T.H. (Timo) van Balen MSc

Timo van Balen
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
ERIM PhD Candidate
Field: Logistics & Information Systems
Affiliated since 2012

Timo van Balen is a PhD candidate in Innovation Management at Rotterdam School of Management. His current reseach interests are team dynamics for product development and innovation teams, and the management of disruptive innovations.

PhD Track Vision and Cognition in Disruptive Innovation Process


Disruptive innovation theory has enjoyed vast interest from practice and academia. Nevertheless, over the past two decades the field has seen a drought of empirical work, and an abundance of academic disputes. This dissertation aims to enhance the predictive validity and generalizability of the disruptive innovation theory, and to promote further empirical testing. Contributions are threefold – first, through a review of the literature I provide an extended framework of the disruptive innovation process based on the disruption schema from Sood and Tellis (2006), which indicates the antecedents and competitive outcomes of the disruptive innovation process. Second, in three studies this dissertation aims to specify the effects of the visions and cognitions of firms that introduce disruptive innovation in disrupting markets and disrupting firms, and how they can influence their own success. Third, in doing so, this dissertation creates a more dynamic view– enlightening the firm agency side of the disruptive innovation process.


Disruptive innovation theory; vision communication; learning from failure; potentially disruptive innovations; demand disruption; firm disruption; vision framing; institutional entrepreneurs; disruptor success; incumbent responses.
Time frame
2014 -


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