Chair of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technological Transformation

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. To accomplish this goal, we conduct a broad portfolio of educational, research, and outreach activities.

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 Serious Lego Play. Prof. Dr. Dries Faems also has extensive experience in executive teaching on these topics. For instance, he has been the coordinator of the executive training program on ‘How to make innovation happen in Horizon2020’ for the Directorate General CONNECT of the European Commission.

The research activities of this chair are focused on the topic of Collaboration for Innovation. We conduct research on how different organizations can jointly create new products and services in different industries (e.g. advanced manufacturing, biotech and pharmaceutical industry, renewable energy sector). These research activities have received funding from international institutions such as the European Investment Bank, Vinnova, and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and have resulted in publications in high-level international journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management and Research Policy.

To promote the transfer of new insights, we intensively collaborate with a broad range of organizations. Prof. Dr. Dries Faems has worked together with multinational companies such as Airbus, Bekaert, Umicore and Agfa Gevaert to provide advice on how to optimize innovation strategies. In addition, Prof. Dr. Faems is the coordinator of the Innovation Monitor Northern Netherlands, a yearly benchmark of the innovation activities and challenges of Small and Mediums Sized companies in the Northern Netherlands. Finally, Prof. Dr. Faems regularly provides advice to governmental agencies in how they can improve the effectiveness and efficiency of innovation funding schemes. For instance, he has been the coordinator of a recent mid-evaluation of the Dutch EFRO subsidy program.

Prof. Dr.

Dries Faems



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WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management
Chair of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technological Transformation
Prof. Dr. Dries Faems

Burgplatz 2 

56179 Vallendar