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The Chair of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technological Transformation aims to generate and transfer insights into how organizations can successfully mobilize entrepreneurship and innovation to create, manage, and address technological transformation.

Our research is focused on the topic ‘Collaboration for Innovation.’ We conduct both quantitative and qualitative research on how companies build, manage and try to profit from collaborative strategies such as R&D alliances, coopetitive partnerships and ecosystems. The outcomes of these research activities are published in top level journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management and Research Policy. Between 2014 and 2018, Professor Faems has been the general editor of Journal of Management Studies. He is also member of the editorial board of the Academy of Management Journal and the Journal of Trust Research.

In terms of education, the Chair is involved in courses such as 'Developing Novel Business Models', 'Entrepreneurial Transformation in Corporations', and 'New Product Development'. In these courses, we provide students with advanced academic insights on how different types of organizations can effectively deal with technological transformation. In addition, the students are challenged to apply these insights in workshops and case studies. For these educational activities, we rely on innovative teaching methods such as Lego Serious Play. In the WHU MBA and Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA, Professor Faems provides modules on the topics of Digital Transformation and Ecosystem Innovation. Finally, Professor Faems is the coordinator of the Innovation & Corporate Entrepreneurship Essentials Program, offered by WHU Executive Education.

Professor Faems also acts as academic co-director of the WHU Entrepreneurship Center. The WHU Entrepreneurship Center’s mission is to educate, inspire, and support the WHU community in fostering impassioned, purposeful, ethical, and sustainable entrepreneurship - providing an intellectual, virtual, and physical hub where people connect, ideas turn into action, and resources are allocated equitably - to build a vibrant entrepreneurial future for students, alumni, and other ecosystem partners. The Chair also coordinates the WHU Innovation Ecosystem Hub. The core goal of the Innovation Ecosystem Hub is to further intensify collaboration between WHU and companies on the topic of collaboration for innovation.

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Our team

Professor Dries Faems
Professor Dries Faems
Chairholder
Johanna Häring
Johanna Häring
Personal Assistant
Nils Berkemeyer
Nils Berkemeyer
Research Assistant
Julian Fieres
Julian Fieres
Research Assistant
Niklas Geiss
Niklas Geiss
Research Assistant
Lukas Müller
Lukas Müller
Research Assistant
Simon Rudat
Simon Rudat
Research Assistant
Ronja Stoffregen
Ronja Stoffregen
Research Assistant
Maximilian Weinhold
Maximilian Weinhold
Research Assistant

Our publications

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Kok, H., Faems, D., De Faria, P. (2022), Pork barrel or barrel of gold? examining the performance implications of earmarking in public R&D grants, Research Policy, Vol. 51 (7), 104514.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Elhorst, P., Faems, D. (2021), Evaluating proposals in innovation contests: exploring negative scoring spillovers in the absence of a strict evaluation sequence, Research Policy, Vol. 50 (4), 104198.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Post, C., Muzio, D., Sarala, R., Wei, L., Faems, D. (2021), Theorizing diversity in management studies: new perspectives and future directions, Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 58 (8), pp. 2003-2023.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Faems, D., Bos, B., Noseleit, F., Leten, B. (2020), Multistep knowledge transfer in MNC networks: when do subsidiaries benefit from unconnected sister alliances?, Journal of Management, Vol. 46 (3), pp. 414-442.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Yan, Y., Dong, J. Q., Faems, D. (2020), Not every coopetitor is the same: the impact of technological market and geographical overlap with coopetitors on firms´ breakthrough inventions, Long Range Planning, Vol. 53 (1), 101873.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Balau, G., Van Der Bij, H., Faems, D. (2020), Should SMEs get out of the building? examining the role of customer co‐creation on radical organizational creativity, R&D Management, Vol. 50 (4), pp. 535-547.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Brattström, A., Faems, D. (2020), Inter-organizational relationships as political battlefields: how fragmentation within organizations shapes relational dynamics between organizations, Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 63 (5), pp. 1591–1620.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Ahlstrom, D., Arregle, J.-L., Hitt, M., Qian, G., Ma, X., Faems, D. (2020), Managing technological, sociopolitical, and institutional change in the new normal, Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 57 (3), pp. 411-437.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Faems, D. (2020), Moving forward quantitative research on innovation management: a call for an inductive turn on using and presenting quantitative research, R&D Management, Vol. 50 (3), pp. 352-363.

