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Prof. Sabine Brunswicker is a member of the Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group (OISPG) of DG Connect, and holds further advisory and jury positions in the private and public sector.


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Sabine Brunswicker is an internationally recognized innovation researcher and thought leader with a particular interest in open innovation and ecosystems. She is an Associate Professor of Innovation and Director of the Research Center for Open Digital Innovation (RCODI) at Purdue University, and serves as Strategic Advisor Open Innovation at the Fraunhofer Society. She is also affiliated at the Innovation and Knowledge Management Institute (IIK) at Esade Business School.

Her general research interests lie in understanding collaborative models of innovation and value creation in today’s global and digital economy. She is also interested in how information and communication technologies afford new modes and outcomes of innovation and value creation. In particular, she studies the socio-technical design of digital innovation ecosystems and related emerging innovation architectures, smart services, products, and business models. Overall, her research is inspired by real world phenomena and informs both academics as well as practitioners. She has published in academic journals and business press.

She was one of the founders of IMP³rove, an international initiative of innovation management in SMEs and has been instrumental in European standardization and accreditation activities related to innovation management. Due to action-oriented research for the real world, she has managed to establish relationships with industry partners – both large multinationals such as SAP or Porsche and smaller hidden champions – in joint action research projects and strategic partnerships.

Sabine holds a Master in Engineering and Management Science (dual degree), a Master of Commerce with a specialization in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, and a PhD in the area of innovation management.