K. (Knut) Blind

Endowed Professor
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Member ERIM
Field: Logistics & Information Systems
Affiliated since 2008

Knut Blind holds the Chair for Standardisation at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), endowed by the Netherlands Standardisation Institute (NEN).

Professor Blind's research focuses on the issues surrounding standardisation and intellectual property rights as well as other aspects of innovation. His articles regularly appear in the leading refereed journals in the field including, among others, Research Policy.

In 2006 he was appointed a professor of innovation economics at the Faculty of Economics and Management at the Technische Universität Berlin. Furthermore, he is currently linked to the Competence Center Innovation and Technology Transfer at the Fraunhofer Institute of Open Communication Systems FOKUS in Berlin.

Before joining FOKUS, Professor Blind spent 10 years as a senior researcher the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI in Karlsruhe, Germany.

He held faculty positions at the Institute for Public Finance at Freiburg University in Germany, and at Kassel University in Germany.

Professor Blind studied economics, political science and psychology at Freiburg University where he was awarded his doctoral degree, and for which he was awarded the university's prestigious F. A. v. Hayek Prize by the faculty of economics.

  • Blind, K. (Ed.). (2008). Opening to the world: International cooperation in Science and Technology: Report of ERA Expert Group. Brussels: European Communities.
  • Blind, K., Edler, J. & Friedewald, M. (2005). Software patents. Economic impacts and policy implications. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Blind, K. (2004). The economics of standards. Theory, evidence, policy. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Blind, K., Edler, J., Nack, R. & Straus, J. (2003). Software patente, einde empirische Analyse aus ökonomischer und juristischer Perspektive. Heidelberg: Physica-Verlag.
  • Blind, K. (2010). The Theory and Practice of Innovation Policy. In The Use of the Regulatory Framework for Innovation Policy (pp. 217-246). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Blind, K. & Gauch, St. (2009). The Demand for E-Government Standards. In Kai Jakobs (Ed.), Information Comumunication Technology Standardization for E-Business Sectors: Integrating Supply and Demand Factors (pp. 9-23). London: IGL Global.
  • Blind, K. (2009). A Taxonomy of Service Standards and a Modification for E-Business. In Kai Jakobs (Ed.), Information Communication Technology Standardization for E-Business Sectors: Integration Suppy and Demand Factors (pp. 24-51). London: IGI Global.
  • Vries, H.J. de, Blind, K., Mangelsdorf, A., Verheul, H.H.M. & Zwan, J. van der (2013). Nouvelles opportunités - Améliorer l’accès des PME aux normes. ISO Focus, 4 (2), 10-13. Retrieved from http://www.iso.org/iso/fr/home/news_index/news_archive/news.htm?refid=Ref1711
  • Vries, H.J. de, Blind, K., Mangelsdorf, A., Verheul, H.H.M. & Zwan, J. van der (2013). Standards in the SME Sector. Fulcrum - Official Bulletin of Standards Association of Zimbabwe, 6 (8), 4-5.
  • Vries, H.J. de, Blind, K., Mangelsdorf, A., Verheul, H.H.M. & Zwan, J. van der (2013). New opportunities - Improving SME access to standards. ISO Focus, 4 (2), 10-13. Retrieved from http://www.iso.org/iso/home/news_index/news_archive/news.htm?Refid=Ref1711
  • Blind, K. & Pohlmann, T. (2013). Trends In The Interplay Of IPR And Standards, FRAND Commitments And SEP Litigation. In les Novelles.
  • Vries, H.J. de, Blind, K., Mangelsdorf, A., Verheul, H.H.M. & Zwan, J. van der (2013). Cómo mejorar el acceso de las pymes a las normas. Revista de la normalización y la certificación, 2013 (281), 43-47.
  • Vries, H.J. de & Blind, K. (2009). Les systèmes de management ne s’arrêtent pas aux normes de systèmes de management. ISO Management Systems (French Ed.), 9 (6), 7-11.
  • Vries, H.J. de & Blind, K. (2009). Management systems need more than just management system standards. ISO Management Systems (English Ed.), 9 (6), 7-11.
  • Egyedi, T.M. & Blind, K. (Eds.). (2008). The Dynamics of Standards. USA: Edward Elgar Publishing.
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Visiting address

Office: Mandeville Building T09-35
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam

Latest publication

Wakke, P., Blind, K. & Vries, H.J. de (2015). Driving factors for service providers to participate in standardization: Insights from the Netherlands. Industry and Innovation. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13662716.2015.1049865