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Sabine Brunswicker Dissertation Sample

Sabine Brunswicker is an Innovation Professor, Director of Research Center for Open Digital Innovation (RCODI) and Director of Research of the Joint Purdue-Tsinghua Center for Innovation (JPTC) at Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA.[1][2][3] She is a computational social scientist with a particular focus on open digital innovation who engages with an interdisciplinary group of researchers to predict individual and collective outcomes in open digital innovation.[4] She has written numerous research papers and books chapters on Innovation Management, and is an internationally recognized authority in the field. [5][6]She chaired the World Economic Forum workshop for a session titled "Open innovation as a driver of business and economic transformation" in 2014. [7]She is known for pioneering Purdue IronHacks, an iterative hacking initiative ( that encourages experiential learning at Purdue University.[8][1][9]

Education and Career[edit]

Brunswicker holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Management Sciences from University of Technology, Darmstadt, Germany, a Master of Commerce from University of New South Wales, Australia, a Master of Science in Engineering and Management Sciences from University of Technology, Darmstadt, Germany, and a Phd in Engineering Sciences with highest honor from University of Stuttgart, Germany.[10] She won an award from the publisher John Wiley & Sons and the International Society for Professional Innovation Management, ISPIM, for the doctoral dissertation from an engineer named the Best Dissertation Award in 2012.[10]

She is currently an associate professor and director of Research Center for Open Digital Innovation (RCODI) at Purdue University. She also holds position as director of Research of the Joint Purdue-Tsinghua Center for Innovation (JPTC), adjunct professor of Digital Innovation at Queensland University of Technology, Australia, and faculty fellow of Purdue Policy Research Institute.[2]

She has won numerous awards throughout her professional careers, including runner-up emerging scholar award World Open Innovation Conference, ESADE Business School, Spain, John P. Lisack Early-Career Engagement Award from Purdue Polytechnic,[11] top researcher 2012 from Fraunhofer society due to her accomplishments in the area of open innovation.[10][12]

Selected publications (book chapters)[edit]

  • Kremser, W., Pentland, B., & Brunswicker, S. (Forthcoming). The Continuous Transformation of Interdependence in Networks of Routines. In Book Series: Research in Sociology of Organizations. Emerald Insight, invited publication.
  • Brunswicker, S., Majchrzak, A., Almirall, E., & Tee, R. (2016). Co-creating value from open data: from incentivizing developers to inducing co-creation in open data ecosystems. In S. Nambisan (Ed.): Open Innovation and Innovation Networks (Vol. 1). World Scientific Publishing.
  • Brunswicker, S. (2016). Managing open innovation in small and medium-sized firms in the tourism sector. In W. Egger, I. Gula, & D. Walcher (Eds.), Open tourism: Open innovation, crowdsourcing, and collaborative consumption challenging the tourism industry. Berlin: Springer.
  • Bagherzadeh, M., & Brunswicker, S. (2016). Governance of Knowledge Flows in Open Exploration: The Role of Behavioral Control. In Das, T.K. (Ed.), Decision Making in Behavioral Strategy (DMBS), Information Age Publishing (IAP).
  • Brunswicker, S., & Johnson, J. (2015). From governmental open data toward governmental open innovation (GOI). In D. Archibugi & A. Filippetti (Eds.), The handbook of global science, technology, and innovation (1 ed., pp. 504-524): New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. 2
  • Brunswicker, S., & van de Vrande, V. (2014). Exploring open innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises. In H. Chesbrough, W. Vanhaverbeke, & J. West (Eds.), New frontiers in open innovation (1 ed., pp. 135-156). Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

Selected publications[edit]

  • Brunswicker, S., & Chesbrough, H. (2018). The Adoption of Open Innovation in Large Firms: Practices, Measures, and Risks. Research Technology Management. forthcoming.
  • Brunswicker, S., Bilgram, V., & Fueller, J. (2017). Taming wicked civic challenges with an innovative crowd. Business Horizons, 60(2), Bogers, M., Zobel, A.-K., Afuah, A., Almirall, E., Brunswicker, S., Dahlander, L., … Magnussen, M. (2017). The Open Innovation Landscape: Established Perspectives and Emerging Themes Across Different Levels of Analysis. Industry & Innovation, 24(1), 8–40.
  • Brunswicker, S., Matei, S. A., Zentner, M., Zentner, L., & Klimeck, G. (2017). Creating impact in the digital space: digital practice dependency in communities of digital scientific innovations. Scientometrics, 110(1), 417–426.
  • Brunswicker, S., & Vanhaverbeke, W. (2015). Open innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs): External knowledge sourcing strategies and internal organizational facilitators. Journal of Small Business Management, 53(4), 1241-1263.
  • Brunswicker, S., Bertino, E., & Matei, S. (2015). Big data for open digital innovation – A research roadmap. Big Data Research, 2(2), 53-58. Chesbrough, H., & Brunswicker, S. (2014). A Fad or a Phenomenon? The Adoption of Open Innovation Practices in Large Firms. Research Technology Management, 57(2), 16–25.
  • Koch, G., Füller, J., & Brunswicker, S. (2011). Online crowdsourcing in the public sector: How to design open government platforms. Online Communities and Social Computing, 6778, 203-212. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-21796-8_22
  • Brunswicker, S., & Hutschek, U. (2010). Crossing horizons: Leveraging cross-industry innovation search in the front-end of the innovation process. International Journal of Innovation Management, 14(04), 683-702. 

