Linus Dahlander

Associate Professor of Strategy at ESMT



Linus Dahlander is an associate professor with tenure at ESMT Berlin. He joined ESMT in January 2011 as an assistant professor. Linus received his PhD in Technology Management and Economics from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden in 2006. From 2006 to 2008, Linus was an assistant professor and an Advanced Institute of Management Research Fellow with the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group at Imperial College Business School in the UK. From 2008 to 2010, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University.

Linus teaches classes for MBAs, EMBAs, executives as well as PhD students on innovation, entrepreneurship, and networks. He is also a consultant and advisor to startups, large multinationals as well as government organizations on issues around innovation and networks. He was recognized as one of the Best 40 Under 40 Professors by Poets & Quants in 2017.

His ongoing research investigates how new ideas and innovations are developed in networks and communities. The ongoing projects use large-scale analysis of networks, which he integrates with a deeper appreciation for what content flows through networks. Linus seeks to study novel questions which can advance the academic literature, while at the same time focus on issues that can affect how managers think about their business to help them make better decisions.

His research has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, Research Policy, and Strategic Management Journal among others. He has a Google Scholar profile and a Researcher ID. His published papers are uploaded to ResearchGate.

He served as an Associate Editor for the Academy of Management Journal in the 2013-2016 editorial team.


PhD (Chalmers University of Technology)


Network dynamics, communities, and open and distributed innovation



business strategy, collaboration, communities, innovation (incl. strategic innovation, technology-enabled innovation), networks


Swedish, English

In the news

Vom Potenzial der schrägen Ideen 10/17/15, Der Tagesspiegel - Supplement

To Succeed at Crowdsourcing, Forget the Crowd 08/26/15, Insead Knowledge

When Crowdsourcing, Can a Crowd Be Too Big? 07/29/15,

Crowdsourcing Is Not a Numbers Game 07/22/15, Insead Knowledge

Collaborations: Recipe for a team 07/09/15, Nature - International weekly journal of science [Vol. 523] A scientific collaboration is vulnerable to derailment unless members learn to trust each other at the outset.

ESMT startet gemeinsame Gründungs-Plattform GTEC 01/15/15, Windkraft Journal

Do Organizations Implement the Best Crowdsourced Ideas? 01/09/15, Yale Insights

Mehr Platz für Querdenker: Unternehmen sind in immer kürzeren Abständen auf Innovationen angewiesen ... 12/08/14,

Mehr Platz für Querdenker * 12/08/14, Handelsblatt * 12/08/14, WirtschaftsWoche

Managementstil von Oliver Samwer: "Rocket sucht Soldaten, keine Kapitäne" 10/03/14, Spiegel Online

The Secret to Happy Partnerships * 04/14/14, * 04/14/14, Palm Beach Post

Team-building exercises to encourage trust, communication, and interdependence among group members 03/26/14, Before It's News

Daniel McFarland: What Is the Secret to a Happy Collaboration? 03/25/14, Stanford Business

Drei Schritte zu erfolgreicher Open Innovation – wie Schwarmintelligenz funktioniert * 03/04/14, IHK Braunschweig * 02/06/14, Informationsdienst Wissenschaft * 02/06/14, Initiative Mittelstand * 02/06/14, JuraForum * 02/06/14, * 02/06/14, Uni-protokolle

Open to your ideas and suggestions 03/01/14, HR Network Scotland

ESMT R&D Annual Report 2013 zeigt Forschungserfolge * 02/14/14, Informationsdienst Wissenschaft * 02/14/14, Initiative Mittelstand * 02/14/14, JuraForum * 02/14/14, MBA24 02/14/14, Uni-Online

ESMT R&D Annual Report 2013 highlights research success * 02/14/14, Informationsdienst Wissenschaft * 02/14/14, JuraForum * 02/14/14, * 02/14/14, Uni-Online * 02/14/14, Uni-protokolle

3 Steps to successful open innovation 02/11/14, New Media Knowledge

The secret to successful open innovation initiatives 02/10/14, Outsource Magazine

