Department of Economics Teaching Staff

Prof. Dr. Boris Alexander Becker

B.A. Media and Event Management

M.A. International Marketing and Media Management



Starting with his studies in the field of economics Boris Alexander Becker holds a Bachelor of Business Administration. He proceeded with Master studies in the field of political sciences including elements of macroeconomics at the Eberhard-Karls-Universität in Tübingen (Germany). Against this background Boris Alexander Becker continued with a foreign stay at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), where his idea for the dissertation topic in the field of International Political Economy was born. He fulfilled his doctoral studies at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Germany) with focus on innovation studies about supportive conditions for knowledge transfer between higher education institutions and enterprises. Simultaneously he worked at the Institute of Educational Science and Media Research at the FernUniversität in Hagen for several years. As fixed term professor he gave lectures mainly in the field of quantitative as well as qualitative empirical methods. In addition, Boris Alexander Becker acquired professional experience as Co-Manager in a medium-sized enterprise with main responsibility for the Online-Business and later as a Project Manager at a management consultancy.


"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty."

(Henry Ford 1863 – 1947, American Businessman)


  • Digital Transformation
  • Media Management
  • Event Economics

Research and teaching focus

  • Media supported learning and knowledge-transfer processes
  • Research and collaboration processes between higher education institutions and enterprises
  • Digital platform economics and knowledge platforms
  • Open Innovation

Curriculum Vitae

Higher Education



Ruhr-Universität Bochum: graduation as Dr. rer. soc., topic: “Network versus Hierarchy. Strengths and weaknesses of innovation policy in middle-income countries by means of a comparison between Chile and Mexico


Eberhard-Karls-Universität, Tübingen: Master of Arts in Comparative Research of Politics


University of Applied Sciences “FH Oekonomie und Management (FOM)”, Essen, in cooperation with Hogeschool Zeeland, “Diplom-Kaufmann (FH)” / Bachelor of Business Administration

Professional Experience

Professional Experience in the academic sector


FernUniversität Hagen: Fixed-Term Professor


FernUniversität Hagen: Research Fellow


FernUniversität Hagen: Graduate Assistant


Ruhr-Universität Bochum: Lecturer

Professional Experience in the private sector



IFGE Innovation Research and Consultancy, Berlin: Project Manager


Waffen-Becker, Hagen: Co-Manager


Waffen-Becker, Hagen: Co-Manager


Bayer AG, Leverkusen: activities in the departments Marketing, Procurement, Finance and Planning/Controlling within the Apprenticeship as Industrial Manager


Publications and Conference Papers

Becker, B. A., & Eube, C. (2018). Open innovation concept: integrating universities and business in digital age

. Journal of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity, 4(1), 12.


Becker, B. A. (2017, July).

Open Innovation in the digital age. New options to close the gap between universities and companies?  Presented at the OUI Conference (The 15th International Open and User Innovation Conference), Innsbruck (Austria).


Becker, B. A. (2016). The current role of innovation policy for the competitiveness of Chilean enterprises with focus on university-industry collaboration

(pp. 880–889).


Becker, B., & Eube, C. (2015, October).

Network versus Hierarchy. The Governance of Knowledge-transfer within University-Business Collaboration. Presented at the EADTU Conference 2015 Transforming higher education in the 21st century; ‘Innovating pathways to learning and continuous professional education’, Hagen.


Becker, B. A. (2014). Netzwerk versus Hierarchie. Stärken und Schwächen der Innovationspolitik in Schwellenländern anhand eines Ländervergleichs von Chile und Mexiko. Bochum. Retrieved from


2016/2017:  Member Scientific Advisory Board (9th + 10th annual International

Conference of Education, Research and Innovation)