Prof. Dr. Oliver Alexy

Oliver Alexy joined the TUM School of Management in July 2012 as Professor of Strategic Entrepreneurship. Previously, he held several roles in the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Group at Imperial College Business School in London, England. Oliver’s teaching encompasses lectures and seminars on topics such as organizational design and renewal, strategy, business models, open innovation, and entrepreneurial growth. He currently teaches on the undergraduate, graduate, and executive programs at TUM School of Management and furthermore offers courses to students of other departments, such as Informatics. He is also a liaison officer ("Vertrauensdozent") for the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.

In his research, Oliver studies how to design organization that effectively deal with extremely high uncertainty, such as high-tech start-ups, R&D units, online communities, and social enterprises. In particular, he looks at how collaboration, knowledge disclosure, or framing may contribute to the strategic renewal of established companies and the establishment and growth of start-ups as well as entire industry ecosystems. As such, Oliver's work is of high interest and relevance to academics and practitioners alike. His research has been published or is forthcoming in leading international academic journals, such as the Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal and Strategic Management Journal , as well as practitioner-oriented outlets such as Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, Sloan Management Review, and McKinsey Quarterly.

A list of Oliver's work is available here as well as on Google Scholar. Many of his working papers can be found at:

Download a copy of Oliver's vita here.

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Key Publications

  • Fuchs, Christoph; Sting, Fabian J.; Schlickel, Maik; Alexy, Oliver: The Ideator’s Bias: How Identity-induced Self-efficacy Drives Overestimation in Employee-driven Process Innovation. Academy of Management Journal 62 (5), 2019, 1498-1522 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Puranam, Phanish; Alexy, Oliver; Reitzig, Markus: What's "New" about New Forms of Organizing? Academy of Management Review 39 (2), 2014, 162-180 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Alexy, Oliver; George, Gerard; Salter, Ammon: Cui Bono? The Selective Revealing of Knowledge and Its Implications for Innovative Activity. Academy of Management Review 38 (2), 2013, 270-291 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Alexy, Oliver; Criscuolo, Paola; Salter, Ammon: Does IP Strategy Have to Cripple Open Innovation? Sloan Management Review 51 (1), 2009, 71-77 mehr… BibTeX

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