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Prof. Dr. rer.pol. Knut Blind

Lupe [1]

Technische Universität Berlin
Chair of Innovation Economics
Secr. H 47
Room: H 4136 A
Straße des 17. Juni 135
D-10623 Berlin

Consulting times: by prior agreement

Academic Career

  • Since October 2019 Head of the Business Unit Regulation and Innovation [2] at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research [3]
  • Founding Member of the Robert K. Merton Center for Science Studies [4] (March 2019)
  • Since September 2015 senior fellow at the Berlin Centre for Consumer Policies (BCCP)
  • Since March 2013 member of the faculty of the Berlin Doctoral Program in Economics and Management Science [5]
  • Between 2010 and 2019 Prof. Dr. Knut Blind changed to the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS) [6].
  • Between 2009 and 2018 Visiting Professor at College of Europe [7]
  • Between 2008 and 2016 he held the Endowed Chair in Standardisation [8] at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, where he was responsible for standardisation research.
  • Since April 2006 Professor for Innovation Economics at the Technical University Berlin in the Faculty of Economics and Management.
  • In 2003 habilitation thesis in the faculty of economics at Kassel University.
  • Between 1996 and 2010 Senior Researcher and Head of Deparment at Fraunhofer Institute forInnovation Research (ISI) [9]
  • In 1995 he obtained his doctoral degree, Dr. rer. pol. and was awarded the F. A. v. Hayek Prize of the Economic Faculty of the University of Freiburg.
  • Between 1992 an 1995 he was a research assistant at the Institute for Public Finances of the University of Freiburg and lecturer at the Berufsakademie and Verwaltungs- und Wirtschaftsakademie.
  • Diploma in economics awarded by the Faculty of Economics of the University of Freiburg in 1992.
  • Studies of economics, political science and psychology at the University of Freiburg; one year studies at Brock University (Canada) completion of a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1990.

Field of Study and Activity

  • Innovation incl. service, public and social innovation
  • Regulation
  • Standardisation
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Technical change
  • Technology foresight (Delphi method, scenario analysis)
  • Science, innovation and technology indicators

Committee Memberships (Selection)

  • Fellow member at OpenForum Europe (OFE) [10] (July 2019)
  • Member of Academic Committee of Key Laboratory of Quality Infrastructure Efficacy Research [11] (Januray 2019)
  • Since January 2017 member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) [12]
  • Since October 2015 member of the Editorial Advisory Board from Industry and Innovation
  • Since 2015 member of the Advisory Council Competence Centre for Bibliometrics appointed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) [13]
  • Since 2014 member of the IEEE-SA Europe Advisory Group [14]
  • Since 2013 advisor of Strategic Standards Management at Northwestern University
  • Since 2011 associate Editor of "The International Journal of IT Standards & Standardization Research" [15]
  • Since 2008 chairman of CEN-CENELEC STAIR  [16]
  • Since 2007 member of the Board of the Technical Committee "Basics of Standardisation Work" within DIN [17]
  • Since 2007 member of the Editorial Review Board - IEEE Transactions On Engineering Management [18]
  • Since 2006 member of the Committee on Research, Innovation and Development within DIN (German Institute for Standardization) [19]
  • Since 2003 member of the Committee for Industrial Economics of the association for social policy [20]
  • Associate Editor of International Journal of Intellectual Property Management

  • Between 2015 and 2017 Vice-Chair of the International Cooperation for Education about Standardization [22]
  • Between 2013 and 2014 member of Working Group “Instruments” supporting the High Level Group on business services [23]
  • Between 2009 and 2010 member of the Expert Panel for the Review of the Standardisation (EXPRESS) [24]
  • Between 2008 and 2010 member of the Expert Advisory Group of the OECD Innovation Strategy [25]

Publications (Selection)

