Prof. Dr. Marcus Wagner

Prof. Dr. Marcus Wagner: Innovation und Nachhaltiges Management
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Adresse: Universitätsstraße 16, 86159 Augsburg

Kurzvita / Biography

Marcus Wagner holds Augsburg University’s Chair of Management, Innovation and Sustainable Business since October 2014. Before this he was dean of the Faculty of Economics and Management (2013-2014) and head of the Chair of Entrepreneurship and Management (2008-2014) at the University of Wuerzburg. There, he was also managing director of the Institute of Business Management (2011-2013) and vice-dean of the Faculty (2011-2013) as well as member of the University Committee for Innovation and Technology Transfer (2012-2013). From 2015 to 2018, he was director of studies for the master programme “Business Administration” at Augsburg University.


Prof. Wagner studied process engineering, business management and economics (degrees: Diplom-Volkswirt and MBA) and in 2003 received his PhD (Dr. rer. pol.) from University of Lueneburg. Subsequently he worked for several years in managerial positions for companies in the chemical and semiconductor industries and received his habilitation in 2009 at the Technical University of Munich. From 2006 until 2008 he held an Intra-European Marie Curie Fellowship at the Bureau d'Economie Théorique et Appliquée (where he is an associated member since 2010)  and in 2009 to 2010 was a member of the biotechnology advisory board of the “Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt”. In 2012 and 2013 he was a member of the program commission for the 75th Conference of the German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB). From 2010 to 2015 he was member of the Sustainability Advisory Board of DAW SE and from 2012 to 2018 visiting professor at the International Hellenic University. From 2018 to 2022, he was co-director of the research project  Comparative Green HRM funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG) and the Austrian FWF. Since 2021 he is a co-director of the University of Augsburg’s Environmental Science Center.


Prof. Wagner in the past was also called to the Chair of Innovation Management and Technology Transfer at the University of Fribourg and the Chair of Entrepreneurship and Management at Leuphana University. He was a visiting researcher and invited lecturer at Stanford University/SCANCOR, University of Pennsylvania/Wharton, University of Tilburg, HEC Montreal, University of Maastricht/MERIT, University of Strasbourg/BETA, International Hellenic University, University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt and University of Hagen, amongst others. He received several awards, including the acceptance of two articles each into the DRUID Working Paper Series and the Best Paper Proceedings of the Academy of Management as well as a “Mention Speciale” by Euro-SIF for his PhD thesis. Prof. Wagner is author and editor of several books and special issues in the fields of entrepreneurship, innovation, management and sustainability. He has published over 90 papers in leading peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, Research Policy, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Journal of World Business, and Journal of Business Ethics and his h-index is 54 ( GoogleScholar). He is Deputy Editor at Organization & Environment and member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Engineering and Technology Management and Business Strategy and the Environment.


Research statement: A tenfold acceleration of the right innovation activities is a prerequisite for sustainable transformations, such as stopping human-made climate change. I contribute to achieving this acceleration through research in the areas of corporate sustainability, entrepreneurship, innovation, international management and strategic management, with much of my work being at the intersections of these.









Key Publications

Bauckloh, T., Dobrick, J., Höck, A., Utz, S., Wagner, M. (2024) In partnership for the goals? The level of agreement between SDG ratings, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 217, 664-678. DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2023.22.014 ( article)


Wagner, M., Schaltegger, S., Hansen, E.G., & Fichter, K. (2021) University-linked programmes for sustainable entrepreneurship and regional development: how and with what impact? Small Business Economics, 56, 1141-1158. DOI: 10.1007/s11187-019-00280-4.    ( article)


Wagner, M. (2020) Global governance in new public environmental management: An international and intertemporal comparison of voluntary standards' impacts. Business Strategy and the Environment, 29, 1056-1073. DOI: 10.1002/bse.2417.    ( article)


Carpenter, A. & Wagner, M. (2019) Environmental justice in the oil refinery industry: A panel analysis across United States counties, Ecological Economics, 159, 101-109. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2019.01.020.    ( article)


Kolb, C. & Wagner, M. (2018) How university spin-offs differ in composition and interaction: A qualitative approach, Journal of Technology Transfer, 43(3), 734-759. DOI: 10.1007/s10961-017-9629-1.   ( article - online version)


Doluca, H., Block, J. & Wagner, M. (2018) Sustainability and Environmental Behaviour in Family Firms: A Longitudinal Analysis of Environment-Related Activities, Innovation and Performance, Business Strategy and the Environment, 27(1), 152-172.  DOI: 10.1002/bse.1998.    ( article)


