P.M. (Paul) Wiegmann MSc

Paul Wiegmann
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
ERIM PhD Candidate
Field: Logistics & Information Systems
Affiliated since 2013

Paul Wiegmann is a PhD candidate at the Department of Technology and Operations Management. He conducts research about the impact of standards on innovation. Before joining ERIM as a PhD candidate, Paul obtained a BSc in Management from the University of Warwick (UK) and a MSc in Management of Innovation from Erasmus University Rotterdam.

In addition to his research, Paul has acted as First Year Representative (2013-2014) and Chairman (2014-2015) on the ERIM PhD council.

PhD Track Setting the Stage for Innovation: Balancing Diverse Interests Through Standardisation

Actors who are involved in innovation face a large, diverse range of – often conflicting – interests from stakeholders in many areas of business and society. Innovations can only succeed if they are aligned with societal demands and supported by a range of factors, such as regulation and technical infrastructures.

Through three studies, this dissertation shows how standardisation helps balance these interests and create foundations for new technologies. The results reveal (1) how standards emerge in highly complex and dynamic processes which may simultaneously rely on coordination in markets, committees, and/or governments to shape emerging technologies. They show (2) a range of strategic options for influencing these processes’ outcomes, which are available to companies and other actors. This dissertation also shows (3) how these options can be integrated into managing technology development at the company- and industry levels. Doing so helps ensure that innovations, standards, and regulation are aligned, thus supporting a technology’s market introduction. Finally, the dissertation (4) identifies specific strategies that companies follow with regards to the choice of forum where they engage in standardisation, revealing different priorities in firms’ activities.

Altogether, this dissertation shows standardisation to be key to achieving the balance of interests that is required for innovations to prosper. Standardisation allows companies and other actors to establish an equilibrium of interests that sets that stage for innovation.

Innovation; Standardization; Regulation; New product development; Standard battles; Standard setting organizations; Sociotechnical systems; Managing innovation; Managing standards; Matching innovation to societal needs; Grounded theory; Choice experiment
Time frame
2013 -
  • P.M. Wiegmann (2019). Managing Innovation and Standards - A Case in the European Heating Industry. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan
  • P.M. Wiegmann (2018). Thoughts on the Implications of Multi-Mode Standardisation for Future Research. In K. Jakobs & R.V. O'Connor (Eds.), EURAS Proceedings 2018 - Standards for a Smarter Future (pp. 287-295). Aachen: Verlagshaus Mainz
  • S.P. Toussaint & P.M. Wiegmann (2017). Towards a Secure Future of the Internet of Things: Understanding Drivers for Security Standardization. In K. Jakobs & K. Blind (Eds.), EURAS Proceedings 2017 - Digitalisation: Challenge and Opportunity for Standardisation (pp. T387-T406). Aachen: Verlagshaus Mainz
  • P.M. Wiegmann (2017). Forum Choice in Standardisation - A Choice Experimental Approach. In K. Jakobs & K. Blind (Eds.), EURAS Proceedings 2017 - Digitalisation: Challenge and Opportunity for Standardisation (pp. T433-T448). Aachen: Verlagshaus Mainz
  • H.J. de Vries & P.M. Wiegmann (2017). Impact of service standardization on service innovation. In R. Hawkins, K. Blind & R. Page (Eds.), Handbook of Standards and Innovation (pp. 187-211). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar
  • P.M. Wiegmann (2016). Managing Standards in Radical Innovation Projects - The Case of Micro Combined Heat and Power. In K Jakobs, A Mione, A.F Cutting-Decelle & S Mignon (Eds.), EURAS Proceedings 2016 - Co-opetition and Open Innovation (pp. 455-472). Aachen: Wissenschaftsverlag Mainz
  • P.M. Wiegmann (2014). Choosing the Right Strategy - Considerations in Allocating Resources in Standard Setting. In I Mijatovic & K Jakobs (Eds.), EURAS Proceedings 2014 - Cooperation between standardisation organisations and the scientific and academic community (pp. 263-277). Aachen: Wissenschaftsverlag Mainz
  • H.J. de Vries, J. Trietsch & P.M. Wiegmann (2014). Towards a community of standardisation professionals. In I. Mijatović, J. Filipovic & A. Horvat (Eds.), Proceedings 11th International Conference “Standardization, Protypes and Quality: A Means of Balkan Countries’Collaboration” (pp. 13-20). Belgrade: University of Belgrade, Faculty of Organizational Sciences
  • P.M. Wiegmann (2013). Combining Modes of Standard Setting - Analysing Strategies and the Case of Connectors for Charging Electric Vehicles in Europe. In K. Jakobs, H.J. de Vries, A. Ganesh, A. Gulacsi & I. Soetert (Eds.), EURAS Proceedings 2013 - Standards: Boosting European Competitiveness (pp. 397-411). Aachen: Wissenschaftsverlag Mainz


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