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Name  Georg Krogh

Institution  ETH Zurich
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Fields  Management, Competitive Strategies, Technological Innovation, Knowledge Management
Institutions  Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich
Known for  Research on Open Source Software, the Private-collective model of innovation, organizational knowledge creation
Books  Enabling Knowledge Creation: How to Unlock the Mystery of Tacit Knowledge and Release the Power of Innovation

Prof. Dr. Georg F. von Krogh on perspectives of Leaders of Tomorrow

Georg von Krogh (born 24 May 1963) is a Norwegian organizational theorist and Professor at ETH Zurich and holds the Chair of Strategic Management and Innovation.



Born in Oslo, Norway, Von Krogh received his MSc from the Norwegian University of Technology and Natural Science, and a Ph.D. from this University's Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management.

Von Krogh started his academic career as Assistant Professor of Business Policy at SDA Bocconi, Bocconi University in Italy. Subsequently he was Associate Professor of Strategy at the Norwegian School of Management, and Professor of Management at the University of St.Gallen in Switzerland, and a Director of this University's Institute of Management. He was also the President of the Research Commission at the University of St. Gallen.

He has been Visiting Professor at MIT's Sloan School of Management, Hitotsubashi University in Japan, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He was the Head of the Department of Management, Technology, and Economics at ETH Zurich during 2008-2011. From 2008 to 2014 he was a board member of the European Academy of Management (EURAM).

He is also a member of the National Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), and holds an honorary position as Research Fellow at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.


Von Krogh specializes in competitive strategy, technological innovation, and knowledge management. He has conducted research in several industries including financial services, media, computer software and hardware, life -sciences, and consumer goods. He teaches courses on Entrepreneurial Leadership, Strategic Management, and Innovation Theory and Research.

von Krogh has consulted on strategy and trained executives for companies in Asia, Europe, and the USA. He has experience from being a board- or advisory board member of various companies and NGOs, including PricewaterhouseCoopers in Switzerland, Swiss Bank Corporation (UBS), and the SKAT Foundation. He also serves as a member of the Chapter Board at the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce. He was an academic fellow and faculty member of the World Economic Forum (2002-2007) where he was actively involved in scenario development for industries and economies.

von Krogh serves as Editorial Board member of various journals including the Academy of Management Discoveries, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, European Management Review, European Management Journal, MIT Sloan Management Review, and Long Range Planning. He served as Senior Editor for Organisation Studies. His awards and recognitions include for example the Association of American Publishers' "Best Professional Business Book Award", Harvard Business Review's "Breakthrough Idea," ETH's Teaching Award "Goldene Eule," European Management Review's "Best Paper Award 2012," and Journal of Strategic Information Systems' "Best Paper Award 2008."

Selected publications

Journal Articles:

Faraj, S., von Krogh, G., Monteiro, E., & Lakhani, K. (Forthcoming) Online Communities as Space for Knowledge Flows. Information Systems Research.

He, F., Sirén, C., Singh, S., Solomon, G. T. & von Krogh, G. (Forthcoming) Keep calm and carry on: Emotion regulation in entrepreneurs’ learning from failure. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.

Trantopoulos, K., von Krogh, G., Wallin, M., & Wörter, M. (Forthcoming) External Knowledge and Information Technology: Implications for Process Innovation Performance. MIS Quarterly.

von Hippel, E. & von Krogh, G. (2016). Identifying Viable ‘Need-Solution Pairs’: Problem Solving Without Problem Formulation. Organization Science , 27(1), 207–221

Ben-Menahem, S., von Krogh, G., Erden, Z. & Schneider, A. (2016). Coordinating Knowledge Creation in Multidisciplinary Teams: evidence from Early-stage drug Discovery, Academy of Management Journal, 59(4), 1308-1338.

Spaeth, S., von Krogh, G., & He, F. (2014). Perceived Firm Attributes and Intrinsic Motivation in Sponsored Open Source Software Projects. Information Systems Research, 26(1), 224-237.

Hacklin, F., Battistini, B., & Von Krogh, G. (2013). Strategic choices in converging industries. MIT Sloan management review, 55(1), 65-73.

Garriga, H., von Krogh, G., & Spaeth, S. (2013). How constraints and knowledge impact open innovation. Strategic Management Journal, 34(9), 1134-1144.

von Krogh, G., Nonaka, I., & Rechsteiner, L. (2012). Leadership in organizational knowledge creation: A review and framework. Journal of Management Studies, 49(1), 240-277.

von Krogh, G., Haefliger, S., Spaeth, S., & Wallin, M. W. (2012). Carrots and rainbows: Motivation and social practice in open source software development. MIS quarterly, 36(2), 649-676

von Krogh, G., Battistini, B., Pachidou, F., & Baschera, P. (2012). The changing face of corporate venturing in biotechnology. Nature biotechnology, 30(10), 911-915.

Raisch, S., & Von Krogh, G. (2009). Focus intensely on a few great innovation ideas. Harvard Business Review, 87(10), 32.

Nonaka, I., & Von Krogh, G. (2009). Tacit knowledge and knowledge conversion: Controversy and advancement in organizational knowledge creation theory. Organization science, 20(3), 635-652

Haefliger, S., Von Krogh, G., & Spaeth, S. (2008). Code reuse in open source software. Management Science, 54(1), 180-193.

Maillart, T., Sornette, D., Spaeth, S., & Von Krogh, G. (2008). Empirical tests of Zipf’s law mechanism in open source Linux distribution. Physical Review Letters, 101(21), 218701.

von Krogh, G., & Haefliger, S. (2007). Nurturing respect for IP in China. Harvard Business Review, 85(4), 23-24

Raisch, S., & Von Krogh, G. (2007). Navigating a path to smart growth. MIT Sloan Management Review, 48(3), 65.

von Krogh, G. (2006). Customers demand their slice of IP. Harvard Business Review, 84, 45-46.

von Krogh, G., & von Hippel, E. (2006). The promise of research on open source software. Management science, 52(7), 975-983.

Nonaka, I., Von Krogh, G., & Voelpel, S. (2006). Organizational knowledge creation theory: Evolutionary paths and future advances. Organization studies, 27(8), 1179-1208.

Hippel, E. V., & Krogh, G. V. (2003). Open source software and the “private-collective” innovation model: Issues for organization science. Organization science, 14(2), 209-223.

Nonaka, I., Von Krogh, G., & Voelpel, S. (2006). Organizational knowledge creation theory: Evolutionary paths and future advances. Organization studies, 27(8), 1179-1208.

von Krogh, G., & Cusumano, M. A. (2001). Three strategies for managing fast growth. MIT Sloan Management Review, 42(2), 53.

von Krogh, G. (1998). Care in Knowledge Creation. California Management Review, 40, 133.

von Krogh, G., & Roos, J. (1996). A Tale of the unfinished. Strategic Management Journal (1986-1998), 17(9), 729

von Krogh, G., Roos, J., & Slocum, K. (1994). An essay on corporate epistemology. Strategic Management Journal, 15(S2), 53-71.4


Von Krogh, Georg, and Johan Roos, eds. Managing knowledge: perspectives on cooperation and competition. Sage, 1996. Von Krogh, Georg, Kazuo Ichijo, and Ikujiro Nonaka. Enabling knowledge creation: How to unlock the mystery of tacit knowledge and release the power of innovation. Oxford university press, 2000.


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