Assistant Professor in Open Digital Innovation

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Today, we live an open and digital economy in which information and data is widely dispersed, technological systems are opened up, governments engage in ‘open data’ activities, and individuals are empowered through digital technologies. More decentralized innovation ecosystems have emerged in which a diverse set of actors co-create novel create, evaluate, and test novel products, services, or even policies. Digital technologies hold a fascinating role in today’s economy. They afford new infrastructures for how innovations emerge, change how people make complex decisions, and enable the development of novel digitalized products, services, processes, and business model. At Purdue University, West Lafayette Indiana, one of the major research universities in the US and known for discovery in various field, the Research Center for Open Digital Innovation (RCODI) fosters scientific research on the emerging innovation landscape to advance theory, practice, and future education.

To establish a novel interdisciplinary program in open digital innovation, the Department of Technology Leadership & Innovation (TLI) at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. We expect to hire candidates at the Assistant Professor level starting fall 2014. The position involves scholarship in research, teaching, and engagement as it is required for tenure and promotion in rank.

Preference will be given to candidates who have the ability to shape an interdisciplinary academic field at the intersection of innovation & management, information systems, data science, and innovation policy and demonstrate the capacity to engage in data-driven and computational research. Foundational knowledge related to innovation, socio-technical systems, behavioral and organizational science is expected. Potential areas of research include but are not restricted to digital communities and crowds, games, digital business models, social simulations or computational cognition. Candidates must have an earned a doctorate in a relevant discipline related to these areas. Evidence of high quality research in a relevant field commensurate with stage of academic career is required. The successful candidate(s) will be expected to provide high quality teaching, develop a high quality research and scholarly portfolio through activities supported by discovery grants, and demonstrate an excellent program of scholarship through peer-reviewed publications in top ISI listed journals relevant to the new research area (e.g. MISQ, Research Policy, Communications of ACM, etc.).

The interdisciplinary Research Center for Open Digital Innovation ( will provide a home to scholars who aspire to shape the future of open and digital innovation and to engage in empirical and action-oriented research. We offer an inspiring, supportive environment to support your immersion into an ambitious international research agenda and global partnerships.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.  Applications should include a cover letter; (a) full curriculum vitae, (b) a brief research statement; (c) a brief teaching statement and (d) the names and contact information of three references. Please send all materials electronically to (  Review of applications will begin March 6, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. A background check is required for employment in this position.

For questions related to the new position, please contact the search committee via Prof. Sabine Brunswicker (


Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.


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