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

Full Professor
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
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.

Her expertise focuses on the areas of corporate venturing and collaborative innovation, including external technology sourcing, corporate venture capital investments, strategic alliances, and corporate-startup collaboration. Other research interests include (corporate) entrepreneurship, patents, and venture capital. She has published articles in leading academic journals, including the Strategic Management Journal, Research Policy, Journal of Operations Management, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 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 the graduate and post-experience level. 

In addition, Vareska is the Academic Lead of Erasmus Enterprise, the founder of two web-portals on open innovation ( and, and a certified LEGO SERIOUS PLAY facilitator.

  • E. Stam & V.J.A. van de Vrande (2017). Solopreneurs and the rise of co-working in the Netherlands. In Entrepreneurial Neighbourhoods. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing
  • H. Burgers & V.J.A. van de Vrande (2016). Who is the corporate entrepreneur? Insights from opportunity discovery and creation theory. In Handbook of Research on Corporate Entrepreneurship. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing
  • 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.
  • J.J.P. Jansen & V.J.A. van de Vrande (2018). Is it better to look inside or outside for innovation? RSM Discovery - Management Knowledge, 33 (1), 8-10.
  • 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
  • Role: Daily Supervisor
  • PhD Candidate: Pengfei Wang
  • Time frame: 2011 - 2016
  • Role: Daily Supervisor, Co-promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Jitse Duijsters
  • Time frame: 2016 -
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Robert Suurmond
  • Time frame: 2014 - 2019
  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Mahdi Shahriari
  • Time frame: 2019 -
  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Umut Yalcin
  • Time frame: 2020 -
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Hesam Fasaei
  • Time frame: 2012 - 2020
  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Bas Crombag
  • Time frame: 2020 -
  • Role: Promotor
  • PhD Candidate: Abhijeet Singh
  • Time frame: 2020 -
  • Role: Member Doctoral Committee
  • PhD Candidate: Tatjana Schneidmüller
  • Time frame: 2015 - 2020
  • Advanced Topics in Strategic Entrepreneurship (2019/2020)
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