The general discussion about the knowledge society in the 21st century places knowledge as the core factor of for the innovativeness of companies at the heart of the analysis: A company’s innovation success hinges on the its ability to generate new knowledge and combine or re-combine existing knowledge and transform it into new goods, services or processes.

In the past the generation and exploitation of knowledge has been largely constrained by narrow boundaries of the firm in its regional, sectoral or national environment. The theoretical development of innovation systems on the regional and national level as well as the notion of open innovation on the firm level emphasizes the growing interactive nature of the innovation process involving an increasingly heterogeneous set of actors.

My research interests stress the analysis of interactive innovation processes with a strong focus on supporting strategic decisions of corporate and governmental actors.

In particular my research focuses on three dimensions: