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dr. Marc Bahlmann currently is employed as assistant professor (tenured) at the Management and Organization department of the School of Business and Economics (SBE). He holds a PhD-degree from the Faculty of Social Sciences (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam). During his PhD, Marc served as chair of SBE's PhD council. Besides teaching and research, Marc also coordinates the Business Administration bachelor's program.  


Marc Bahlmann is intrigued by the difference that space makes in innovation and organizational learning. With his research, Marc aims to uncover how a start-up's innovative performance is shaped by geography. More specifically, he studies how start-ups identify and obtain valuable knowledge and technologies in the global knowledge landscape. So doing, he currently focuses on the role of start-ups' geographic network configuration and their participation in both local and non-local networks, in order to better understand how their external knowledge sourcing translates into optimal innovative performance. Also, he studies start-ups' venture capital portfolios. 

His research has been published in, among others, Journal of Economic Geography (Oxford Univ. Press), Industrial & Corporate Change (Oxford Univ. Press), and Industry & Innovation (Routledge).


Master's thesis | Bachelor's thesis | Research Design in Management Field Research (PhD-level course) | Applied Strategy (Master's level course)

Prizes and Awards

2010 Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management Meeting. Article: ‘Does distance matter? An empirical exploration of the geography of learning’.

Ancillary activities

  • IJGC - Worldwide | Antwerpen | Advisor, member advisory board | 2019-01-01 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily

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entrepreneur Social Sciences
small and medium-sized enterprise Earth & Environmental Sciences
innovation Earth & Environmental Sciences
research interest Social Sciences
knowledge Social Sciences
knowledge management Social Sciences
assistant Social Sciences
new media Social Sciences

Research Output 2008 2017

A study of how diversity in conference participation relates to SMEs' innovative performance

Vlasov, S. A., Bahlmann, M. D. & Knoben, J., 2017, In : Journal of Economic Geography. 17, 1, p. 191-216

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

small and medium-sized enterprise
electronics industry
Knowledge integration
Innovative performance
Knowledge networks

Geographic network diversity: How does it affect exploratory innovation?

Bahlmann, M. D., 2014, In : Industry and Innovation. 21, 7-8, p. 633-654 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review


Epistemic proximity and knowledge exchange among IT-entrepreneurs

Bahlmann, M. D., Huysman, M. H., Elfring, T. & Groenewegen, P., 2016, Entrepreneurship and Cluster Dynamics. Boari, C., Elfring, T. & Molina-Morales, X. (eds.). Abingdon, UK: Routledge, p. Ch. 8

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademic


Open service innovation: Literature review and directions for future research

Alexiev, A. S., Tjemkes, B. V., Siamar, H., Bahlmann, M. D. & de Man, A. P., 2015, The Handbook of Service Innovation. Agarwal, R., Selen, W., Roos, G. & Green, R. (eds.). Berlin: Springer, p. 53-74

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

Service innovation
Literature review
Business services
Alliance portfolios

Activities 2008 2012

  • 2 Lecture / Presentation