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Frank leads the Innovation and Intellectual Property Management (IIPM) Lab, which is part of the Centre for Technology Management. The IIPM Lab takes an engineering management (firm level) perspective and a problem focused research approach on IP for distributed, collaborative and cumulative innovation processes and systems. Frank is governing body fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge, a steering group member of Cambridge Global Challenges and member of the Open Covid Pledge steering committee.

 

He is the president-elect and board member of the EPIP (European Policy for Intellectual Property) association, departmental editor at IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management for Technology Assessment, Forecasting, Planning and Transfer, IP Management and Licensing. He is editoral board member of World Patent Information, the leading journal in the field of Industrial Property information and documentation (IP informatics) and editorial review board member of LES Nouvelles, the journal of the Licensing Executive Society. He is editor in chief for the CTM working paper series

 

 

Research

 

Frank pursues research at the intersection of engineering/technology, management sciences and business (micro) economics. He has keen interests in particularly in sustainability, but also in entrepreneurship. His work is published widely in leading international journals, such as, Research Policy, Nature Biotechnology, International Journal of Production Economics, Journal of Business Research, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Technovation, Technology Forecasting and Social Change, Creativity and Innovation Management, World Patent Information, R&D Management, Plos One and others mainly with focus on two themes:

  1. Innovation and Intellectual property management (IIP): Technology transactions (acquisition, exploitation/commercialisation), open IP strategies, patent pledges, patent informatics, market intermediaries and licensing as well as novel technologies for the future of IP management, such as machine and deep learning, distributed ledgers / smart contracts.

  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.

 

Amongst others, his research has been funded by the EU, UK research councils, such as the EPSRC and ESRC, the UK's Global Challenge Research Funds, Research England, the R&D Management Association (RADMA), the Cambridge DAAD Hub, the Cambridge Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, the EU Horizon programme, Vinnova - Sweden’s governmental innovation agency, the Newton Trust, the Leverhulme Trust, the Hans Sauer Stiftung, and Awapatent Stiftelsen. 

 

Frank has worked with governmental agencies, the European Commission, patent offices as well as companies across different industries and countries. He is Affiliate to the Cambridge Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law (CIPIL) and member of the Innovation and IP research group at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. He serves on the IP Commercialisation Committee of CIPA, the UK's Chartered Institute for Patent Attorneys. 

 

 

Teaching

 

He teaches technology, innovation and IP management courses to graduate and undergraduate students, but also executives via IfM ECS. He runs the "Innovation and Strategic management of Intellectual Property" (4E1) for Cambridge undergraduate engineering and MPhil students, is course director for MET 2B, module leader for the MET "Technology and Innovation Management" course and responsible for MET 2B industrial projects. He is Director of Studies for Manufacturing Engineering students at Wolfson College and external MET DoS at Gonville and Caius College

 

 

Memberships 

 

Bio

 

Before joining Cambridge in 2014, Frank was Assistant Professor (Habilitand) 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 holds a Master of Arts (MA) degree from the Univeristy of Cambridge, a Doctoral degree (Dr rer pol) in economics and social sciences from Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), where he worked at the Institute for Technology and Innovation Management. He obtained a Master of Science (MSc) degree with distinction from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden from the international Management of Production programme. Frank also holds a German Diplom degree (Dipl-Ing oec.) from the industrial engineering and management programme run jointly by TUHH, University of Hamburg and Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. In 2008, Frank co-founded the venture backed start-up ARKTIK GmbH, an award-winning climate care company for compensating CO2 mobility emissions, where he was member of the executive management board until end of 2009.

 

 

PhD opportunities

 

(November 2019) Please see our recent job advertisement for research on automated licensing payment systems based on smart contract and distributed ledger technology as well as digital technology management:

 

http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/24011/

 

If you are interested in pursuing PhD studies in the field of strategic IP or innovation/ technology management please feel free to contact me. We prefer candidates with experience either from closely related innovation studies and with industrial experience closely related to the subjects. Please further ensure that you fit the University's PhD requirements, about which information can be found here.

