports and book chapters and published in refereed journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, as well as International Journal of Sociology. He has been awarded the 2008 Academy of Management’s (Entrepreneurship Division) as well as 2014 and 2015 Diana International Research Conference’s Best Paper Awards. He has conducted numerous entrepreneurship and SME-related research projects funded by German ministries (BMBF, BMWI), the European Commisssion and national research foundations (e.g., Fritz-Thyssen foundation). He was a Visiting Researcher at Stevens Institute for Technology, Hoboken (US) as well as University of Alberta, Edmonton (Canada). He has been teaching graduate and Ph.D. courses on entrepreneurship (such as Advanced Entrepreneurship, Research Seminar in Entrepreneurship, as well as Applied Econometrics in Entrepreneurship and Management Research).

Before going to college, he finished apprenticeship training in the craft sector and worked several years in various start-ups and small businesses.

Key Publications

Tonoyan, Vartuhi, Robert Strohmeyer and Jennifer E. Jennings (2020): Gender Gaps in Perceived Start-up Ease: Implications of Sex-based Labor Market Segregation for Entrepreneurship across 22 European Countries. Administrative Science Quarterly, 65 (1):181–225.

Strohmeyer, Robert, Vartuhi Tonoyan und Jennifer E. Jennings (2017): Jacks-(and Jills)-of-all-trades: On whether, how and why gender influences firm innovativeness. Journal of Business Venturing, 32 (5):498-518

Tonoyan, Vartuhi, Robert Strohmeyer, Moshin Habib and Manfred Perlitz (2010): Corruption and Entrepreneurship: How Formal and Informal Institutions Shape Firm Behavior in Transition and Mature Market Economies. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. 34 (5):1-34.

For a List of Publications see Researchgate and Google Scholar.

Recent Awards

2015      Best Empirical Paper Award: Diana International Research Conference (Babson College, USA)                               This award was accompanied by a plaque and $5,000 honorarium (see:

2014      Best Paper Award: Diana International Research Conference (Stockholm, Sweden)


Recent projects

2014 – 2018  Cultural Pathways to Economic Self-Sufficiency and Entrepreneurship (CUPESSE)

2008 – 2012  Begleit- und Wirkungsforschung zur Hightech-Strategie: Systemevaluierung "KMU-innovativ"




Selbständige Frauen in Deutschland. Umfang, Entwicklung und Profil (16.02.04)
René Leicht, Maria Lauxen-Ulbrich, Robert Strohmeyer (2004):
Selbständige Frauen in Deutschland. Umfang, Entwicklung und Profil, in: KfW Banken-Gruppe (Hrsg.), Chefinnensache. Frauen in der unternehmerischen Praxis, Physica Heidelberg, S. 1-45.
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