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- school of business & economics ( i,l&i )
- Associate Professor
Rosalinde Klein Woolthuis (1970) studied business economics and got her PhD from the University of Twente. She has published in various academic journals such as Organisation Studies, Technovation and Technological Forecasting and Social Change, and has published books and book-chapters on trust, clusters and collaboration.
Next to working at the VU University, she works as a senior scientist at TNO. She has broad experience in consulting work for regional, national and international governmental organizations, such as Ministries and the European Commission.
The core of her research interest since 1992 is how economic prosperity and growth come about through processes of innovation in the broadest sense. Since several years she explicitly includes the requirement that these innovations should als be sustainable. To examine this research question she has studied processes of collaboration, networks, clusters and other factors such as learning, public-private and industry-university partnerships, institutions, policies and system- and market characteristics that hinder or stimulate (sustainable) innovation.
Research Program: Waves of Change
Diffusion of innovation and institutional change
Systems of innovation and clusters
Inter-firm collaboration for innovation – trust, contract, and dependence
Dr. Klein Woolthuis teaches the course Management of Sustainable Innovation. This course provides a management concept for sustainable innovation management in commercial and governmental organizations. It provides answers to the question how people, teams, projects, companies and governments can create value and competitive advantage by adopting sustainability as a key driver for their innovation processes.
A paradigm shift is happening at this moment. Where over the past decades firms were focused on creating shareholder value, the creation of ‘shared value’ is now gaining terrain: leading management scholars like Peter Senge and Michael Porter are describing how companies from Nike to Tesco create value by including all stakeholders in their firm’s strategies. New strategies are centered around respect for the environment, employees, and other stakeholders as to create positive self-reinforcing cycles of value creation. This requires fundamentally different management models in which collaboration with a wide array of stakeholders in key.
Sustainability is hence no longer a story of wishful thinking or environmental activists, it is at the core of corporate strategy and decision making. Moreover, growth in sustainable markets as renewable energy, organic food, and e.g. fair trade products is double digit year after year. Sustainability is not a fashion or an attempt of firms to ‘look good’, empirical evidence suggest that proper sustainability management improves firm performance and creates new entrepreneurial opportunities in rapidly growing markets. One only has to think of the successes of the Body Shop, Ben and Jerry’s and Fair Trade coffee and chocolate.
- Klein Woolthuis, Rosalinde, Fransje Hooimeijer, Bart Bossink, Guus Mulder, Jeroen Brouwer (2013), Institutional Entrepreneurship In Sustainable Urban Development Dutch Successes As Inspiration For Transformation, Journal of Cleaner Production.
- Klein Woolthuis, R.J.A., B. Nooteboom, and G. de Jong (2013). Roles of Third Parties in Trust Repair. An Empirical Test in High Tech Industries, in: A. Wick, J. Harris & B. Moriarty (eds.) Public Trust in Business, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Klein Woolthuis, R.J.A, B. Nooteboom, G. de Jong, and D. Faems (2013). The Role of Third Parties in Strategic Alliance Governance, in: T.K. Das (ed.) Interpartner Dynamics in Strategic Alliances, pp. 55-¬‐71, Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
- De Jong, G., N. Balogh, and R.J.A. Klein Woolthuis (2013). The Governance of High ‐Tech Alliances. Trust, Contracts, Cultural Differences, and Interdependence, in: T.K. Das 3-4-2013 5 (ed.) Strategic Alliances for Innovation and R&D, Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
- Dries Faems, Rutger Alberink, Gjalt de Jong, Aard Groen, and Rosalinde Klein Woolthuis (2011). Contractual Alliance Governance: Impact of Different Contract Functions on Alliance Performance, in: Strategic Alliances in a Globalizing World, Das, T.K., Information Age Publishing.
- De Jong,G. and R.J.A. Klein Woolthuis (2010). The ex-post use of formal contracts in high-tech alliances. A contingency perspective. Problems and Perspectives in Management, 8 (1), 4860.
- Klein Woolthuis, R.J.A. (2010), Sustainable Entrepreneurship in the Dutch Construction Industry, Sustainability, 2(2), 505-523.
- Mierlo, B. van, Leeuwis, C., Smits, R. and Klein Woolthuis, R. (2010), Learning towards system innovation: Evaluating a systemic instrument, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Volume 77, Issue 2, February 2010, Pages 318-334.
- Jong, G. de & Klein Woolthuis, R.J.A. (2009). The role and content of formal contracts in high-tech alliances, Innovation: Management, Policy & Practice, 11(1), 44-59.
- de Jong, G. & R.J.A. Klein Woolthuis (2008a). The institutional arrangements of innovation: Antecedents and performance effects of trust in high-tech alliances. Industry and Innovation, 15(1), 45-67.
- de Jong, G. & R.J.A. Klein Woolthuis (2008b). Contract research and high tech alliances: Vistas for future studies. Scandinavian Journal of Management, 24(3), 284-289.
- Klein Woolthuis, R., B. Hillebrand & B. Nooteboom (2005). Trust, contract and relationship development, Organization Studies, 26/6: 813-840.
- Klein Woolthuis, R., Lankhuizen, M. Gilsing, V.A., (2005). A system failure framework for innovation policy design. Technovation, 25(6), 609-619.
- Bijlsma-Frankema, K., Klein Woolthuis, R.J.A., (2005). Trust under Pressure, Edward Elgar.
- Klein Woolthuis, R.J.A., (1999). Sleeping with the Enemy: Trust, dependence and contracts in interorganizational relationships, PhD Thesis, Twente University.
Vakpublicaties in het Nederlands
- Klein Woolthuis, R.J.A. (2012), Waves of Change, Een visie op de transitie naar een duurzame economie, document voorbereid voor Duurzaamheids Platform Politieke Partijen.
- Klein Woolthuis, R.J.A. (2000), Winnen kan ook samen, handleiding voor samenwerking, Publicatie van het Ministerie van Economische Zaken, Den Haag.