dr. R.J.A. Klein Woolthuis


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Rosalinde Klein Woolthuis is a specialist on sustainable innovation and societal transitions. In her research program Waves of Change, she exames how sustainable products like e-cars, solar panels and e-bikes diffuse as a result of economic and institutional processes. At the VU she teaches the master course Management of Sustainable Innovation that adresses the question on how companies can innovate to meet the great sustainbility challenges such as renewable energy, clean drinking water, and sustainable cities. Futhermore she is the coordinator of the Minor Sustainability and Innovation which will be launched in the study year 2016-17. She has published in various academic journals such as Organisation Studies, the Journal of Cleaner Production, Sustainabiliy, Technovation and Technological Forecasting and Social Change on innovation & collaboration, innovation systems, and instittutional entrepreneurship in sustainable transitions. Rosalinde is lead scientist at TNO where she leads the Applied Research Program Innovation Orchestration in Ecosystems in collaboration with amongst others the Radboud Universiteit and Het Groene Brein. This program has as aim to develop practical knowledge on how to manage joint innovation in ecosystems. Central topics are creating and monetizing shared value. Since 20 years Rosalinde has been active in policy advice in The Netherlands, UK, Denmark en for the European Commission. She currently works withTNO Strategy & Policy especially in the field of sustainability transitions in energy and the built environment.  


  • Innovation systems
  • Sustainable transitions
  • Institutional entrepreneurship


Elective Master course: Management of Sustainable Innovation

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Research Output 2004 2017

Waves of change - the dynamics of institutional pressures

Klein Woolthuis, R. J. A. & Taminiau, Y., 1 Jun 2017, p. 1-43. 43 p.

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePaperAcademic

Open Access
Institutional pressures
Institutional change
Institutional theory

An activities-based approach to network management: An explorative study

Manser, K., Hillebrand, B., Klein Woolthuis, R. J. A., Ziggers, G. W., Driessen, P. H. & Bloemer, J., 1 May 2016, In : Industrial Marketing Management. 55, p. 187-199 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Network management
Interorganizational networks
Management activities

Roles of Third Parties in Trust Repair - An Empirical Test in High Tech Industries

Klein Woolthuis, R. J. A., Nooteboom, B. & De Jong, G., 2014, Public Trust in Business. Wick, A., Harris, J. & Moriarty, B. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

Institutional entrepreneurship in sustainable urban development Dutch successes as inspiration for transformation

Klein Woolthuis, R. J. A., Hooimeijer, F., Bossink, B. A. G., Mulder, G. & Brouwer, J., 2013, In : Journal of Cleaner Production. 50, 1, p. 91-100

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

urban development
Sustainable development

The Governance of High ‐ Tech Alliances. Trust, Contracts, Cultural Differences, and Interdependence

de Jong, G., Balogh, N. & Klein Woolthuis, R. J. A., 2013, Strategic Alliances for Innovation and R&D. Das, T. K. (ed.). Charlotte, N.C.: Information Age Publishing, (Research in Strategic Alliances).

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademic