Research statement

My research falls broadly in the areas of strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship. Over the past years, I have mainly pursued four streams of research. First, I am interested in how firms can access knowledge from their environment, e.g. from customers, competitors or universities, and recombine it with their internal knowledge to create successful innovations. Second, I have done work on firms’ intellectual property rights (IPRs), their valuation and their trade on markets for technology or markets for corporate control. Third, I have looked at universities, public research organizations and individual university scientists and how they organize their interaction with firms. In that regard, I have investigated different channels of knowledge and technology transfer, scientist mobility, peer effects and the implications of industry funding of public research. Fourth, I am interested in entrepreneurial activities of established firms, particularly in business model innovation and its determinants. I am a quantitative empirical researcher and I have mainly used survey and archival data as a basis for analysis.

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List of publications in refereed journals

(October 2016)

Olsen, Anders Ørding, Wolfgang Sofka and Christoph Grimpe (forthcoming), Coordinated Exploration for Grand Challenges: The Role of Advocacy Groups in Search Consortia, Academy of Management Journal.

Goel, Rajeev, Devrim Göktepe and Christoph Grimpe (forthcoming), Who Instigates University-Industry Collaborations? University Scientists versus Firm Employees, Small Business Economics.

Olsen, Anders Ørding, Wolfgang Sofka and Christoph Grimpe (forthcoming), Solving Environmental Problems: Knowledge and Coordination in Collaborative Search, Long Range Planning.

Mendonça, Joana and Christoph Grimpe (forthcoming), Skills and Regional Entrepreneurship Capital Formation: A Comparison Between Germany and Portugal, Journal of Technology Transfer.

Grimpe, Christoph and Wolfgang Sofka (2016), Complementarities in the Search for Innovation: Managing Markets and Relationships, Research Policy, 45, 2036-2053.

Cleff, Thomas, Christoph Grimpe and Christian Rammer (2015), Identifying Lead Markets in the European Automotive Industry: An Indicator-based Approach, Industry and Innovation, 22, 496-522.

Waldner, Florian, Marion K. Poetz, Christoph Grimpe and Markus Eurich (2015), Antecedents and Consequences of Business Model Innovation: The Role of Industry Structure, Advances in Strategic Management, 33, 347-386.

Czarnitzki, Dirk, Christoph Grimpe and Maikel Pellens (2015), Access to Research Inputs: Open Science versus the Entrepreneurial University, Journal of Technology Transfer, 40, 1050-1063.

Czarnitzki, Dirk, Christoph Grimpe and Andrew Toole (2015), Delay and Secrecy: Does Industry Sponsorship Jeopardize Disclosure of Academic Research?, Industrial and Corporate Change, 24, 251-279.

Ketata, Ihsen, Sofka, Wolfgang and Christoph Grimpe (2015), The Role of Internal Capabilities and Firms’ Environment for Sustainable Innovation: Evidence for Germany, R&D Management, 45, 60-75.

Grimpe, Christoph and Katrin Hussinger (2014), Resource Complementarity and Value Capture in Firm Acquisitions: The Role of Intellectual Property Rights, Strategic Management Journal, 35, 1762-1780.

Grimpe, Christoph and Katrin Hussinger (2014), Pre-empted Patents, Infringed Patents, and Firm’s Participation in Markets for Technology, Research Policy, 43, 543-554.

Aschhoff, Birgit and Christoph Grimpe (2014), Contemporaneous Peer Effects, Career Age and the Industry Involvement of Academics in Biotechnology, Research Policy, 43, 367-381.

Grimpe, Christoph and Katrin Hussinger (2013), Formal and Informal Technology Transfer from Academia to Industry: Complementarity Effects and Innovation Performance, Industry and Innovation, 208, 683-700.

Goel, Rajeev K. and Christoph Grimpe (2013), Active versus Passive Academic Networking: Evidence from Micro-Level Data, Journal of Technology Transfer, 38, 116-134.

Grimpe, Christoph (2012), Extramural Research Grants and Scientists’ Funding Strategies: Beggars Can’t Be Choosers?, Research Policy, 41, 1448-1460.

Köhler, Christian, Wolfgang Sofka and Christoph Grimpe (2012), Selective Search, Sectoral Patterns, and the Impact on Product Innovation Performance, Research Policy, 41, 1344-1356.

Goel, Rajeev K. and Christoph Grimpe (2012), Academic Entrepreneurship: Are All Scientists Created Alike?, Economics of Innovation and New Technology, 21, 247-266.

Edler, Jakob, Heide Fier and Christoph Grimpe (2011), International Scientist Mobility and the Locus of Knowledge and Technology Transfer, Research Policy, 40, 791-805.

Grimpe, Christoph and Roberto Patuelli (2011), Knowledge Production in Nanomaterials: A Spatial Filtering Approach, Annals of Regional Science, 46, 519-541.

Grimpe, Christoph and Ulrich Kaiser (2010), Balancing Internal and External Knowledge Acquisition: The Gains and Pains of R&D Outsourcing, Journal of Management Studies, 47, 1483-1509.

Patuelli, Roberto, Andrea Vaona and Christoph Grimpe (2010), The German East-West Divide in Knowledge Production: An Application to Nanomaterial Patenting, Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie (Journal of Economic & Social Geography), 101, 568-582.

Sofka, Wolfgang and Christoph Grimpe (2010), Specialized Search and Innovation Performance – Evidence Across Europe, R&D Management, 40, 310-323.

Grimpe, Christoph and Heide Fier (2010), Informal Technology Transfer from Academia to Industry: A Comparison between Germany and the U.S, Journal of Technology Transfer, 35, 637-650.

Grimpe, Christoph and Wolfgang Sofka (2009), Search Patterns and Absorptive Capacity: Low- and High-Technology Sectors in European Countries, Research Policy, 38, 495-506.

Grimpe, Christoph and Katrin Hussinger (2008), Pre-empting Technology Competition Through Firm Acquisitions, Economics Letters, 100, 189-191.

Grimpe, Christoph (2007), Successful Product Development after Firm Acquisitions: The Role of Research and Development, Journal of Product Innovation Management, 24, 614-628.

Grimpe, Christoph (2006), Making Use of the Unused: Shelf Warmer Technologies in Research and Development, Technovation, 26, 770-774.

Grimpe, Christoph (2004), When an R&D Site Closes, Research Technology Management, 47, 56-59.