Wagner, M. & Zidorn, W. (2017) Effects of extent and diversity of alliancing on innovation: The moderating role of firm newness, Small Business Economics, 49(4), 919-936.  DOI:10.1007/s11187-017-9873-7.    ( article)


Wagner, M. (2016) Managing disruptive innovation with technology acquisitions: The informing case of software-based high-technology industries, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 28(8), 979-991. DOI: 10.1080/09537325.2016.1181736.    ( article)


Bu, M. & Wagner, M. (2016) Racing to the bottom and racing to the top: The crucial role of firm characteristics in foreign direct investment choices, Journal of International Business Studies, 47(9), 1032-1057. DOI: 10.1057/s41267-016-0013-4.   ( article)


Ehnert, I., Parsa, S., Roper, I, Wagner, M. & Muller-Camen, M. (2015) Reporting on sustainability and HRM: A comparative study of sustainability reporting practices by the world's largest companies, The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 27 (1), 88-108. DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2015.1024157.   ( article)


Kolb, C. & Wagner, M. (2015) Crowding in or crowding out: The link between academic entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial traits, Journal of Technology Transfer, 40(3), 387-408. DOI: 10.1007/s10961-014-9346-y.   ( article)


Henkel, J. Rønde, T. & Wagner, M. (2015) And the Winner is – Acquired. Entrepreneurship as a Contest yielding Radical Innovations, Research Policy, 44, 295-310. DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2014.09.004.   ( article)


Wagner, M. (2015) A European Perspective on Country Moderation Effects: Environmental Management Systems and Sustainability-Related Human Resource Benefits. Journal of World Business, 50, 379-388.  DOI: 10.1016/j.jwb.2014.08.005.   ( article)


Wagner, M. (2015) The link of environmental and economic performance: Drivers and limitations of sustainability integration, Journal of Business Research, 68, 1306–1317. DOI:10.1016/j.jbusres.2014.11.051.   ( article)


Oberndorfer, U., Schmidt, P., Wagner, M. & Ziegler, A. (2013) Does the Stock Market Value the Inclusion in a Sustainability Stock Index? An Event Study Analysis for German Firms, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 66, 497–509.   ( article - working paper)


Bu, M., Liu, Z., Wagner, M. & Yu, X. (2013) Corporate social responsibility and the pollution haven hypothesis: Evidence from multinationals’ investment decision in China, Asia-Pacific Journal of Accounting & Economics, 20(1), 85-99. DOI: 10.1080/16081625.2013.759175.    ( article)


Zidorn, W. & Wagner, M. (2012) The effect of alliances on innovation patterns: An analysis of the Biotechnology Industry, Industrial and Corporate Change, 22(6), 1497-1524. DOI: 10.1093/icc/dts042.    ( article)


Wagner, M. (2011) To explore or to exploit? An empirical investigation of acquisitions by large incumbents, Research Policy, 40, 1217–1225. DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2011.07.006.    ( article)


Wagner, M. & Llerena, P. (2011) Eco-innovation through integration, regulation and cooperation: Comparative insights from case studies in three manufacturing sectors, Industry & Innovation, 8(18), 747-764. DOI: 10.1080/13662716.2011.621744.    ( article)


Block, J., Sandner, P. & Wagner, M. (2011) Selbständigkeit von Ausländern in Deutschland: Einkommenseffekte und Implikationen für die Gründungsförderung, Soziale Welt, 62(1), 7-23.    ( article)


Kuckertz, A. & Wagner, M. (2010) The Influence of Sustainability Orientation on Entrepreneurial Intentions – Investigating the Role of Business Experience, Journal of Business Venturing, 25, 524-539. DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusvent.2009.09.001.    ( article)


Block, J. & Wagner, M. (2010) Necessity and Opportunity Entrepreneurs in Germany: Characteristics and Earnings Differentials, Schmalenbach Business Review, 62, 154-174.   ( article)


Wagner, M. (2008) Die Funktion von Anspruchsgruppen bei Kooperationen in der Produktentwicklung: Eine empirische Untersuchung im deutschen Verarbeitenden Gewerbe, Die Unternehmung, 6, 521-541.


