Prof. Dr.

Wim Naudé

Affiliated Professors - Visiting Professor

Prof. Dr. Wim Naudé
Technology and Innovation Management (TIM)


Building: 3011

Kackertstraße 7, 1st Floor

52072 Aachen



Wim Naudé is Professorial Fellow at UNU-MERIT in Maastricht, the Netherlands. He is affiliated with TIME at RWTH Aachen as Visiting Professor of Technology, Entrepreneurship and Development. He is also a Research Fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics in Bonn and at the Africa Study Centre at the University of Leiden, and a Research Affiliate of the International Security and Development Centre in Berlin. His research is broadly concerned with the role of entrepreneurship, innovation and technology in economic change.

Currently he is working on three interrelated topics: the impacts of artificial intelligence on business, innovation, economic growth and security; the decline in business dynamism in the West; and the consequences of the 4th Industrial Revolution for inclusive development.

He is the author of more than 50 scientific articles and have edited four volumes for Oxford University Press on entrepreneurship, industrialization, and structural change. His most cited work is a chapter on entrepreneurship and development in the Oxford Handbook of International Development (which contains a foreword by Amartya Sen) and an article on entrepreneurship and human development in a special issue of the Journal of Public Economics edited by Thomas Piketty. He has contributed to the work of virtually all global development organizations, most recently to the World Trade Organization’s World Trade Report on Digitization and Trade.

A graduate of the University of Warwick, his previous appointment includes being Senior Research Fellow at the United Nations University (UNU-WIDER) in Helsinki, Finland; Lecturer and Research Officer at the University of Oxford, UK; and Professor in Economics at North-West University, South Africa, where he also served as a council member of Statistics South Africa nominated by the country’s Minister of Finance. He has also been visiting professor at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and visiting faculty at Brown University’s International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI).

Research interests

  • Technology, data, and the grand global challenges: climate, inclusivity, security, transitions.
  • Artificial intelligence, digital business models and data-driven entrepreneurship.
  • The decline in business dynamism in the West.
  • Innovation in innovation.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Naudé, W. (2019) and Dimitri, N. (2019). The Race for an Artificial General Intelligence: Implications for Public Policy, AI & Society, .
  • Naudé, W. (2019). The Race Against the Robots and the Fallacy of the Giant Cheesecake: Immediate and Imagined Impacts of Artificial Intelligence, Economics of Innovation and New Technology, forthcoming.
  • Naudé, W. (2019). Brilliant Technologies and Brave Entrepreneurs: A New Narrative for African Manufacturing, Journal of International Affairs, 72(1): 143-158.
  • Hessels, J. and Naudé, W. (2019). The Intersection of the Fields of Entrepreneurship and Development Economics: A Review Towards a New View, Journal of Economic Surveys, 33(2): 389-403.
  • Naudé, W., Surdej, A. and Cameron, M. (2019). Ready for Industry 4.0? The Case of Central and Eastern Europe, In: Dastbaz, M. and Cochrane, P. (eds), Industry 4.0 and Engineering for the Future, Springer, Heidelberg, Chapter 9.
  • Gries, T. and Naudé, W. (2018). Artificial Intelligence, Jobs, Inequality and Productivity: Does Aggregate Demand Matter? MERIT Working Paper 047, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
  • Naudé, W. and Nagler, P. (2018). Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Productivity in Germany, 1871-2015, SPRU Working Paper Series 2018-02, SPRU-Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex Business School.
  • Szirmai, A., Naudé, W. and Alcorta, L. (2017). Pathways to Industrialization in the Twenty-First Century: New Challenges and Emerging Paradigms. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Stel, N. and Naudé, W. (2016). Business in Genocide, In: Anderton, C.H. and Brauer, J. (eds), Economic Aspects of Genocides, Mass Atrocities, and their Prevention, Oxford University Press, Oxford.