Chair of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technological Transformation –

Collaboration for Innovation.

About us

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-directo 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.

Our team

Professor Dr.
Dries Faems

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Benita Otte

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Maxim Mommerency

Research Assistant
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Julian Fieres

Research Assistant

Hervé Kubwimana

Research Assistant

Maximilian Weinhold

Research Assistant

Thomas Lenzen

Research Assistant

Selected publications

Our publications –
Most recent publications in international refereed journals.

Kok, H.; de Faria, P.; Faems, D. (In Press) Ties that matter: The impact of alliance partner knowledge recombination novelty on knowledge utilization in R&D alliances. Research Policy.

Brattström, A; Faems, D. (In Press) Inter-organizational relationships as political battlefields: How fragmentation within organizations shapes relational dynamics between organizations. Academy of Management Journal.

Balau, G., Van der Bij, H.; Faems, D. (2020) Co-Creation and the Impact on Radical Organizational Creativity: The Moderating Roles of Organizational Structure and Organizational Creativity Support. R&D Management, 50 (4): 535-547.

Faems, D. (2020) Moving Forward Quantitative Research on Innovation Management: The Call for an Inductive Turn on Using and Presenting Quantitative Research. R&D Management, 50 (3): 352-363.

Yan, Y.; Dong, J.; Faems, D. (In Press) Not Every Coopetitor Is the Same: The Impact of Technological and Market Overlap with Coopetitors on Breakthrough Invention. Long Range Planning

Faems, D.; Bos, B.; Leten, B.; Noseleit, F. (In Press) Multistep knowledge transfer in MNC networks: When do subsidiaries benefit from unconnected sister alliances? Journal of Management.

Balau, G., Van der Bij, H.; Faems, D. (In Press) Team experiential cognitive style and team performance: The moderating impact of workplace setting. Journal of Creativity and Innovation Management.

Brattström, A., Faems, D.; Mahring, M. (In Press) From trust convergence to trust divergence: Trust development in conflictual interorganizational relationships. Organization Studies

Kok, H., de Faria P.; Faems, D. (In Press) Good things come to those who wait? The technological impact of recombining inactive internal knowledge components. Journal of Management.

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Our publications –
Most cited publications.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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Awards and accolades

Awards and Accolades –
In recognition of excellence in research and teaching.

  • 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 - ...)
News and stories

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Keep up with the latest events and activities.

While many companies are digitizing their business models due to the pandemic, the simultaneous cutbacks in IT budgets are raising doubts about a long-term effect.

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Prof. Dr. Dries Faems analyzes why business ecosystems are vulnerable.

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For multinational companies, cooperation with external partners is crucial for the development of new technologies and innovations. They are therefore increasingly pursuing an open innovation strategy and building up a portfolio of alliances with other companies. Why are some multinational companies…

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Professor Dr. Dries Faems has won the Best Paper Award "Innovation Management" 2019 for his paper.

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Professor Dr. Faems finalist of the 4th Innovation & Entrepreneurship Teaching Excellence Awards.

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In a study, Professor Dr. Dries Faems found out that inventors can generate valuable inventions by using so-called "dormant components." The study explains when old knowledge can serve as a driver for high-impact inventions and why companies should regularly dust their knowledge shelves.

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Professor Dr. Faems' recent paper to be published in Journal of Management.

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Get in touch

Get in touch with us –
We look forward to hearing from you.

Professor Dr. Dries Faems


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