Our student researchers tackle interdisciplinary questions at the interface of management and economics, information systems, design engineering, and data science in an action-oriented and empirical research setting.


albert_photoAlbert Armisen is an innovation researcher with interest in Open Innovation, Ecosystems and Communities. His research and publications on how participant’s context influence novelty in collaborative-based crowdsourcing has been featured in academic journals, and he has developed a method to effectively measure agreement in fuzzy environments. His current research focuses on the dynamics of innovation in novel communities. Prior to pursuing his PhD, Albert worked as a telecommunication engineering researcher and a Product and Project Manager.


Mehdi Bagherzadeh NiriMehdi Bagherzadeh is a third-year Ph.D. candidate in Management Science, with general interests in collaborative and open innovation, at the ESADE Business School, Barcelona. Currently, he is a research scholar at the Research Center for Open Digital Innovation, Purdue University. His specific research interests revolve around governance dynamics of knowledge flows in open and collaborative innovation and its effect on innovation performance. In his current research, Mehdi is studying the interplay between two governance mechanisms – selective revealing and behavioral control – with respect to their effect on two governance dimensions, namely incentive and control.

Currently, Mehdi is collaborating with Prof. Sabine Brunswicker (Purdue University) and Prof. Henry Chesbrough (UC Berkeley) in conducting the Global Open Innovation Executive Study 2014/2015 as a large scale and mix-method, survey and interviews, research with the aim of studying the governance of open innovation at the firm and project level. His recent research, titled “A Review of Interorganizational Collaboration Dynamics”, is forthcoming in the Journal of Management (JOM).
He holds a master of research degree in Management Science from the ESADE Business School. Prior to joining ESADE, Mehdi received his MBA, with the orientation of Strategic Management, and Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering in Iran.


Bjoern JensenBjørn Jens Møiniche Jensen is pursuing his PhD degree in Open Innovation and Organizational Communication. His research interest is in open strategizing and knowledge creation in heterogenous team settings. He also looks into technological affordances and their impact on knowledge creation and open strategizing.



PhillipPhillip Munyua is pursuing PhD degree in Applied Economics with concentration in Spatial Econometrics. Philip’s research involves modelling economic impact of projects and digital space in a science ecosystem through amalgamation of Spatial Econometrics, Networks and Information Innovation theories.





Zhuonan SongZhuonan Song is pursuing his MS degree in Industrial Technology. With the background of Computer Science, his research interest is in online community activities and knowledge sharing. He is now involved in the project of online community platform construction.




Kerina-Wan-Ting-SuKerina Wan-Ting Su is pursuing her PhD degree in Industrial Engineering. Her research interest is on online communication activity and online social structure to explore the dynamics and network exchange patterns in open source community.




Kang-YuKang-Yu is pursuing his PhD degree in Industrial Engineering. The current project he’s involved is identifying the multi-level network structure of Nanohub in which machine learning techniques are applied to identify the role of tools, developers and users.





Cheryl Hsiang is pursuing a PhD degree in Technology with a concentration in open digital innovation. Her research interest includes the association between online member’s centrality and idea adoption on innovation platforms. She also looks into the combination of elements in successful ideas and the relationship between the combination and idea evolution




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Srikant Rao is pursuing his MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering. His current research is on the statistical analysis of NanoHub tool data to identify trends for sustainable use of such tools.