Institut for Virksomhedsledelse

René Rohrbeck

Part-time Professor

René Rohrbeck

Profil

René Rohrbeck is Professor of Strategy at the EDHEC Business School, where we is also director of the EDHEC Chair for Foresight, Innovation and Transformation. At Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, he is visiting Professor of Strategy and also member of the Strategic Foresight Research Network

René is best known for his pioneering work on future preparedness of organizations. Having worked in two disrupted industries, automobile and telecommunication, René wanted to understand how leading organizations use foresight to anticipate future markets and develop agile strategies. He has developed the Future FITness model, which measures the ability of organizations to use foresight to drive innovation and transformation.

Before joining academia he spent 6 years in industry where he worked on innovation management at Volkswagen and on corporate foresight at Deutsche Telekom.

As a consultant he has served clients on a number of topics including, designing innovation management systems, developing and implementing corporate foresight practices, as well as strategic and financial planning of new business fields. He is also partner in a Berlin-based consultancy.

Research. He has authored the book “Corporate foresight – Towards a Maturity Model for the Future Orientation of a firm”, in which he develops a benchmarking framework for assessing future orientation and describes best practices in corporate foresight. For the corporate foresight maturity model he also received the ODC best paper awards at the Academy of Management annual meeting in 2010. His research has also been published in leading international journals such as Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Technovation, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, and R&D Management.

His editorial contributions include being the managing editor of the special issue on Corporate Foresight for the journal Technological Forecasting and Social Change and he is currently editing a special issue of IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, which focuses on the impact of strategic foresight on innovation and strategic management.

Education

Sep 2009

 

Dr. rer. oec., thesis on: “Corporate Foresight – Towards a Maturity Model for the Future Orientation of a Firm” (summa cum laude)

Dec 2005

 

Diploma (BSc. and MSc.) in business administration at Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

Employment

Since 2019

 

Professor (tenured) at EDHEC Business School

Since 2016

 

Professor (tenured) at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University

2014 – 2016

 

Professor (fixed-term) at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University

2011 – 2014

 

Associate Professor at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University

2009 – 2010

 

Innovation Director, Member of the Executive Management Board, EIT Digital, Brussels

2009 – 2010

 

Head of Innovation Management, EICT GmbH, Berlin

2006 - 2008

 

Technology Foresight and Innovation Management, Deutsche Telekom AG, Laboratories (T-Labs), Berlin

2003 – 2003

 

Consultant Electronic Strategy, Volkswagen, Wolfsburg

Teaching

Level and courses taught (ECTS)

Taught at*

No. of semesters

PhD: Advanced Qualitative methods (5 ECTS)

Aarhus BSS

4

PhD: Strategic Foresight (1 ECTS)

DTU

2

MSc Technology Management (5 ECTS)

TUB

3

MSc Technology Management (5 ECTS)

Kiel

1

MSc Strategic Tech. Management (5 ECTS)

Kiel

1

MSc Innovation Management (5 ECTS)

Aarhus BSS

2

MSc Management of Technology (3 ECTS)

Aarhus BSS

3

MSc Strategic Thinking

Hanken

1

MSc Strategy and Business Dev. (10 ECTS)

Aarhus BSS

4

MSc Business Models and Strategy (5 ECTS)

SDC

2

BSc Strategy (5 ECTS)

Aarhus BSS

5

MBA Strategy & Business (5 ECTS)

Aarhus BSS

3

MBA Business Model Innovation (5 ECTS)

Aarhus BSS

4

MBA Strategic Foresight (5 ECTS)

Aarhus BSS

5

Exec Ed Corporate Foresight (2 ECTS)

EBS

4

Technische Universität Berlin (TUB); Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University (Aarhus BSS); Universität zu Kiel (Kiel); Sino-Danish Center (SDC), Beijing; EBS University (EBS), Germany; Hanken (Hanken, Danish Technical University (DTU), Finland.

Editorial Positions

Since 2020

 

Editorial Board Member, Futures (Elsevier)

Since 2018

 

Editorial Board Member, Futures & Foresight Science (Wiley)

Since 2018

 

Guest Editor, IEEE Transactions in Engineering Management, Special Issue on “Strategic foresight in organisational theory and innovation management”

2013 – 2014

 

Guest Editor, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Special Issue on “Corporate Foresight”

Since 2012

 

Track and Special Interest Group Chair, ISPIM Conferences: “Futures & Foresight”

Review assignments (last 5 years): Technological Forecasting and Social Change (8), Futures (5), Creativity and Innovation Management (3), Engineering Management Journal (3), R&D Managment (2), International Journal of Technology Management (1), Journal of Business Research (1), Long Range Planning (1), Strategic Organization (1)


Languages
: Danish, English, French, German, Spanish

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