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Dr. Michael Kohlgrüber


Social Research Centre Dortmund (sfs)

Evinger Platz 17, Room 31


Tel.: +49 231 755 90262

Fax: +49 231 755 90205


Research Associate
Innovation and education in the digital society

Focus of work

Combining social and technological innovations in digitisation projects
Social dialogue in the digital transformation
Sustainable business model innovations

2017: PhD, TU Dortmund University

Since 2012: Senior Researcher, Social Research Centre, TU Dortmund University

2004–2012: Freelance consultant, mediator, coach and trainer

1999–2004: Senior Researcher and consultant, Prospektiv GmbH, Dortmund

1995–1999: Research Associate at the Gesellschaft für Arbeitsschutz- und Humanisierungsforschung (GfAH) mbH, Dortmund

1995: Graduation in business, economics and social sciences, TU Dortmund University

Kohlgrüber, Michael; Behrend, Clara (2021): Understanding Future Skills for the
Digital Transformation. Presentation at the scientific conference: Inclusive futures for Europe beyond Industrie 4.0 and digital disruption. September 30 — October 1, 2021 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Kohlgrüber, Michael (2021): Co-Creation und gegenseitige Lernprozesse bei der betrieblichen Einführung von Automatisierung und Digitalisierung. Lecture at the 21st Conference for Applied Social Sciences, Social Innovation in and by organisations, online, June 12, 2021.

Kohlgrüber, Michael (2021): Impact of Industry 4.0 on society. Presentation at the scientific and practical workshop “Social Challenges of Today”, May 18, 2021 in Vologda, Russia.

Kohlgrüber, Michael; Behrend, Clara (2019): Inclusive Futures for Europe. Beyond the Impacts of Industry 4.0 and Digital Disruption. Presentation at the global conference on Social Innovation and Socio-Digital Transformation. October 28, 2019 in Dortmund, Germany.

Kohlgrüber, Michael (2018): The sociotechnical perspective on Workplace Innovation and Industry 4.0. Presentation at EURAM conference, June 28, 2018 in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Schröder, Antonius; Kohlgrüber, Michael (2018): A new innovation paradigm:
Combining technological and social Innovation. Presentation at 12th Society and Materials International Conference. May 22, 2018 in Metz, France.

Kohlgrüber, Michael (2016): The emergence and diffusion of sustainable business model innovations in retail logistics from an Institutional Theory perspective. Presentation at the 27th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Business and Society. June 17, 2016 in Park City, Utah, USA.


Location & approach

Exit 13 (Kreuz Dortmund Nord-Ost), direction Derne/Schwerte (B236), 1st exit direction Dortmund-Eving, next traffic lights turn right (Kemminghauser Str.), after 2.7km turn left (Evinger Str./B 54), after 1.1km traffic lights turn left (Deutsche Straße), after 500m on the left is the Evinger Platz.

From the Bundesstraße 1 (extension A40 or A44) to the intersection B1/B236 direction Lünen, 3rd exit direction Dortmund-Eving.

Exit Dortmund Hafen, turn left until the intersection Münsterstraße (B54), direction Eving, after about three kilometers turn into Deutsche Straße.

You can download an enlarged general map here

From Dortmund Airport, it takes just about 20 minutes to get to Dortmund Central Station by AirportExpress and from there to the university by subway (U-Bahn) 41. The stop is "Zeche Minister Stein". A wider range of international flight connections is offered by Düsseldorf Airport, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university station. From there, you can get directly to Dortmund Central Station.

From Dortmund Central Station, take the U 41 light rail (direction Brambauer / Brechten). The stop is "Zeche Minister Stein". The Minister Stein Center is located on the right in the direction of travel of the streetcar.

You can find an overview map here.