Daniel did his B.A. in Media Management at Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA) in cooperation with a subsidiary of the German Press Agency, news aktuell GmbH (2007-2010). After an internship in the German development aid in Namibia (2010-2011), he did his M.Sc.'s degrees "Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship" at University of Technology in Berlin and "Business Administration" at University of Twente in the Netherlands (2012-2014). From 2014, Daniel worked for the innovation think tank inpro in Berlin in the field of technology watch and innovation management as well as for the consultancies Engineering for the Future (2014), Green Business Development GmbH (2015), and endeva (2016). In August 2016, Daniel started working at TIM in the area of social innovation.Projects + Projects -
Topics for a Thesis Supervision
Social Innovation, Open and User Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Innovation Processes (e.g. Serendipity), Themes from the Module Technology Management.
Social innovation: Systematic and serendipitous search
This thesis incorporates two studies which are linked through the notion of social innovation and answers a call for a more holistic view in order to enhance our understanding of the process by which social innovations emerge and develop and to allow for empirical analysis of this complex phenomenon (Cajaiba-Santana 2014). In this regard, the overarching question is to what extent the creation of (social) innovation is a planned and structured endeavor or builds on unplanned contingency events related to serendipity. The first study takes the problem solving perspective (PSP) (Nickerson & Zenger, 2004) advocating for a systematic and planned innovation process. In particular, the study reveals a strucutred process loosely based on the lead user method to identify bottom-up social innovations for building flood resilience in Indonesia in a systematic way. The second study investigates narrative interviews to compare social entrepreneurial innovation processes in different institutional environments (Ethiopia vs. Germany). To this end, the concept of serendipity is applied as a theoretical lens. Serendipity is defined as “the ability to recognize and leverage or create value from unexpected information” (Napier & Hoang Vuong, 2013, p. 175).
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Peer reviewed journal publications:
- Kruse, D.J., Goeldner, M., Eling, K. and Herstatt, C. (2019), Looking for a Needle in a Haystack: How to Search for Bottom‐up Social Innovations that Solve Complex Humanitarian Problems. Journal of Product Innovation Management 36(6), 671–694.
- Goeldner, M. and Kruse, D. J., (2018), One Size Does Not Fit All – An Empirical Study on Identifying Social User Innovation Using the Lead User Method, JPIM Research Forum, Chicago, USA
- Goeldner, M., Kruse, D. J., Buse, S. and Herstatt, C. (2017), Identifying social innovation using the Lead User method – An explorative case study in Indonesia, IPDMC Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland
- Kruse, D. J., Goeldner, M. and Herstatt, C. (2017), Linking user innovation and social innovation - An explorative case study on Lead User identification in the humanitarian sector, 15th International Open and User Innovation Conference, Innsbruck, Austria
- Kruse, D. J., Goeldner, M., Cooper, N., Hazeldine, S., Ferrario, G. and Herstatt, C. (2017), Linking user innovation and social innovation - An explorative case study on Lead User identification in the humanitarian sector, The 9th International Social Innovation Research Conference, Melbourne, Australia
- Goeldner M., Kruse D. J., and Herstatt C., 2017: Lead User Method vs. Innovation Contest – An Empirical Comparison of Two Open Innovation Methodologies for Identifying Social Innovation for Flood Resilience in Indonesia. Technology and Innovations Management Working Paper No. 101, Hamburg University of Technology, Hamburg