Prof. Dr. Steffen Kinkel is professor for international management and networked business at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences since September 2012. In parallel, he is a lecturer at Hohenheim University. From July 2004 to August 2012 he was Head of the Competence Centre „Industrial and Service Innovations“ at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI in Karlsruhe. In 2003 he obtained his PhD in business administration from Stuttgart University with his thesis on „Dynamic location assessment and strategic location controlling“.He has coordinated numerous national and international projects focusing on technical and non-technical innovation and socio-economic evaluation in different technology areas and industries. He was leader of the work packages on “exploitation and new business models” and “socio-economic assessment” in the FP6 Integrated Project SMErobot and of the work package “European firms’ offshoring strategies” for the 2012 EU Competitiveness Report. He has been member of different Expert Groups and Scientific Advisory Boards, e.g. the Steering Committee of the Six Countries Programme (6CP, since 2005) or the Core Team for the development of a new Production Research Programme for the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF, 2008-2010). His main research interests include socio-economic analysis and technology assessment, innovation management, new business models, scenario building and foresight in different technology areas and industries as well as for innovation and industrial policy. A second strand of interest is global value chain management with a focus on global production and R&D strategies and its economic assessment and strategic controlling.