Skip to content

Stephan Jansen, Prof. Dr.

Stephan A. Jansen (*12 June 1971) is founding coordinator of the »Digital Urban Center for Aging & Health (DUCAH)«, an associated researcher at the »Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet & Society (HIIG)« and Professor of Management, Innovation & Finance as well as Director of the »Center for Philanthropy & Civil Society | PhiCS« at Karlshochschule in Karlsruhe, as well as “Professor for Urban Innovation – Health, Mobility, Digitization” at the College of Fine Arts Berlin since July.

Stephan is a regular columnist in German magazines, e.g. bi-monthly in »brand eins« & »enorm«.

Stephan was and is a member of numerous advisory boards and works as a scientific consultant for numerous companies, foundations, educational institutions and several federal ministries. For example, he was a member of the »»Innovationsdialog« of the Federal Chancellor and the Federal Chancellery for one legislative period, a member of the »Forschungsunion« of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research for two legislative periods and a member of personal advisory boards of ministers such as Peer Steinbrück, the former Vice Chancellor.

He was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Business School from 2000 to 2001 and worked regularly as a Visiting Researcher at Stanford University in 1999, 2010 and 2015 (among others with Prof. Mark Granovetter PhD and Prof. Sepp Gumbrecht in the field of sociology, literature and law).

In May 2003, Stephan was appointed founding president and managing director of Zeppelin University (ZU), a state-recognized private foundation university in Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance. In the same year he was appointed professor at the »Chair for Strategic Organization and Financing | SOFI« by the Minister of Science in the course of a habilitation adequacy assessment. At the time of this appointment he was 31 years old and thus the youngest German university president.

Stephan completed his studies at the University of Witten/Herdecke in 1997 and received his doctorate in 2003 under Prof. Dr. Dirk Baecker, Prof. Dr. Birger Priddat and Prof. Dr. Rudolf Wimmer. There he founded the »Institute for Mergers & Acquisitions (IMA)« in 1998, for which he was awarded the title of University Innovation of the Year by the Federal Minister Edelgard Buhlmann. For two decades he has been a scholarship holder of the Herbert Quandt-Foundation, Fullbright, the German Study Foundation, the Eberle-Butschkau-Foundation and the German Academic Exchange Service, among others.

In addition to his academic career, he is Managing Partner of the “Gesellschaft für urbane Mobilität” BICICLI Holding GmbH, which offers Corporate Bike Mobility as a Service with full-service leasing and infrastructure. Winner of the »German Bicycle Award 2020«.

He is also co-founder of the Societas for Digital & Social Transformation »Das 18te Kamel & Komplizen GmbH« (The 18th Camel & Accomplices) in Berlin, Hamburg and Vienna with clients such as AUDI, BASF, Bayer, Caritas, GIZ, Lufthansa, Otto.

From the perspective of sociological systems theory and behavioral organization theory, he is the author of more than 200 publications (including 25 books and anthologies), particularly in the areas of organization and networks, digitalization, innovation, leadership and management theories, mergers & acquisitions, social enterprises, philanthropy, new urban mobility & smart cities, and analyses of educational systems.

Since 2016, he has been listed in the global ranking »Thinkers 50«.

Stephan Jansen | HIIG


Associate Researcher: Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Society | Founding Coordinator: DUCAH


Tel: +49 30 200 760 82


Jansen, S. A., & Wanat, M. (2022). Bewegt euch. Selber! Wie wir unsere Mobilität für gesunde Städte einfach neu erfinden können. Munich, Germany: Hanser Verlag. Publication details

Book contributions and chapters

Jansen, S. A. (2021). Urbane Post-Corona-Mobilität. Resiliente Unternehmens- und Stadtentwicklung zwischen Neuer Arbeit, Neuer Mobilität und die Gesundheitsfolgen – ein Trendcheck mit Thesen. In W. H. Schulz, N. Joisten, & C. F. Edye (Eds.), Mobilität nach COVID-19. Wiesbaden, Germany: Gabler Verlag. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-33308-9 Publication details

Jansen, S. A. (2021). Humanismus 5.0 – Das post-digitale Zeitalter des Menschen. In P. Kovce, & B. P. Privat, Selbstverwandlung: Das Ende des Menschen und seine Zukunft. Anthropologische Perspektiven von Digitalisierung und Individualisierung. Marburg: Metropolis Verlag. Publication details

Jansen, S. A., Mast, C., & Spiess-Knafl, W. (2021). Social finance investments with a focus on digital social business models. In T. Walker, J. McGaughey, S. Goubran, & N. Wagdy (Eds.), Innovations in Social Finance (pp. 235-249). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. Publication details

Jansen, S. A. (2021). Urbane Post-Corona-Mobilität. In W.H. Schulz, N. Joisten, & C.F. Edye (Eds.), Mobilität nach COVID-19 (pp. 79-100). Wiesbaden, Germany: Springer Gabler. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-33308-9_5 Publication details

Working paper

Jackson, P., Schildhauer, T., Ulich, A., Pohle, J., & Jansen, S. A. (2021). Aging, independent living and technology. Stiftung für Internet und Gesellschaft. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.5026032 Publication details

Other publications

Jansen, S. A. (2022). Wer schafft die letzte Meile? – Die Zukunft der Nahversorgung: Mobilitätsvermeidung. brandeins. Publication details

Jansen, S. A. (2022). Humanismus 5.0. people&work, 2022 (04). Publication details

Jansen, S. A. (2021). Späte Vögel – Innovationsmanagement und das Timing. brandeins. Publication details

Jansen, S. A. (2021). Wie bauen wir gesunde Städte?. Publication details

Jansen, S. A. (2020). Altern ist eine spannende Zeitreise. Wie wollen wir leben? brandeins. Publication details

Lectures and presentations

Handlungsfelder und Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten kommunaler Pflegepolitik
Eröffnung Körber Haus. Körber Stiftung. Körber Haus, Hamburg, Deutschland: 23.11.2021

Annika Ulich, Stephan A. Jansen

Moderation of workshops and panels

15. Strategieforum zur Zukunft der Bahnen. Europäische Schienengipfel 2022. Business Circle. MAXX by Steigenberger, Vienna, Austria: 16.05.2022 Further information

Stephan A. Jansen

Wir denken die Zukunft der Gesundheitswirtschaft im smarten Quartier neu
Bundesverband Digitale Wirtschaft. Bundesverband Digitale Wirtschaft (BVDW), Online, Germany: 05.11.2020

Annika Ulich, Stephan A. Jansen