Georges Romme

Georges Romme
Eindhoven University of Technology | TUE · Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences

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Introduction
Management innovation scholar, with a strong interest in design science, system dynamics, and related methods and perspectives. My monograph "The Quest for Professionalism" (Oxford University Press, 2016) explores the key role of management scholars in professionalizing the management discipline. I supervise graduate projects in the area of management innovation, organizational power, innovation ecosystems, organizational resilience, new business creation, and related topics.
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August 2005 - present
Eindhoven University of Technology
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  • Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation

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Publications (236)
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Should management become a profession, and if so, how? This book is a wake-up call, because the societal costs and damage caused by mismanagement and other forms of managerial amateurism are huge. Georges Romme shows The Quest for Professionalism in management involves a grand societal challenge, on par with for example climate change. The Quest fo...
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To achieve a complex value proposition, innovating firms often need to rely on other actors in their innovation ecosystem. This raises many new challenges for the managers of these firms. However, there is not yet a comprehensive approach that would support managers in the process of analysis and decision making on ecosystem strategy. In this paper...
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Climate change and urbanization have resulted in several societal challenges for urban areas. Nature-based solutions (NBS) have been positioned as solutions for enhancing urban resilience in the face of these challenges. However, the body of conceptual and practical knowledge regarding NBS remains fragmented. This study addresses this gap by means...
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Design Science (DS) approaches have been emerging in engineering, management and other disciplines operating at the interface between design research and the natural or social sciences. Research informed by DS is challenging because it involves ‘mixing oil with water’, using a famous phrase of Herbert Simon. A key challenge here is the dual role of...
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Hierarchy is a key characteristic of any complex system. This paper explores which notions of hierarchy are being used in the field of organization and management studies. Four distinct types of hierarchy are identified: a ladder of formal decision-making authority, a ladder of achieved status, a self-organized ladder of responsibility, and an ideo...
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Previous work has demonstrated that structural forms of empowerment tend to enhance individual and team resilience. However, there is hardly any knowledge about how structural empowerment affects organizational resilience. Moreover, a widespread (though largely untested) assumption is that, in adverse times, power and authority need to be centraliz...
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A large body of literature explores the role of context, structure, actors, and outcomes of open innovation (OI), yet pays little attention to the mechanisms underlying these relationships. In this review paper, we synthesize the OI literature using a context-mechanism-outcome approach to identify and classify the various mechanisms observed in emp...
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Assessing business models’ sustainability impacts has become necessary to help firms transition towards a more sustainable and circular economy. Most firms face multiple challenges in developing sustainable business models. Many of these challenges can be solved by assessing the sustainability impacts of various business model designs. Various sust...
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The power literature's focus on questioning power relations has gone at the expense of deliberate attempts to improve organizational practices. How can critical performativity and other scholars address power as an enabling force, thereby also allowing for more engagement with practitioners? We integrate the literature on power in and around organi...
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The Brainport-Eindhoven region has developed into a leading location for deeptech entrepreneurship in Europe. Against all odds, it has transformed itself from a region that heavily depended on the multinational company Philips, into a diverse and fast-growing deeptech ecosystem. While this success has not gone unnoticed, there is not yet a clear ac...
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This Professional Development Workshop (PDW) on 'Design Science in Entrepreneurship and Innovation' gives scholars and practitioners an opportunity to learn how to conduct design science in entrepreneurship and innovation. Building on the successful PDW last year, this year's PDW aims at digging deeper into methodical aspects of the design science...
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The aim of this paper is to analyze how the governance of an enterprise blockchain ecosystem changes as it matures and increases in size. A review of the literature serves to identify five behavioral drivers of governance, which appear to affect the long-term viability of a blockchain ecosystem: access rights, decision rights, incentives, accountab...
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Brainport Eindhoven is uitgegroeid tot de economische motor van Nederland, en heeft zich getransformeerd van een regio die sterk afhankelijk was van Philips tot een divers en snel groeiend ecosysteem van deeptech-ondernemerschap. Wat verklaart het succes van Brainport en wat kunnen andere regio’s daarvan leren ?
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The ongoing explosion of the world population is a fundamental driver of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the lack of progress in many Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. However, politicians and policymakers at both national and supra-national levels widely ignore this explosive population growth. This essay outlines the key chall...
