Innovation Management Research Group


  • about innovation

Who we are

The Innovation Management Group (IMG) brings together a skilled and ambitious group of researchers from various academic backgrounds - among others economics, management, economic geography and philosophy - who aim to understand and explain the management, strategy and economics of innovation.

What we do


The group produces and publishes research in leading scientific journals, encompassing a wide range of interests:

  • Communities
  • Cognitive microfoundations of search
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Digital innovation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Idea management
  • Innovation management
  • New product development
  • Open innovation
  • Problem solving
  • Social networks
  • User innovation

Our interests are broad and often inter-disciplinary, encompassing diverse theoretical orientations and application of different methods (e.g. statistical analysis, interviews, ethnography, experiments, computer simulations, citizen science and nethnography). Our overarching theme and common ground is a preoccupation with the antecedents, processes and outcomes of innovation and entrepreneurship. Empirically, we study different levels of analysis and contexts: individuals, projects, and organizations within a wide range of traditional and modern industries.


The group designs, develops and delivers a large part of the Master of Science in ‘Innovation Management and Business Development’ and the elite module in Digital Transformation, at Aarhus BSS. We also cover other innovation related topics at both Bachelor's, Master's, MBA and PhD level:

  • BSc in Economics and Business Administration
  • MSc in Innovation Management and Business Development
  • MSc Elite module in Digital Transformation
  • MSc in Information Technology
  • MSc in Marketing
  • Executive education/MBA

Our goal is to provide a comprehensive curricula, touching upon the main and latest developments, within the field of innovation. We aim at providing students a chance to obtain a successful career in innovation management by involving them in innovative and entrepreneurial thinking and behaviour, solid theoretical concepts and frameworks in an interactive and dialogue-oriented environment. Students are immersed in a hands-on programme where they can apply state of the art innovation and business development research to solve real problems.

Current Research Projects

  • Collective problem solving: when and how to rely on individuals or collectives when searching for new solutions – Partially funded by Carlsberg and Templeton. Carsten Bergenholtz and Oana Vuculescu, in collaboration with Jacob Sherson (Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University)
  • How performance feedback shapes programmers’ search for new solutions – Oana Vuculescu, in collaboration with Topcoder and Karim Lakhani from Harvard Business School.

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