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Hello and welcome to my official webpage! I am a senior researcher and teacher at the Chair of Strategic Management and Innovation.
I am curious about any emerging phenomena that intersect innovation and organization. When forced to specify, I usually say that my research focuses on the organizational and motivational implications of open innovation. Currently I am working on distributed problem solving, proactive problem diagnosis and the micro-foundations of knowledge integration. My empirical research spans multiple industries, but I feel most at home when dealing with information technology, software, chemical, and professional services. If you find these topics as cool as I do, please share your thoughts with me! If you are a student, contemplating to do a PhD, please drop me an email and tell me about your interests. If you are visiting Zurich and wish to share your ideas, why not give a seminar at our department? For more information please turn to my private webpage
2007-2013 Habilitation in Management. ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
2002-2007 PhD in Technology Management. Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden.
1997-2002 Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management. Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden.
Papers in peer-reviewed journals
Alexy, O., Henkel, J. and Wallin, M.W. From closed to open: Job role changes, individual predispositions, and the adoption of commercial open source software development. Research Policy, forthcoming.
Hacklin, F. and Wallin, M.W. 2013. Convergence and interdisciplinarity in innovation management: A review, critique, and future directions. The Service Industries Journal, 33(7-8): 774–788.
Fischer, A., Sieg, J.H., Wallin, M.W. and von Krogh, G. What motivates professional service firm employees to nurture client dialogues? The Service Industries Journal, forthcoming.
Wallin, M.W. 2012. The bibliometric structure of spin-off literature. Innovation: Management, Policy & Practice, 14(2): 162-177.
Sieg, J.H., Fischer, A., Wallin, M.W. and von Krogh, G. 2012. Proactive diagnosis: How professional service firms sustain client dialogue. Journal of Service Management, 23(2): 253-278.
von Krogh, G., Haefliger, S., Spaeth, S. and Wallin, M.W. 2012. Carrots and rainbows: Motivation and social practice in open source software development. MIS Quarterly, 26(2): 649-676.
Vie, O.E., Wallin, M.W., and von Krogh, G. 2011. Integrasjon i hybride organisasjoner gjennom omsorgsfulle ledere. Nordiske Organisasjonsstudier, 13(1): 46–66. (In Norwegian, English translation: Integration in hyper-text organizations through caring managers)
Sieg, J.H., Wallin, M.W. and von Krogh, G. 2010. Managerial challenges in open innovation: A study of innovation intermediation in the chemical industry. R&D Management 40(3): 281-291.
Wallin, M.W. and von Krogh, G. Organizing for open innovation: Focus on the integration of knowledge. 2010. Organizational Dynamics 39(2): 145-154.
Dahlander, L. and Wallin, M.W. 2006. A man on the inside: Unlocking communities as complementary assets. Research Policy 38(8): 1243-1259.
Wallin, M.W. and Lindholm Dahlstrand, Å. 2006. Sponsored spin-offs, industrial growth and change. Technovation 26(5-6): 611-620.
Peer-reviewed book chapters
von Krogh, G. and Wallin, M.W. 2011. The firm, human capital, and knowledge creation. In A. Burton-Jones and J.-C. Spender (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Human Capital. Oxford University Press.
Lindholm Dahlstrand, Å. and Wallin, M.W. 2008. Internal venturing: sponsored corporate spin-offs in Sweden. In P. Pellenbarg and E. Wever (Eds) International Business Geography. Case studies of corporate firms. London: Routledge.
Nouira, S.S. and Wallin, M.W. 2007. Non-strategic spin-offs: The use of corporate venturing in developing and supporting nascent ventures. In A. Groen, R. Oakey, P. van der Sijde and S. Kauser (Eds) New Technology-based Firms in the New Millennium. Volume V. Elsevier.
Policy and practitioner papers
Knechtli, B. and Wallin, M.W. 2009. Co-creating service innovation with clients and staff – The PwC innovation factory. In P. Wolf, S. Kazi, P. Troxler and R. Jonischkeit (Eds.) Supporting Service Innovation through Knowledge Management. Knowledgeboard.
McKelvey, M., Magnusson, M., Wallin, M. and Ljungberg, D. 2008. Forskning och kommersialisering - vad är problemet? (In Swedish, English translation: Research and commercialization - what is the problem?). In M. Benner and S. Sörlin (Eds) Forska lagom och vara världsbäst. Sverige inför forskningens globala strukturomvandling. SNS Förlag (Centre for Business and Policy Studies).
Wallin, M.W. 2007. Innovation outside: When spin-off firms and developer communities change the boundaries of the firm. PhD thesis in Technology Management. Department of Technology Management and Economics. Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden.
Wallin, M.W. 2005. Managing spin-offs from large firms. Licentiate thesis in Technology Management. Department of Technology Management and Economics. Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden.
Kihlberg, A.C., Svan, Å.L. and Wallin, M.W. 2002. Designing for corporate venturing: Linking strategic,
organizational and operational issues. Master thesis in Industrial Engineering and Management. Department of Technology Managment and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden.
European Union projects
I have been working in the following EU research projects:
Economic change: Micro-foundations of entrepreneurial and organisational changes in Europe coordinated by Prof. Walter Garcia-Fontes (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona). My research was carried out in the work-package on sponsored spin-offs and financial markets run by Prof. Åsa Lindholm Dahlstrand (Chalmers and Halmstad University).
Knowledge-based Entrepreneurship in Networks coordinated by Prof. Franco Malerba (Bocconi). I worked with Prof. Maureen McKelvey (Chalmers) on networks and spin-offs.
I am currently teaching Introduction to marketing and Industry and competitive analysis at ETH Zurich. I have teaching experience from the master programs Management and Economics of Innovation (Chalmers University of Technology), Entrepreneurship and Innovation (University of Luxembourg) and European Science, Society and
Technology (University of Oslo) as well as from executive education (University of Zurich). I continuously organize PhD seminars and workshops.
Extended visits abroad (professional)
August 1994 – June 1995: Chenango Forks High School, New York.
March – June 2006: Stanford University, California
Visiting researcher. Grant from the Swedish Government. Participated in PhD course work, seminars and workshops. Presentations for Swedish Government visitors.
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