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Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. pol.

Alexander Brem

Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Science
Chaired Professor of Entrepreneurship in Technology and Digitization, endowed by the Daimler Fund in the Stifterverband


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70569 Stuttgart-Vaihingen
Room: 02.016

Selected Publications

Brem, A., & Nylund, P. A. (2021). Maneuvering the bumps in the New Silk Road: Open innovation, technological complexity, dominant design, and the international impact of Chinese innovation. R&D Management.

Brem, A., Viardot, E., & Nylund, P. A. (2021). Implications of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak for innovation: Which technologies will improve our lives? Technological Forecasting and Social Change163, 120451.

Brockhoff, K., & Brem, A. (2021). Forschung und Entwicklung - Planung und Organisation des F&E Managements (6. Aufl.). De Gruyter Oldenbourg.

Nylund, P. A., Brem, A., & Agarwal, N. (2021). Innovation ecosystems for meeting sustainable development goals: The evolving roles of multinational enterprises. Journal of Cleaner Production281, 125329.

Agarwal, N., Oehler, J., & Brem, A. (2021). Constraint-Based Thinking: A Structured Approach for Developing Frugal Innovations. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 68(3), Article 3.

Nylund, P. A., Brem, A., & Agarwal, N. (2021). Enabling technologies mitigating climate change: The role of dominant designs in environmental innovation ecosystems. Technovation, 102271.

Agarwal, N., Chakrabarti, R., Prabhu, J., & Brem, A. (2020). Managing dilemmas of resource mobilization through Jugaad: a multi-method study of social enterprises in Indian healthcare. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal

Brem, A., Nylund, P., & Viardot, E. (2020). The impact of the 2008 financial crisis on innovation: A dominant design perspective. Journal of Business Research110, 360–369.

Henninger, P., Brem, A., Giones, F., Bican, P., & Wimschneider, C. (2019). Effectuation vs. Causation: Can established firms use Start-Up Decision-Making Principles to stay innovative? International Journal of Innovation Management

Overview of all publications


Technology and Innovation Management

Organizational Creativity

R&D Management

User and Open Innovation

Frugal Innovation

Responsible Innovation

Digital Transformation

Alexander Brem (born 1979 in Bad Kötzting, Bavaria) studied business administration with a major in entrepreneurship at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU). After graduating in 2004 (Dipl.-Kfm.), he co-founded the consultancy firm VEND consulting with three fellow students. At the same time, he was employed as a research associate at FAU, where he completed his doctoral degree (Dr. rer. pol.) in 2007.

From 2007 to 2011, he worked full-time at VEND consulting, both as managing director and as consultant focusing on high-tech companies. In this period, he joined the founding team of the biotech-startup Agrolytix as CEO.

From 2011 to 2014 Alexander Brem held a junior professorship at FAU. Afterwards, he was appointed Professor of Technology and Innovation Management at the Mads Clausen Institute of the University of Southern Denmark (SDU). Here, he was also head of the interdisciplinary section SDU Innovation and Design Engineering.

From December 2016 to December 2019, Alexander Brem was holding the Chair of Technology Management at FAU. Since January 2020, he is Endowed Chaired Professor of Entrepreneurship in Technology and Digitalization, funded through the Daimler Fund of the Stifterverband, and Institute Director at the University of Stuttgart.

His current internal and external affiliations are summarized in the following, as well as his editorships and awards/honors.

Honorary Professor (Adj.-Prof.) at the University of Southern Denmark (Denmark)

Cyber Valley Professor

International Research Associate at the DeMontford University (UK)

Board Member of the Research Center of Technological Innovation at the Tsinghua University (China)

Elected Member-at-Large IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society

Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Technologie-Lizenz-Büro (TLB) der Baden-Württembergischen Hochschulen GmbH

Initiator and Deputy Chairman of the Board at quer.kraft - the innovation association e.V.

2020: Listing among the most-research intensive Business and Management Professors in German speaking countries 2016-2020 (Wirtschaftswoche, ETH Zürich, University of Düsseldorf)

2020: Outstanding Reviewer Award for Competitiveness Review: Literati Awards for Excellence (Emerald)

2019: Medical Valley Award (with Section of Experimental Oncology and Nanomedicine at Universitätsklinik Erlangen)

2019: Listing among the most-research intensive Business and Management Professors in German speaking countries 2014-2018 (Handelsblatt, ETH Zürich, University of Düsseldorf)

2019: Best Paper Award „Innovation Management“ 2019 (EBS Universität, Strascheg Institut für Innovation, Transformation und Entrepreneurship)

2019: Publons Peer Review Award (Clarivate)

2018: IEEE Senior Member Elevation (IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)

2018: Renate-Wittern-Sterzel-Preis der FAU (Gleichstellungspreis) (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)

2018: Publons Peer Review Award (Clarivate)

2018: Best Paper Award 2018 (Society of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity and Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II)

2017: Publons Peer Review Award (Clarivate)

2017: Highly Commended Paper Award for European Journal of Innovation Management: Literati Awards for Excellence (Emerald)

2014: Highly Commended Paper Award for Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development: Literati Awards for Excellence (Emerald)

2013: ISPIM Scientific Panel Award Winner (International Society for Professional Innovation Management)

2010: Winner Business Plan Competition Northern Bavaria (with Agrolytix)

2010: Winner Science4life Business Plan Competition (with Agrolytix)

2010: University Founder Award (with Agrolytix)

2009: Nomination Bavarian Entrepreneurs Award (Bayerischer Gründerpreis, with VEND consulting)

2009: Winner Franconian Founders Award (Mittelfränkischer Gründerpreis, with VEND consulting)

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