Team

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  • We have been working, teaching and researching on the topic of talent, diversity and women in leadership positions at TUM for over 10 years.
  • We look at the reasons for the underrepresentation of certain groups as well as possible solutions.
  • We are united by our interest in developing evidence-based solutions that are sustainable and effective, based on the current state of international research, together with organizations and science and business.
  • We see it as our task to provide you with up-to-date information on the topic of diversity and women in leadership positions as an university based initiative.

Prof. Dr. Isabell M. Welpe

Chair of Strategy and Organization at the Technical University of Munich


Isabell M. Welpe holds the Chair for Strategy and Organization at the Technische Universität München in Munich, Germany. Her research interests are Venture Capital & Entrepreneurship Ecosystems, Leadership, Future of Work, Innovation, Organisation, Digital Transformation and Emerging Tech.

Isabell M. Welpe studied management at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, USA. She completed an additional MSc at the London School of Economics. She has been a visiting professor at the Keck Graduate Institute, Claremont, USA and a postdoctoral fellow at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Isabell Welpe has done correlational and experimental research on diversity of teams, women in leadership, the link between diversity and digital transformation.

Member of BMBF-funded research projects PlayMINT, MINT@WORK and AuBeFühr.

Prof. Dr. Theresa Treffers

Professor at Privatuniversität Schloss Seeburg, Austria; Research Group Leader Innovation & Organization and Habilitand at the Chair of Strategy and Organization of the Technical University of Munich


Theresa Treffers has been Associate Professor for Management and Entrepreneurship at the Private University Schloss Seeburg since 2016. Since 2017, she has also been a research associate and post-doctoral researcher at the TUM School of Management at the Technical University of Munich (Chair of Prof. Dr. Isabell Welpe). Since 2021 she is Research Group Leader Innovation & Organization and Habilitand at the Chair of Strategy and Organization of the Technical University of Munich.

She studied business administration at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and at the National University of Singapore. She then completed an additional Master of Business Research at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, where she also received her PhD in 2011. After her PhD, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher in a project funded by the German Research Foundation at the Rotterdam School of Economics. From 2013 to 2016, she was an Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. In 2018, she was a visiting professor at the University of St. Gallen.

Her research interests relate to the influence of psychological factors on decision-making behavior in organizations and on the digital transformation of companies. Her research has received multiple awards and best paper awards and has been published in recognized journals such as the Journal of Economic Psychology, Journal for Business Economics, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, and Long Range Planning. She teaches on organization, leadership, human resource management, entrepreneurship & innovation and empirical research methods.

Dr. Ilse Hagerer

Research Associate at the Chair of Strategy and Organization at the Technical University of Munich


Ilse Hagerer has been research associate at the Technical University of Munich at the Chair of Strategy and Organization (Prof. Dr. Welpe) since June 2020. Her research interests are qualitative and quantitative research in the areas of organization, innovation management and university management, diversity, leadership, and digital transformation. She is a member of the BMBF funded research projects PlayMINT and MINT@WORK.

Previously, she worked as a research assistant at Osnabrueck University in the field of organization and information management, where she successfully completed her doctorate (Dr. rer. pol.) in higher education organization in February 2021. Ilse Hagerer studied German language and literature, philosophy and sociology (M.A.) at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and Economics and Business Administration with a focus on organization and management at Fernuniversität Hagen, where she also completed an additional Master's degree (M. Sc.).

She has presented and published her research in many international top conferences of her research area as well as in the prestigious international journal "Tertiary Education and Management". She teaches, among others, in the areas Introduction of Organization and Scientific Working, Project Management, and Work & Life Skills.

Ann-Carolin Ritter, M.Sc.

PhD researcher at the Chair of Strategy and Organization at the Technical University of Munich


Ann-Carolin Ritter is PhD researcher at the Chair of Strategy and Organization of the Technical University of Munich.


Research Interests

Qualitative and quantitative-experimental research in innovation management, new product development and crowdsourcing.

Nadja Born, M.Sc.

PhD researcher at the Chair of Strategy and Organization of the Technical University of Munich & research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School


Nadja Born is a PhD researcher at the Chair of Strategy and Organization of the Technical University of Munich and a research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.


Research Interests

Quantitative-experimental research of leadership, diversity, economic inequality und judgement & decision making.

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