Miriam Wolf, Dr.
Miriam Wolf is a project leader at the Humboldt institute for Internet and Society (HIIG). In the Innovation and Entrepreneurship group she is responsible for the project „Mittelstand 4.0“ which is part of the initiative „Gemeinsam Digital“ founded by the Federal Ministry for Economoic Affairs and Energy. The project aims to support Small and Medium Enterprises in the Digital Transformation.
She has studied Social Anthropology at the LMU Munich (MA) and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources at the TU Munich (MSc) and holds a PhD from the Leeds University Business School where she worked as a Marie Curie Researcher in the FP7 Project „Management of Emerging Technologies for Social and Economic Impact“. Later she joined the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and the Institute for Management and Social Policy at the ZHAW Zürich, working on social Innovaiton, Social Entrepreneurship, organizing- and transformation processes.
Before focusing on research she has worked on natural resource management in develoment cooperation for the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) in Frankfurt and for a SME in the field of environmental engineering, the Blues GmBH in Munich.
Miriams is interested in the question how organizations can create social and environmental value besides creating economic value and how organizations can trigger, support and/or adapt to social transformation processes.
Head of Research Project: Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Journal articles and conference proceedings
Wolf, M., & Mair, J. (2019). Purpose, Commitment and Coordination around Small Wins: A Proactive Approach to Governance in Integrated Social Enterprises. Voluntas, 30(3), 535-548. Publication details
Wolf, M., & Herzig, M. (2019). Inside Switzerland’s Radical Drug Policy Innovation. Stanford Social Innovation Review. Publication details
Herzig, M., Wolf, M., & Kehl, K. (2018). Versagen und Innovation. Die Schweizer Drogenpolitik. Tagung Soziale Innovation.. Publication details
Wolf, M., Amstutz, J., & Kehl, K. (2018). Soziale Innovation, soziale Investition, soziales Unternehmertum: Was können wir in der Schweiz aus internationalen Studien lernen? Tagung Soziale Innovation.. Publication details
Wolf, M., & Pandza, K. (2018). Organizing for institutional complexity: Field-configuring organizations. Academy of Management Conference, Philadelphia.. Publication details
Mair, J., Wolf, M., & Seelos, C. (2016). Scaffolding: A Process of Transforming Patterns of Inequality in Small-Scale Societies. Academy of Management Journal, 59(6), 2021-2044. Publication details
Dolgova, E., Wolf, M., & Pandza, K. (2014). Massive open online courses: the emergence of a field. Academy of Management Conference, Philadelphia.. Publication details
Wolf, M., & Störmer, E. (2010). Institutional Constraints on Decentralisation of Wastewater Infrastructures in Saxony. Network Industries Quaterly, 12(1). Publication details
Book contributions and chapters
Wolf, M., & Wilkins, T. A. (2015). Managing structural ambiguity: Understanding new challenges in collaborative R&D policy making. In Dimitris Assimakopoulos, Ilan Oshri, & Krsto Pandza (Eds.), Managing Emerging Technologies for Socio-Economic Impact. Edward Elgar Series on Science, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. (pp. 285-304). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. Publication details
Wolf, M., Mair, J., Rathert N., & Ioan, A. (2017). Policy Brief on Governance of Social Enterprises. European Policy Brief. SEFORÏS, . Publication details
Wolf, M., & Ioan, A. (2016). Social enterprises in Germany and the refugee crisis: What role do they take? Seforis Blog, . Publication details
Mair, J., Wolf, M., & Ioan, A. (2016). Germany Country Report: A first analyses and profiling of social enterprises in Germany. SEFORÏS, . Publication details
Wolf, M., & Ioan, A. (2015) (2015). Facing unexpected challenges – social entrepreneurs and the refugee crisis in Germany. Seforis Blog, . Publication details
Wolf, M. (2014). The State of Social Entrepreneurship in Germany. SEFORÏS Country Report, . Publication details
Lectures and presentationsGovernance in Social Enterprises. Insights from SEFORÏS research project.
Seforïs Conference. Aston University, Birmingham, UK: 09.12.2016
Miriam WolfSocial Impact of Social Enterprises
NPI Social Enterprise Forum. Pudong, Shanghai, China: 23.06.2014
Miriam WolfSMO Workshop (Session: Shaping the rules? Institutional complexity and deliberative policy making. SMO Workshop Presentation). University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada: 01.10.2012