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Having lived and worked in entrepreneurial business hubs around the globe, it is easy to see how Matthias has developed a passion for entrepreneurship and the people behind the ventures. He always has an open ear for an exciting new business opportunity and enjoys plotting new ventures. Both show in his passion for teaching and mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs and business students.

Matthias joined IE Business School in 2013 as an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship. He earned his PhD from the Ivey Business School in Canada. His research focuses on intrapreneurship (corporate entrepreneurship), on individual, opportunity, and organizational level. He integrates these three levels and synthesizes a number of disciplines and fields, including entrepreneurship, organizational behavior, and corporate strategy.

Matthias’s work is published in Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, Small Business Economics and practitioner outlets such as the Ivey Business Journal and the Economist. Matthias regularly presents at prestigious international conferences in the fields of entrepreneurship and strategy, including the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Academy of Management Annual Meetings and the International Council for Small Business Conference.

Prior to his career in academia, Matthias consulted with several companies in Europe, Asia, and South America, mostly in the domains of HR and turnaround management. Amongst other companies, Matthias worked with DHL, Henkel, Sulzer Engineering, and P&G. He led executive education seminars for managers in China, Macedonia, and Russia. He did pro bono projects with rural entrepreneurs in Peru. Matthias brings professional experience and an international outlook to the classroom. He has a deep appreciation of cultural differences and likes to learn about entrepreneurial solutions in different contexts.


Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, IE Business School, 2013 to present
  • Executive Education Program, Chamber of Commerce, Skopje, Macedonia, 2012



  • PhD in Entrepreneurship and General Management, Ivey Business School, Canada
  • MBA in General Management, Nanyang Business School, Singapore
  • MA in Strategy and International Management (SIM), St. Gallen University, Switzerland 
  • BA in Business Administration, St. Gallen University, Switzerland


Corporate Business Experience 

  • Consulting Services, MAT Solutions, St. Gallen, Switzerland, 2004- present
  • Executive Education Seminars, Sulzer Shanghai, China, 2009
  • Turnaround Management, Vagrius Publishing, Moscow, Russia, 2008

Latest publications

  • Charitable donations by the self-employed

    Tietz, M.A., Parker, S.C. Small Business Economics. Vol. 43(4): 899-916, 2014