Prof. Dr. Stephan A. Jansen

At the university since

  • Summer semester 2016 (part time)

Focus on teaching

  • Organization
  • Management
  • Leadership
  • Finance
  • Civil Society
  • Social Entrepreneurship

Research interests and fields

  • Theories:
    • Systems theory
    • Organizational and network theories
    • Management and leadership sociology
    • Innovation theories
  • Phenomena:
    • Philanthropy
    • Civil society
    • Urban development and urban mobility
    • Business model and social innovation
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
    • Education

Academic training and further education

  • Chair of Strategic Organization and Finance (SOFI) at Zeppelin University
  • Founding Director of the Civil Society Center (CiSoC) at Zeppelin University
  • Visiting Scholar at Stanford University
  • Doctorate (Dr. rer.pol.) at the Private University of Witten/Herdecke
  • Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Business School
  • Studied economics and management (Witten/Herdecke Private University, New York University, Tokyo Keizai University)

Practical experience

  • Since 2016 Managing Director of the “Gesellschaft für Urbane Mobilität” BICICLI Holding GmbH and “BICICLI Corporate Cycling Solutions GmbH & Co. KG”
  • Partner of the law firm for social & digital transformation “Das 18te Kamel & Komplizen GmbH & Co. KG” since 2015
  • 2003 – 2014 Founding President and Managing Director of Zeppelin Universität gemeinnützige GmbH, Friedrichshafen
  • 1997 – 2003 Founder and Director of the “Institute for Mergers & Acquisitions/IMA” at the University of Witten/Herdecke
  • 1999 Co-founder of cosinex GmbH
  • Corporate, foundation and political consulting (e.g. federal ministries, chancellery)

Teaching and research projects

  • Current research projects:
    • “Future of urban mobility” (2017-2021)
    • “Entrepreneurial Philanthropy: Private Wealth as 5th Power” in cooperation with private foundations, Stanford University (2015-2017)
    • “Innovation systems of welfare organizations” in cooperation with Caritas (2013-2016)
    • “Business Model Innovation of SME and Family Owned Company in the field of Mobility and Energy” funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (2012-2016)
    • International Research Network “Social Economic Empowerment (IRENE SEE)” in Colombia, Ethiopia, Mexico and South Africa, funded by Siemens Stiftung (2010-2016)

Expert activities

  • Member of the editorial advisory board of Zeitschrift für Management/ZfM
  • Member of the advisory board of innoscripta GmbH, Munich
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Würth Freie Schule Anne-Sophie Foundation, Künzelsau & Berlin
  • Member of the advisory board of Rock Your Life! gGmbH
  • Member of the advisory board of the Kinderstiftung Bodensee (Caritas)
  • Member of the founding advisory board of KIRON University gGmbH
  • Member of the founding advisory board of Kreatives Unternehmertum gGmbH

Further information

  • Listing in the global “Thinkers50” ranking
  • Funding by the Herbert Quandt Foundation
  • Fullbright Scholarship for the “Higher Education Expert Seminar”
  • Scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation
  • Member of the Association of German University Professors of Business Administration e.V.

Publications and working papers (selection)

Series of columns in business magazines

  • brand eins: “Questions for Stephan A. Jansen”, bimonthly.
  • enormous: “The new driving nonchalance. Analyses of urban mobility”


  • Jansen, S.A. (2018): Liberation of Education: Schönschrift für die Neugier in digitalen Zeiten, Berlin: Nicolai Verlag.
  • Jansen, S.A. (2015): Mergers & Acquisitions: corporate acquisition and cooperation – A strategic, organizational and capital market theoretical introduction. Wiesbaden: Gabler, 6th revised and supplemented edition (In preparation).
  • Jansen, S.A. (2004): Management of mergers – theories, theses, tests and tools. Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta.
  • Jansen, S.A. and Priddat, B.P. (2001): Electronic Government – New Potentials for a Modern State. Stuttgart: Klett Cotta.
  • Littmann, P. and Jansen, S.A. (2000): Oscillodox – virtualization: the permanent reinvention of the organization. Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta.


