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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Research Output 1998 2020

Vigtigheden af innovationssamarbejde for den danske transportindustri

Tranekjer, T. L., Brøde Jepsen, L. & Knudsen, M. P., 2018, In : Trafik & Veje. 2018, 05, p. 47-48

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Open Access
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Advancing large-scale R&D projects towards grand challenges through involvement of organizational knowledge integrators

Knudsen, M. P., Tranekjer, T. L. & Bulathsinhala, N. A., 2. Jan 2019, In : Industry and Innovation. 26, 1, p. 1-30

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Organizational knowledge
Research consortium

JRC Science for Policy Report: Research and Innovation Observatory: Country report 2016: Denmark

Knudsen, M. P., Christensen, J. L. & Christensen, P., 1. Mar 2017, Research and Innovation Observatory: Country report for Denmark (2016). European Union, 21 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingReport chapterCommissioned

Open Access

From Creative Ideas to Innovation Performance: The Role of Assessment Criteria

Frederiksen, M. H. & Knudsen, M. P., 1. Mar 2017, In : Creativity and Innovation Management. 26, 1, p. 60-74

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Innovation performance

From Research to Commercialisation: The Case of the Emerging Drone Innovation Ecosystem

Frederiksen, M. H., Knudsen, M. P. & Goduscheit, R. C., 2017, Proceedings of 18th International CINet Conference: Digitalization and innovation: designing the organization of the future. Continuous Innovation Network, p. 176-187

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingArticle in proceedingsResearchpeer-review

Activities 1995 2019

DRUID Academy 2018

Mette Præst Knudsen (Organizer)
15. Jan 201819. Jan 2018

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

Karlstad University (External organisation)

Mette Præst Knudsen (Chairman)
25. Oct 2017

Activity: MembershipMembership of review committee

KTH Royal Institute of Technology (External organisation)

Mette Præst Knudsen (Chairman)
30. Jun 201730. Nov 2017

Activity: MembershipMembership of review committee

Joint Research Centre, EU (External organisation)

Mette Præst Knudsen (Participant)
1. May 20171. Mar 2018

Activity: MembershipMembership of research networks or expert groups

DRUID Academy

Mette Præst Knudsen (Organizer)
18. Jan 201720. Jan 2017

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

Projects 2009 2022


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Genvej til ny viden, fase 2

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Den Intelligente Forsendelseskasse

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Press / Media

Drone-chef: "Vi vil lave en copypaste på robotsuccesen"

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Brainstormen stilner a

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Brainstormen stilner af

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Innovationsforskning kan vise vejen frem

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Christer Karlsson Best Paper Ward

Tina Lundø Tranekjer (Recipient) & Mette Præst Knudsen (Recipient), 7. Jun 2011

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

Fyens Stiftstidendes Forskningspris: 2007

Mette Præst Knudsen (Recipient), 1. Jun 2007

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John Bessant Best Paper Award 2011

Mette Præst Knudsen (Recipient), 13. Sep 2011

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Teaching & Supervision


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Innovation og forretningsmodeludvikling

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Market-based Product and Service Design

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