Wagner, M. (2008) Empirical influence of environmental management on innovation: Evidence from Europe, Ecological Economics, 66, 392-402. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2007.10.001.    ( article)


Wagner, M. (2007) On the relationship between environmental management, environmental innovation and patenting: Evidence from German manufacturing firms, Research Policy, 36, 1587-1602. DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2007.08.004.   ( article)


Wagner, M. (2007) Integration of Environmental Management with other Managerial Functions of the Firm: Empirical Effects on Drivers of Economic Performance, Long Range Planning, 40(5), 611-628.
DOI: 10.1016/j.lrp.2007.08.001.    ( article)


Wagner, M. (2006) A Comparative Analysis of Theoretical Reasoning and Empirical Studies on the Porter Hypothesis and the Role of Innovation, Zeitschrift für Umweltpolitik und Umweltrecht, 3, 349-368. 


Wagner, M. (2005) How to Reconcile Environmental and Economic Performance to Improve Corporate Sustainability: Corporate Environmental Strategies in the European Paper Industry, Journal of Environmental Management, 76(2), 105-118. DOI:10.1016/j.jenvman.2004.11.021.    ( article)  


Wagner, M. & Schaltegger, S. (2004) The Effect of Corporate Environmental Strategy Choice and Environmental Performance on Competitiveness and Economic Performance: An Empirical Study of EU Manufacturing, European Management Journal, 22, 557-572. DOI:10.1016/j.emj.2004.09.013.    ( article


Figge, F., Hahn, T., Schaltegger S. & Wagner, M. (2002) The Sustainability Balanced Scorecard – linking sustainability management to business strategy, Business Strategy and the Environment, 11, 269-284.
DOI: 10.1002/bse.339.    ( article)


Tyteca, D., Carlens, J., Berkhout, F., Hertin, J., Wehrmeyer, W. & Wagner, M. (2002) Corporate Environmental Performance Evaluation: Evidence from the MEPI Project, Business Strategy and the Environment, 11, 1-13.
DOI: 10.1002/bse.312.     ( article



Edited Volumes


Wagner, M., Valls-Pasola, J. & Burger-Helmchen, T. (2017, Eds.) The Global Management of Creativity. London and New York: Routledge.   ( link)

Wagner, M. (2012, Ed.) Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainability. London and New York: Routledge.   ( link)

Schaltegger, S. & Wagner, M. (2006, Eds.) Managing the Business Case for Sustainability. London and New York: Routledge.   (  link)


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Preise / Auszeichnungen

seit 2020

Deputy Editor „Organization & Environment“



Mitglied des Program Committee,  10th International Conference on Software Business, Jyväskylä, Finland


seit 2018
Mitglied des Forschungsausschusses des Münchener Kreis e.V.


seit 2017
Associate Editor “Organization & Environment”


Mitglied des Program Committee des Tracks „Geschäftsinnovationen und Geschäftsmodelle“, Wirtschaftsinformatik 2017, St. Gallen, Schweiz


seit 2016

Mitglied des internen Beirats, Augsburg Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE)


Finalist des FGF Best Sustainable and Social Entrepreneurship Research Award des G-Forums 2016 für den Beitrag "The Effect of Other-Regarding Behavior on Entrepreneurship for the Public Good: A Moderating Role of Activated Responsibility" (m. H. Doluca)


Aufnahme des Beitrags "Too much of a good thing: The role of alliance portfolio diversity for innovation output in the biotechnology industry" auf Einladung des Program Committee der DRUID 2012 Konferenz in die "DRUID Working Papers" (m. W. Zidorn)


Finalist des Best Paper Award der DRUID 2010 Konferenz für den Beitrag "And the Winner is – Acquired. Entrepreneurship as a Contest with Acquisition as the Prize" (m. J. Henkel und T. Rønde)


Aufnahme des Beitrags "The Influence of Sustainability Orientation on Entrepreneurial Intentions" in die Best Paper Proceedings of the 68th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (m. A. Kuckertz)


Aufnahme des Beitrags "Opportunity Recognition and Exploitation by Necessity and Opportunity Entrepreneurs: Evidence from Earnings Equations" in die Best Paper Proceedings of the 66th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (m. J. Block)


Aufnahme des Beitrags "On the relationship between environmental management, environmental innovation and patents" auf Einladung des Program Committee der DRUID 2007 Konferenz in die “DRUID Working Papers”


Einladung als Teilnehmer zum "2nd Lindau Meeting of the Winners of the Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel"

Auszeichung der Dissertation  mit einer «Mention Speciale» beim "Prix 2005 de la recherche finance et développement durable" des Forum pour l’investissement responsable und des European Social Investment Forum  


Mitgliedschaften in Editorial Boards:

Business Strategy and the Environment, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management


Mitgliedschaften in wissenschaftlichen Verbänden:

Academy of Management, Entrepreneurship Research Society, European Group of Organization Studies, Münchener Kreis e.V., Verband der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaftslehre e.V.