Prof. Dr. David Antons


Prof. Dr.

David Antons

Institute for Technology and Innovation Management (TIM/ISO)

Professor and Director of the Institute for Technology and Innovation Management


Building: 3011

Room: B344

Kackertstraße 7

52072 Aachen


Phone: +49 241 80 99186
Fax Fax: +49 241 80 699197

Office Hours

by appointment only


David Antons is a researcher, keynote speaker, and corporate advisor on innovation management, corporate strategy, and decision-making. He is Co-Director of the Institute of Technology and Innovation Management and Professor at RWTH Aachen University, Germany, one of Europe’s leading institutes of technology. He has held visiting positions at the Department for Organisational Behavior and Information Systems at Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge in England. Moreover, he visited the Department for Computing and Information Systems at the School of Engineering at the University of Melbourne in Australia.

David Antons graduated with a Ph.D. in Technology and Innovation Management from RWTH Aachen University in 2013. His habilitation (tenure in the German university system) is also from RWTH Aachen University and focused on text mining in management research. He had offerings for professorships from universities of Bochum and Mainz before joining the faculty in Aachen.

David Antons is regarded as an expert for a broad array of strategic and innovation management topics ranging from individual level decision-making biases over digitalized technology acquisition and business model innovation to the interplay of digital transformation and organizational reputation. His research has been acknowledged, for example, by a finalist nomination for the “Innovating Innovation” Award by Harvard Business Review and McKinsey for research on implementing open innovation. Moreover, he was awarded the RWTH Lecturer, a prize for distinguished researchers with extraordinary teaching activities. As part of his research program, he has collaborated with a broad number of organizations from sectors such as mechanical engineering, mobility, healthcare, finance and banking, insurance, and civil engineering.

Research Interests

  • Hybrid Intelligence in organizations
  • Interaction of human and machine
  • Human-AI decision making
  • Knowledge sharing and technology transfer
  • Organizational climate
  • Psychological factors influencing decision making
  • Attitude research and implicit attitude measurement
  • Learning from feedback
  • Text Mining, Natural Language Processing, Topic Modeling

Awards and Scholarships

  • Place2Be Post-Doc Grant from RWTH Aachen University
  • Publication Prize 2015, awarded by RWTH Aachen University
  • Karman-Fellowship at RWTH Aachen University
  • Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service, short DAAD, 2014
  • Prize for Interdisciplinary Research 2014, awarded by RWTH Aachen University
  • Finalist of the M-Price for Management Innovation, awarded by Harvard Business Review and McKinsey, 2013
  • Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service, short DAAD, 2013
  • Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service, short DAAD, 2011
  • Study Price for best Diploma thesis, awarded by SEW Eurodrive Foundation, 2010
  • Nomination ‚David Kopf Preis‘, 2010
  • Nomination ‚Young Researcher Award‘ WI2009
  • Nomination ‚Best Paper Award‘ WI2009

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