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Georges (Sjoerd) Romme is full professor and chair of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His scholarly work focuses on organization design, professionalism, technology entrepreneurship, new business development, and organizational learning and renewal.

Professor Romme’s research aims to develop a design mindset among management and entrepreneurship scholars. As such, he has been one of the original pioneers who brought the design sciences to the field of management and entrepreneurship, for which he received several awards (e.g. the Distinguished Scholar-Practitioner Award of the Academy of Management). His fascination with science for design is evident from his work on designing circular organizations, educational systems producing deep learning, innovation ecosystems, and incubation environments for technology startups. In these areas, he has also long been the primary academic partner and adviser of the management team of the High Tech Campus Eindhoven (which arose from the former Philips' Natlab), one of the most prominent and productive (deeptech) R&D locations in the world.

Together with many TU/e colleagues and professors from other universities, Georges currently supervises a large number of doctoral students working on innovation management projects in the area of the energy transition, circularity of power, innovation ecosystem management, and related topics. He currently also serves as TU/e Ambassador for Entrepreneurship; in this role, Georges supports the Executive Board of TU/e in improving the university's facilities and conditions for student entrepreneurship, academic entrepreneurship and other forms of entrepreneurial behavior.

Academic background

Georges (Sjoerd) Romme obtained an MSc degree in economics (cum laude) from Tilburg University and also holds a doctoral degree in business administration from Maastricht University. He was previously on the staff of Tilburg University and Maastricht University. From 2007 to 2014, Georges served as dean of the TU/e department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences. From 2005 to 2007, he was an International Visiting Fellow of the Advanced Institute of Management Research (AIM) in the UK. He received several educational and best teaching awards from the European Foundation of Management Development (EFMD) and Maastricht University. Career achievement awards include the 2016 Tjalling C. Koopmans Asset award and the 2019 Distinguished Scholar-Practitioner Award of the Academy of Management.

Professor Romme’s publications have appeared in many journals, including Organization Science, Organization Studies, Strategic Management Journal, and Journal of Product Innovation Management. His monograph ‘The Quest for Professionalism’ (Oxford University Press) received the 2017 Best Book Award from the European Academy of Management as well as the 2017 Responsible Research in Management (RRM) award.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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