  • Lisa H. / Jansen, S.A. / Hentschel, B. (eds.) (2016) Entrepreneurial Solutions for Social Challenges in Colombia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mexico, and South Africa. Lessons from the “International Research Network for Social Economic Empowerment”, Siemens Stiftung & Civil Society Center, Munich.
  • Jansen, S.A., Schröter, E. and Stehr, N. (eds.) (2015): Education of education. Wiesbaden: Springer VS (in preparation).
  • Jansen, S.A., Heinze, R. and Beckmann, M. (eds.) (2013): Sozialunternehmen in Deutschland – Anlaysen, Trends und Handlungsempfehlungen. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.
  • Jansen, S.A., Schröter, E. and Stehr, N. (eds.) (2013): Fragile stability – stable fragility. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.
  • Jansen, S.A., Schröter, E. and Stehr, N. (eds.) (2012): Citizens. Power. State? New forms of social participation, involvement and division of labor. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.
  • Jansen, S.A., Schröter, E. and Stehr, N. (eds.) (2012): Positive Distance – Multidisciplinary Approaches to True Distance and Keeping Distance in Theory and Practice. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

Articles/contributions to anthologies

  • Jansen, S.A. and Spiess-Knafl, W. (2019): Intersectoral M&A transactions, in Kraemer, A. & Schons, L. M. (eds.): Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Enterprise, “Corporate Social Responsibility” series, Wiesbaden: SpringerScience.
  • Jansen, S.A. (2018): ‘Magnetism of metropolitan areas’, in Globart (ed.): Order – what holds the world together, De Gruyter, pp. 75ff.
  • Jansen, S.A. (2017): Magnetische Metropolen, in: Armin Nassehi (ed.): Kursbuch 190 Stadt.Ansichten.
  • Spiess-Knafl, W., Mast, C. and Jansen, S.A. (2015): On the Nature of Social Business Model Innovation. In: Social Business, Vol. 5,2, 113-130.
  • Kordesch, R.M. and Jansen, S.A. (2015): The Social Game of Good – Interdisciplinary and Intersectoral Perspectives and Trends in Social Innovation. In: Tripp, W. and Zinnecker, S. (eds.): Caritas in Bewegung. Stuttgart, 36-50.
  • Jansen, S.A. and Mast, C. (2014): Convergent business model innovations in Germany – study results on drivers, barriers and success factors. In: Journal for Organization (zfo), 201/2014, 82nd vol. 25-31.
  • Spiess-Knafl, W. and Jansen, S.A. (2014): Social Enterprises and the Financing of different Scaling Strategies. In: Pate, L. and Wankel, C. (eds.): Emerging Research Directions in Social Entrepreneurship. In: Advances in Business Ethics Research 4, Heidelberg, New York.
  • Jansen, S.A. (2013): Professionalization of paradox: Re-legitimization opportunities for counselling. In: Schumacher, T. (ed.): Professionalisierung als Passion – Aktualität und Zukunftsperspektiven der systemischen Organisationsberatung. Heidelberg: Carl Auer Verlag, 224-239.
  • Jansen, S.A. (2013): Responsive universities of riskiness – On the function of the non-ordered. In: Jostmeier, M., Georg, A. and Jacobsen, H. (eds.): Sozialen Wandel gestalten – Zum gesellschaftlichen Innovationspotenzial von Arbeits- und Organisationsforschung. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, Dortmunder Beiträge zur Sozialforschung series, 177-186.
  • Jansen, S.A. (2013): Conceptual and conceptual history of social enterprises – difference-theoretical typologization. In: Jansen, S.A., Heinze, R. and Beckmann, M. (eds.): Sozialunternehmen in Deutschland. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 35-78.
  • Jansen, S.A. (2013): Scaling social effectiveness – theses, tests and trends on the organization and innovation of social enterprises and their effectiveness scaling. In: Jansen, S.A., Heinze, R. and Beckmann, M. (eds.): Sozialunternehmen in Deutschland. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 79-100.

Lectures (selection)

  • Jansen, S.A. (2019): Digitization beyond hypnosis – Analysis of utopian and dystopian perspectives with potential for European civil society, Social Innovation Summit 19, Stuttgart.
  • Jansen, S.A. (2018): Nachhaltigkeit & Ressourcen-Effizienz in der Mobilitätswende, Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning and Federal Environment Agency, Berlin, 17.04.2018.
  • Jansen, S.A. (2015): Die Bildung der nächsten Führung, opening presentation of the conference: “Leadership Revolution”, DGFP // lab Deutsche Gesellschaft für Personalführung (DGFP), 24.09.2015, Berlin.
  • Jansen, S.A. (2015): University management in Germany – 7 theses on the idea of the university of the 21st century, 136. Baden-Baden Entrepreneur Talks, 25.03.2015.
  • Jansen, S.A. (2014): Is individual mobility still socially acceptable? Seven Paradoxes of Globalized and Moralized Mobility, St. Gallen Symposium, Leaders for Tomorrow, 09.05.2014, University of St. Gallen.
  • Jansen, S.A. (2013): Business Model Innovations and the High Tech Strategy of the Federal Government, 5th Innovation Dialogue of the Federal Chancellor, Berlin: Federal Chancellery, 20.03.13.
  • Jansen, S.A. (2013): Social Entrepreneurship: the Hybridization of Markets, State, and Civil Society, Washington: Wilson Center, 12.03.2013.