Department of Management

Lars Frederiksen


Lars Frederiksen
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Lars specializes in: 1) the management of innovation and technology, and 2) entrepreneurship. He explores mechanisms, events and performance in instances where processes of innovation and entrepreneurship are distributed among individuals in projects, teams, organizations and communities. 

Lars is engaged in three parallel but converging streams of research:

First, he studies how and why individuals generate ideas, formulate and solve problems, and collaborate to modify and develop new products and services in networks and communities. He also investigates the accompanying process of how firms gain access to and productively employ this external source of knowledge.

Second, Lars investigates how individuals together create and discover opportunities, mobilize resources and venture into entrepreneurship. He is interested in processes of entry into entrepreneurship as well as the survival and growth over time of the newly founded firms. In particular, Lars focuses on team-based entrepreneurship, labor mobility and entrepreneurship, and the role of boards in start-up firms.

Third, Lars examines innovation in project-based organizations. This research seeks to improve our understanding of how capabilities and new business models emerge and evolve to create and capture value. This last research stream is oriented towards transformations in design, development and delivery of infrastructure, for example, in sectors like: energy, roads, water, and sustainable urban design. 

Lars is Head of Research and Talent at the Department of Management. A role that includes both recruiting and leading the department’s PhD program as well as developing the department’s research strategy.

Lars currently supervises two PhD students. He teaches MBA courses on technology management, strategy, and sustainability as well as PhD and Master courses on innovation, organization as well as on theory development and use.

Lars has published his work in international peer-reviewed journal such as: Academy of Management Journal, Organizational Science, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Product Innovation Management, European Management Review, Entrepreneurship, Theory and Practice, Advances in Strategic Management, Advances in Entrepreneurship, Firm Emergence and Growth, Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Industry & Innovation, and Construction Management and Economics. He has also published a number of book chapters and presents his work regularly at international conferences. 

Lars was awarded his PhD from Department of Innovation and Organizational Economics at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark based on his thesis entitled: “Open Innovation Business Models”.

Lars undertakes consultancy activities for various firms in Europe. 


Teaching (Executive, MBA and masters level)
Innovation and technology management
Strategic management
Sustainability and business development
Project management and new product development
Social networks
Theory and methods

Innovation and technology management
Innovation strategy
User innovation
Social networks
Idea management
Organizational theory
Innovation and sustainable development

Academic experience 
2015 – Head of Research and Talent, Dept. of Management, Aarhus University, Business and Social Sciences, Denmark  

2012 - : Professor (with special responsibilities) in innovation management and new product development. Head of the Innovation Management Group, Dept. of Management, Aarhus University, Business and Social Sciences, Denmark  
2010 - 2011: Visiting Research Fellow, Innovation Management Group, Dept. of Business Administration, Aarhus University, Business and Social Sciences, Denmark
2010 - : Visiting Fellow, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Group, Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London
2007 - 2010: Assistant Professor (tenure track), Innovation & Entrepreneurship Group, Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London
2006 - 2007: Research Associate, Innovation Studies Centre, Tanaka Business School, Imperial College London
2005 - 2006: External Lecturer at Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
2003 - 2006: Fellow at the multidisciplinary research centre: ‘Imagine..Creative Industries research‘, Copenhagen Business School

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