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Alex Alblas is an Assistant Professor of Product and Process Innovation in the Innovation, Technology Entrepreneurship & Marketing (ITEM) group of the School of Industrial Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology. Alex’s research activity focused on how organizations can successfully manage the invention, development and launch of new products. His ambition is to contribute to the challenges and mechanisms related to enhancing and speeding up learning curves in new product development. In this quest he is currently investigating the learning curve effects of design change, caused by design iteration, design debugging, and evolving insights, and the resulting process changes. 

He has a special interest in the operational practices of new product development that lead to enhanced performance. In one research project he investigates the learning mechanisms in which agile operations and iterative product development can lead to performance improvement. In another big industry funded research project, of which Alex is the project leader, he investigates together with a team of researchers the practices in which product development and customer service processes enable service improvements. 

Academic background

Alex Alblas received his PhD in Innovation Management from the University of Groningen, in 2011, and an MSc in Industrial Engineering and a BSc in Technology Management from the same University (2006). He has previously worked as a Process Improvement Specialist with ASML, where he was involved in a challenging project about learning curve improvement in the new product introduction phase. At the University of Groningen, he worked as a researcher and advisor in the ‘Deployment of Sustainability Metrics (DoSyM)’ project. The objective of this is to respond to the challenges companies face in selecting and then embedding sustainability metrics in new product development projects. The project focuses on supply chain and innovation network issues when using these metrics.  

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ASML 2.0

Alblas, A. A., Alblas, A. A., Zijlstra, F., van Broeckhoven, B. & Sens, F.


Project: Research direct

Research Output

Open Access
  • The resilient organization: the impact of circular management on organizational performance

    van den Berg, J., Alblas, A. A., Le Blanc, P. M. & Romme, A. G. L., 2018, Proceedings of the 2018 LAEMOS Conference: Organizing for Resilience. LAM-409

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

    Insight driven design : balancing production speed and development learning in smart industries

    Alblas, A. A., Zwaans, F. & Schepens, S., Jan 2017, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 66 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookAcademic

    Open Access

    Design resilience in the fuzzy front end (FFE) context : an empirical examination

    Alblas, A. A. & Jayaram, J., 17 Nov 2015, In : International Journal of Production Research. 53, 22, p. 6820-6838 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 8 Citations (Scopus)
    5 Downloads (Pure)

    Managing product variety in turbulent environments

    Alblas, A. A. & Jayaram, J., 2015, POMS 26th Annual Conference, 8-11 May 2015, Washington D.C..

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademic

  • Activities

    • 2 Workshop, seminar, course or exhibition


    Néomie Raassens (Organiser), Ed J. Nijssen (Organiser), Alex A. Alblas (Organiser)
    29 Oct 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionProfessional


    Néomie Raassens (Organiser), Ed J. Nijssen (Organiser), Alex A. Alblas (Organiser)
    28 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionProfessional


    Product innovation processes

    1/09/13 → …


    Student theses

    Accelerating the learning curve at ASML: the effect of increased opportunities to learn

    Author: de Kadt, N., 31 Dec 2015

    Supervisor: Peeters, T. (Supervisor 1), Langerak, F. (Supervisor 2) & Alblas, A. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Circular organizing and organizational resilience in the home care sector

    Author: van Hamburg, S., 31 Oct 2017

    Supervisor: Romme, A. (Supervisor 1), Alblas, A. (Supervisor 2) & Le Blanc, P. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Cross-functional collaboration in the fuzzy front-end

    Author: Gravesteijn, W., 30 Nov 2016

    Supervisor: Langerak, F. (Supervisor 1), Alblas, A. (Supervisor 2) & Eling, K. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master