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Alexander Brem

Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. pol.

Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Science (ENI)
Chaired Professor of Entrepreneurship in Technology and Digitization, endowed by the Mercedes-Benz Fund in the Stifterverband; Honorary Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Southern Denmark


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Selected Publications

Ferras, X., Nylund, P., Brem, A., (2023). The Emergence of Dominant Designs in Artificial Intelligence, California Management Review, 65(3), 73–91,

Nylund, P. A., & Brem, A. (2023). Standardization in innovation ecosystems: The promise and peril of dominant platforms. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 194, 122714,

Viardot, E., Brem, A., & Nylund, P. A. (2023). Post-pandemic implications for crisis innovation: A technological innovation view. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 194, 122680,

Nawroth, G., Brem, A., & Rymarczyk, C. (2023). Open innovation and closed innovation: a simulation study on market conditions and innovation strategies. International Journal of Technology Management, 92(1-2), 63-94.

Calabrese, A., Costa, R., Tiburzi, L. & Brem, A. (2023). Merging two revolutions: A human-artificial intelligence method to study how sustainability and Industry 4.0 are intertwined. 
Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 188,

Saleh, R. & Brem, A. (2023). Creativity for sustainability: An integrative literature review. Journal of Cleaner Production, 388,

Yu, F., Stolzenberg, R. & Brem, A. (2023). Assessment of the mono-disciplinary approaches and interdisciplinary approaches in prototyping practice. Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, 67,

Brem, A., & Nylund, P. (2022). The Inertia of Dominant Designs in Technological Innovation: An Ecosystem View of Standardization. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. 

Brem, A. (2022). Zur Relevanz betriebswirtschaftlicher Forschung in der Corona-Pandemie: die Rolle der BWL als Wissenschaft. Der Betriebswirt63(1), 27-39. 

Bettenmann, D., Giones, F., Brem, A., & Gneiting, P. (2022). Break Out to Open Innovation. MIT Sloan Management Review63(2), 39-43. 

Nylund, P. A., Ferràs-Hernández, X., Pareras, L., & Brem, A. (2022). The emergence of entrepreneurial ecosystems based on enabling technologies: Evidence from synthetic biology. Journal of Business Research149, 728-735. 

Brem, A., & Nylund, P. A. (2021). Home bias in international innovation systems: The emergence of dominant designs in the electric vehicle industry. Journal of Cleaner Production321, 128964. 

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.

Brem, A., Giones, F., & Werle, M. (2021). The AI digital revolution in innovation: A conceptual framework of artificial intelligence technologies for the management of innovation. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. 

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., & Brem, A. (Eds.). (2021). Frugal Innovation and Its Implementation: Leveraging Constraints to Drive Innovations on a Global Scale. Springer Nature. 

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.

Giones, F., Brem, A., Pollack, J. M., Michaelis, T. L., Klyver, K., & Brinckmann, J. (2020). Revising entrepreneurial action in response to exogenous shocks: Considering the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Business Venturing Insights14, e00186. 

Overview of all publications

Topics: Technology and Innovation Management, Organizational Creativity, R&D Management, User and Open Innovation, Frugal Innovation, Responsible Innovation, Digital Transformation, Digital Innovation, Artificial Intelligence, Dominant Design, Innovation Ecosystems, Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, Technology Entrepreneurship, Digital Entrepreneurship

Overview of classes

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 Mercedes-Benz Fund of the Stifterverband, and Institute Director at the University of Stuttgart. He rejected offers from St. Mary`s College of California (2013) and from University of Bayreuth (2019).

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

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

International Research Associate at the DeMontford University (UK)

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

Board of Governors member 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.

Professor at Faculty 10 (Management, Economics and Social Sciences) and co-opted Professor at Faculty 7 (Engineering Design, Production Engineering and Automotive Engineering)

University of Stuttgart Entrepreneurship Representative

Member of the Digitization Council of the University of Stuttgart

Head of the Excellence Project Agility Lab

Board of Professors Steering Committee Member

Graduate School of Excellence Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (GSaME) Scientific Member

Interchange Forum for Reflecting on Intelligent Systems (IRIS) Scientific Member

Study Affairs Board member Master (tech) Intra-Entrepreneurship

Chairman Examination Board for the study program Technology Management (Bachelor/ Master)

Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Engineering Management Review (IEEE EMR)

Associate Editor, Technological Forecasting and Social Change (TFSC)

Editorial Board Member e.g. at Academy of Management Perspectives, Journal of Business Research or Journal of Product Innovation Management

Editor-in-Chief Emeritus: International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management (IJITM) (2018-2021) & International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing (IJEV) (2015-2018)

Department Editor Emeritus: IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management (IEEE TEM) (2018-2023)

Jury Member German Startup Award (since 2023)

Evaluator Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (since 2023)

Evaluator European Comission (since 2019)

Evaluator Bayerische Staatsministerium für Wirtschaft, Landesentwicklung und Energie (since 2019)

Evaluator for the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (since 2020)

Evaluator for the Government of Canada, Social Sciences and Research Council (since 2021)

2023: Listing among top 1% of a research field (Economics & Business) in the worldwide Stanford/ Elsevier ranking 

2023: Best Reviewer Award, Academy of Management Perspectives AMP (Academy of Management AOM)

2022: Listing among top 1% of a research field (Economics & Business) in the worldwide Stanford/ Elsevier ranking 

2022: Listing among the most-research intensive Business and Management Professors in German speaking countries 2018-2022 (Wirtschaftswoche, ETH Zürich, University of Düsseldorf)

2022: Best Paper Award ASIP Bangalore Conference 2022 (Asian Society for Innovation and Policy)

2021: Listing among top 1% of a research field (Economics & Business) in the worldwide Stanford/ Elsevier ranking 

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)

2020: Listing among top 1% world`s most cited researchers in the Stanford/ Elsevier ranking 

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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