Jan Keim


Jan Keim Doktorand

  • Address Berner Fachhochschule
    Business School
    Institut Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    Brückenstrasse 73
    3005 Bern


  • BSc in Business Administration

  • MSc in Business Administration

  • EHEB Heuristics & Biases

  • EBTH/IBTH Bachelor Thesis

  • ENBC Entrepreneurship & Business Creation

  • MATH Master Thesis


  • Entrepreneurship

  • Innovation

  • "Dark sides" of entrepreneurship and innovation

  • Entrepreneurs' actions

  • Entrepreneurship education


  • 03/2021 - now: Doctoral Researcher | Bern University of Applied Sciences
  • 01/2020 - 02/2022: Co-Founder | Adam Global, Inc.
  • 09/2020 - 02/2021: Academic Associate in Science Diplomacy | Embassy of Switzerland in the United States of America
  • 03/2020 - 05/2020: Intern in International Business Development | Evenlox AG
  • 08/2017 - 08/2019: Project Manager & Research Associate | Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences
  • 08/2011 - 07/2014: Commercial Apprentice | Acrevis Bank AG
  • 03/2021 - now: PhD in Entrepreneurship and Innovation | RWTH Aachen University
  • 09/2023 - 02/2024 Semester abroad | The University of Warwick
  • 09/2019 - 08/2020: M.Sc. in Entrepreneurship | Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin
  • 08/2016 - 12/2016: Semester abroad | Babson College
  • 09/2014 - 07/2017: B.Sc. in Business Administration | Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences



  • Keim, J. (2024). Depolarizing innovation: Dynamic policy implications for entrepreneurial ecosystems in second-tier European regions. Junior Management Science, 9(1), 1211-1240.

  • Keim, J., Müller, S. & Dey, P. (2024). Whatever the problem, entrepreneurship is the solution! Confronting the panacea myth of entrepreneurship with structural injustice. Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 21, e00440.

  • Freiesleben, J., Keim, J. & Grutsch, M. (2020). Machine learning and Design of Experiments: Alternative approaches or complementary methodologies for quality improvement? Quality and Reliability Engineering International, 36(6), 1837-1848.

  • Keim, J., Ucbasaran, D., Müller, S. & von Grone, J. (2024). May I have your attention, please? The role of framing in attention (re)allocation of early-stage entrepreneurs. Accepted for presentation at the 38th British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference, September, Nottingham, United Kingdom.

  • Keim, J., Ucbasaran, D., Müller, S. & von Grone, J. (2024). Framing and attention allocation of early-stage entrepreneurs. Accepted for presentation at the 35th ISPIM Innovation Conference, June, Tallinn, Estonia.

  • Keim, J., Müller, S. & Dey, P. (2023). Why entrepreneurship overlooks structural injustice: Biases, blind spots & paradigmatic assumptions. Presented at the 83rd Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meeting, August, Boston, MA, USA.

  • Keim, J., Müller, S. & Dey, P. (2023). How entrepreneurship turns a blind eye to structural injustice. Presented at the 39th EGOS Colloquium, July, Cagliari, Italy.

  • Keim, J. (2022). Dark Sides of entrepreneurship and innovation: A conceptual typology and research agenda. Presented at the 82nd Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meeting, August, Seattle, WA, USA.

  • Keim, J. (2022). Dark sides, downsides, and destructive sides of entrepreneurship and innovation: A conceptual typology and research agenda. Presented at the 2022 European Academy of Management Conference (EURAM), June, Winterthur, Switzerland.

  • Müller, S., von Grone, J., Grégoire, D., Ucbasaran, D., Keim, J. & Bird, B. (2022). Entrepreneurs’ actions and success: How entrepreneurs navigate critical events during the startup-process. Presented at the 2022 Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC), June, Waco, TX, USA.

  • Müller, S., Hietschold, N., Keim, J. & Kissling-Näf, I. (2022). For more women founders in Switzerland: Starting points for the improvement of start-up-relevant framework conditions. Bern: Bern University of Applied Sciences, Business School.

  • Müller, S., Hietschold, N., Keim, J. & Kissling-Näf, I. (2022). 'Improving framework conditions for women entrepreneurs in Switzerland', in R. Baldegger, R. Gaudart and P. Wild (eds.) Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2021/2022: Report on Switzerland. Fribourg: HEG-FR (HES-SO), pp. 47-50.


  • Institute for Technology and Innovation Management at RWTH Aachen University

  • German Academic Association for Business Research

  • Product Development and Management Association (PDMA)

  • Academy of Management (AOM)

  • European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS)


The aim of the PDMA Doctoral Consortium is to enhance the development of doctoral students conducting dissertation research in the domain of innovation and new product development. During this two-and-a-half-day event, doctoral students got an opportunity to interact with and receive guidance from invited faculty on conducting impactful research on innovation and new product development. 25 students were accepted for this consortium.

• Double Gold @ San Francisco World Spirits Competition
• Gold @ Denver International Spirits Competition
• Gold @ SIP Awards
• Silver @ New York International Spirits Competition
• Silver @ Bartender Spirits Awards

The Blackstone LaunchPad Sprints programme is a three-week pre-accelerator at Tangent, Trinity's Idea Workspace. After four workshop sessions, the participating start-ups compete in a final pitching competition where a jury selects the three best concepts to either be fast-tracked to the semi-final of TES Dragon's Den or the pitching round of Blackstone LaunchBox.

The WTT Young Leader Award recognizes the best consulting projects at the Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences in two categories: market research and management design. The award includes combined prize money of $22,000 sponsored by companies located in eastern Switzerland. All qualified projects (~40 in each category) are ranked by a jury consisting of C-level executives from companies such as PwC, Migros, Bühler Group, and Leica Geosystems (part of Hexagon).

The Dean’s List recognizes outstanding scholarship among those students enrolled in the undergraduate program. Eligible students must have a semester average of at least 3.30 based on a minimum of 12 semester credits taken at Babson or through cross¬enrollment. The grades may not include more than one C+, a grade below C+, or Incompletes.

Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts. The winner team receives material prizes worth around $4'000.

Supervised theses

  • Oscar Salomon Lopez Acosta: Why are startups founded in the countryside? An explorative study of the Berner Oberland region (2023)

  • Ivana Protic: Schattenseiten des Unternehmertums: Welche Schattenseiten erleben Unternehmer:innen bei der Gründung eines Unternehmens? (2022)

  • Elias Nast: Handlungsempfehlungen für Independent-Label der elektronischen Tanzmusik: Strategien und Geschäftsmodelle im Vergleich (2022)

  • Dario Kobluk: Das unternehmerische Ökosystem in Bern: Chancen und Herausforderungen (2022)

  • Lionel Andrey: Gründungsteams - homogen vs. heterogen: Verständnis des Widerstandes gegen heterogene Gründungsteams (2023)

  • Dejan Bursac & Mladen Bursac: Skalierbarkeit von Beratungsdienstleistungen: Eine qualitative Untersuchung der Faktoren, die die Skalierbarkeit von Beratungsdienstleistungen beeinflussen (2023)

  • Boris Flury: Erfolgreiche Unternehmensnachfolge gestalten: Konzeptionierung des Coaching-Programms "be-next" zu einer erfolgreichen Gestaltung der externen Unternehmensnachfolge (2023)

  • Gustav Menet: Young or old: Who are the better entrepreneurs? (2023)

  • Lukas Rüeger: Digitalization in startups: A double-edged sword? (2023)

Language skills and intercultural knowledge

  • German - Native or bilingual proficiency
  • English - Full professional proficiency
  • French - Elementary proficiency
  • Ireland
  • United States of America
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom