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Prof. Dr. Dries Faems

Chair of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technological Transformation at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management

Prof. Dr. Dries Faems holds the Chair of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technological Transformation at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. He also is a Visiting Professor at the LUISS Business School in Rome. Before joining the WHU, he was Assistant Professor (2007-2009) and Associate Professor (2009-2011) at the University of Twente and Full Professor Innovation & Organization at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen (2011-2018). He holds a masters degree in Commercial Engineering (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 2001, magna cum laude) and became Doctor in Applied Economics (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, June 2006) with a thesis titled: “Collaboration for Innovation: Processes of Governance and Learning in R&D Alliances.”

He has published papers in journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Research Policy, Organization Studies, and Journal of Product Innovation Management. His current research focuses on collaboration for innovation. In particular, he studies how alliance activities influence firms´ innovation and financial performance and how firms can effectively manage different types of open innovation strategies.

Dries Faems has been Associate Editor (2012-2013) and General Editor (2014- 2018) of the Journal of Management Studies. At the moment, he is Consulting Editor of the Journal of Management Studies. In addition, he is a member of the editorial review board of the Academy of Management Journal and the Journal of Trust Research. He also acted as Guest Editor of a special issue on intellectual property management at the California Management Review.

In terms of outreach activities, Dries Faems is a regular contributor to the opinion section of the Financieel Dagblad and one of the business columnists of RTV Noord in the Netherlands. He also was the coordinator of the executive training program on ‘How to make innovation happen in Horizon2020’ for the Directorate General CONNECT of the European Commission. In 2016, he received a 120.000 grant from the Samenwerkingsverband Noord Nederland for the execution of a yearly innovation monitor in the Northern Netherlands.

Prof. Dr. Dries Faems currently teaches
Leading beyond the crisis – an Online Advanced Management ProgramFind out more
CIO Leadership Excellence Program - Basis ModuleFind out more
Innovation & Corporate Entrepreneurship Essentials ProgramFind out more
Online Certified in Strategy & DigitalizationFind out more
Management Essentials ProgramFind out more