Prof. Vareska van de Vrande is Professor of Collaborative Innovation and Business Venturing at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Vareska joined RSM in 2007 after completing a PhD in Industrial Engineering and Management Science at the Eindhoven University of Technology.
Vareska’s expertise focuses on the areas of corporate venturing and collaborative innovation, including open innovation, corporate-startup samenwerking en corporate venture capital investments. Other research interests include (corporate) entrepreneurship, patents, and venture capital. She has published articles in leading academic journals, including the Strategic Management Journal, Research Policy, the Journal of Product Innovation Management, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, and the Journal of Business Venturing. At RSM, Vareska teaches courses and modules in Strategic Management and Corporate Venturing at different levels.
In addition, Vareska is the director of the Part-time PhD Programme in Management at RSM, a visiting professor at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland, and a certified LEGO SERIOUS PLAY facilitator.
Specialties: External technology sourcing, Open innovation, Corporate venturing, Strategic alliances, Corporate venture capital, Entrepreneurship