  • Blind, K. (2019).
    Publizieren, Patentieren und Standardisieren als Innovationsstrategie [26]
    DIN-Mitteilungen Dezember 2019, pp. 22-29
  • Lorenz A., Raven M., Blind K. (2019).
    The role of standardization at the interface of product and process development in biotechnology. [27]
    The Journal of Technology Transfer, Vol. 44, Issue 4, pp 1097-1133, 2019.
    DOI: 10.1007/s10961-017-9644-2
  • Rammer C., Kinne J., Blind K. (2019).
    Knowledge proximity and firm innovation: A microgeographic analysis for Berlin. [28]
    Urban Studies, SAGE Journals 2019.
    DOI: 10.1177/0042098018820241
  • Blind, K.,& Mueller, J.-A. (2018).
    The role of standards in the policy debate on the EU-US trade agreement. [29]
    Journal of Policy Modeling.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jpolmod.2018.09.006
  • Blind, K., Pohlisch, J., & Zi, A. (2018).
    Publishing, patenting, and standardization: Motives and barriers of scientists. [30]
    Research Policy.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2018.03.011
  • Wurster, S., Böhmecke-Schwafert, M., Hofmann, F., Blind, K. (2018).
    Born Global Market Dominators and Implications for the Blockchain Avantgarde. [31]
    Corporate and Global Standardization Initiatives in Contemporary Society, pp. 86-115.
  • Blind, K., Mangelsdorf, A., & Pohlisch, J. (2018).
    The effects of cooperation in accreditation on international trade: Empirical evidence on ISO 9000 certifications. [32]
    International Journal of Production Economics, 198, 50-59.
    DOI: j.ijpe.2018.01.033
  • Blind, K., & Brock, M. (2018).
    Patentierung und Standardisierung: Leitfaden für modernes Innovationsmanagement. [33]
    (DIN, Ed.)
    Beuth Verlag GmbH.
    ISBN: 978-3-410-27089-8
  • Blind, K., & Kahin, B. (2017).
    Standards and the Global Economy. [34]
    In J. Contreras (Ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Technical Standardization Law: Competition, Antitrust, and Patents (pp. 7-16). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Lorenz, A., Raven, M., Blind, K. (2017).
    The role of standardization at the interface of product and process development in biotechnology. [35]
    The Journal of Technology Transfer.
    DOI: 10.1007/s10961-017-9644-2
  • Blind, K., Mangelsdorf, A., Niebel, C., & Ramel, F. (2017).
    Standards in the global value chains of the European Single Market. [36]
    Review of International Political Economy.
    DOI:  10.1080/09692290.2017.1402804
  • Wiegmann, P. M., de Vries, H. J., & Blind, K. (2017).
    Multi-mode standardisation: A critical review and a research agenda. [37]
    Research Policy.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2017.06.002
  • Kayser, V., & Blind, K. (2017).
    Extending the knowledge base of foresight: The contribution of text mining. [38]
    Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 116, 208–215.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2016.10.017
  • Blind, K., Petersen, S. S., & Riillo, C. A. (2017).
    The impact of standards and regulation on innovation in uncertain markets. [39]
    Research Policy, 46(14), 249-264.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2016.11.003
  • Raven, M., & Blind, K. (2017).
    The characteristics and impacts of scientific publications in biotechnology research referenced in standards. [40]
    Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 115, 167-179.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2016.10.001
  • Veer, T., Lorenz, A., & Blind, K. (2016).
    How open is too open? The mitigating role of appropriation mechanisms in R&D cooperation settings. [41]
    R&D Management, 46(S3), 1113-1128.
    DOI: 10.1111/radm.12232
  • Blind, K., Müller, J.-A. (2016, August).
    Normung und Standardisierung in einer digital vernetzten Wirtschaft: Deutschen Normungspanel (DNP). [42]
    , 17-21.
  • Blind, K., Müller, J.-A. (2016, July).
    FNS und TU Berlin stellen die Ergebnisse der vierten Befragungsrunde des Deutschen Normungspanels (DNP) mit Fokus auf Digitalisierung vor. [43]
    DIN-Mitteilungen, 21-25.
  • Baron, J., Pohlmann, T., & Blind, K. (2016).
    Essential patents and standard dynamics. [44]
