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Dr. Paul Wiegmann is an assistant professor in the ITEM group of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences. His work is motivated by the observation that addressing major societal and economic trends (e.g. making things ‘smart’ and sustainable) is beyond the reach of individual organisations.

Paul’s PhD research (thesis title: “Setting the Stage for Innovation: Balancing Diverse Interests Through Standardisation”) focused on the functions of standardisation in this context. Building on this expertise, Paul’s current research investigates how standards fit among other explicit and implicit rules that govern ‘innovation ecosystems’. In particular, he aims to identify under which conditions these rules can support value creation and value capture in ecosystems.

Paul uses both qualitative (case studies, grounded theory) and quantitative (choice experiments, conjoint analysis) methods. His teaching and thesis supervision focus on topics related to standardisation, and to qualitative research methods.

Academic background

Paul holds a PhD from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, and further degrees from Erasmus University and the University of Warwick. He was a visiting researcher at TU Berlin (2014 & 2015), Yonsei University, Seoul (2018), and the University of California, Davis (2023). Paul also acts as president for the European Academy of Standardisation (EURAS).

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 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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