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Persoonlijk profiel

Research profile

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.

Externe posities

Visiting professor, University of Antwerp

jan 2015 → …

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Innovation Zaken en Economie
Ecosystem Zaken en Economie
Exploitation Zaken en Economie
Innovation system Zaken en Economie
Trap Zaken en Economie
Simulation model Zaken en Economie
Technological innovation Zaken en Economie
Exploration and exploitation Zaken en Economie

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Onderzoeksoutput 2009 2020

5 Citaties (Scopus)
177 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., 2020, (Geaccepteerd/In druk) In : Long Range Planning.

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan tijdschriftTijdschriftartikelAcademicpeer review

Open Access
6 Citaties (Scopus)
28 Downloads (Pure)

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

Raven, R. & Walrave, B., 2020, In : Technological Forecasting and Social Change.

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan tijdschriftTijdschriftartikelAcademicpeer review

Open Access
Electric vehicles
Policy mix
Innovation system

Can these elephants also dance? Major innovation in power utilities

Talmar, M., Walrave, B., Holmström, J. & Romme, A. G. L. S., 2 nov 2019.

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan congresPaperAcademic

Power utility
Large companies

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

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

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan tijdschriftTijdschriftartikelAcademicpeer review

Open Access
Drug products
Chief executive officer
Organizational context

Intermediary role dynamics in system-level transitions: a case from energy transition

Talmar, M., Walrave, B., Raven, R. P. J. M. & Romme, A. G. L. S., 1 aug 2019.

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan congresAbstractAcademic

Support services


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

Bob Walrave (Ontvanger), 17 jul 2014

Prijs: AndersDiscipline gerelateerdProfessioneel

Best Master thesis of IE&IS department award

Niels van Stijn (Ontvanger), Bob Walrave (Ontvanger) & Sharon A.M. Dolmans (Ontvanger), 27 sep 2019

Prijs: TU/eAndersWetenschappelijk


Best PhD dissertation of IE&IS department award

Madis Talmar (Ontvanger), A.G.L. (Sjoerd) Romme (Ontvanger), Jan Holmström (Ontvanger), Bob Walrave (Ontvanger) & Ksenia S. Podoynitsyna (Ontvanger), 27 sep 2019

Prijs: TU/eAndersWetenschappelijk

earning a doctorate

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

Bob Walrave (Ontvanger), 2013

Prijs: AndersWerk, activiteit of publicatie gerelateerde prijzen (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Wetenschappelijk

Industria Education Award 2014

Bob Walrave (Ontvanger), 2014

Prijs: AndersWerk, activiteit of publicatie gerelateerde prijzen (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Wetenschappelijk


Activiteiten 2018 2018

  • 1 Workshop, seminar, cursus of expositie

Workshop on 'Publishing Innovation Management Research Informed by Design Science'

Bob Walrave (Organisator), A.G.L. (Sjoerd) Romme (Organisator)
14 mei 2018

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


Introduction Industrial Engineering



System Dynamics

1/09/09 → …



Additive manufacturing : will it be a potential game changer for the aerospace manufacturing industry?: a qualitative study of technology adoption

Auteur: van Dijk, Y., 29 feb 2016

Begeleider: Walrave, B. (Afstudeerdocent 1) & Nijssen, E. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


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

Auteur: van Zuidam, S., 30 aug 2019

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

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


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

Auteur: Sikkenk, M., 31 jul 2018

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

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


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

Auteur: Singendonk, S., 31 okt 2015

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

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


Bounded by rules and regulations, or an opportunity to expand?: arrange a (green) business model to benefit from an innovative market given environmental rules and regulations

Auteur: Huis in 't Veld, B., 31 aug 2016

Begeleider: Walrave, B. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Dolmans, S. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Podoynitsyna, K. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master