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Persoonlijk profiel

Research profile

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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Lithography Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
Machinery Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
Product development Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
Unified Modeling Language Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
Product design Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
Sustainable development Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
Industry Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
New product development Zaken en Economie

Projecten 2017 2022

ASML 2.0

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


Project: Onderzoek direct

Onderzoeksoutput 2006 2019

Open Access
Home care

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

Onderzoeksoutput: Hoofdstuk in Boek/Rapport/CongresprocedureConferentiebijdrageAcademicpeer 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.

Onderzoeksoutput: Boek/rapportBoekAcademic

7 Citaties (Scopus)
5 Downloads (Pure)

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, blz. 6820-6838 19 blz.

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan tijdschriftTijdschriftartikelAcademicpeer review

Fuzzy front end
Change management

Managing product variety in turbulent environments

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

Onderzoeksoutput: Hoofdstuk in Boek/Rapport/CongresprocedureConferentiebijdrageAcademic

Product design

Activiteiten 2019 2019

  • 2 Workshop, seminar, cursus of expositie


Néomie Raassens (Organisator), Ed J. Nijssen (Organisator), Alex A. Alblas (Organisator)
29 okt 2019

Activiteit: Types deelname aan of organisatie van een evenementWorkshop, seminar, cursus of expositieProfessioneel


Néomie Raassens (Organisator), Ed J. Nijssen (Organisator), Alex A. Alblas (Organisator)
28 jun 2019

Activiteit: Types deelname aan of organisatie van een evenementWorkshop, seminar, cursus of expositieProfessioneel


Product innovation processes

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

Auteur: de Kadt, N., 31 dec 2015

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

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


Circular organizing and organizational resilience in the home care sector

Auteur: van Hamburg, S., 31 okt 2017

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

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


Continuous improvement for autonomous development teams: a science-based design research on the continuous improvement process of CM

Auteur: Damen, O., 28 feb 2019

Begeleider: Eling, K. (Afstudeerdocent 1) & Alblas, A. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


Cross-functional collaboration in the fuzzy front-end

Auteur: Gravesteijn, W., 30 nov 2016

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

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


Customer acceptance of interactive recommendation agents: the personalization-privacy paradox, perceived control and the influence of human-like appearance

Auteur: Koppenol, I., 21 dec 2018

Begeleider: Schepers, J. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Walrave, B. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Alblas, A. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master