Fredrik Hacklin is Professor of Entrepreneurship at Vlerick Business School and Managing Director of the Corporate Innovation Lab. He further serves as Associate Professor (PD) of Entrepreneurship at ETH Zurich. Previously, he was a Fellow at Harvard University and a strategy consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton (today Strategy&, PwC). He has held visiting positions at Stanford University, Imperial College Business School, ESMT Berlin, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Keio University and Aalto University.

His research, teaching and advisory activities are in the field of strategic entrepreneurship and innovation, which particular focus on challenges associated with digital disruption, industry reconfiguration and their implications for firm strategy. His results have appeared in various outlets and he is author of the book Management of Convergence in Innovation (2008). He has worked with companies such as ABB, Bang & Olufsen, Clariant, Deutsche Telekom, DHL, Ericsson, MTS, Nokia and TeliaSonera. He is recipient of the annual research award by the Nokia–AlcatelLucent Foundation for Communications Research, for his work on ICT industry convergence. His article “Strategic choices in converging industries” (MIT Sloan Management Review, 2013) was selected “Top Strategy Article” by the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Fredrik holds a PhD in management from ETH Zurich, an MSc in computer science from KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm, and a BSc in computer science and physics from RWTH Aachen. He is a member of the Academy of Management, the Strategic Management Society as well as a founding member of the Center for Higher Ambition Leadership Europe.


Job Title : Professor of Entrepreneurship

Management Domain
Innovation Management
Digital Transformation

Expert in
Strategic innovation
Business models


Articles in refereed journals with impact

  • Hacklin F. Björkdal J. Wallin M.  forthcoming. Strategies for business model innovation: how firms reel in migrating value. Long Range Planning,

  • Salonen A. Saglam O. Hacklin F.  2017. Servitization as reinforcement, not transformation. Journal of Service Management, 28(4): 662-686.

  • Klang D. Wallnöfer F. Hacklin F.  2014. The business model paradox: a systematic review and exploration of antecedents. International Journal of Management Reviews, 16(4): 454-478.

  • Hacklin F. Wallin M.  2013. Convergence and interdisciplinarity in innovation management: a review, critique, and future directions. The Service Industries Journal, : 774-788.

  • Wallnöfer M. Hacklin F.  2013. The business model in entrepreneurial marketing: a communication perspective on business angels' opportunity interpretation. Industrial Marketing Management, 42(5): 755-764.

  • Hacklin F. Battistini B. von Krogh G.  2013. Strategic choices in converging industries. MIT Sloan Management Review, 55(1): 65-73.

  • Battistini B. Hacklin F. Baschera P.  2013. The state of corporate venturing: insights from a global study. Research-Technology Management, 56(1): 31-39.

  • Hacklin F. Wallnöfer M.  2012. The business model in the practice of strategic decision making: insights from a case study. Management Decision, 50(2)

  • Garriga H. Aksüyek E. Hacklin F. von Krogh G.  2012. Exploring social preferences in private-collection innovation. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 24(2): 113-127.

  • Hacklin F. Marxt C. Fahrni F.  2010. An evolutionary perspective on convergence: inducing a stage model of inter-industry innovation. International Journal of Technology Management, 49(1/2/3): 220-249.

  • Hacklin F. Inganäs M. Plüss A. Marxt C.  2009. Core rigidities in the innovation process: a structured benchmark on knowledge management challenges. International Journal of Technology Management, 45(3/4): 244-266.

  • Hacklin F. Marxt C. Fahrni F.  2009. Coevolutionary cycles of convergence: an extrapolation from ICT industry. Technology Forecasting and Social Change, 76(6): 723-736.

  • Hacklin F. Marxt C. Fahrni F.  2006. Strategic venture partner selection for collaborative innovation in production systems: A decision support system-based approach. International Journal of Production Economics, 104(1): 100-112.

  • Marxt C. Hacklin F.  2005. Design, product development, innovation: all the same in the end? A short discussion on terminology. Journal of Engineering Design, 16(4): 413-421.

Articles in other (un)refereed journals

  • Loock M. Hacklin F.  2015. Business modeling as configuring heuristics. Advances in Strategic Management, 33: 187-205.

  • Battistini B. Hacklin F. Baschera P.  2014. Organising for coporate venturing. European Financial Review, (June/July): 31-32.

  • Hacklin F. Battistini B. von Krogh G.  2014. Opciones estratégicas en las industrias convergentes. Harvard Deusto Business Review, (232): 16-29.

  • Klang D. Hacklin F.  2013. Retaining fit between business models and product market strategies in changing environments: behavioral patterns to reduce external dependency. International Journal of Product Development, 18(3/4): 311-343.

  • Inganäs M. Hacklin F. Marxt C.  2009. Sponsored, contract and collaborative research: a framework for science-industry knowledge transfer. International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation, 8(2/3): 203-228.

  • Hacklin F. Raurich C. Marxt C.  2005. Implications of technological convergence on innovation trajectories: the case of ICT industry. International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management, 2(3): 313-330.

Conference Presentations

  • Ecaterina P. Hacklin F. Battistini B.  2017. The strategic value of corporate venture capital investments. Paper presented at 77th Academy of Management (AOM) Conference, August 4-8, Atlanta, United States.