    Research Policy, 45(9), 1762-1773.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2016.05.004
  • Blind, Knut (2016). Das Berliner Innovationspanel: Entstehungsgeschichte, erste Ergebnisse, Ausblick. In: Rammert, W., Windeler, A., Knoblauch, H., Hutter, M. (Hrsg.), Innovationsgesellschaft heute - Perspektiven, Felder und Fälle [45] (S. 219-236). Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, Springer Fachmedien.
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-10874-8
  • Wachsen, E., & Blind, K. (2016).
    More labour market flexibility for more innovation? Evidence from employer–employee linked micro data. [46]
    in: Research Policy, 45(5), 941-950.
  • Wakke, P., Blind, K., & Ramel, F. (2016).
    The impact of participation within formal standardization on firm performance. [47]
    in: Journal of Productivity Analysis, 1–14.
  • Blind, K., Mangelsdorf, A. (2016).
    Motives to standardize: Empirical evidence from Germany. [48]
    in: Technovation, 4849, 13–24.
  • Manders, B., de Vries, H.J., Blind, K. (2016). ISO 9001 and product innovation: A literature review and research framework. [49]
    in: Technovation, 4849, 41–55.
  • Neuhäusler, P.; Schubert, T.; Frietsch R. & Blind K. (2015):
    Managing portfolio risk in strategic technology management: evidence from a panel data-set of the world's largest R&D performers [50]
    in: Economics of Innovation and New Technology, DOI: 10.1080/10438599.2015.1109780
  • Veer, T.; Berger, F.; Blind, K. (2015):
    The impact of product piracy on corporate IP strategy [51]
    in: R&D Management 46(S2), 631-652.
    DOI: 10.1111/radm.12149
  • Pohlmann, T.; Neuhäusler, P.; Blind, K. (2015):
    Standard essential patents to boost financial returns [52]
    in: R&D Management, John Wiley & Sons Ltd and RADMA; DOI:10.1111/radm.12137
  • Wakke, P.; Blind, K.; De Vries, H.J. (2015):
    Driving factors for service providers to participate in standardization: Insights from the Netherlands
    in: Industry and Innovation, Volume 22, Issue 4, 2015, pages 299-320, DOI: 10.1080/13662716.2015.1049865
  • Zi, A.; Blind, K. (2015):
    Researchers’ participation in standardisation: a case study from a public research institute in Germany [53]
    The Journal of Technology Transfer, forthcoming, DOI: 10.1007/s10961-014-9370-y
  • Gauch, S.; Blind, K. (2015):
    Technological convergence and the absorptive capacity of standardisation [54]
    in: Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Volume 91, February 2015, pp 236–249
  • Blind, K. (2013): Der Einfluss von Wettbewerbsregulierung auf Innovation, in: Wirtschaftspolitische Blätter 4/2013, S. 703-715
  • Alliance Formation of SMEs: Empirical Evidence from Standardization Committees [55] by Blind, K.; Mangelsdorf, A., in: IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management 60 (1) (2013), pp. 148-156.
  • Emerging coordination mechanisms for multi-party IPR holders: linking research with standardization [56] by Iversen, E.; Bekkers, R.; Blind, K.; in: Industrial and Corporate Change 21 (4) 2012, pp. 901-931.
  • Evaluating the demand side: New challenges for evaluation [57] by Edler, J.; Georghiou, L.; Uyarra, E.; Blind, K.; in: Research Evaluation 2012, pp.1-15.
  • Risk Factors and Mechanisms of Technology and Insignia Copying - A First Empirical Approach [58] by Berger, F.; Blind, K.; Cuntz, A. in: Research Policy 41 (2012) S. 376– 390
  • The Influence of Regulations on Innovation: A Quantitative Assessment for OECD Countries [59] by Blind, K. in: Research Policy 41 (2012) S. 391– 400
  • Filing behaviour regarding essential patents in industry standards [60] by Berger, F.; Blind, K.; Thumm, N., in; Research Policy Vol. 41 2012, pp.216– 225.
  • The Impact of Regulation on Innovation - Compendium of Evidence on the Effectiveness of Innovation Policy Intervention [61] von Blind, K. (2012)
  • Identification of future fields of standardisation - An explorative application of the Delphi methodology by Goluchowicz, Kerstin; Blind Knut, in: Technological Forecasting & Social Change 78 (2011) pp. 1526–1541.
  • An Economic Analysis of Standards Competition - The Example of the ISO ODF and OOXML Standards, in: Telecommunications Policy 2011, 35, pp. 373-381.
