Full Professor

Sjoerd Romme

It's time to reinvent management by focusing on the aircraft instead of the pilot. Any company will become much more agile, productive and resilient when it systematically capitalizes on the intelligence distributed across the entire organization as well as the ecosystem it's part of.

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Research Profile

Georges (Sjoerd) Romme is a Full Professor and Chair of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His scholarly work focuses on organization design, technology entrepreneurship, new business development, and organizational learning and renewal. Sjoerd’s research aims to develop a design mindset among (management and entrepreneurship) scholars as well as students. As such, Romme has been one of the "original pioneers who brought the design sciences to organization studies" (Paul Bate in: Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, vol. 43, 2007, p. 10). Sjoerd’s fascination with science for design is evident from his work on designing circular organizations, educational systems producing deep learning, innovation ecosystems, and incubation environments for technology startups. Together with many TU/e colleagues and professors from other universities, Sjoerd currently supervises a large number of doctoral students working on innovation management projects in the area of the energy transition, circularity of power, innovation ecosystem management, and related topics.

Academic Background

Sjoerd Romme obtained an MSc degree in economics (cum laude) from Tilburg University and also holds a doctoral degree in business administration from Maastricht University. He was previously on the staff of Tilburg University and Maastricht University. From 2007 to 2014, Sjoerd served as dean of the TU/e department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences. From 2005 to 2007, he was an International Visiting Fellow of the Advanced Institute of Management Research (AIM) in the UK. He received several educational and best teaching awards from the European Foundation of Management Development (EFMD) and Maastricht University, as well as the 2016 Tjalling C. Koopmans Asset award. Professor Romme’s publications have appeared in many journals, including Organization Science, Organization Studies, Strategic Management Journal, and Journal of Product Innovation Management. His monograph ‘The Quest for Professionalism’ (Oxford University Press) received the 2017 Best Book Award from the European Academy of Management as well as the 2017 Responsible Research in Management (RRM) award.

Educational Activities

  • Introduction to technology entrepreneurship
  • Introduction Industrial Engineering

Ancillary Activities

  • Supervisory Board, Granville B.V.
  • Supervisory Board (Top Circle), The Sociocracy Group
  • Strategic Advisory Board, Aalto University School of Science