Patrick Pollok

Technology and Innovation Management (TIM)

Assistant Professor


Building: 3011

Room: 344

Kackertstr. 7

52072 Aachen


Phone: +49 241 80-99180
Fax Fax: +49 241 80-92367

Patrick Pollok is an Assistant Professor in the Technology and Innovation Management Chair at RWTH Aachen University. He is also director of the Business Transformation Lab at RWTH TIM.

In his research he examines how organizations can leverage open and distributed innovation with a focus on understanding the drivers of creativity and problem solving in crowds and communities and the determinants of how externally developed ideas and technologies are adopted and used by firms. A second line of work explores how individuals and firms navigate and respond to transformative dynamics in the business landscape and the implications of transformation pressures such as digitalization, the rise of platforms, and an increasing demand for sustainable business practice for innovation governance and managerial decision-making.

Patrick conducts his research using a combination of large-scale secondary data, surveys, and qualitative data. In his academic work, Patrick has partnered with multiple firms and organizations who are interested in advancing their innovation strategies, developing new business models, or implementing organizational change.

Areas of Interest

  • Open and User Innovation
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Platforms
  • Digital Transformation
  • Business Models

Selected Publications

  • Van Dyck, M., Lüttgens, D., Diener, K., Piller, F., & Pollok, P. (2024). From product to platform: How incumbents' assumptions and choices shape their platform strategy. Research Policy , 53(1), 104904. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2023.104904
  • Schulz, C., Kortmann, S., Piller, F. T., & Pollok, P. (2023). Growing with smart products: Why customization capabilities matter for manufacturing firms. Journal of Product Innovation Management , 40(6), 794-816. https://doi.org/10.1111/jpim.12680
  • Pollok, P., Amft, A., Diener, K., Lüttgens, D., & Piller, F. T. (2021) Knowledge diversity and team creativity: How hobbyists beat professional designers in creating novel board games. Research Policy , 50(8), 104174. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2020.104174.
  • Pollok, P., Lüttgens, D., & Piller, F. T. (2019). Attracting solutions in crowdsourcing contests: The role of knowledge distance, identity disclosure, and seeker status. Research Policy , 48(1), 98-114. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2018.07.022.
  • Pollok, P., Lüttgens, D., & Piller, F. T. (2019). How firms develop capabilities for crowdsourcing to increase open innovation performance: The interplay between organizational roles and knowledge processes. Journal of Product Innovation Management , 36(4), 412-441. https://doi.org/10.1111/jpim.12485.

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