Department of Strategy and Innovation

Head of Department
Professor, PhD

Room: KIL/14.A-2.59
E-mail: kl.si@cbs.dk

Keld Laursen is professor of the Economics and Management of Innovation at Copenhagen Business School and DNV-GL Professor II at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He earned his doctorate in international economics from Aalborg University. His current research focuses on open and distributed innovation processes and on organizational practices and innovation outcomes. His research has been published in outlets such as Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Economic Geography and Research Policy.

He is a co-editor of Research Policy and serves on the editorial boards of Strategic Management Journal and Industrial and Corporate Change. Keld Laursen is the 2017/2018 Past Chair of the Technology and Innovation Management Division of the Academy of Management. He is a former member of the Danish Research Council for Independent Research | Social Sciences and serves presently as a panel member at the European Research Council (ERC) for Social sciences and Humanities (SH1). Laursen is a member of the Executive Board of the Danish Research Unit for Industrial Dynamics (DRUID). He serves currently on the CBS Academic Council.


Primary research areas
  • Firm strategy and innovation
  • Open and distributed innovation processes
  • Organization of innovative activities
  • University-Industry interaction
  • Appropriability strategies
Administrative tasks

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Keld Laursen is the program coordinator of the MSc (cand. merc.) in Innovation and Business Development at CBS. He teaches also the innovation strategy course in the CBS MSc in Bio Business and Innovation.


