Professor Frank Tietze

  • College positions:
    External Director of Studies in Manufacturing Engineering
  • University positions:
    Professor of Innovation Engineering
  • Subjects: Engineering


MA (University of Cambridge); Dr. rer. pol. in Economics and Social Sciences (Hamburg University of Technology, Germany); Engineering MSc (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden); Dipl.-Ing. oec (Master degree equivalent) and Joint degree programme “Industrial Engineering and Management” (Hochschulübergreifender Studiengang Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen - HWI) (Hamburg University of Technology, University Hamburg and University of Applied Sciences Hamburg, Germany)

Research interests

Frank leads the Innovation and Intellectual Property Management (IIPM) Lab, which is part of the Centre for Technology Management. The IIPM Lab takes an engineering management (firm level) perspective and a problem focused research approach on IP for distributed, collaborative and cumulative innovation processes and systems. 

Frank pursues research at the intersection of engineering/technology, management sciences and business (micro) economics. He has keen interests in particularly in sustainability, but also in entrepreneurship. His work is published widely in leading international journals, such as, Research Policy, Nature Biotechnology, International Journal of Production Economics, Journal of Business Research, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Technovation, Technology Forecasting and Social Change, Creativity and Innovation Management, World Patent Information, R&D Management, Plos One and others mainly with focus on two themes:

  1. Innovation and Intellectual property management (IIP): Technology transactions (acquisition, exploitation/commercialisation), open IP strategies, patent pledges, patent informatics, market intermediaries and licensing as well as novel technologies for the future of IP management, such as machine and deep learning, distributed ledgers / smart contracts.
  2. Innovation processes of product service systems (PSS) with a focus on ownership (club and public goods) and sharing / shared use with an emphasis on sustainability.

Teaching Interests

He teaches technology, innovation and IP management courses to graduate and undergraduate students, but also executives via IfM ECS. He runs the "Innovation and Strategic management of Intellectual Property" (4E1) for Cambridge undergraduate engineering and MPhil students, is course director for MET 2B, module leader for the MET "Technology and Innovation Management" course and responsible for MET 2B industrial projects. 


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Other interests

Road Bike, Sailing, Running, Travelling