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(2) Innovation management, tech transfer and entrepreneurship


High velocity markets driven by rapid technology developments such as biotechnology or digitalization pose numerous challenges and require corporate renwal and strategic flexibility of established firms. Hence, we are witnessing new dynamics, such as open innovation, cross-industry innovation and/or systemic innovation as well as the emergence of novel product categories and new technology platforms across different value chains, which in turn imply new regulatory settings. Our research group thus strives to empirically analyse innovation- and technology management  to investigate how SMEs as well as large firms coexist, compete and/or collaborate in new organizational forms across complex value chains and networks and how the aforementioned new dynamics are currently implemented within  value chains and networks. Moreover, we evaluate those dynamics also in a bio-economic perspective by empirically analysing the emergence of novel value chains consequent to the introduction of product/process innovations and/or cascading usage of agricultural by-products/waste aimed at addressing global challenges such as resource scarcity (e.g. phosphorus). Overall, examples of research questions we have worked/are working on are:
  • What drives cross-industry innovation?
  • What drives the emergence of novel entreprenerial eco-systems?
  • What do we know on systemic innovation?
  • How does entrepreneurial opportunity recognition work in distant knowledge fields?
 Our data include qualitative and quantitative primary and secondary (i.e. Community Innovation Survey database) sources, whereas methods entail multivariate statistics, as well as qualitative content analysis.