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General Information

The department Innovation Management & Strategy (IMS) develops and disseminates expertise about the strategic management of innovation and entrepreneurship. The group consists of app. 45 professors and PhD candidates, many of whom have broad international experience, who conduct and publish high-quality research, provide strong teaching and contribute to the business community through advice and involvement. Through close collaboration with managers involved in innovation, organisational change and entrepreneurship, IMS scholars investigate and consult about a range of strategic issues related to innovation processes, collaboration in innovation, organisational change, sustainable strategies, digital strategies, the role of ICT, corporate governance and entrepreneurship.

The group’s researchers study the resources, capabilities and organisational practices that facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship and contribute to improved business performance. These studies investigate the processes, practices and outcomes of organisations of all sizes, operating in a wide variety of industry sectors, including both for profit and non-profit organisations. The high quality of the group’s research has resulted in numerous publications in leading international journals (e.g. Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Research Policy, R&D Management, International Journal of Innovation Management, Technovation, International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, Industrial Marketing Management, Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal), several of which have been nominated for or won Best Paper awards. In addition, several IMS scholars serve on editorial boards of leading journals, such as Journal of Product Innovation Management and Information Systems Journal. IMS researchers have also been successful in receiving substantial research grants from national and European institutions, such as the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and the European Investment Bank.

IMS staff members maintain an extensive network of contacts with business and government institutions. These organisations function as partners in research, while the broader business community is offered advice and training through several expertise centres, such as the Vinci Centre of Expertise and the University of Groningen Centre of Entrepreneurship. In collaboration with The Northern Netherlands Provinces Alliance, for example, Vinci conducts the annual Innovation Monitor of the Northern Netherlands. In this monitor, the innovation activities and performance implications of small and medium-sized companies in the region are mapped and analysed. The societal relevance of the research conducted by IMS scholars is evidenced by frequent quotes in the Dutch media.

The IMS department teaches bachelor, master, PhD and executive courses on a broad range of topics related to the strategic management of innovation, organisational change and entrepreneurship. Students are taught advanced theories by experienced researchers. Working with the latest knowledge on innovation management and entrepreneurship, students are trained to develop the professional competences that are relevant in today’s knowledge economy. Students work in teams, consisting of several nationalities. The department is also actively involved in the Research Master of the SOM graduate school.

Chairman of the Department Innovation Management & Strategy: Dr C.H.M. Lutz
Laatst gewijzigd:09 juli 2018 10:16