Research Team and Staff

RCODI is led by founder Sabine Brunswicker. Our entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary team will drive and study the revolution of innovation.

Sabine (sq)Sabine Brunswicker, Purdue University, Director of RCODI

An internationally recognized innovation researcher and thought leader with a particular interest in open innovation and ecosystems. She is an Associate Professor for Innovation and Director of the Research Center for Open Digital Innovation at Purdue University. Full bio available here.


Esteve Almirall

Esteve Almirall, ESADE

 Esteve is a lecturer in the Department of Information Systems Management and URL Contracted Doctoral Professor. He studies the intersection between technology and innovation and how IT is changing the way we innovate: from the individual inventor to ecosystems, from owing and buying innovations to benefiting from innovations created by others by aligning incentives and motivations.

Elisa BertinoElisa Bertino, Computer Science, Purdue University

Elisa is a professor at the Department of Computer Science, Director of the Cyber Center (Discovery Park), and Research Director of CERIAS. Her main research interests cover many areas in the fields of information security and database systems. Her research combines both theoretical and practical aspects, addressing as well applications on a number of domains, such as medicine and humanities.

Henry ChesbroughHenry Chesbrough, University of California, Berkeley

Henry is the Executive Director of the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation, Executive Director of the Program in Open Innovation, and Adjunct Professor at the Haas School of Business. He is the first person to clearly define the new innovation strategy that is restructuring R&D worldwide: open innovation, which seeks and develops new ideas found outside your own organization and licenses to others your own intellectual property.

johann-füllerJohann Füller, University of Innsbruck and Hyve AG

Johann is a professor and chair for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Strategic Management, Marketing, and Tourism at the University of Innsbruck, Austria and the founder and CEO of Hyve AG. Before joining HYVE AG, he worked for PriceWaterhouseCoopers in the field of strategic change.


Gerhard KlimeckGerhard Klimeck, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University

Gerhard is the Reilly Director of the Center for Predictive Materials and Devices (c-PRIMED) and the NCN (Network for Computational Nanotechnology) and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research interest is the modeling of nanoelectronic devices, genetic algorithm based optimization, and image processing.

Ann MajchrzakAnn Majchrzak, University of Southern California

Ann is Professor of Data Sciences and Operations at the Marshall School of Business. She studies how information systems can support worker agility and ingenuity in collaborative settings. She has investigated information systems support for distributed teams, knowledge-sharing and creation, and corporate wiki use.

Sorin MateiSorin Matei, Communications, Purdue University

Sorin is Associate Professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication and Discovery Park Fellow. He studies the relationship between information technology, social structures in knowledge markets. His latest project, Kredible.Net is dedicated to creating a community of scholars interested in reputation and authority on social media.

Wim VanhaverbekeWim Vanhaverbeke, Hasselt University and ESADE

Wim is professor Innovation Management & Strategy at the Hasselt University, and visiting professor at the ESADE Business School and National University of Singapore. He is a speaker, author and consultant specialized in the organization and management of open and collaborative innovation.

Allison Lamb, Assistant Manager, RCODIAllison photo for website

Allison joined RCODI in September of 2015 and is interested in building the presence of RCODI both within Purdue and with external collaborators in industry and academia. Her background is in neuroscience and clinical research, and she hopes to learn more about new innovation models and how they can be applied to achieve new solutions to global challenges.

Markus Schimmer, St. Gallen

Markus Schimmer is a Senior Research Scholar at the Institute of Management of the University of St.Gallen Switzerland and a research affiliate of Purdue University`s Research Center for Open Digital Innovation (RCODI). He studies how the digital revolution transforms the foundations of competitive advantages and heralds large-scale strategic change in various industries. He has been a student of competitive dynamics of Prof. Ming-Jer Chen at the Darden School of Business and enjoys testing his hypotheses on the changing fabrics of competition with his own digital research methods startup ( Markus` research has appeared in various journals, such as Strategic Organization, the Journal of Strategy and Management, the Harvard Kennedy School Review, and the German version of the Harvard Business Review (forthcoming).