 

 

Recent publications (full list is available here. Working papers are available here. Practicioner contributions are available here              

  • Eppinger, E., A. Jain, P. Vimalnath, A. Gurtoo, F. Tietze and R. Hernandez Chea (2021). "Sustainability transitions in manufacturing: the role of intellectual property." Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 49: 118-126.
  • Weyrauch, T., C. Herstatt and F. Tietze (2021). "The Objective-Conflict-Resolution (OCR) Approach: A Novel Approach for Developing Radical and Frugal Innovation." IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management 68(3): 699-712.
  • Contreras, J. L., M. Eisen, A. Ganz, M. Lemley, J. Molloy, D. M. Peters and F. Tietze (2020). "Pledging Intellectual Property for COVID-19." Nature Biotechnology 38(10): 1146-1149.
  • Gretsch, O., F. Tietze and A. Kock (2020). "Firms' intellectual property ownership aggressiveness in university–industry collaboration projects: Choosing the right governance mode." Creativity and innovation management.
  • Ehrnsperger, J. F. and F. Tietze (2019). "Patent pledges, open IP, or patent pools? Developing taxonomies in the thicket of terminologies." Plos One 14(8): e0221411.
  • Fletcher, S. and F. Tietze (forthcoming). Automating licensing payments for connected devices – A techno-economic analysis of Distributed Ledger Technology based systems. Blockchain: a managerial perspective for industry. F. Urmetzer, Springer.
  • Tietze, F. and O. Granstrand (2019). Enabling the digital economy - distributed ledger technologies for automating IP licensing payments. Managing Innovation in a Global and Digital World - Meeting Societal Challenges and Enhancing Competitiveness. R. Tiwari and S. Buse, Springer Gabler.
  • Tietze, F., T. Pieper and C. Schultz (2019). To share or not to share – Exploring how sharing behaviour impacts user innovation. Managing Innovation in a Global and Digital World - Meeting Societal Challenges and Enhancing Competitiveness. R. Tiwari and S. Buse, Springer Gabler.
  • Foege, J. N., G. D. Lauritzen, F. Tietze and T. O. Salge (2019). "Reconceptualizing the paradox of openness: How solvers navigate sharing-protecting tensions in crowdsourcing." Research Policy 48(6): 1323-1339.
  • Eppinger, E. B., Nancy; Dreher, Carsten; Gurtoo, Anjula; Hernandez Chea, Roberto; Karpakal, Souravi; Prifti, Viola; Tietze, Frank; Vimalnath, Pratheeba (2019). The Role of Intellectual Property Rights in Sustainable Business Models. 4th International Conference on New Business Models. Berlin, Germany.
  • Vimalnath, P., F. Tietze, E. Eppinger and J. Sternkopf (2019). Open, semi open or closed? Towards an intellectual property strategy framework. EURAM. Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Hardorp, L., C. Cengiz and F. Tietze (2019). Integrating Patent Management and R&D - An explorative analysis of the new product development process. R&D management. Paris.
  • Lütjen, H., C. Schultz, F. Tietze and F. Urmetzer (2019). "Managing ecosystems for service innovation: A dynamic capability view." Journal of Business Research 104: 506-519.
  • Tietze, F. and O. Granstrand (2019). Enabling the digital economy - distributed ledger technologies for automating IP licensing payments. Managing Innovation in a Global and Digital World - Meeting Societal Challenges and Enhancing Competitiveness. R. Tiwari and S. Buse, Springer Gabler.
  • Wolf, P., F. Tietze, T. Schweisfurth and J. Moultrie (2019). Registered Design Rights as Innovation Indicators. EPIP (WIPO sponsored special session on design rights). Zurich, Switzerland.
  • Tang, A., F. Tietze and J. Molloy (2019). Openness in Intellectual Property Strategies of Synthetic Biology Start-ups. IEEE Temscon. Atlanta, US.
  • Ehrnsperger, J. and F. Tietze (2019). The patent pledge taxonomy. IEEE Temscon. Atlanta, US.
  • Ehrnsperger, J. F. and F. Tietze (2019). "Patent pledges, open IP, or patent pools? Developing taxonomies in the thicket of terminologies." Plos One 14(8): e0221411.
  • Aristodemou, L. and F. Tietze (2018). "Citations as a measure of technological impact: A review of forward citation-based measures." World Patent Information 53: 39-44.
  • Aristodemou, L. and F. Tietze (2018). "The state-of-the-art on Intellectual Property Analytics (IPA): A literature review on artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning methods for analysing intellectual property (IP) data." World Patent Information (Special issue on "Advanced Analytics of Intellectual Property Information for TechMining").

 

 

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