Journal of Product Innovation Management

The role of inter-organizational collaboration within innovation strategies: towards a portfolio approach.

Faems, D.; Van Looy, B. & Debackere K. (2005) The role of inter-organizational collaboration within innovation strategies: towards a portfolio approach. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 22: 238-251.
Academy of Management Journal

Toward an integrative perspective on alliance governance: Connecting contract design, contract application, and trust dynamics.

Faems, D.; Janssens, M.; Madhok, A. & Van Looy, B. (2008) Toward an integrative perspective on alliance governance: Connecting contract design, contract application, and trust dynamics. Academy of Management Journal, 51: 1053-1078.
Journal of Product Innovation Management

Technology alliance portfolios and financial performance: Value-enhancing and cost-increasing effects of open innovation.

Faems, D.; de Visser, M.; Andries, P.; Van Looy, B. (2010) Technology alliance portfolios and financial performance: Value-enhancing and cost-increasing effects of open innovation. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 27: 785-796.
Journal of Management Studies

Unravelling the HRM-Performance link: value-creating and cost-increasing effects of small business HRM.

Sels, L.; De Winne, S.; Maes, J.; Delmotte, J.; Faems, D. & Forrier, A. (2006) Unravelling the HRM-Performance link: value-creating and cost-increasing effects of small business HRM. Journal of Management Studies, 43: 319-342.
Journal of Product Innovation Management

Technological activities and their impact on the financial performance of the firm: Exploitation and exploration within and between firms.

Belderbos, R.; Faems, D.; Leten, B.; Van Looy, B. (2010) Technological activities and their impact on the financial performance of the firm: Exploitation and exploration within and between firms. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 27: 869-882.

Awards and accoladed

  • Winner of the 2021 Best Research Methods Paper Prize at the SMS Conference with the paper ‘Developing an integrated approach for topic modelling in management research.’
  • Winner of the 2021 SIG Strategic Management CENA Best Paper Award at the Euram conference with the paper ‘What drives the appointment of directors: Linking resource dependence and monitoring to human capital value in wind farm joint ventures.’
  • Winner of the Runner Up Best Paper Award 2021 at the International Product Development Conference with the paper ‘Innovation theater in corporate venturing activities.’
  • Ranked number 99 in the Ökonomenranking 2020 of the Wirtschaftswoche
  • Member of the CIO research advisory board (2020 - …)
  • Elected as a 2020-2021 Representative-at-Large for the Cooperative Strategies Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society.
  • Winner of the 2019 SITE Innovation Management Award with the paper ‘Dusting Off the Knowledge Shelves: Recombinant Lag and the Technological Value of Inventions.
  • Winner of the 2021 SIG Strategic Management CENA Best Paper Award at the Euram conference with the paper ‘What drives the appointment of directors: Linking resource dependence and monitoring to human capital value in wind farm joint ventures.’
  • Elected as a 2020-2021 Representative-at-Large for the Cooperative Strategies Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society.
  • Winner of the Runner Up Best Paper Award 2021 at the International Product Development Conference with the paper ‘Innovation theater in corporate venturing activities.’
  • Ranked number 99 in the Ökonomenranking 2020 of the Wirtschaftswoche
  • Winner of the 2019 SITE Innovation Management Award with the paper ‘Dusting Off the Knowledge Shelves: Recombinant Lag and the Technological Value of Inventions.’
  • Member of the 22nd Editorial Review Board of the Academy of Management Journal (2019-2022)
  • Finalist of the 4th Innovation & Entrepreneurship Teaching Excellence Award of the ACPI with Serious Lego Play for Structural Ambidexterity
  • Member of the Scientific Council of the European Academy of Management (2018 - ...)
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