List of Contributors
Manuel Bauer is the Global Head of Innovation Management at LEDVANCE, a global leader in the general lighting market. Previously, he was a Manager at Innosight Consulting, a boutique consultancy founded by Professor Clayton Christensen, which focuses solely on helping clients develop and implement innovation and organic growth strategies. Previously he had worked as Corporate Innovation Manager at Clariant, a global specialty chemical company headquartered in Switzerland. There, he co-developed the new innovation management approach and implemented it in two of Clariant's largest global business units, including the project management process and tools, as well as the innovation portfolio management process and performance management concept. Manuel started his career at McKinsey & Company, in the Munich office, where he was a member of the global chemicals practice. He holds a PhD from the University of Münster, Germany, and a master of science in Chemistry from the University of Würzburg.
Carsten Gelhard is an Assistant Professor of Product-Market Relations at the Faculty of Engineering Technology of the University of Twente, The Netherlands. Prior to this, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Amsterdam Business School, The Netherlands. Carsten received his PhD from the University of Münster, Germany, where he also studied Business Chemistry. His research is at the intersection of marketing, innovation management, and operations management. In particular, Carsten examines how firms can achieve sustained competitive advantage: (i) by managing trade-off situations that are associated with value creation activities and (ii) by collaborating with external partners across the value chain. His work has been published in the Journal of Business Research and the Journal of Operations Management .
Gerald Kirchner is Head of the Department of Corporate Environment, Health, and Safety at ALTANA, Wesel, Germany. Previously he headed the Innovation Management Group and the Global Regulatory Affairs Department within BYK, a division of ALTANA. Gerald started his professional career at Chemie Linz/DSM (Austria) as a research chemist in the area of organic intermediates. He spent his postdoctoral year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, within the Department of Chemical Engineering/Bio Catalysis. Gerald studied Technical Chemistry at the Technical University of Graz, Austria. In his thesis, he elaborated different synthesis routes to plant growth hormones.
Jens Leker is a Professor at the University of Münster, Germany, and Director of the Institute of Business Administration at the Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy. His research focuses on forecasting techniques, open innovation and knowledge sharing in R&D collaboration. Jens has published more than 30 articles on technology and innovation management in journals such as the International Journal of Innovation Management, R&D Management, Technological Forecasting and Social Change and Technovation . He studied business administration at the University of Kiel, Germany, where he also received his PhD. Jens is a member of the German Chemical Society (GDCh), Head of the Advisory Board of the International Society of Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM) and an Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Business Chemistry .
Thibaut Lenormant is an Innovation Manager at Gebauer & Griller in Vienna, Austria, and a PhD candidate at the University of Münster, Germany. He studied chemical engineering at the ESCPE Lyon, France, and innovation management at EMLyon, France. Thibaut also worked for several years as a Business Developer in the chemical industry where he contributed to the development of major innovations. His research focuses on organizational learning, complexity theory, and new product development processes.