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Isabelle Reymen is a Full Professor and Chairs Design of Innovation Ecosystems, in the Innovation in the Innovation, Technology Entrepreneurship and Marketing (ITEM) group at at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Furthermore, she is Scientific Director of TU/e innovation Space, a community that facilitates and supports interdisciplinary challege-based engineering education. She combines entrepreneurial thinking with a passion for design processes and aims for system innovation.

Her current research interests focus on the design of collaboration processes for technology commercialization within innovation ecosystems. She has published in journals like Research Policy, Organization Studies, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Strategic Organization, Journal of Technology Transfer, and Journal of Product Innovation Management. She adopts and contributes to design science methodology, which aims for research that is relevant and useful for practice. 

Academic background

Isabelle Reymen studied architecture and engineering at KULeuven. After graduating, she moved to the Stan Ackermans Institute at TU/e, where she studied design processes in Architecture, Mechanical Engineering and Software Engineering, and received her PhD in Design Sciences at the department of Computing Sciences in 2001. 

With a background as designer, her focus moved from multidisciplinary design processes, to managing these processes, to innovation processes and entrepreneurial ecosystems. She got involved in research into the design of technology transfer offices and technology-based new ventures, and developed a strong interest in the design of business models and new ventures. She coordinated campus-wide technology entrepreneurship classes and became representative of entrepreneurship education at TU/e. She was granted many EU projects on entrepreneurial topics. Currently she is involved in innovating engineering education at TU/e level, via developing TU/e innovation Space. 

External positions

Assistant Professor, University of Twente

1 Aug 200230 Sep 2006

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Projects 2016 2021

Research Output 1997 2019

Collaborate with social and economic impact

Reymen, I., 4 Oct 2019, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 36 p.

Research output: Book/ReportInaugural speechAcademic

Open Access
4 Citations (Scopus)
1 Downloads (Pure)

Configuring collective digital-technology usage in dynamic and complex design practices

Verstegen, L., Houkes, W. & Reymen, I., Oct 2019, In : Research Policy. 48, 8, 13 p., 103696.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Digital technology
Work practices
Qualitative research
6 Citations (Scopus)
4 Downloads (Pure)

Searching for partners in open innovation settings : how to overcome the constraints of local search

Meulman, W. F., Reymen, I. M. M. J., Podoynitsyna, K. S. & Romme, A. G. L., 10 Jan 2018, In : California Management Review. 60, 2, p. 71-97

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Open innovation
Local search
Key words
74 Citations (Scopus)
6 Downloads (Pure)

Understanding dynamics of strategic decision-making in venture creation : a process study of effectuation and causation

Reymen, I. M. M. J., Andries, P., Berends, J. J., Mauer, R., Stephan, U. & Burg, van, J. C., Dec 2015, In : Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. 9, 4, p. 351-379

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Strategic decision making
Venture creation
89 Citations (Scopus)
14 Downloads (Pure)

Creating university spin-offs: a science-based design perspective

Burg, van, J. C., Romme, A. G. L., Gilsing, V. A. & Reymen, I. M. M. J., 2008, In : Journal of Product Innovation Management. 25, 2, p. 114-128 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

University spin-offs

Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Membership of jury

Juror NWO Open Mind 2018 (Event)

I.M.M.J. Reymen (Chair)
8 Nov 2018

Activity: Membership typesMembership of juryScientific


Innovation Space project

1/09/17 → …


Student theses

Achieving sustained growth: the development of an approach to assist B2B SMEs in their transition to sustained growth

Author: Verschoor, B., 31 Jan 2018

Supervisor: Reymen, I. (Supervisor 1), Bobelyn, A. (Supervisor 2) & Van Boxstael, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Analysis of innovation practices at small and medium-sized enterprises in Limburg from an effectuation perspective

Author: Oversier, J., 31 Oct 2009

Supervisor: Reymen, I. (Supervisor 1) & Keizer, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Applying creativity templates to business model innovation

Author: Aardoom, F., 30 Sep 2012

Supervisor: Podoynitsyna, K. (Supervisor 1) & Reymen, I. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Business ecosystem dynamics: a research into R&D ecosystem dynamics in China for Philips Research Asia Shanghai

Author: van den Berg, R., 31 Aug 2009

Supervisor: Kastelein, A. (Supervisor 1) & Reymen, I. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master