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To address major threats to the sustainability and quality of life in urban settings, many municipalities have started exploring routes toward smarter cities to, for example, lower their energy consumption and carbon footprint. These explorations, in the form of living labs or other pilot projects, often suffer from major problems in scaling up the...
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Transition intermediaries are actors that support socio-technical transition processes by bridging structural deficiencies in a transitioning domain. Previous research has identified what roles transition intermediaries perform and how. However, while transitioning domains are by definition in a state of change, the dynamics of transition intermedi...
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A fundamental challenge in democracy is how to control civil service organizations. This challenge has been primarily addressed by creating horizontal accountability arrangements, in which independent agencies act as auditors and evaluators of civil service organizations. However, horizontal accountability only partially resolves this control chall...
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In knowledge-based economies, long-term wealth generation depends not only on human capital and research separately but also on the complementarity between research and human capital in the creation of innovation and the feedback effects of innovation into the economy. The interaction between education, research and innovation has gained prominence...
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Cities are increasingly adopting Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) to address multiple societal challenges effectively. Successful adoption of NBS and realization of their multifunctionality requires a holistic and collaborative planning approach that incorporates stakeholders across scales and disciplines. However, such an approach is usually not align...
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Urban Living Labs (ULLs) are widely believed to provide a safe environment for experimentation, co-creation and evaluation of innovations in real-life settings. A growing number of cities have been adopting ULLs to co-create and test Nature-Based Solutions (NBS). However, many of these cities have been facing major barriers in trying to adopt the U...
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Public systems are facing increasingly complex challenges such as poverty and terrorism. In this paper, we seek to demonstrate the theoretical as well as practical value of complexity science, by investigating how key characteristics of a Complex Adaptive System (CAS) work out in practice within the intelligence organization of the ongoing nation-b...
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The development of a suitable public charging system for electric vehicles relies on inputs from many complementary organizations that need to synchronize interdependencies across different activities, organizations, and industries. Research on temporal fit has focused on synchronizing activities within or external to the organization, rather than...
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Scholars interested in topics of entrepreneurship and innovation are increasingly embracing the design science research (DSR) approach. DSR is rooted in Herbert Simon's The Sciences of the Artificial (1996) and aims at developing instrumental knowledge, that is scientific knowledge guiding action. While entrepreneurship and innovation scholars acro...
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De centrale vraag in dit artikel is hoe een ambtelijke organisatie dient te worden geor-ganiseerd en bestuurd. Ambtelijke organisaties leveren publieke diensten en producten aan burgers, maar kunnen niet failliet gaan. Wat betre aansturing kent de ambtelijke organisatie een grote uitdaging, namelijk dat de dienstbaarheid aan het politiek bestuur ni...
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This is an early version of the article published in Systems (2021): https://www.researchgate.net/publication/350018739_Ladders_of_Authority_Status_Responsibility_and_Ideology_Toward_a_Typology_of_Hierarchy_in_Social_Systems
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In this study, we explore how empowerment initiatives can be understood by drawing on key notions from the power literature. By conceptualizing empowerment as the transformation toward ‘power to’ by actively using ‘power over’, we uncover power-related dynamics and tensions arising from empowerment initiatives in ways that go beyond prior work. Our...
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Transportation systems are transitioning to e-mobility, but scholars and policymakers are struggling to understand how to accomplish this transition effectively. In response, we draw on the technological innovation systems perspective and the unified theory of acceptance and use of technology to develop a theory-guided and entity-based simulation m...
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Cities increasingly have to find innovative ways to address challenges arising from climate change and urbanization. Nature-based solutions (NBS) have been gaining attention as multi-functional solutions that may help cities to address these challenges. However, the adoption and implementation of these solutions have been limited due to various bar...
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Systemic intermediaries play an important role in shaping socio-technical transitions. However, there is hardly any knowledge about contextual factors that enhance or inhibit systemic intermediation activities in transnational settings. This study draws on a case study of a European intermediary in the energy transition field. The intermediary has...
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The role of middle management in continuous improvement and similar organizational changes is a very challenging one. In this essay, we identify three different ways of looking at middle management: (a) middle managers are no longer needed; (b) middle managers have insufficient potential; and (c) middle managers occupy a unique position that connec...
