Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences

Innovation Technology Entrepreneurship & Marketing

The Innovation, Technology Entrepreneurship and Marketing (ITEM) group focuses on understanding and improving new business and product development processes within firms, organizations, and institutions in a high-tech context.


Passionate about improving new business and product development processes in high-tech firms  

In a marketplace where customers are more aware, active, and value-driven, firms must rapidly conceive and develop new products and services that meet customers' changing demands. As such, firms are not only urged to step up their development efforts, but also to continuously re-examine established methods for new business and product development. This is important because emerging new perspectives on business and product development have changed the rules of the game. With the onset of open innovation, new business and product development is no longer the exclusive playing ground of one single  firm. Instead collaboration with external parties is required to accelerate new business and product development to keep pace with competitors. Moreover, technological breakthroughs in areas such as healthcare, ICT, and mobility require that organizations renew their business models to successfully market new products and services.


Some of our Research Projects

Meet some of our researchers

entrepreneurship education

The TU/e offers many courses for students who want to develop entrepreneurial skills.

Below you find an overview of all courses for Bachelor, Master, PhD and PDEng students.

Work with us

Please check out the TU/e vacancy pages for opportunities within our group. 

If you are a student, potential sponsor or industrial partner and want to work with us, please contact the ITEM secretariat
or the ITEM group chair, dr. ir. Bob Walrave