Research Grants[edit]

  • 08/2016 to 07/2017 Balancing the Grid through Energy Monitoring Systems: Information Visualization for Collective Awareness; Deans Graduate Assistant Award for Outstanding Research Proposals; $20,000; Principal Investigator
  • 08/2016 to 10/2016 Biomedical Big Data Hacking for Civic Health Awareness; NIH grant; $2000; Co-Principal Investigator (with Bethany McGowan as Principal Investigator) 07/2015-06/2017 Creating Impact from Governmental Open Data (OD): Innovation Process Transparency in OD Contest Design; NSF grant; Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciPI); 24 months grant; $238,641,29; Principal Investigator (with Ann Majchrzak, USC as Co-Principal Investigator) [13]
  • 06/2015 – 05/2017 Red Hat® Doctoral Researcher on Open Innovation Communities; Donation received from Red Hat Inc., Raleigh, North Carolina $100,000; Principal Investigator [14]
  • 04/2015 to 12/2016 Managing Open Innovation in Large Firms: Case Study Analysis; Sponsored Research Project; Sponsor: Accenture High Performance Institute\f; Chicago; $63,531,32 Principal Investigator 01/2015-08/2015 Conceptualization of the Social and Innovation Opportunities of Data Analysis; NSF grant; CIF21 DIBBS; 7months grant; $99,718; Co-Principal Investigator (with Mike Zentner; Principal Investigator; Purdue University)
  • 07/2014 – 11/215 Global Open Innovation Executive Survey 2015; Sponsored Research Grant; Sponsor: University of Berkeley, Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation; $25,000; Principal Investigator
  • 03/2015 – Present Open Innovation Community Research; Donation received from Landcare Research, Gerald Street, Lincoln, New Zealand 7608; $10,000 Principal Investigator (with Jeremiah Johnson and Ann Majchrzak)
  • 2014 Research on CyberInfrastructures and Behavioral analytics, Purdue Internal Funding through NCN supported RCODI discovery efforts of a doctoral student with $18,201. Principal Investigator
  • 2014-2015 Exploratory research in the social sciences; $50,000. Executive office of the Vice President (EVPR) Co-Principal Investigator (with Sorin Matei, Curriculum Vitae – April 2016 16 Communications and Gerhard Klimeck, ECE) $22,496.
  • 2014 Open Strategies; Internal Funding from PCRD (Purdue Center for Regional Development); $ 10,066; Principal Investigator


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How can companies successfully utilize external resources to procure innovation and technology? How is it possible to test and further develop the potential of new ideas, and to commercialize them, when external partners play a role in it? How does one control complementary relationships with innovation partners? And what kinds of risks does Open Innovation represent?

Dr. Sabine Brunswicker has been researching the answers to these questions for some years now at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO. For her dissertation titled „An Empirical Multivariate Examination of the Performance Impact of Open and Collaborative Innovation Strategies" she received the „ISPIM Wiley Innovation Management Dissertation Award" at the „ISPIM Conference" in Barcelona, Spain. In her dissertation she shows, for the first time, the effects that innovation models of varying openness have on the innovation performance of a company.

The most important results: An open strategy can have a positive effect, however, it does also incure some risks if new competencies are not built up at the same time. Companies should take care to sufficiently anchor Open Innovation within their total strategy, to create interfaces to the internal innovation process and to make the success measureable, using controlling processes. What is also very important is how the employees deal with the external partners, in other words, the cultural level. Trust plays a big role, where control and coordination is concerned, particularly for small and medium sized companies. According to Brunswicker, the Open Innovation methods are suitable especially for sectors that have longer innovation cycles and a high level of intellectual property security.

Motivation for Women in Research

While the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft will also implement the results of the research internally, the dissertation is also of great importance for the organization in other respects, as is being emphasized by the Fraunhofer president Hans-Jörg Bullinger: „Not only does Sabine Brunswicker provide an important contribution to the innovation management of companies with her dissertation, she also makes it clear that internationally women in research are gaining high acclaim. For this reason, we are particularly happy about this award and hope that success stories such as this one will provide motivation to many young female scientists and engineers and that even more young women will become enthusiastic about this profession."

About her:

Dr. Sabine Brunswicker studied Industrial Engineering with a focus on Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University at Darmstadt. She finished her Master of Commerce at the University of New South Wales, taught at the European School of Business and received her doctorate in 2011 in the area of Innovation Management. Currently, she leads the Open Innovation competence area at the Fraunhofer IAO.

About the award:

The most important factor in receiving an ISPIM Wiley Dissertation Award is the effect the work has on research fields of the future, the methodical quality and the ability to successfully communicate the results of the research in science and in practical life. In 2011, a total of 155 finished dissertations were submitted for the award that is endowed with 1,500 euro and for which the selection is carried out in a neutral, double-blind process. The award is promoted by John Wiley & Sons, a publishing house that is active internationally in science. The ISPIM comprises a network of researchers and representatives from business, consultants and public persons who all have a common interest in Innovation Management. Founded in 1983, it is the oldest, largest and most active innovation society in Europe.