Frank Thomas Piller


Dr. rer. pol., Universitätsprofessor

Frank Thomas Piller

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Lehrstuhl für Betriebswirtschaftslehre, insbesondere Technologie- und Innovationsmanagement


Building: 3011

Room: B 360

Kackertstraße 7, 3. Etage

52072 Aachen

Office Hours

Mi. 13-14 Uhr, nach telef. Anmeldung im Sekretariat


Frank T. Piller was born in 1969. He has headed the Technology and Innovation Management Group at RWTH Aachen University since 2007. From 1999 to 2004 he worked at the MIT Sloan School of Management and was an assistant professor of management at the TUM Business School. Frank Piller graduated with a Ph.D. in operations management from the University of Würzburg in 1999. His post-doctoral Habilitation degree is from the TUM Business School. Frank Piller has worked as a consultant and delivered executive workshops for many international companies, including several DAX30 and Fortune 500 corporations. As a member of their board of directors or  board of scientific advisors, he works with a number of innovative technology companies to bring his research into practice.


Research Interests

  • Managing discontinuous, radical, technological innovation
  • Innovation interfaces, open innovation
  • Technology transfer
  • Strategies to profit from heterogeneities in demand, for example mass customization

Possible Cooperations

  • Open Innovation as a vehicle for technology transfer
  • Organisation and management of research- and development-processes
  • Business Model Innovation
  • User interaction within the innovation process
  • Data collection for customer requirements for new products
  • Mass customization
  • Ideation contests