Mette Præst Knudsen


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PhD. (Economics) from Aalborg University, Denmark (1999)
Patterns of technological competence accumulation and performance: Experiences from Telecommunications

Msc. Economics from Odense University, Denmark (1995)
Entwicklung eines Lebenszykluskonzeptes zur Beurteilung der Europäischen Technologiepolitik

Academic background 

Professor at Department of Marketing & Management; University of Southern Denmark (2007-present)
Associate Professor at Department of Marketing & Management; University of Southern Denmark (2003-07)
Assistant Professor at Department of Marketing; University of Southern Denmark (2001-03)
Assistant Professor at Department of International Business; Aarhus School of Business (1999-2001)
Ph.D. student at Department of Business Studies; Aalborg University (1995-1999)
Student Research Assistant at Fraunhofer ISI (1994-1995)

Participation in councils etc. 

Board member at Danish Research Unit for Industrial Dynamics (DRUID).

Chairman (2008-present) for The Technical Safety Council (DTS) - a council relating to the Danish Safety Technology Authority - for further information see:

Member of Expert Panel at Region Midtjylland - project "Genvej til Ny Viden" (Shortcut to new Knowledge). A project for enhancing the innovative competencies of small and medium sized enterprises in the area.

Member of Advisory Board at Mikroværkstedet - a Danish software supplier of tools for educational support (

Participation as rapporteur (2009) in expert group "The role of Community Research Policy in the Knowledge-based Economy". The group is formed by DG Research under the European Commission.

Selected publications

Wolfgang Gerstlberger, Mette Præst Knudsen, Ian Stampe (forthcoming). Sustainable development strategies for product innovation and energy efficiency. Accepted for publication in Business Strategy and Environment.

Tina Lundø Tranekjer and Mette Præst Knudsen (2012). The (unknown) providers to other firms New Product Development: What’s in it for them? In: Journal of Product Innovation Management, vol. 29, no. 6, pp. 986-999.

Özge Cokpekin and Mette Præst Knudsen (2012). Does organizing creativity really lead to innovation? In Creativity and Innovation Management journal, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 304-314.

Lars Esbjerg, Mette Praest Knudsen and Helle A. Søndergaard (2012): Diffusion of open innovation practices in Danish SMEs. In: Ledelse & Erhvervsøkonomi, vol. 2, pp. 27-40.

Mette Præst Knudsen, Stoyan Tanev, Tanja Bisgaard, Merethe Stjerne Thomsen (2012). How do new innovation paradigms challenge current innovation policy perspectives? Book chapter: Contemporary Perspectives on Technical Innovation, Management and Policy.

Mette Præst Knudsen & Thomas Bøtker Mortensen. Some immediate - but negative - effects of openness on product development performance. Special Issue on Open Innovation in: Technovation (2011), 31, 54-64

The Relative Importance of Inter-Firm Relationships and Knowledge Transfer in New Product Development
Journal of Product Innovation Management (2007) vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 117-138.

Patterns of Technological Competence Accumulation: A Typology
Industrial and Corporate Change (2005) vol. 14 issue 6, pp. 1075-1108.

Changing Technological Capabilities in High-Tech Firms: A Study of the Telecommunications Industry
Journal of High Technology Management Research, vol. 9, no. 2, pp.175-193
The paper is also published in: C. E. Garcia and L. Sanz-Mendendez (1998): Management and Technology. European Commission, pp. 79-99.

A Dynamic Approach to the Analysis of Technological Competence Accumulation and Strategic Behaviour in Telecommunications
Communications and Strategies (1998), Nr. 29, 1. trimester, pp. 79-114.

Facilitators and Impediments to Knowledge Sharing: An Exploration of Different Organizational Forms
In: Caloghirou, Constantelou, Vonortas (2006): Knowledge Flows in European Industry: Mechanisms and Policy Implications, chapter 6, Routledge. pp. 101-114.

Technological Competence and Economic Performance: Who Perform Better in Turbulent Industries?
In: von Zedtwitz, Haour, Khalil and Lefebvre (2002): Management of Technology: Growth through Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Pergamon Press: Oxford. pp. 197-216

Research areas

The research of Mette Præst Knudsen seeks to integrate market, management, and technological perspectives on innovation processes. Those perspectives are particularly relevante related to the creative development of new ideas aimed at full commercialisation to achieve competitive advantages. In relation to the development of new technologies with an unknown market potential, like the innovative drone-based technology or "green" technologies this cross-disciplinary approach has proven quite relevant and useful. Her research focuses more generally on development of organisations innovative climate, the managerial processes and mechanisms, as well as mechanisms for identifying the particularly successful paths towards innovative performance. Recent projects include the relationship among successful innovation types, innovation in particular industries focusing on drones, robotics, energy, environment and transport. Finally, her most recent research focuses on specifying and investigating the effects of specific training efforts as well as motivation of employees - how do we create engagement and commitment from employees for innovation? This may be particularly relevant in light of the most recent technological trends that influences the work place and forms, like industry., new technological platforms, and 3D printing.

Research information

Research areas

New Product Development, Innovation and Management of innovation

Open Innovation

Environmental Economics, Eco-innovation and renewable energy sources.

Outsourcing, Backsouring and Offshoring

New business models and business development

Exemplary projects

FURGY (Future Renewable Energy Sources); EU-Interreg program.

Progress in Demand - NORDPLUS Adult program

Business Development for Homatic Engineering - Program under "Shortcut to new knowledge"


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