Judith Terstriep

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Head of Research Department Innovation, Space & Culture

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Judith Terstriep (Economist) studied economics at the University Duisburg-Essen with a focus «Marketing» and «Planning & Organisation». She graduated in 1998 as a «Master of Business Economics» including her diploma thesis on the «Markt Potential of Voice over IP in Germany».

Since March 2002, she has been working as researcher at the department «Innovation, Space & Culture» at the Institute for Work and Technology and since February 2017 she is head of the research department.

Her primary research interests involve the interplay of innovation, (social) relations and knowledge from the perspective of innovation, management and spatial theory.

Focal Areas of Work & Research:

  • Regional development & innovation strategies (including transnational action plans)
  • Smart Specialisation
  • Social innovation and its economic underpinnings
  • Networks, cluster, cluster management & the micro-foundation of clusters
  • Sector/regional analyses, benchmarking, evaluation
  • Coordination of European joint projects

In her ongoing PhD thesis, she studies cluster effects on firms’ innovativeness and performance. The work is being supervised Prof. Dr. Christian Lüthje (Institute for Marketing and Innovation at the TU Hamburg-Harburg) and PD Dr. Dieter Rehfeld.

Memberships/Further Activities:

  • CINet – Continuous Innovation Network
  • TCI Research Community
  • KIS-IP Horizontal Steering Group (EU)
  • Project evaluator for the European Commission
  • Former member of the Europe INNOVA Innovation Panel on ICTs

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Publications (Selection)

Rehfeld, Dieter / Terstriep, Judith
2017: Coping with social innovation dilemmas: an exploratory study of middle range theory. In: Alijani, Sharam / Karyotis, Catherine (eds.): Finance and economy for society: integrating sustainability. Bingley: Emerald Group, p. 349-360 Weblink

Rehfeld, Dieter / Terstriep, Judith
2013: Socio-cultural dynamics in spatial policy: explaining the on-going success of cluster politics. In: Cooke, Philip (ed.): Re-framing regional development: evolution, innovation and transition. London: Routledge, p. 274-294 Weblink

Terstriep, Judith / Lüthje, Christian
2012: Do clusters as open innovation systems enhance firms innovation performance? In: European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management: 19th International Product Development Management Conference: "Transformative Research in Product and Service Innovation", Manchester, U.K., June 18-19, 2012. Manchester: The University of Manchester, Manchester Business School, 23 p. PDF

Terstriep, Judith / Beer, Christoph
2011: Cluster initiatives under pressure!? Financing models help ensuring sustainability. In: Sheresheva, Marina Y. / Tretyak, Olga A. (eds.): Business networks and cluster policy. Moscow: HSE Publishing, p. 80-100 [Buchtitel in russischer Sprache]

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