Prof. Dr. Jörg Müller-Lietzkow

Economy and Digitization

Prof. Dr. Jörg Müller-Lietzkow has been President of HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU) and Professor of Economics and Digitization since July 1, 2019.

Prior to this, he was Professor of Media Economics and Media Management at the Institute of Media Studies at the University of Paderborn (since 2008). Before that, following an apprenticeship in banking (Düsseldorf) and the German Armed Forces (Koblenz), he studied economics at the University of Wuppertal (1992-1997) and at the German Trainer Academy in Cologne (1993-1997). He first worked as a research assistant at the University of Wuppertal (Telecommunications Research Institute), then at the Otto-Friedrich University of Bamberg at the chair of Business Administration (1997-1998), in particular Human Resources and Organisation (1999-2002). After completing his dissertation on "Virtualisation strategies in classical industries", he went to the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena for the post-doc phase at the Chair of Communication Science with a focus on the economy and organisation of media. In 2007 he was offered the new W2-Professorship for Media Organisation and Media Systems, which was changed to a new W3-Professorship for Media Economics and Media Management in 2013.

His research focuses on digital media economics and eBusiness, media regions and media clusters, open source and open innovation, mobile media, network and digital policy, start-ups in the digital sector, digital humanities, new institutional economics, and the computer and video game industry.

He also lectures in sports economics, empirical methods and communication science. Recent research projects deal with the games market, mobile devices in the context of media (incl. Digital Humanities), regional analyses (Smart Cities) and the drone industry. In the field of games education, he has established and established an international partnership with the world's leading R.I.T. (Rochester Institute of Technology) in addition to the GamesLab Paderborn. Since 2016 he has been involved in the model project "Digital City Paderborn" and has been leading the project on behalf of the University of Paderborn since 2018.

In parallel to his academic activities, he helped to build and manage a company from 1999-2003 and supervised many start-up projects in the context of EXIST funding. In addition, he regularly acts as business and politics advisor and has been invited as  expert to hearings of the German Bundestag and various state parliaments multiple times. Since January 2014, he has been co-speaker/chairman of cnetz e.V., a nationwide association for network policy. After participating in the coalition negotiations of the federal government in January 2018, he was appointed to the Enquete Commission on Artificial Intelligence of the German Bundestag in September 2018.

Jörg Müller-Lietzkow is married and has a daughter.