Open Innovation: Wie Schwarmintelligenz funktioniert 02/07/14, Markenartikel

Drei Schritte zu erfolgreicher Open Innovation 02/05/14, Mittelstandnachrichten

Drei Schritte zu erfolgreicher Open Innovation - wie Schwarmintelligenz funktioniert * 02/05/14, Pressrelations * 02/05/14, Pressrelations

Three steps to better innovation 02/03/14, Management Issues

3 Steps to Successful Open Innovation 02/03/14, Angel News

Embargoed - 3 Steps to Successful Open Innovation 01/31/14, Source Wire

Innovationsforschung an der ESMT 12/20/13, Manager Seminare

PERSONEN: Linus Dahlander neu auf KMPG-Lehrstuhl * 11/06/13, Börsen-Zeitung * 11/06/13, OnVista

Linus Dahlander neu auf KMPG-Lehrstuhl 11/06/13, Börsen-Zeitung

Open Innovation wenig erfolgreich für Unternehmen 09/17/13, markenartikel

Crowdsourcing - Geben und Nehmen 09/16/13, Presse Box

Why Success Can Ruin Your Team: The Case Of Guns N' Roses 05/23/13, Forbes

Guns N' Roses: como o sucesso destruiu a banda em pouco tempo 05/23/13, Whiplash

The love-in 10/11/07, The Economist The move toward open innovation is beginning to transform entire industries


Journal Article Evaluating novelty: The role of panels in the selection of R&D projects Academy of Management Journal 60(2): 433–460 2016 TIE / VHB 2016 Jürgen Hauschildt Award best research publication in innovation management, 2016 EBS Best-Paper-Award “Innovation Management” 2016 Paola Criscuolo, Linus Dahlander, Thorsten Grohsjean, Ammon J. Salter (2017)

Journal Article The open innovation research landscape: Established perspectives and emerging themes across different levels of analysis Industry and Innovation 24(1): 8–40 Marcel Bogers, Ann-Kristin Zobel, Allan Afuah, Esteve Almirall, Sabine Brunswicker, Linus Dahlander, Lars Frederiksen et al. (2017)

Journal Article One foot in, one foot out: How does individuals' external search breadth affect innovation outcomes? Strategic Management Journal 37(2): 280–302 An abridged version of this article was earlier published in the AOM Best Paper Proceedings Linus Dahlander, Siobhan O'Mahony, David Gann (2016)

Journal Article Distant search, narrow attention: How crowding alters organizations' filtering of suggestions in crowdsourcing Academy of Management Journal 58(3): 856–880 2016 Highly cited paper (Web of Knowledge) , 2015 Darmstadt Innovation Research Best Paper Award Henning Piezunka, Linus Dahlander (2015)

Journal Article Streams of thought: Knowledge flows and intellectual cohesion in a multidisciplinary era Social Forces 93(4): 1687–1722 Craig Rawlings, Daniel A. McFarland, Linus Dahlander, Dan Wang (2015)

Journal Article The semiformal organization Organization Science 25(5): 1306–1324 Susan Biancani, Daniel A. McFarland, Linus Dahlander (2014)

Journal Article Open to suggestions: How organizations elicit suggestions through proactive and reactive attention Research Policy 43(5): 812–827 Linus Dahlander, Henning Piezunka (2014)

Journal Article Information exposure, opportunity evaluation and entrepreneurial action: An investigation of an online user community Academy of Management Journal 56(5): 1348–1371 Erkko Autio, Linus Dahlander, Lars Frederiksen (2013)

Journal Article Geben und nehmen [Give and take] Harvard Business Manager 10: 12–13 Linus Dahlander, Henning Piezunka (2013)

Journal Article Collaborative benefits and coordination costs: Learning and capability development in science Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal 7(2): 122–137 Onal Vural, Linus Dahlander, Gerard George (2013)

Journal Article Ties that last: Tie formation and persistence in research collaborations over time Administrative Science Quarterly 58(1): 69–110 Linus Dahlander, Daniel A. McFarland (2013)

Journal Article The core and cosmopolitans: A relational view of innovation in user communities Organization Science 23(4): 988–1007 Linus Dahlander, Lars Frederiksen (2012)