Other teaching activities

Selected publications
  • Kaiser, U., H.C. Kongsted, K. Laursen and A-K. Ejsing (2018). Experience Matters: The Role of Academic Scientist Mobility for Industrial Innovation. Strategic Management Journal, forthcoming.
  • Moreira, S., A. Markus and K. Laursen (2018), Knowledge Diversity and Coordination: The Effect of Intrafirm Inventor Task Networks on Absorption Speed, Strategic Management Journal, forthcoming.
  • Laursen, K., S. Moreira, T. Reichstein and M.I. Leone (2017), ‘Evading the Boomerang Effect: Using the Grant-Back Clause to Further Generative Appropriability from Technology Licensing Deals’, Organization Science 28(3), pp. 514-530. doi: 10.1287/orsc.2017.1130.
  • Lakemond, N., L. Bengtsson, K. Laursen and F. Tell (2016), 'Match & Manage: The use of knowledge matching and project management to integrate knowledge in collaborative inbound open innovation', Industrial and Corporate Change. Vol. 26(2), pp. 333-352. doi: 10.1093/icc/dtw004.
  • Laursen, K. and A. Salter (2014), 'The Paradox of Openness: Appropriability, External Search and Collaboration', Research Policy. Vol. 43(5), pp. 867-878. doi: 10.1016/j.respol.2013.10.004.
  • D'Agostino, L.M., K. Laursen and G. Santangelo (2013), 'The impact of R&D offshoring on the home knowledge production of OECD investing regions', Journal of Economic Geography. Vol. 13(1), pp. 145-175. doi: 10.1093/jeg/LBS012.
  • Laursen, K., F. Masciarelli and A. Prencipe (2012), 'Trapped or spurred by the home region? The effects of potential social capital on involvement in foreign markets for goods and technology', Journal of International Business Studies. Vol. 43(9), 2012, pp. 783–807. doi:10.1057/jibs.2012.27.
  • Laursen, K. (2012), 'Keep searching and you'll find: What do we know about variety creation through firms' search activities for innovation?', Industrial and Corporate Change. Vol. 21(5), pp. 1181-1220. doi:10.1093/icc/dts025.
  • Laursen, K., F. Masciarelli and A. Prencipe (2012), 'Regions matter: how localized social capital affects external knowledge acquisition and innovation', Organization Science. Vol 23(1), pp. 177-193. doi: 10.1287/orsc.1110.0650.
  • Foss, NJ., K. Laursen and T. Pedersen (2011), 'Linking customer interaction and innovation: The mediating role of new organizational practices', Organization Science. Vol. 22(4), pp. 980-999. doi: 10.1287/orsc.1100.0584.
  • Laursen, K., T. Reichstein and A. Salter (2011), 'Exploring the Effect of Geographical Distance and University Quality on Industry-University Collaboration in the UK', Regional Studies, Vol. 45(4), pp. 507-523. doi: 10.1080/00343400903401618.
  • Jeppesen L.B. and K. Laursen (2009), 'The role of lead users in knowledge sharing', Research Policy. Vol. 38(10), pp 1582-1589. doi: 10.1016/j.respol.2009.09.002
  • Laursen, K. and A. Salter (2006), 'Open for Innovation: The role of openness in explaining innovative performance among UK manufacturing firms', Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 27(2), pp 131-150. doi: 10.1002/smj.507.
  • Foss, NJ and K. Laursen (2005), 'Performance Pay, Delegation, and Multitasking under Uncertainty and Innovativeness: An Empirical Investigation', Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Vol 58(2) 246-276. doi: 10.1016/j.jebo.2004.03.018.
  • Laursen, K. and A. Salter (2004), 'Searching Low and High: What Types of Firms Use Universities as a Source of Innovation?', Research Policy, Vol 33(8), pp. 1201-1215. doi: 10.1016/j.respol.2004.07.004.
  • Laursen, K. and N.J. Foss (2003), 'New HRM Practices, Complementarities, and the Impact on Innovation Performance', Cambridge Journal of Economics, Vol 27(2), pp. 243-263. doi: 10.1093/cje/27.2.243.
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Keld Laursen; Solon Moreira; Vivek Tandon / The Effect of Product Market Competition Network Structure on Firm-level Disposition to offer Technology for Licensing
Paper presented at DRUID22 Conference, 2022
Paper > peer review
Bernd Ebersberger; Fabrice Galia; Keld Laursen; Ammon Salter / Inbound Open Innovation and Innovation Performance : A Robustness Study.
In: Research Policy, Vol. 50, No. 7, 9.2021
Journal article > peer review
Aliasghar Bahoo Torodi; Keld Laursen; Salvatore Torrisi / Technological and Market Capabilities of Incumbent Firms as Sources of Opportunities for Spinouts
Paper presented at DRUID21 Conference, 2021
Paper > peer review
Aliasghar Bahoo Torodi; Keld Laursen; Salvatore Torrisi / Technological and Marketing Capabilities of Incumbent Firms as Sources of Opportunities for Spinouts
In: Proceedings of the Eighty-first Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. ed. /Sonia Taneja. Briarcliff Manor, NY : Academy of Management 2021, 1 p. (Academy of Management Proceedings)
Conference abstract in proceedings > peer review
Keld Laursen; Ram Mudambi; Larissa Rabbiosi / Time to Give Up? The Speed of Abandoning Large-scale Investments in an Emerging Market: The Role of Increased Presence by Competitors
Paper presented at DRUID21 Conference, 2021
Paper > peer review
Rita Bonvicini; Keld Laursen; Vera Rocha / Which Employees Benefit from Employers' Open Innovation Activities?
Paper presented at DRUID21 Conference, 2021
Paper > peer review
Keld Laursen; Bart Leten; Ngoc Han Nguyen; Marc Vancauteren / Mounting Corporate Innovation Performance : The Effects of High-skilled Migrant Hires and Integration Capacity.
In: Research Policy, Vol. 49, No. 9, 11.2020
Journal article > peer review
Keld Laursen; Ammon Salter / Who Captures Value from Open Innovation : The Firm or its Employees?.
In: Strategic Management Review, Vol. 1, No. 2, 2020, p. 255-276
Journal article > peer review
Keld Laursen; Bart Leten; Ngoc Han Nguyen; Marc Vancauteren / The Effect of High-skilled Migrant Hires and Integration Capacity on Firm-level Innovation Performance : Is There a Premium?.
Paper presented at DRUID19 Conference, 2019
Paper > peer review
Keld Laursen; Bart Leten; Ngoc Han Nguyen; Mark Vancauteren / The Impact of High-skilled Migrant inward Mobility on Firm-level Innovation Performance : Unfolding Individual- and Firm-level Heterogeneity.
Abstract from DRUID Academy Conference 2019, 2019
Conference abstract for conference > peer review
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Academic Interests

Research Projects
Outside activities
Year Name of contractual partner Type of activity
2021 - 2022 Center for Ledelse, CfL (https://www.cfl.dk/) Non-executive board member (bestyrelsesmedlem)
2018 - 2020 Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway DNV-GL Professor II — teaching and research