Prof. Dr. Isabell M. Welpe

Academic Career and Research Areas

Professor Welpe studied economics at LMU Munich and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston. She completed an MSc at the London School of Economics before finishing her PhD on technology and innovation management at the University of Regensburg (2003). In 2007 she completed her lecturer qualification at LMU’s Institute for Information, Organization and Management (under Professor Dr. Dres. h.c. Arnold Picot) in innovation and organization. She has held the Chair of Strategy and Organization at TUM since 2009.
Professor Welpe conducts research in the area of leadership, innovation, and organization from a behavioral science perspective, with a focus on the selection and evaluation of managers, strategic leadership, managing teams, the role of emotions within managing processes as well as incentive systems and performance measurement in universities. She follows a quantitative-empirical research approach, employing a variety of different data sources (e.g., laboratory experiments) and research designs (experimental and correlative designs).


Ringelhan  S, Wollersheim J, Welpe IM, Fiedler M, Spörrle M (forthcoming): “Work motivation and job satisfaction as antecedents of research performance: Investigation of different mediation models“. Zeitschrift für Betriebswirtschaftslehre.

Brosi P, Spörrle M, Welpe IM, Shaw JD (forthcoming): “The role of trait positive affectivity in the evaluations of one’s own and others’ financial rewards”. Journal of Personnel Psychology.

Strobel M, Tumasjan A, Welpe I, Spörrle M (forthcoming): “The future starts today, not tomorrow: How future orientation promotes organizational citizenship behaviors”. Human Relations.

Tumasjan A, Welpe IM, Spörrle M (forthcoming): “Easy now, desirable later: The moderating role of temporal distance in opportunity evaluation and exploitation”. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.

Welpe IM, Spörrle M, Grichnik D, Michl T, Audretsch D: „Emotions and opportunities: the interplay of opportunity evaluation, fear, joy, and anger as antecedent of entrepreneurial exploitation”. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. 2012; 36(1):1-28.