Journal Article Progressing to the center: Coordinating project work Organization Science 22(4): 961–979 Linus Dahlander, Siobhan O'Mahony (2011)

Journal Article How open is innovation? Research Policy 39(6): 699–709 2016 Highly cited paper (Web of Knowledge) Linus Dahlander, David M. Gann (2010)

Journal Article How do firms make use of open source communities? Long Range Planning 41(6): 629–649 Linus Dahlander, Mats G. Magnusson (2008)

Journal Article Penguin in a new suit: A tale of how de novo entrants emerged to harness free and open source software communities Industrial and Corporate Change 16(5): 913–943 Linus Dahlander (2007)

Journal Article Developing capabilities: An analysis of biotechnology in two regions in Australia and Sweden European Planning Studies 15(6): 727–751 Johan Brink, Linus Dahlander, Maureen McKelvey (2007)

Journal Article A man on the inside: Unlocking communities as complementary assets Research Policy 35(8): 1243–1259 Linus Dahlander, Martin W. Wallin (2006)

Journal Article The occurrence and spatial distribution of collaboration: Biotech firms in Gothenburg, Sweden Technology Analysis and Strategic Management 17(4): 409–431 Linus Dahlander, Maureen Mckelvey (2005)

Journal Article Who's not developing open source software? Non-users, users, and developers Economics of Innovation and New Technology 14(7): 617–635 Linus Dahlander, Maureen Mckelvey (2005)

Journal Article Appropriation and appropriability in open source software International Journal of Innovation Management 9(3): 259–285 Linus Dahlander (2005)

Journal Article Relationships between open source software companies and communities: Observations from Nordic firms Research Policy 34(4): 481–493 Linus Dahlander, Mats G. Magnusson (2005)


Online communities and open innovation: Governance and symbolic value creation London: Routledge Reprint of Industry and Innovation 15(2): 115–123. Linus Dahlander, Lars Frederiksen, Francesco Rullani (2011)

Book Chapter

Managing open innovation In The Oxford handbook of innovation management, ed. Mark Dodgson, David M. Gann, Nelson Phillips, 442–461. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Linus Dahlander, Oliver Alexy (2013)


Team Wikispeed: Developing hardware the software way Martin Kupp, Linus Dahlander, Eric Morrow (2013)


Online article A study shows how to find new ideas inside and outside the company July Linus Dahlander, Siobhan O’Mahony (2017)

Other The biases that keep good R&D projects from getting funded Paola Criscuolo, Linus Dahlander, Thorsten Grohsjean, Ammon Salter (2017)

Online article Why some crowdsourcing efforts work and others don't Linus Dahlander, Henning Piezunka (2017)

Editorial From the Editors: Reputation and status: Expanding the role of social evaluations in management research 59(1): 1–13 Gerard George, Linus Dahlander, Scott D. Graffin, Samantha Sim (2016)

Conference Proceeding Benevolent rejections: How organizations foster engagement and effectiveness in the external search for innovation Henning Piezunka, Linus Dahlander (2015)

Editorial From the Editors: Information, attention, and decision making 58(3): 649–657 Daan van Knippenberg, Linus Dahlander, Martine R. Haas, Gerard George (2015)

Conference Proceeding One foot in, one foot out: How individual search behavior affects innovation outcomes Linus Dahlander, Siobhan O'Mahony, David Gann (2014)

Conference Proceeding Open to suggestion: A longitudinal study of attempts to build user ideation communities Linus Dahlander, Henning Piezunka (2013)

Report Taxonomy-analytical study for the project on open collaborative projects and IP-based models (recommendation 36) Linus Dahlander, David Gann, Gerard George (2012)

Conference Proceeding Outside in, inside out: The impact of knowledge heterogeneity, intra- and extra- organizational ties on innovative status Linus Dahlander, Paola Criscuolo, Ammon Salter (2009)

Editorial Online communities and open innovation: Governance and symbolic value creation 15(2): 115–123 Linus Dahlander, Lars Frederiksen, Francesco Rullani (2008)

Conference Proceeding In the club: Human and social capital of leaders in free and open source software communities Linus Dahlander (2007)


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