Founder of Chair

Prof. Dr. Alexander Brem

Former Head of Chair

Alexander Brem (born 1979) studied business administration with a major in entrepreneurship at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU). After graduating in 2004, he co-founded the consultancy firm VEND consulting with three fellow students which was nominated for the Bavarian Entrepreneurship Award and won the Franconian Entrepreneurship Award. At the same time, he was employed as a research associate at FAU, where he completed his doctoral degree in 2007.

From 2007 to 2011, he worked full-time at VEND consulting, both as managing director and as consultant focusing on high-tech companies. In this period, he joined the founding team of the biotech-startup Agrolytix as CEO and won the nationwide Science4Life Entrepreneurship competition and the Business Plan Competition of northern Bavaria.

From 2011 to 2014 Alexander Brem held an assistant professorship at FAU. Afterwards, he was appointed professor of Technology and Innovation Management at the Mads Clausen Institute of the University of Southern Denmark (SDU). Here, he was also head of the interdisciplinary section SDU Innovation and Design Engineering.

From December 2016 to December 2019, Alexander Brem held the Chair of Technology Management at FAU which is located at the Nuremberg Campus of Technology. He is a CCSR International Research Associate at DeMontfort University (UK) and a visiting professor at the EADA Business School in Barcelona (Spain) and HHL Graduate School of Management (Germany). Recently in May 2017, Alexander Brem has been appointed Honorary Professor (Danish: „Adjungeret Professor“) at SDU.

Since January 2020, he is Institute Director and an Endowed Chaired Professor at the University of Stuttgart.

Research Interest

The research activities at the Chair of Technology Management were focused on the Management of R&D in technology-oriented companies. This includes research fields like Idea Management, Constraint-based Innovation, User Innovation as well as Technology Entrepreneurship. Professor Brem serves as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management (IJITM), as well as Associate Editor for Technological Forecasting and Social Change (TFSC) as well as IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management (IEEE TEM). Moreover, he is Editorial Board Member at several journals like Academy of Management Perspectives or International Journal of Innovation Management.

Selected published work




  • 2019: Best Paper Award „Innovation Management“ 2019 (EBS Universität, Strascheg Institut für Innovation, Transformation und Entrepreneurship)
  • 2019: Publons Peer Review Award 2019 (Publons)
  • 2018: IEEE Senior Member (IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
  • 2018: Renate-Wittern-Sterzel-Preis der FAU (Gleichstellungspreis) (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)
  • 2018: Publons Peer Review Award 2018 (Publons)
  • 2018: Best Paper Award 2018 (Society of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity and Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II)
  • 2017: Publons Peer Review Award 2017 (Publons)
  • 2017: Publons Peer Review Award 2017 (Publons)
  • 2017: 2017 Highly Commended Paper Award for European Journal of Innovation Management: Literati Network Awards for Excellence (Emerald)
  • 2014: 2014 Highly Commended Paper Award for Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development: Literati Network Awards for Excellence (Emerald)
  • 2013: ISPIM Scientific Panel Award Winner 2013
  • 2010: Winner Business Plan Competition Northern Bavaria (with Agrolytix)
  • 2010: Winner Science4life Business Plan Competition (with Agrolytix)
  • 2009: Nomination Bavarian Entrepreneurs Award (Bayerischer Gründerpreis, with VEND consulting)
  • 2009: Winner Franconian Entrepreneurs Award (Mittelfränkischer Gründerpreis, with VEND consulting)