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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 Business and Management (former: Marketing & Management), University of Southern Denmark (2007-present)

Professor (part time) at Ecole Polytechnique, Department of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship, Paris (2021- )

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)

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 Management

Open Innovation

Emerging technologies, Market and Business development

External positions

Professor, École Polytechnique

1. Sept 2021 → …


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