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This intensive online PhD course, in January 2021, is specifically designed for students in a PhD or MPhil program. This doctoral course provides participants with in-depth knowledge of Design Science (DS) approaches in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship. The main objective is that doctoral students become familiar with and develop an in-...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered one of the deepest economic recessions in human history, largely as a result of the full lockdown strategy adopted by many national governments. This lockdown strategy was primarily motivated by the limited capacities of Intensive Care Units and a lack of medical staff and equipment. In this essay, I argue that t...
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The role of middle management in continuous improvement and similar organizational changes is a very challenging one. In this essay, we identify three different ways of looking at middle management: (a) middle managers are no longer needed; (b) middle managers have insufficient potential; and (c) middle managers occupy a unique position that connec...
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Time and again, many organizations and their staff members must respond to unexpected catastrophes like hurricanes (e.g., Katrina), virus pandemics (e.g., COVID-19), or other major emergencies. As a result, some organizations allow their employees to respond to external emergencies by engaging in response actions for a limited time, like in the cas...
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Floyd and Wooldridge have developed a widely used model regarding the middle managers" contribution to strategic change, in which four strategic roles for middle managers are considered: championing, synthesizing, facilitating and implementing. Although there is an extensive body of knowledge about the roles and influence of middle managers in impl...
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The methodology of design science (DS) has been emerging as a new form of engaged scholarship in which key managerial and organizational challenges are addressed and solved. These developments have major implications for management education, which has been repeatedly criticized for its lack of relevance to practitioners. However, design science me...
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There is increasing debate about the role that public policy research can play in identifying solutions to complex policy challenges. Most studies focus on describing and explaining how governance systems operate. However, some scholars argue that because current institutions are often not up to the task, researchers need to rethink this 'bystander...
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The notion of organizational hierarchy is disputed, also in view of the rise of new organizational forms claimed to have 'hierarchies without bosses'. To better understand the contested nature of hierarchy, this essay provides a systemic perspective on organizational hierarchy defined as a sequence, or ladder, of accountability levels. I then argue...
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The domain of transition studies has been drawing more and more scholarly attention and, as a result, its body of knowledge is rapidly growing. This raises new challenges as well as opportunities, not the least regarding the methodological and philosophical underpinnings of research in this domain. In this respect, transition research, as a relativ...
Technical Report
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The purpose of this white paper is to initiate a broad discussion within The Sociocracy Group (TSG) about the, now largely implicit, role of hierarchy in the sociocratic approach. We first outline the history of sociocracy and then present several options for renewing its core set of principles in terms of the pivotal role of hierarchy -- defined a...
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This paper was later revised and published in Organization Studies. Go to: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/351304551_How_structural_empowerment_boosts_organizational_resilience_A_case_study_in_the_Dutch_home_care_industry
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To better understand why continuous improvement (CI) initiatives often fail and do not result in sustained changes, this paper investigates how management's conceptualization of a continuous improvement program affects its implementation via middle managers. The study serves to identify the differences in outcomes of CI initiatives arising from imp...
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To enable the transition to renewable and sustainable energy systems, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) can successfully commercialize new technologies, yet doing so is highly challenging. Moreover, governmental policy makers tend to support measures for early-stage ventures or university spin-offs, based on the assumption that sustainable...
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One of the biggest challenges of our time is to develop the management discipline into a true profession. In this respect, business schools have been accused for failing to promote better policies and management practices as well as failing to educate students, as prospective managers, about their moral and social responsibilities. This essay outli...
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Office design has been demonstrated to influence knowledge sharing within (large) organizations located in single-tenant buildings. For business centres, where organizations share spaces, facilities and services, it is often assumed that social networking and knowledge sharing between organizations occur even more frequently. However, empirical res...
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In many urban environments, so-called Living Labs have been created. A Living Lab (LL) is an emerging innovation methodology that may serve to reduce the gap between new technology development and the adoption of this new technology by users, by bringing together all key actors in the innovation process: public administration, education institutes,...
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Path-breaking innovations are increasingly developed and commercialized by networks of co-creating actors, called innovation ecosystems. Previous work in this area demonstrates that the ‘internal’ alignment of actors is critical to value creation in the innovation ecosystem. However, the literature has largely overlooked that the success of an inno...
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Entrepreneurship scholars are increasingly interested in conducting work at the interface of design and science. However, a consistent methodological framework for this type of work is missing. In this paper, we therefore develop such a framework. First, three examples of entrepreneurship scholarship at the design-science interface are outlined. Fr...
