Department of Management

René Rohrbeck

Dr. rer. oec., Professor

Profile photoRené Rohrbeck
Professor, Associate Dean for Corporate Relations

Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University

Profile

René Rohrbeck is Professor and Associate Dean for Corporate Relations at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, where he also heads the Strategic Foresight Research Network.

His areas of expertise include:

Before joining Aarhus University 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 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 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

Key publications

Corporate Foresight and its Impact on Firm Performance: A Longitudinal Analysis

Rohrbeck, R. & Kum, M. E. 2018 In : Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 129, 4, p. 105-116

The role of corporate foresight in exploring new markets – evidence from 3 case studies in the BOP markets

Højland, J. & Rohrbeck, R. 20 Apr 2018 In : Technology Analysis & Strategic Management. 30, 06, p. 734-746

Forward-looking search during innovation projects: Under which conditions it impacts innovativeness

Jissink, T., Schweitzer, F. & Rohrbeck, R. 2018 In : Technovation. in press, 15 p.

Scenario-based strategizing: Advancing the applicability in strategists' teams

Lehr, T., Lorenz, U., Willert, M. & Rohrbeck, R. 4 Oct 2017 In : Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 124, 11, p. 214-224 11 p.

Corporate Foresight Benchmarking Report 2018: How leading firms build a superior position in markets of the future

Rohrbeck, R., Kum, M. E., Jissink, T. & Gordon, A. 14 May 2018 Aarhus BSS, School of Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University. 18 p.

Double ambidexterity: How a Telco incumbent used business‐model and technology innovations to successfully respond to three major disruptions

Kaulio, M., Thorén, K. & Rohrbeck, R. 2017 In : Creativity and Innovation Management. 26, 4, p. 339-352 14 p.

Corporate Foresight: An Emerging Field with a Rich Tradition

Rohrbeck, R., Battistella, C. & Huizingh, E. 2015 In : Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 101, p. 1-9

Projects

PERISCOPE: PERISCOPE: Platform for Expanding Regional Innovation SCOPE

Rohrbeck, R. & Spaniol, M.

01/10/201730/09/2020

EEEHy: Efficient and Economic Electrolytic Hydrogen production (EEEHy)

Rohrbeck, R. & Larsen, E. R.

01/11/201731/10/2021

ENFORCES: ENFORCES - EmpoweriNg FOod Circular Economy in Startups

Thomsen, M., Rohrbeck, R. & Romeo, D.

01/09/201730/09/2019

ESSENSE: Enhance Skills in StartUps for wastE iN Circular Economy

Thomsen, M., Rohrbeck, R. & Vea, E. B.

01/09/201701/01/2019

OI-NET: OI-Net.eu project, The European academic network for Open Innovation

Rohrbeck, R. & Jissink, T.

Erasmus Lifelong Learning Programme

01/10/201330/09/2016

FORESIGHT: Strategic Foresight Research Network

Larsen, E. R., Rohrbeck, R., Bidmon, C. M., Jissink, T., Schwarz, J. O., Boe-Lillegraven, S., Knab, S., Thorén, K., Moqaddamerad, S., Heger, T., Kum, M. E., Spaniol, M., Holm, A. B. & Gordon, A.

01/07/2015 → …

Press/Media

Business Day, South Africa: Wide strategic view narrow chances of corporate mischief

René Rohrbeck

24/01/2018

1 media contribution

Børsen: Servitization as an opportunity for manufacturing companies

René Rohrbeck

27/02/2018

1 media contribution

Development of a new electrolyse technology started

René Rohrbeck

11/12/2017

1 media contribution

Die Zukunft im Blick

René Rohrbeck

25/08/2013

1 item of media coverage

Emerging Corporate Venturing Strategies: Spin-In, Spin-Out and Spin-Along

René Rohrbeck

14/03/2013

1 item of media coverage

Google lists job with a Star Trek-like mission

René Rohrbeck

12/01/2010

1 item of media coverage

Interview from "les in Rocks", French Magazine

René Rohrbeck

28/02/2016

1 media contribution

Interview on Disruptions and Industry 4.0

René Rohrbeck

02/09/2016

1 item of media coverage

Interview on disruptions: "Strategische Frühaufklärung als gute Basis"

René Rohrbeck

01/01/2013

1 media contribution

Interview on disruptions: "Strategische Frühaufklärung als gute Basis"

René Rohrbeck

01/09/2013

1 item of media coverage

Living in the Futures

René Rohrbeck

01/05/2013

1 item of media coverage

Managing Technologies in a Global Drug Substance Biotech Manufacturing Network – A Case Study

René Rohrbeck

30/09/2013

1 item of media coverage

The Herman Trend Alert: Foresight Pays

René Rohrbeck

26/01/2018

1 item of media coverage

Why Strategic Plans Need Multiple Futures

René Rohrbeck

15/11/2017

1 item of media coverage