TUM – Technical University of Munich Menü

Prof. Dr. Joachim Henkel

Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Henkel (*1965) is a professor of technology and innovation management. His research focuses on technology acquisitions, digitalization, open and user innovation and patent management. His research has been published in leading journals, such as the Harvard Business Review, the Rand Journal of Economics, Research Policy, and the Strategic Management Journal. He serves on the editorial review boards of Academy of Management Journal, Industrial and Corporate Change, Innovation: Organization & Management, and Research Policy. He regularly consults firms in the ICT industries.
Prof. Henkel received a degree in physics from the University of Bonn, a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Mannheim, and was an assistant professor at Ludwig Maximilians University Munich. After his Ph.D., he worked at the consulting firm, Bain & Company for two years. He was a visiting scholar at University College London, MIT Sloan School of Management, Harvard Business School, and Singapore Management University. Prof. Henkel was appointed full professor at TUM School of Management in 2004.


  • Finalist, Stephan Schrader Best Conference Paper Award der TIM Division, Academy of Management Meeting (2010)
  • Finalist, DRUID Best Paper Award (2010)
  • Dozentenpreis der Fakultät für Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik (2009)
  • Best Paper Award, zweiter Platz, der OCIS Division, Academy of Management Meeting (2007)
  • Walter Rathenau Preis (Best Paper Award), GEABA Jahrestagung (2004)

Key Publications (all publications)

Baldwin C, Henkel J: "Modularity and intellectual property protection". Strategic Management Journal. 2015; 36(11): 1637-1655.


Henkel J. „The Risk-Return Paradox for Strategic Management: Disentangling true and spurious effects“. Strategic Management Journal. 2009; 30: 287-303.


Franke N, Gruber M, Harhoff D, Henkel J. „What you are is what you like – Similarity biases in venture capitalists’ evaluations of start-up teams“. Journal of Business Venturing. 2006; 21(6): 802-826.


Henkel J. „Selective revealing in open innovation processes: The case of embedded Linux“. Research Policy. 2006; 35(7): 953-969.


Harhoff D, Henkel J, von Hippel E: "Profiting from voluntary information spillovers: How users benefit by freely revealing their innovations". Research Policy. 2003; 32(10): 1753-1769.