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Science as a Pilgrimage

Recently I have heard that a medieval philosopher interpreted doing science as a pilgrimage.

I really like this metaphor. For a good pilgrimage one needs accommodation along the way, one cherishes hospitality and most of all good companions to share both hardship and  pleasure.

At the end of this interesting and inspiring year 2013 I would to thank a number of institutions for being a home and for extending their hospitality.

Most of all I would  like to thank  my  collaborators for their companionship along the way.

All the best for the Christmas season and for a good start into a prosperous 2014.

From a rather spring-ish Innsbruck.




Best Paper Award

Recently we received the news that our paper “Open innovation practices and their effect on innovation performance” published by the International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management has received the Best Paper Award 2012 by the journal. To the best of our knowledge this paper is the first to develop a complete indicator framework for examining open innovation practices and their impact on innovativeness and commercial innovation performance. The analysis  yields a number of results which are relevant for innovation management and policy. Visit IJITM’s site here. Implications for innovation policy are discussed more thoroughly here.

Project Meeting at GP Design Partners in Vienna

Today I am attending a kick-off meeting for a project integrating design thinking and management in the innovation process of strat-up firms and SMEs. The project is financed by the Austrian AWS. The meeting is hosted by GP partners in Vienna – an innovative design firm with highly inspiring premises.