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Prof. Dr. Matthias Heinz

Cluster position Principal Investigator, Cologne Spokesperson for ECONtribute

Cluster member since 2019

Main research topics

Causal effects of management practices (e.g. team incentives, managerial attention, employee referral programs, quality circles)


Matthias Heinz is Associate Professor for Strategy at the University of Cologne. He is also a Research Affiliate at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn and for the Centre for Economics Policy Research (CEPR) in London. He won a number of awards for his teaching and research, e.g. the Quality of Teaching Award in 2019 at the University of Cologne, the Joachim Herz Prize for Economics in 2016 and the Roman Herzog Research Prize in 2015. Matthias studied business administration in Frankfurt and received his PhD in 2014 from the Goethe-University in Frankfurt as well.


Published papers

Discussion papers


What is the best thing about your job?

Having the freedom to work on topics I really want to work on.

If you had not gone into research, what would you be doing today?

The same – introducing management practices in firms – only that I would be paid for it as a consultant.

Who or what inspires you?

To see that you create something that really has an impact and makes a lasting difference.

When was the last time you had to change your mind?

I do that every day in my empirical research.

Which advice would you have needed yourself as a doctoral student?

Fortunately, I had good mentors who prepared me for how complex the science system and publication processes are. It’s super important to understand it from the very beginning – I would also pass this on to young doctoral students.