The founders of
M. de Rochemont
Dr. Ir. Vareska van de Vrande (RSM Erasmus University)
Vareska currently works as an assistant professor at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Her research on open innovation focuses on the use of different organizational forms for external technology sourcing, such as corporate venture capital investments, strategic alliances, joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions. Other research interests include corporate entrepreneurship and corporate venturing. Vareska holds a PhD (2007) from the Eindhoven University of Technology. Her PhD thesis “Not Invented Here: Managing Corporate Innovation in a New Era” focused on the role of uncertainty when choosing between different technology sourcing modes and the effect of using these modes on innovative performance and diversification. Vareska has published several articles in leading international journals in the field of innovation management.
Ir. Jan Spruijt (Avans University)
Jan is Director of Studies on the programme Advanced Business Creation (BBA) in the Academy for Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Avans University. Furthermore, Jan is founder and director at the Innovative Dutch, developer of online business strategy games in the field of innovation management. His research focuses on Open Innovation, Co-Creation, Crowdsourcing, Crowdfunding and the overlapping areas with knowledge sharing and social media. Recent research also focuses on (inter)personal growth for entrepreneurs operating in innovative sectors and working with new business models.
Dr. Maurice de Rochemont (Synthon)
Maurice was a researcher at ECIS (Eindhoven Centre for Innovation Studies). In his doctoral thesis he focused on the success factors for innovation in multi-partner alliances (clusters, networks). Other research interests include open innovation and corporate venturing. Maurice is also a board member of ASAP Netherlands (Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals, and a board member of the ECIS Phd council. Maurice is currently employed by Synthon.
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Prof. dr. Henry Chesbrough (University of Berkeley, Haas Business School)His unique background as both a practitioner and a researcher has made Henry Chesbrough one of the most innovative and respected authorities on how to get ideas to market. In his book Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology, Henry defines the trends that are restructuring r&d worldwide and he proposes new approaches to innovation strategy. Henry Chesbrough is a professor at UC Berkeley’s Haas Business School, where he teaches and runs a center on managing innovation and the management of technology and researches in the areas of managing innovation, corporate venture capital, spin-offs, and managing intellectual property. His book Open Innovation describes a trend that is reshaping how organizations structure innovation processes: an accelerating shift from a “closed” innovation model, in which research and development is vertically integrated within organizations, to an “open model” in which firms learn to use ideas wherever they find them in a flexible business model that’s open to a broad range of arrangements. Chesbrough’s comprehensive approach focuses on both the internal factors and the external trends that shape a company’s innovation success. Open innovation leverages the knowledge available outside the organization to the company’s advantage, as venture capitalists do. It also opens up the barriers that usually keep innovations developed internally from benefiting other business units in the company and it encourages companies to develop new ways to share ideas externally for profit.