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

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.


  • Academic (14)
    • Subramanian, AM., Levesque, M., & Vrande, V. (2020). "Pulling the plug”: Time allocation between drug discovery and development projects. Production and Operations Management, 29(12), 2851-2876.

    • Subramanian, AM., & Vrande, V. (2019). The role of intellectual capital in new product development: Can it become a liability? Journal of Operations Management, 65(6), 517-535.

    • di Lorenzo, F., & Vrande, V. (2018). Tapping into the knowledge of incumbents: The role of corporate venture capital investments and inventor mobility. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 13(1), 24-46.

    • Wang, P., Vrande, V., & Jansen, J. (2017). Balancing Exploration and Exploitation in Inventions: Quality of Inventions and Team Composition. Research Policy, 46(10), 1836-1850.

    • Vrande, V. (2012). Balancing your technology-sourcing portfolio: How sourcing mode diversity enhances innovative performance. Strategic Management Journal, 34(5), 610-621.

    • Vrande, V., & Vanhaverbeke, W. (2012). How prior corporate venture capital investments shape technological alliances: A real options approach. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 37(5), 1019-1043.

    • Vrande, V., & de Man, AP. (2011). A response to "Is open innovation a field of study or a communication barrier to theory development?". Technovation, 31(4), 185-186.

    • Vrande, V., Vanhaverbeke, W., & Duysters, GM. (2011). Additivity and complementarity in external technology sourcing: The added value of corporate venture capital investments. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 58(3), 483-496.

    • Vrande, V., Vanhaverbeke, W., & Duysters, GM. (2011). Technology In-Sourcing and the Creation of Pioneering Technologies. Journal of Product Innovation Management, 28(6), 974-987.

    • Vrande, V., Vanhaverbeke, W., & Gassmann, O. (2010). Broadening the scope of open innovation: past research, current state and future directions. International Journal of Technology Management, 52(3/4), 221-235.

    • Vrande, V., Jong, JPJ., Vanhaverbeke, W., & de Rochemont, M. (2009). Open Innovation in SMEs: Trends, Motives and Management Challenges. Technovation, 29(6/7), 423-437.

    • Vrande, V., Vanhaverbeke, W., & Duysters, GM. (2009). External technology sourcing: the effect of uncertainty on governance mode choice. Journal of Business Venturing, 24(1), 62-80.

    • Vanhaverbeke, W., Vrande, V., & Chesbrough, HW. (2008). Understanding the advantages of open innovation practices in corporate venturing in terms of real options. Creativity and Innovation Management, 17(4), 251-258.

    • Vrande, V., Lemmens, C., & Vanhaverbeke, W. (2006). Choosing governance modes for external technology sourcing. R and D Management, 36(3), 347-363.

  • Popular (1)
    • Hynes, N., & Vrande, V. (2013). When going Dutch means a free lunch: how Australians could build social capital. Unknown.

  • Professional (2)
  • Academic (6)
    • Stam, FC., & Vrande, V. (2017). Solopreneurs and the rise of co-working in the Netherlands. In Entrepreneurial Neighbourhoods Edward Elgar Publishing.

    • Burgers, H., & Vrande, V. (2016). Who is the corporate entrepreneur? Insights from opportunity discovery and creation theory. In Handbook of Research on Corporate Entrepreneurship Edward Elgar Publishing.

    • Brunswicker, S., & Vrande, V. (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 Edward Elgar Publishing.

    • Burgers, JH., & Vrande, V. (2011). Who is the Corporate Entrepreneur? Insights from Opportunity Discovery and Creation Theory. In S. Zahra (Ed.), Handbook of Corporate Entrepreneurship Edward Elgar Publishing.

    • Vrande, V. (2008). The Importance of Internal Alignment for Open Innovation. In Open Innovation: The New Business Strategy ICFAI University Press.

    • Halman, J., Ulijn, J., Vrande, V., & Umbach, F. (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). Edward Elgar Publishing.

  • Professional (3)
    • Vrande, V., & de Man, AP. (2010). Embracing Open Innovation. In Innovation EU, Vol. 2-1 Innovation Europe.

    • de Rochemont, M., & Vrande, V. (2006). Open Innovatie en de Rol van Corporate Venture Capital. In J. Sistermans (Ed.), Open stellingen: Essays over Open Innovatie (pp. 57-64). Quantes.

    • Vrande, V., & Vanhaverbeke, W. (2006). Innoveren door Externe Innovatie. In VMA Jaarboek 2006 (pp. 38-45)

  • Academic (3)
    • Dolgova, J., Ben-Menahem, S., Neerijnen, P., & Vrande, V. (2012). The Emergence of Team Proactiveness.. Annual Meeting of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (Sunbelt Conference), Redondo Beach, USA.

    • Tempelaar, MP., & Vrande, V. (2012). Dynamism, Munificence, Internal and External Exploration-Exploitation and Their Performance Effects. Annual Academy of Management Conference, Boston, USA.

    • Tempelaar, MP., & Vrande, V. (2011). Knowledge ambidexterity and Financial Performance: A Longitudinal Study of the Simultaneous Pursuit of Local and Distant Knowledge within and across Organizational Boundaries. Organization Science Winter Conference XVII, Steamboat Springs, USA.

  • Academic (1)
    • Vanhaverbeke, W. W., & Van De Vrande, V. (2008). Understanding the advantages of open innovation practices in corporate venturing in terms of real options. In 2008 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, IEEM 2008 (pp. 954-958). [4738011] 2008 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, IEEM 2008

  • External (1)
    • Vrande, V. (2007). Not invented here: managing corporate innovation in a new era. TUE.

  • Popular (1)
    • Vrande, V. (2017). Collaborative Innovation: Creating Opportunities in a Changing World. Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM). Inaugural Addresses Research in Management Series

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