Giuliano Ciavarrella, M. Sc.

Giuliano Ciavarrella is a research associate and PhD student at the Chair of Entrepreneurship at the University of Kaiserslautern.

He is an engineer, received his Master of Science in Business and Engineering from the Clausthal University of Technology as one of the best graduates of his year, and studied in California and Rome, among other places, during his bachelor's and master's degree.

While working at the BMW Group and the Fraunhofer Society, he gained several years of practical experience in the field of entrepreneurship and digital innovation before starting his PhD.

Already since 2020, Giuliano Ciavarrella has been working in research and teaching at the side of Prof. Dr. Dennis Steininger in the fields of entrepreneurship, digital innovation, and digital transformation.

He teaches various courses in the field of business studies and economics as well as courses for the interdisciplinary bachelor's and master's degree programs at the University of Kaiserslautern. With a focus on entrepreneurial finance, he is currently researching the crossroads of entrepreneurship and digital innovation as part of his PhD program.


Academic Career
since 01.2022Research Associate & PhD Candidate
Research and teaching in the fields of entrepreneurship and digital innovation,
Research focus: Entrepreneurial Finance,
Chair of Entrepreneurship by Prof. Dr. Dennis Steininger,
University of Kaiserslautern
09.2021-01.2022Research Assistant
Chair of Entrepreneurship by Prof. Dr. Dennis Steininger,
University of Kaiserslautern
11.2020-10.2021Research Assistant
Institute of Economics, Department of Business Administration and Management of Digital Transformation by Prof. Dr. Dennis Steininger,
Clausthal University of Technology
Academic Education
2019-2021Master program in Business and Engineering (M.Sc.)
Clausthal University of Technology
2020Semester Abroad in Innovation & Smart Factories
Sapienza University of Rome (Italy)
2012-2017Bachelor Program in Industrial Engineering (B.Eng.)
Bingen University of Applied Sciences
2015Semester Abroad in International Management & Capital and Money Markets
California State University Fullerton (USA)
Practical Experience
2019-2021Fraunhofer Society, Institute for Energy Economics
and Energy System Technology (IEE)

Business model development and business model innovation in the fields of artificial intelligence, open innovation and energy system technology.
2016-2018BMW Group, Research and Innovation Center (FIZ)
Analysis and optimization of the integration of lean management within the value oriented production system of BMW

Further Information

  • State Scholarship Lower Saxony, 2020
  • Communications of the Association for Information Systems (CAIS)
  • European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS)
  • Information Systems Journal (ISJ)
  • Information and Organization
  • International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS)
  • International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research
  • Internationale Tagung Wirtschaftsinformatik
  • Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship
  • Venture Capital
  • German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB)
  • German Association for Engineering and Business Administration e.V. (VWI)
  • Startup Westpfalz e.V.


Giuliano Ciavarrella

Gottlieb-Daimler-Str. 42
Building 42, Room 310
67663 Kaiserslautern

Office hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays by appointment