J.C.M. (Jan) van den Ende

Full Professor
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Fellow ERIM
Field: Logistics & Information Systems
Affiliated since 1999

Jan van den Ende is a professor of management of technology and innovation at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) and holds the International Chair of Management, LUISS Universita Guido Carli, Rome, Italy.

His field of expertise is the development process of new products and services in firms. His current research interests include firm-internal and -external idea management, control of NPD projects, design management and sustainable innovation.

Jan van den Ende has published in numerous journals including Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, Harvard Business Review, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Research Policy, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, and Group and Organization Management.

He teaches in MBA and Executive Education for firms such as ASML, FrieslandCampina, IFF and MAN. Van den Ende holds a PhD from Delft University of Technology.

Key Publications (7)

  • Ende, J. van den, Oost, E., Alberts, G. & Lintsen, H.W. (Eds.). (1998). De opkomst van de Informatietechnologie in Nederland. Den Haag: Ten Hagen en Stam.
  • Jaspers, F.P.H. & Ende, J. van den (2008). Testing a theory of ideal typical organizational configurations for successful product innovations. In J Dul & T Hak (Eds.), Case Study Methodology in Business Research (pp. 119-130). Oxford: Butterworth Heinemann.
  • Ende, J. van den (2008). Innoveren Organiseren. Rotterdam: ERIM.
Timo van Balen

Open PhD projects in Innovation Management

Balazs Szatmari

The socio-political dynamics of the innovation process

Ferdinand Jaspers

Organizing Systemic Innovation

Bob Kijkuit

Social Networks in the Front End: The Organizational Life of an Idea

  • Role: Co-promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Bob Kijkuit
  • Time frame: 2002 - 2007
Floortje Blindenbach-Driessen

Innovation Management in Project-Based Firms

Editorial positions

  • IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • Journal of Management Studies

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • The Journal of Product Innovation Management

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • The Journal of Product Innovation Management

    Editorial Board

  • Research Policy

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • Technology Analysis & Strategic Management

    Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • Service Business

    Editorial Board

Organization Membership

  • Academy of Management


Side positions

  • NWO, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research

    Secretary of NWO Preparatory Committee of the NWO Priority Research Program on Innovation

  • Faculty of Economics, University G. d'Annunzio, Pescara, Italy.

    Member of the Scientific Committee of the PhD program

  • Freeband Research Programme

    Member of the General Assembly

  • Dutch Association for Business Development (Vereniging Business Development Nederland)

    Executive Academic Relations

Organizational Antecedents and Consequences of Intrapreneurship

This research project is part of the INSCOPE NWO funded research program “Intrapreneurship – Enabling Talent for Innovation”. Besides Rotterdam School of Management, three other Universities (University of Utrecht, University Maastricht, University of Twente) and TNO participate in this research program as well as several external partners (DSM, Randstad, Port Authority Rotterdam, Calymount Technologies, Alliander, MVO, High Tech NL, Latexfalt, Forbo Flooring, Energy Academy, Vision Dynamic Group). This research program on intrapreneurship focuses on how human capital can be acquired and developed to stimulate bottom-up innovation and improve the performance of firms, regions, and top sectors. The term intrapreneurship is derived from a combination of “intra” internal (to the organization), and “entrepreneurship”: intrapreneurship involves the entrepreneurial activities of individuals within organizations. These activities aim at creating new businesses in established organizations through innovation (Zahra, 1991).

In this particular PhD project the focus is on the organizational antecedents and outcomes of intrapreneurship. Despite the importance of human capital and organizational antecedents as sources of competitive advantage (e.g., Birkinshaw et al., 2008; Unger et al., 2011; Volberda et al., 2013), research on such non-technological determinants of innovation is relatively limited compared to technological innovation (Crossan and Apaydin, 2010). In this research program we will analyse the prevalence of intrapreneurship and how intrapreneurship is enabled and constrained by management practices, organizational structures and the context of the organization. The aim of this research project is to provide new insights on how long and to what extent established medium-sized and large corporations can renew themselves through nurturing intrapreneurship.

The empirical research will consist of a mixed-method approach. The quantitative research will be partly based on the Erasmus Competition and Innovation Monitor: an existing survey instrument enabling panel data research. This will be complemented with comparative case studies within the participating companies, namely DSM, Port of Rotterdam Authorithy, Calymount Technologies, and Randstad Netherlands.

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Innovative capabilities of creative enterprises

We investigate the effects of innovative capabilities of cultural enterprises in the context of their cultural and business orientations. Innovative capabilities refer to internal and external collaborative capabilities, idea generation routines, knowledge development routines, decision procedures, and implementation. The question is to which extent the cultural and business orientations of creative enterprises are related to their general innovative capabilities, and how each of these (cultural orientation, business orientation, innovative capabilities) separately and in combination contribute to cultural and business performance.

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ERIM Inaugural Address Research in Management Series


Visiting address

Office: T09-53
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam

Work in progress

Kaa, G. van de, Vries, H.J. de & Ende, J. van den (2015). Strategies in network industries: the importance of inter-organizational networks, complementary goods, and commitment. Technology Analysis and Strategic Management.
Ates, M.A., Ende, J. van den & Ianniello, G. (2014). Inter-organizational Coordination Patterns in Buyer-Supplier-Design Agency Triads in NPD Projects. International Journal of Operations and Production Management.

Latest publication

Kaa, G. van de, Vries, H.J. de & Ende, J. van den (2015). Strategies in network industries: the importance of inter-organizational networks, complementary goods, and commitment. Technology Analysis and Strategic Management.