André Amft


André Amft

Institute for Technology and Innovation Management (TIM/ISO)

Research Associate


Building: 3011

Room: B 339

Kackertstr. 7, 3. Etage

52072 Aachen


Phone: +49 241 80 93558
Fax Fax: +49 241 80 92367


  • Development of a data-driven innovation toolkit within the Exzellencluster "Internet of Production"
  • Financial planning, budget control and chair administration
  • System administrator
  • Coaching and supervision of students
  • Lecturer in project management for geo-engineers


Academic Career:

  • RWTH Aachen University, Institute for Technology and Innovation Management, Research Associate, since October 2016
  • Hochschule Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences, Studies of Business Information Systems, 2011 - 2016

Work Experiences:

  • REWE Systems GmbH, Architecture and Frameworks, especially Enterprise Architecture Management, 2014 - 2016
  • ANASOFT TECHNOLOGY AG, Software Development and Software Testing, 2013 - 2014
  • mediadeal GmbH, Apprenticeship as Office Management Assistant, 2008 - 2010

Topics and Interests:

  • Creativity & teams
  • Data-driven innovation
  • Innovation methods
  • Digitalisation
  • Data science & analytics
  • Game studies

Research Methods:

  • Analytical methods: Data & web mining, quantitative data analysis
  • Programming languages and tools: JAVA, R, STATA, SQL, VBA, Python, Gephi


  • Best Runner Up PhD Project Award. Research and Development Management Conference 2018. Milan, Italy.


  • 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, 104174.
  • Witzel, A., Lüttgens, D., Piller, F. (2018). Why Consumer beats Company Innovation: Assessment of Creativity in Hedonic Products. In Research and Development Management Conference 2018. Milan, Italy.
  • Witzel, A. (2017). Measuring Innovation Performance with Creativity between Free, Closed and Open Innovators. Working Paper in 15th Annual Open and User Innovation Conference. Innsbruck, Austria.