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Dr Frank Tietze

Lecturer in Technology and Innovation Management

Manufacturing Engineering Tripos (MET), Technology Management


At the Centre for Technology Management Frank leads a research group that takes a management (firm level) perspective on Innovation and Intellectual Property. Frank runs regular meetings of an IP interest group (IPIG). Please get in touch if you like to join that group. 



He pursues research at the intersection of management sciences and business (micro) economics and has a keen interest in entrepreneurship. His research has been published in international journals mainly with a focus on two themes:

  1. Innovation and Intellectual property management (IIP): Technology transactions (acquisition, exploitation/commercialisation), IP strategies, patent informatics, market intermediaries and licensing.
  2. Innovation processes of product service systems (PSS) with a focus on ownership (club and public goods) and sharing / shared use with an emphasis on sustainability.

In his role Frank teaches technology management courses to graduate and undergraduate students. He is the responsible editor for the CTM working paper series


Frank is member of: 

PhD opportunities 

If you want to pursue a PhD particularly in the field of innovation and IP management feel free to contact me. We prefer candidates with experience either from closely related innovation studies or industrial experience closely related to the subjects. 


Please further ensure that you fit the University of Cambridge PhD requirements, about which information can be found here.



Before joining the IfM in 2014 Frank was Assistant Professor at the Institute for Innovation Research at Kiel University (CAU), Germany oldest research centre dedicated to innovation management, where he also provided lectures to the Kiel School of Sustainability. He is research fellow at the Innovation and Intellectual Property Research Group at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden.


Frank holds a doctoral degree in economics and social sciences from Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) and particularly the Institute for Technology and Innovation Management. An entrepreneurial excursion led Frank to co-found the venture backed start-up ARKTIK GmbH in 2008, an award-winning climate care company for compensating CO2 mobility emissions. He was member of the executive management board until end of 2009.


Recent publications

  • Foege, J. N., Lauritzen, G. D., Tietze, F., & Salge, T.-O. (2016). What is mine is yours, or is it? Exploring solvers’ value appropriation strategies in crowdsourcing contests. Paper presented at the R&D Management Conference, Cambridge.
  • Granstrand, O., & Tietze, F. (2016). IP strategies for evergreening of sequential innovations. Paper presented at the R&D Management Conference, Cambridge, UK.
  • Pieper, T., Tietze, F., Schultz, C., & Herstatt, C. (2016). To share or not to share – Exploring the impact of sharing behavior on user innovativeness Paper presented at the R&D Management Conference, Cambridge.
  • Tietze, F., & Hansen, E. (2016). To own or to use? How product service systems facilitate eco-innovation behavior. CTM working paper series, (2016/04). Cambridge, UK.
  • Tietze, F., & Lauritzen, G. D. (2016). IP challenges in multi-partner collaboration. PARTNER - Institute for Collaborative Working, 90-91.
  • Göldner, M., Herstatt, C., & Tietze, F. (2015). The emergence of care robotics –
    A patent and publication analysis. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 92(March), 115-131. 
  • Tietze, F., Pieper, T., & Herstatt, C. (2014). To own or not to own: How ownership impacts user innovation–An empirical study. Technovation, 38(April), 50-63. 
  • Ortiz-Gallardo, V. G., Tietze, F., Probert, D., & Phaal, R. (2014). Technology acquisition through collaboration: Practical insights for technology suppliers. International Journal of Technology Intelligence and Planning, 10(1), 67-85.
  • Tietze, F., Schiederig, T. and C. Herstatt (2013). Firms’ transition to green product service system innovators: cases from the mobility sector. International Journal of Technology Management 63(1/2): 51-69.

Full list of Dr Tietze's publications. 


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