Elke's activities are focused on creating meaningful innovations. The societal and economic challenges we are currently facing - such as the aging population, energy scarcity and environmental issues - are not just threats but are also great opportunities. Designing meaningful innovations that improve quality of life, engage end-users, and provide value for organizations and other stakeholders requires a holistic view to integrate seemingly conflicting needs and requirements into compelling solutions.
Elke is appointed by the board as TU/e Fellow at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) to further develop strategic collaborations of the university with public and private organisations. She is member of the Innovation, Technology Entrepreneurship & Marketing group of the department of Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences, where she conducts research and teaches about new business development in public-private value networks.
Alfred is Emeritus Professor of Economics of TU Delft and a visiting scholar of the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung in Düsseldorf, Germany. From 1997 to his emeritation, he was Professor of Economics of Innovation at TU Delft. Previously he was Professor of Industrial Economics at Free University of Amsterdam and Director of the Economic Faculty's research institute (ESI). Since 1978 he was affiliated to the Berlin Wissenschaftszentrum, the University of Maastricht, and the two Amsterdam Universities. Since 2011 he is also Non-Executive Board Member of Prodrive Technologies, a rapidly growing high tech firm at Son (Brabant).
He was responsible for three national innovation surveys in The Netherlands (1983, 1988, 1992) and was a member of the team that developed the Community Innovation Survey (CIS), as well as the OECD Oslo Manual on innovation measurement. Alfred is known for his criticism of the Dutch policy of wage moderation and flexibilisation of the labor market.