Prof. Dr. Cord Siemon

Professor of Business Administration, in part. Entrepreneurship


Managing Director IFE

Focus in teaching and research

  • General Business Administration
  • Entrepreneurship


The research areas of Prof. Siemon include the subject areas of

  • Start-up financing and financial entrepreneurship
  • Skill development in the start-up and innovation context ("Entrepreneurship Education")
  • Effectuation vs. causation
  • Methods for qualifying start-ups (business plan, business model canvas etc.)
  • Science and history of dogma in Business Administration and Economics
  • Development theory of Joseph A. Schumpeter and Evolutionary Economy
  • Joseph A. Schumpeter: Life and work

About the person

Dr. Cord Siemon has been a professor of Business Administration, in part. entrepreneurship at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences since the summer semester 2016. Before this, he was a professor of General Business Administration, in part. business start-ups at the UAS Brandenburg for five years (now: Technical University Brandenburg). He has many years of experience in the area of coaching / consulting for start-ups and start-up teams in the different phases of the business life cycle.



  • Entrepreneurship, BW/IBA (Bachelor)
  • Entrepreneurship, WIng (Master)
  • Study Skills, IBA (Bachelor)
  • Introduction to Business Administration, IBIS (Bachelor)

You can find all documentation and additional information (at the start of the new semester) on the e-Learning platform Moodle.


Thesis papers

Thesis paper can be assigned on a variety of very different areas in General Business Administration (in part. in cooperation with representatives from the professional world). The special subject areas that are available as topics for a thesis paper in the start-up context – if appl. with specific orientation of theoretical, empirical, application-related content – may look as follows:

  • Crowd investing and funding as alternatives for start-up financing
  • Effectuation vs. causation: Relevance for start-up-related strategy development and financing
  • Forms of informal start-up financing: Bootstrapping and business angels
  • Funding programs for start-up ventures in Germany (Europe etc.): theoretical foundation and empirical relevance
  • Coaching and consulting for start-ups (institutions, methods, funding, effects etc.)
  • Decision criteria for start-ups when choosing a legal form (theoretical/empirical)
  • Case history in start-up qualification: Starting points for a start-up-related stock-taking by means of external and self-evaluation
  • Independence and social security (regulations, exceptions etc.; empirical relevance for different industries, legal forms etc.)
  • Marketing alternatives for innovative business ideas
  • On the significance of business modeling for the establishment of a start-ups (Business Model Canvas according to Osterwalder and its forms; application in start-up qualification etc.)
  • Incubator and accelerator models for start-ups in Germany (Europe, USA etc.) in comparison (theoretical basis, empirical relevance)
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