  • Revenue creation: business models for product-related services in international markets – the case of Zwick GmbH & Co. KG with Zähringer, D.; Niederberger, J.; Schletz, A., in: The Service Industries Journal 2011, 31(4), pp. 629–641.
  • Putting Innovation at the Centre of Europe - Suggestions for a European Innovation Strategy with Georghiou, L., in: intereconomics 45 (5) 2010, S. 264-269.
  • The Use of the Regulatory Framework for Innovation Policy, in: The Theory and Practice of Innovation Policy: An International Research Handbook, edited by Smits, Ruud E.; Kuhlmann, Stefan; Shapira, Philip, Edward Elgar Publishing 2010, pp. 217-246.
  • Strategic Alliance Formation Motives in Formal Standardization - Empirical Evidence from Germany with Mangelsdorf, A., in: EURAS Proceedings 2010, 15th EURAS Annual Standardisation Conference; Jean-Christophe Graz and Kai Jakobs (Eds); Verlagshaus Mainz GmbH Aachen, pp. 259-271.
  • Knowledge regimes and intellectual property protection in services: a conceptual model and empirical testing with Evangelista, R. and Howells, J. in: The Handbook of Innovation and Services: A Multi-disciplinary Perspective, published by Gallouj, Faiz; Djellal, Faridah, Edward Elgar Publishing 2010, pp. 342-363.
  • The Role of Standards for Trade in Services: Hypotheses and First Insight, in: The Handbook of Innovation and Services: A Multi-disciplinary Perspective, published by Gallouj, Faiz; Djellal, Faridah; Edward Elgar Publishing 2010, pp. 527-544.
  • How stakeholders assess the impacts of ICT standards with Gauch S. and Hawkins, R. in: Telecommunications Policy 2010, 34 (3), pp. 162-174.
  • The influence of strategic patenting on companies' patent portfolios with Cremers, K. and Mueller, E., in: Research Policy 2009, 38 (2), pp. 428-436.
  • Research and Standardisation in Nanotechnology: Evidence from Germany with Gauch, S. in: Journal of Technology Transfer 34 (3), June 2009, pp. 320-342.
  • Trends in ICT Standards: The relationship between European standardisation bodies and standards consortia with Gauch, S.. in: Telecommunication Policy 2008, 32 (7), pp. 503-513.
  • The Dynamics of Standards edited by Egyedi, T. and Blind, K., Edward Elgar Publishing 2008.
  • Impact of patents and standards on macroeconomic growth: a panel approach covering four countries and 12 sectors with Jungmittag, A. in: Journal of Productivity Analysis 2008, (1), pp. 51-60.
  • Motives to patent: Empirical evidence from Germany [62] with Edler, J., Frietsch, R., Schmoch, U, in: Research Policy 2006, 35, pp. 655-672.
  • A Taxonomy of Standards in the Service Sector: Theoretical Discussion and Empirical Test. in: The Service Industries Journal 2006, 26(4), pp. 397-420.
  • Explanatory Factors for Participation in Formal Standardisation Processes: Empirical Evidence at Firm Level, in: Economics of Innovation and New Technology 2006, 15(2), pp. 157-170.
  • Software Patents Economic Impacts and Policy Implications with Friedewald, M. and Edler, J., Edward Elgar Publishing 2006.
  • Trade and the impact of innovations and standards: The case of Germany and the UK with Jungmittag, A., in: Applied Economics, 2005, 37, pp. 1385-1398.
  • The Economics of Standards . (Chinese version [63]) Theory, Evidence, Policy Cheltenham 2004 (Edgar Elgar), ISBN 1-84376-793-7 Pick It! , google.books.
  • Foreign Direct Investment, Imports and Innovations in the Service Industry with Jungmittag A., in: Review of Industrial Organization 2004, 25(2), pp. 205-227.
  • Interrelation between Patenting and Standardization Strategies. Empirical Evidence and Policy Implications with Thumm, N., in: Research Policy 2004, 33, Nr. 10, pp. 1583-1598.
  • Idiosyncrasies of the Software Development Process and Their Relation to Software Patents: Theoretical Considerations and Empirical Evidence, in: Netnomics 5 (1): 71-96, May 2003.
  • Software-Patente [64], eine empirische Analyse aus ökonomischer und juristischer Perspektive with Edler, J., Nack, R., Straus, J. Physica-Verlag, Heidelberg 2003.
  • Driving forces for standardization at standardization development organizations, in: Applied Economics 2002, 34, pp. 1985 - 1998.


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