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Bob Walrave is an Associate Professor of Modeling Innovation Systems at the Eindhoven University of Technology. His research interests are centered around strategic decision making in dynamically complex situations in the context of innovation management and entrepreneurship. He is  particularly interested in modeling innovation systems within and across public and private organizations.  

Typically, he draws on longitudinal research approaches, aiming to answer so-called ‘how’ questions—to develop process theories and intervention mechanisms by means of system’s thinking and system dynamics modeling. Examples of his work include: identifying potentially destructive dynamics that arise due to the interaction between  executive  and non-executive top managers while implementing a new innovation strategy; managing the alignment challenges that arise in complex new product development initiatives that involve many different stakeholders; and the development and maintenance of innovation ecosystems.

Academic background

Bob Walrave holds a Ph.D. in strategic innovation management (awarded best BETA dissertation) from the TU/e and an MSc (with honors, cum laude) from the same university. In the past, he also worked as an academic supervisor at Antwerp Management school.  

In addition to his research, he is a passionate and experienced educator, teaching and supervising students, practitioners and policymakers on innovation management and strategy as well as systems thinking and system dynamics modeling. Bob is a Visiting Professor at the University of Antwerp and works as a consultant in the area of innovation. His work has been published in several top journals, such as the  Journal of Management Studies, Research Policy,  Industrial and Corporate Change, R&D Management, Technological Forecasting and Social Change and System Dynamics Review.

External positions

Visiting professor, University of Antwerp

Jan 2015 → …

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Innovation Business & Economics
Ecosystem Business & Economics
Exploitation Business & Economics
Innovation system Business & Economics
Trap Business & Economics
Simulation model Business & Economics
Technological innovation Business & Economics
Exploration and exploitation Business & Economics

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Research Output 2009 2019

CEO research orientation, organizational context, and innovation in the pharmaceutical industry

van de Wal, N., Boone, C., Gilsing, V. & Walrave, B., 16 Oct 2019, In : R and D Management.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Drug products
Chief executive officer
Organizational context
25 Downloads (Pure)

Studying transitions: past, present, and future

Zolfagharian, M., Walrave, B., Raven, R. P. J. M. & Romme, S., 25 Aug 2019, In : Research Policy. 48, 9, 16 p., 103788.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Body of knowledge
Transition process
22 Citations (Scopus)
627 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Multi-level perspective
3 Citations (Scopus)
149 Downloads (Pure)

Mapping, analyzing and designing innovation ecosystems: the Ecosystem Pie Model

Talmar, M., Walrave, B., Podoynitsyna, K. S., Holmström, J. & Romme, A. G. L., 26 Sep 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Long Range Planning.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
3 Citations (Scopus)
26 Downloads (Pure)

Overcoming transformational failures through policy mixes in the dynamics of technological innovation systems

Raven, R. & Walrave, B., May 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Technological Forecasting and Social Change.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Electric vehicles
Policy mix
Innovation system


Award-worthy session for presentation : counteracting the success trap in publicly owned corporations

Bob Walrave (Recipient), 17 Jul 2014

Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

Beta PhD Award 2013 voor dissertatie : Exploitation and exploration dynamics in recessionary times

Bob Walrave (Recipient), 2013

Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific


Introduction Industrial Engineering



System Dynamics

1/09/09 → …


Student theses

Agile innovation portfolio management: explanatory study in how innovation portfolio management including agile methods is performed

Author: van Zuidam, S., 30 Aug 2019

Supervisor: Gelper, S. (Supervisor 1), Langerak, F. (Supervisor 2) & Walrave, B. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Assigning leads effectively: information processing factors as antecedents of actual lead follow-up

Author: Sikkenk, M., 31 Jul 2018

Supervisor: van der Borgh, W. (Supervisor 1), Walrave, B. (Supervisor 2) & Nijssen, E. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Balancing exploration and exploitation at a large Dutch consulting/engineering company: a single case study

Author: Singendonk, S., 31 Oct 2015

Supervisor: Langerak, F. (Supervisor 1) & Walrave, B. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master