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This paper explores employees' use of organizational values in the context of a post-merger integration (PMI) change process, which entails adopting a new set of values. Within such a dynamic corporate context, organizational values may assist employees in proactively managing their work performance and job satisfaction by putting organizational va...
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Purpose: Knowledge sharing is a process where individuals mutually exchange knowledge to create new knowledge. Understanding the knowledge-sharing process, during which organizations share spaces, facilities and services, is highly important for owners/managers who seek to optimize their business centres and to attract more innovative tenants. For...
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This paper is forthcoming in: Journal of Business Venturing Insights. Entrepreneurship scholars are increasingly interested in conducting work at the interface of design and science. However, a consistent methodological framework for this type of work is missing. In this paper, we therefore develop such a framework. First, three examples of entrep...
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Human-driven changes on this planet have been giving rise to global warming, social instability, civil wars, and acts of terrorism. The existing system of global governance is not equipped to effectively address these enormous challenges. It is slow where one must move quickly, favors bureaucracy and politics over authentic deliberations and effect...
Technical Report
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This is an appendix to the article "United People: designing a new model of global governance", available here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/324983643_United_People_Designing_a_New_Model_of_Global_Governance This appendix provides background information on the principles informing the UP model, creating councils within this model, get...
Technical Report
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Technology-driven companies, local governments, research institutes and universities are looking increasingly for opportunities to collaborate in so-called innovation ecosystems to fuel economic growth, international competitiveness, and social well-being. The Brainport-Eindhoven region in the Netherlands is a prime example of a well-functioning in...
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To achieve a complex value proposition, innovating firms often need to rely on other actors in their innovation ecosystem. This raises many new challenges for the managers of these firms. However, there is not yet a comprehensive approach that would support managers in the process of analysis and decision making on ecosystem strategy. In this paper,...
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In this study, we explore how empowerment initiatives can be understood by drawing on key notions from the power literature. By conceptualizing empowerment as the transformation toward ‘power to’ by actively using ‘power over’, we uncover power-related dynamics and tensions arising from empowerment initiatives in ways that go beyond prior work. Our...
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The search for partners in open innovation settings often consumes substantial time and managerial attention. Yet, organizations tend to get trapped in local search, which typically leads to collaboration with partners already known to them. To improve the search for partners, we develop a tool that exploits the power of state-of-the-art informatio...
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The high distrust in political institutions and a growing sense of powerlessness among many citizens suggest that prevailing democratic governance systems lack a capability for collective dialogue and learning. The key thesis here is that public governance systems can benefit from organizational arrangements informed by circular design. A case stud...
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Combining system dynamics (SD) modelling with other research methods serves to articulate complex problems and explore potential solutions and policies. A growing number of studies draw on SD in combination with at least one other method, but there is hardly any knowledge about why, when, and how to make such combinations. We address this gap by co...
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Many organizations adopt the Lean management approach to create a culture of continuous improvement (CI), but often fail to accomplish such a change. Previous studies have explained this high failure rate in terms of poor leadership and management, including the role of middle managers. However, the body of knowledge about the role and influence of...
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Our electricity is predominantly powered by alternating current (AC), ever since the War of Currents ended in the favor of Nicola Tesla at the end of the 19th century. However, lots of the appliances we use, such as electronics and lights with light-emitting diode (LED) technology, work internally on direct current (DC) and it is projected that the...
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Managerial attention to exploitation and exploration has a strong influence on organizational performance. However, there is hardly any knowledge about whether senior managers need to adjust their distribution of attention to exploitation and exploration in response to major changes in demand patterns in their industry. Drawing on the analysis of a...
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Het grote gebrek aan vertrouwen in politieke instituties en de groeiende machteloosheid bij veel burgers geven aan dat de bestaande democratische bestuurssystemen onvoldoende mogelijkheden bieden voor collectieve dialoog en collectief leren. De centrale stelling in dit artikel is dat openbaar bestuur baat kan hebben bij organisatievormen die zijn g...
Technical Report
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The High Tech Campus Eindhoven is a campus-based ecosystem for hightech R&D, located in the city of Eindhoven (Netherlands). It is currently home to more than 160 companies and institutions, involving more than 11,000 product developers, researchers, entrepreneurs, and service providers. This white paper depicts and illustrates the key characterist...