"I really enjoy the multinational working and research environment with highly qualified and open-minded fellow students from all over the world." Behnaz Gholami, CDSB

Markus Welle


Markus Welle studied Business Administration at the University of Mannheim, majoring in Marketing and Innovation Management. In his master thesis he explored "Knowledge Integration Across Firms' External Boundaries in New Product Development", finding antecedents and consequences of knowledge integration from inter-organizational collaboration. During his studies he spent one semester abroad at Linköping University, Sweden and one at Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary. He gained practical experiences in the fields of Business Development, Consulting and Strategic Marketing, working for several multinational companies. At the University of Mannheim Markus Welle worked as a student teaching assistant at the Chair of Marketing & Innovation of Prof. Dr. Kuester.

Since 2014 he is enrolled as PhD student in the Marketing track of the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences's (GESS) doctoral program at the University of Mannheim. Since February 2015 he is doctoral student at the Chair of Marketing & Innovation of Prof. Dr. Kuester. His research focuses on new product development with particular interest in innovation and technology scouting.

Research Interests

New Product Development

Why I chose the University of Mannheim and in particular the GESS

I chose the University of Mannheim because of its excellent reputation.

The best part of being a doctoral student here

The interdisciplinary approach of the GESS.

A description of my fellow doctoral students

Smart and helpful.

My most challenging experience within the program

Effective time management during the program.

My advice for prospective students

Be persistent.