During most of my academic career I have been engaged in
management, administration and occasionally also leadership in
relation to research and groups of researchers.
In the last part of the 1990s I was project manager of advice
centre activities on the Test Station for Wind Turbines in what was
at that time Risø National Laboratory. I headed a project
group of approximately 7 persons. Among the main achievements were
the development of the approval scheme of wind turbines in Denmark,
national and international strategies for wind energy related
R&D, and extensive international information activities.
From 1999 to 2007 I headed the Technology Scenarios research
program at Risø National Laboratory. Over these years we
managed to increase the staff of research program from 4 to 8 and
annual external funding from nothing to 3 – 4 million DKK.
Among the main achievements was to position the group within the
European technology foresight community.
As a result of the merger process in the Danish research and
university sector in 2007 the group from January
1st 2008 became a part of the newly created
Department for Management Engineering at the Technical University
of Denmark. Among my most important tasks was to secure a smooth
transition to this new environment. Furthermore, in over a year I
served as acting deputy head of the department.
Following a reorganisation in 2012 I became head of the newly
established Technology and Innovation Management Division of the
DTU Management Engineering. Among the main challenges has been to
reorganise the division and increase the staff from less than 20 to
almost 50 today.
Since the mid-1990’s my research interests have focused on
three areas: a) Technology foresight, b) Strategy and strategy
processes in industrial sectors, and c) Innovation and research
strategy in energy technologies.
Technology foresight: Together with colleagues and partners I have
carried out technology foresight exercises on areas such as energy
technologies, sensor technology, nano technology, and robotics
& cognition but also industrial sectors such as agri-food and
facilities management. Besides foresight as a practice my research
interests have included development of methodologies for foresight
and the position of foresight exercises within policy development
Strategy and strategy processes in industrial sectors – in
particular sectors related to energy technologies such as wind
energy and other renewable energy technologies: Since 1995 my
interests has focused on goal oriented approach to strategies and
participatory processes ensuring commitment from industry,
academia, interest groupings and public authorities.
Innovation and research strategy in energy technologies: My
interest stems back from my PhD thesis where I studied innovation
processes in the Danish wind turbine industry. This lead to an
interest in learning curves for energy technologies. Recently, my
interests focus on different types of indicators for technological
innovation in the energy technology sector.