V.J.A. (Vareska) van de Vrande

Associate Professor
RSM - Rotterdam School of Management
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Fellow ERIM
Field: Strategy & Entrepreneurship
Affiliated since 2007

Vareska van de Vrande is Professor of Collaborative Innovation and Business Venturing at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Vareska joined RSM in 2007 after completing a PhD in Industrial Engineering and Management Science at the Eindhoven University of Technology.

Vareska's expertise focuses on the areas of corporate venturing and collaborative innovation, including external technology sourcing, corporate venture capital investments, strategic alliances, joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions. Other research interests include (corporate) entrepreneurship, patents, and venture capital. She has published articles in leading academic journals, including the Strategic Management Journal, the Journal of Product Innovation Management, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, and the Journal of Business Venturing. At RSM, Vareska teaches courses and modules in Strategic Management and Corporate Venturing at different levels.

In addition, Vareska is also the director of the Part-time PhD Programme in Management at RSM, a visiting professor at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland, the founder of two web-portals on open innovation (www.openinnovatie.nl and www.openinnovation.eu), and a certified LEGO SERIOUS PLAY facilitator.

  • S. Brunswicker & V.J.A. van de Vrande (2014). Exploring Open Innovation in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises. In H Chesbrough, W Vanhaverbeke & J West (Eds.), Exploring the next wave of open innovation research. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar
  • J.H. Burgers & V.J.A. van de Vrande (2011). Who is the Corporate Entrepreneur? Insights from Opportunity Discovery and Creation Theory. In S. Zahra (Ed.), Handbook of Corporate Entrepreneurship. Edward Elgar
  • V.J.A. van de Vrande (2008). The Importance of Internal Alignment for Open Innovation. In Open Innovation: The New Business Strategy. Hyderabad: Icfai University Press
  • J. Halman, J. Ulijn, V.J.A. van de Vrande & F. Umbach (2007). The importance of cooperation and support for technology start-ups: a comparison of the Eindhoven and Darmstadt areas. In Entrepreneurship, cooperation and the firm: the emergence and survival of high tech ventures in Europe (pp. 261-286). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar
  • V.J.A. van de Vrande (2007, november 7). Not invented here: managing corporate innovation in a new era. TUE (Eindhoven: Eindhoven Centre for Innovation Studies) Prom./coprom.: Prof.Dr. G.M. Duysters & W. Vanhaverbeke.
  • V.J.A. van de Vrande (2013). Walking the knowledge tightrope. RSM Insight, 15 (3), 16-17.
  • V.J.A. van de Vrande & A.P. de Man (2010). Embracing Open Innovation. In Innovation EU, Vol. 2-1. London: Innovation Europe
  • V.J.A. van de Vrande & W. Vanhaverbeke (2006). Innoveren door Externe Innovatie. In VMA Jaarboek 2006 (pp. 38-45)
  • M. de Rochemont & V.J.A. van de Vrande (2006). Open Innovatie en de Rol van Corporate Venture Capital. In J. Sistermans (Ed.), Open stellingen: Essays over Open Innovatie (pp. 57-64). Den Haag: Quantes
  • N. Hynes & V.J.A. van de Vrande (2013, december 31). When going Dutch means a free lunch: how Australians could build social capital. The Conversation
Jitse Duijsters

Capturing the Strategic Value of Corporate Venturing

Pengfei Wang

Innovation, Status, and Networks

  • Role: Daily Supervisor
  • PhD Candidate: Pengfei Wang
  • Time frame: 2011 - 2016


Visiting address

Office: Mandeville Building T07-56
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam

Latest publication

P. Wang, V.J.A. van de Vrande & J.J.P. Jansen (2017). Balancing Exploration and Exploitation in Inventions: Quality of Inventions and Team Composition. Research Policy, 46 (10), 1836-1850. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2017.09.002

Supporting Material

Collaborative Innovation
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