Dr.ing. Tim de Leeuw

Dr.ing. Tim de Leeuw

Associate Professor
Expert areas: Context (Sociology, Technology), Family Business (Strategy and Innovation), Finance (Venture Capital), Information Technology (Data Center Management), Management & Organisation (Innovation Management, Research and Development), Quantitative Methods (Business Research Methods, Statistics), Strategy & Innovation (Entrepreneurship, Process Innovation, Product Innovation, Strategic Innovation)


Tim is a tenured Associate Professor and the Academic Director of the Dutch Part-time MSc in business administration at TIAS School for Business and Society at the Tilburg University. He is also the chairman of the board of examiners of TIAS. 

Moreover, Tim is developing blended (a combination of online and in-class) courses, and lecturing on research methods, quantitative methods, academic writing, analytical skills, publishing, survey development, multi-variate analyses etc. Furthermore, Tim is supervising multiple PhD candidates. In his previous function as division director of the PhD programs he has developed a system to monitor the progress of external PhD candidates.

His research interests include intra- and inter-organizational relations (e.g., strategic alliances, corporate venturing, joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions), organizational performance, open innovation, corporate innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership, and big data. His work has been published in leading international scientific journals like Research Policy, the Journal of Cleaner Production, the Journal of Business Research, the Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, and the Journal of Wuhan University of Technology (see www.tdeleeuw.com for an overview of recent work). Tim was also an Associate Editor, Journal of Cleaner Production, special issue “Innovative Products and Services for Sustainable Societal Development”.

In addition to academic research Tim actively makes the connection between academic research and practice via seminars and presentations for organizations.

Previously he worked as a senior scientific researcher on a project funded by the national science foundation (NWO-TOP). The project aims to identify success factors of entrepreneurship and is called: “High Performance in the Networked Creative Industry: The role of ambition and collaboration.” at Tilburg University, in the School of Economics and Management.

Tim obtained his PhD from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences with this dissertation: Collaboration and You: The Performance Implications and the Antecedents of Diversity in Inter-Organizational Relations Portfolios. 

Before this he graduated summa cum laude and top of his class in the Organization Science master’s program at Tilburg University’s Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Tim obtained his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering (including an additional honors program of 48 ECTS in applied psychology and academic skills) from Fontys University of Applied Sciences.

Tim has sat on several student councils, of which his two-year role as chairman of the Fontys University student council was one of the highlights. He has also participated in many part-time projects at various organizations.