Department of Strategy and Innovation


Room: KIL/14.A-3.82

Christoph Grimpe is a Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Department of Innovation and Organizational Economics at CBS. Prior to joining CBS in 2010, he worked as a Senior Researcher at ZEW Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim (Germany). He holds a PhD in management from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management – in Vallendar (Germany) and master degrees in management and political sciences. His research is concerned with firm innovation strategies, industry-science linkages, and the strategic use of intellectual property rights. He has published in journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, and Research Policy. He is affiliated with DRUID - the Danish Research Unit on Industrial Dynamics and with ZEW Centre for European Economic Research. Moreover, he is the editor-in-chief of the journal Industry and Innovation.

Primary research areas
  • Firm strategy and innovation
  • Open and distributed innovation processes
  • Industry-science interaction
  • Appropriability strategies
  • Internationalization of innovation management
Administrative tasks

Link to this homepage
  • Innovation and Knowledge (MSc)

Other teaching activities

Selected publications
  • Egelie, Knut J., Haakon Tue Lie, Christoph Grimpe and Roger Sørheim (2019), Access and Openness in Biotechnology Research Collaborations Between Universities and Industry – An Empirical Study, Nature Biotechnology, 37, 1413-1419.
  • Grimpe, Christoph, Martin Murmann and Wolfgang Sofka (2019), Organizational Design, Entrepreneurial Opportunities and Innovation, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 13, 359-378.
  • Grimpe, Christoph, Ulrich Kaiser and Wolfgang Sofka (2019), Signaling Valuable Human Capital: Advocacy Group Work Experience and its Effect on Employee Pay in Innovative Firms, Strategic Management Journal, 40(4), 685-710.
  • Olsen, Anders Ørding, Wolfgang Sofka and Christoph Grimpe (2017), Solving Environmental Problems: Knowledge and Coordination in Collaborative Search, Long Range Planning, 50, 726-740.
  • Grimpe, Christoph, Wolfgang Sofka, Mukesh Bhargava and Rabikar Chatterjee (2017), R&D, marketing innovation, and new product performance: A mixed methods study, Journal of Product Innovation Management, 34(3), 360-383.
  • Goel, Rajeev, Devrim Göktepe and Christoph Grimpe (2017), Who Instigates University-Industry Collaborations? University Scientists versus Firm Employees, Small Business Economics, 48(3), 503-524.
  • Grimpe, Christoph (2017), Innovation as a phenomenon and the quest for cool (Editorial), Industry and Innovation, 24, 1-7.
  • Olsen, Anders Ørding, Wolfgang Sofka and Christoph Grimpe (2016), Coordinated Exploration for Grand Challenges: The Role of Advocacy Groups in Search Consortia, Academy of Management Journal, 59, 2232-2255.
  • Mendonça, Joana and Christoph Grimpe (2016), Skills and Regional Entrepreneurship Capital Formation: A Comparison Between Germany and Portugal, Journal of Technology Transfer, 41, 1440-1456.
  • 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.
Publications sorted by:
Wolfgang Sofka; Christoph Grimpe; Fuad Hasanov; Reda Cherif / Additionality or Opportunism : Do Host-country R&D Subsidies Impact Innovation in Foreign MNC Subsidiaries?.
In: Journal of International Business Policy , 14.6.2021
Journal article > peer review
Wolfgang Sofka; Christoph Grimpe; Ulrich Kaiser / Understanding the Unwritten Rules of the Game : Government Work Experience and Salary Premiums in Foreign MNC Subsidiaries.
In: Journal of International Business Studies, 6.4.2021
Journal article > peer review
Martin Murmann; Christoph Grimpe; Nathan Rietzler / Digitalization in Startups and the Proclivity to Professionalize : Ignorance is Bliss?.
In: Proceedings of the Eightieth Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. ed. /Guclu Atinc. Briarcliff Manor, NY : Academy of Management 2020 (Academy of Management Proceedings)
Article in proceedings > peer review
Rene Belderbos; Christoph Grimpe / Learning in Foreign and Domestic Value Chains : The Role of Opportunities and Capabilities.
Leuven : Katholieke Universiteit Leuven 2020, 41 p. (Working Papers of Department of Management, Strategy and Innovation (MSI), No. MSI_2004)
Working paper
Rene Belderbos; Christoph Grimpe / Learning in Foreign and Domestic Value Chains : The Role of Opportunities and Capabilities.
In: Industrial and Corporate Change, Vol. 29, No. 6, 12.2020, p. 1431-1450
Journal article > peer review
Susanne Beck; Carsten Bergenholtz; Marcel Bogers; Tiare Brasseur; Maria Louise Conradsen; Diletta Di Marco; Andreas Philipp Distel; Leonhard Dobusch; Daniel Dörler; Agnes Effert; Benedikt Fecher; Despoina Filiou; Lars Frederiksen; Thomas Gillier; Christoph Grimpe; Marc Gruber; Carolin Haeussler; Florian Heigl; Karin Hoisl; Katie Hyslop; Olga Kokshagina; Marcel LaFlamme; Cornelia Lawson; Hila Lifshitz-Assaf; Wolfgang Lukas; Markus Nordberg; Maria-Theresa Norn; Marion Poetz; Marisa Ponti; Gernot Pruschak; Laia Pujol Priego; Agnieszka Radziwon; Janet Frances Rafner; Gergana Petrova Romanova; Alexander Ruser; Henry Sauermann; Sonali K. Shah; Jacob Friis Sherson; Julia Suess-Reyes; Christopher L. Tucci; Philipp Tuertscher; Jane Bjørn Vedel; Theresa Velden; Roberto Verganti; Jonathan Wareham; Andrea Wiggins; Sunny Mosangzi Xu / The Open Innovation in Science Research Field : A Collaborative Conceptualisation Approach.
In: Industry and Innovation, 4.8.2020
Journal article > peer review
Knut Jørgen Egelie; Haakon Thue Lie; Christoph Grimpe; Roger Sørheim / Access and Openness in Biotechnology Research Collaborations between Universities and Industry
In: Nature Biotechnology, Vol. 37, No. 12, 12.2019, p. 1413–1419
Journal article > peer review
Christoph Grimpe; Katrin Hussinger; Wolfgang Sofka / Firm Acquisitions, Resource Complementarity and the Access to Localized Knowledge
Paper presented at DRUID19 Conference, 2019
Paper > peer review
Christoph Grimpe; Wolfgang Sofka; Philipp Schulz; Geoffrey Thilo Borchhardt / Markets for Technology in Europe : Mapping Demand and its Drivers.
Mannheim : ZEW 2019, 41 p. (ZEW Discussion Papers, No. 19-043)
Working paper
Andreas Philipp Distel; Christoph Grimpe; Sven Körner; Mathias Landhäuser; Marion Poetz / Measuring Impact of Open Innovation in Science Research : Exploring the Potentials of Artificial Intelligence-based Text Analysis.
Abstract from Open Innovation in Science (OIS) Research Workshop 2019, 2019, p. 4
Conference abstract for conference
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Academic Interests

Research Projects
Outside activities
Year Name of contractual partner Type of activity
2018 - 2021 University of Zurich, Switzerland External lecturer
2018 Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft, Vienna, Austria Executive education