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Dr.ir. Katrin Eling is a tenured Assistant Professor of New Product Development in the Innovation, Technology Entrepreneurship & Marketing (ITEM) Group at Eindhoven University of Technology  (TU/e). Her key areas of expertise include creativity, decision making and sustainability in innovation and new product development.

Katrin's research focuses on the management of the so-called "front end" of innovation with a special interest in decision making during the creative process of idea generation and concept development, decision making for environmentally, socially and economically more sustainable new products and customer / citizen involvement in this messy "getting started" phase as well as the management of the front end in innovation ecosystems. Her dissertation research has challenged the utility of two established new product development principles for successful front end management. 

Academic background

Katrin holds an MSc in Strategic Product Design from Delft University of Technology (NL) and a Diploma in Industrial Design from the University of Wuppertal, Germany. In 2014 Katrin obtained her PhD in the ITEM Group at TU/e. Katrin's dissertation was awarded with the Beta PhD Award 2015 by the Beta Research School for Operations Management and Logistics. Her dissertation proposal was named the winner of the 2011 Dissertation Proposal Competition of the Product Development & Management Association (PDMA) and was among the finalists of the 2011 Business Marketing Doctoral Support Award Competition of the Institute for the Study of Business Markets (ISBM). Before pursuing an academic career, Katrin gained practical experiences in the field of Industrial Design.  

Katrin is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Product Innovation Management. One of her articles was awarded with the Christer Karlsson Best Paper Award at the Innovation and Product Development Management Conference 2017 and another article was Runner-up for the 2013 Student Best Paper Award of the College of Product Innovation and Technology Management of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS). Katrin’s work has been published mainly in the Journal of Product Innovation Management as well as in Creativity and Innovation Management, and in the International Journal of Market Research. She is a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Technology and Innovation Management at Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg, Germany.  

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Research Output 2010 2020

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Green, social and profitable - the role of front end of innovation decision making in achieving more sustainable new products

Eling, K., 2020, Managing innovation in a global and digital world: meeting societal challenges and enhancing competitiveness. Tiwari, R. & Buse, S. (eds.). Wiesbaden: Springer, p. 305-319

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

Sustainability
Innovation
Front-end
New products
Decision making
1 Citation (Scopus)
9 Downloads (Pure)

Looking for a needle in a haystack - How to search for bottom-up social innovations that solve complex humanitarian problems

Kruse, D. J., Goeldner, M., Eling, K. & Herstatt, C., 1 Nov 2019, In : Journal of Product Innovation Management. 36, 6, p. 671-694 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
File
Innovation
Lead
Bottom-up
Social innovation
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The evolution, status and research agenda for the future of research in NPD cycle time

Griffin, A., Langerak, F. & Eling, K., Mar 2019, In : Journal of Product Innovation Management. 36, 2, p. 263-280 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Cycle time
Research agenda
Authorship
Methodology
Agenda

How ‘Fuzzy’ is successful front end of innovation management: a meta-analysis

Eling, K. & Cankurtaran, P., Jun 2018, Proceedings of the 25th Innovation and Product Development Management Conference, June 10-13, Porto, Portugal.

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

Management of innovation
Meta-analysis
Front-end
Innovation
Product innovation
4 Citations (Scopus)
1 Downloads (Pure)

Measuring the knowns to manage the unknown: How to choose the gate timing strategy in NPD projects

van Oorschot, K. E., Eling, K. & Langerak, F., Feb 2018, In : Journal of Product Innovation Management. 35, 2, p. 164-183

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Product development
Managers
Profitability
Computer simulation
Front-end

Prizes

Beta PhD Award 2015

Katrin Eling (Recipient), 17 Nov 2015

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

Operations Research

Christer Karlsson Best Paper Award

R.P.C. Eliëns (Recipient), K. Eling (Recipient), S.E.C. Gelper (Recipient) & F. Langerak (Recipient), 13 Jun 2017

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

Runner-up for the 2013 Student Best Paper Award of the College of Product Innovation and Technology Management of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS)

Katrin Eling (Recipient), 5 Oct 2013

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

Activities 2018 2019

  • 2 Invited talk
  • 1 Membership of board

Intuition and Rationality in Design Decision Making

Katrin Eling (Speaker)
26 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

When to Follow an Intuition in Front End Decision Making

K. Eling (Speaker)
18 Jun 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkProfessional

Journal of Product Innovation Management (External organisation)

K. Eling (Chair)
2018 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of boardScientific

Courses

Open Innovation

1/09/14 → …

Course

Student theses

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An integrated maturity model for the development of complex systems

Author: van Luyken, M., 29 Nov 2019

Supervisor: Razavian, M. (Supervisor 1) & Eling, K. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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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

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Data accuracy in new product portfolio management: development of a six-step guide to implement accuracy assessment

Author: Smeets, B., 30 Nov 2017

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

Student thesis: Master

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