You will be embedded in the Innovation, Technology Entrepreneurship & Marketing (ITEM) group
. ITEM's research program focuses on understanding and improving innovation processes within firms, organizations, and institutions—typically in a high-tech context. Innovation is a key driver of growth by advancing technological progress and generating economic as well as societal value. In the context of open innovation and the rise of increasingly complex innovation ecosystems, new product development is no longer the exclusive playground of individual firms. Instead, collaboration with external parties (e.g., suppliers, customers) is required not only to successfully launch new products and keep pace with competitors, but also to contribute to society's grand challenges.
As a successful candidate, you are able to study such complex processes, within and between organizations, by preferably being able to draw on a diversity of methods (e.g., quantitative, qualitative, or simulation) to develop rich theory and practical implications on the underlying mechanisms that drive complex innovation processes. Moreover, by being a scholar that thrives in a multidisciplinary context, you contribute by actively connecting the various focal areas of ITEM by being a boundary spanner between the various domains, including new product development, innovation ecosystems, and marketing.
The ITEM group has an opening for an assistant/associate professor who wants to contribute to its research program and teach at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. As a successful candidate, you will be involved in conducting top-level academic research to be published in high-quality scholarly journals—such as, but not limited to Research Policy and Journal of Product Innovation Management. You will be involved in developing and lecturing courses on new product development, innovation strategy, and innovation ecosystems, and supervising bachelor and master thesis students.
Moreover, you are expected to connect to one or more of the departmental themes
, including, but not limited to 'Sustainability and Circularity' and 'Supply Chain Management'—and the related university themes
, such as 'Health' or 'Smart Mobility'—and by doing so create the opportunity to work with other top scholars active in those domains.
In addition, you should be active in acquiring external research funding (e.g., industry, NWO, EU) and be visible in international academic networks. The TU/e is situated in one of the leading high-tech regions of the world, which provides ample opportunities for excellent researchers in the field of innovation seeking to make a societal as well as academic impact.