Krsto Pandza

Professor in Strategy and Innovation, Management Division
Head of Strategy & Organisation Group, Management Division

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PhD, Manufacturing strategy, University of Maribor, Slovenia
MSc, Manufacturing engineering, University of Maribor, Slovenia
MEng, Mechanical engineering, University of Maribor, Slovenia


2012-present Professor of Strategy and Innovation; Research, teaching and corporate engagement in the area of strategic management of innovation. Head of Strategy and Organization Subject Group at Management Division. Director of Centre for Technology Innovation and Engagement.

2008-2012  Senior Lecturer in Manufacturing and Technology Strategy; Research and teaching in the area of strategic management of technology and manufacturing innovation. Leading major European Marie Curie Network.

2008 Senior Lecturer Manufacturing and Technology Strategy

Research and teaching in the area of strategic management of technology innovation

2006 - 2008 Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow at Leeds University Business School

Research, teaching and personal development activities associated with the Marie Curie award

2004 - 2006 Assistant Professor at Faculty for Mechanical Engineering, University of Maribor, Slovenia

Research and teaching in the area of technology and operations management, managing international collaboration projects (6 FP), working on applied projects with industry.

2000 - 2004 Research and Teaching Fellow at Faculty for Mechanical Engineering, University of Maribor, Slovenia

Research and teaching in the area of technology and operations management.

1998 - 2000 Manager for strategic planning of R&D and manufacturing operations at PRIMAT d.d., Maribor, Slovenia

Strategic planning with emphasis on R&D and manufacturing operations, investments in manufacturing technology, managing new product development projects.

1995 - 1998 Manufacturing engineer at PRIMAT d.d., Maribor, Slovenia

Production process planning, manufacturing system design and managing new product development projects.


In a broad sense my research links the domains of strategic management, technology and innovation management, manufacturing strategy, and R&D policy. I strive to integrate the diversity of the above mentioned research fields in order to achieve a more holistic understanding of the role of engineering and scientific knowledge, technology and operations in creating and sustaining a competitive advantage in technology intensive and manufacturing organisations.
I am especially interested in the role of managerial agency within dynamic and evolutionary organisational phenomena. My current research explores development dynamics in a nanotechnology innovation system with an aim to advance the debate on dynamic capabilities by addressing the relevance of managerial agency.

My research on technology strategy led to the appointment as visiting professor at Faculty of Economics University of Ljubljana.

International Collaborations Projects

ManETEI (Management of Emerging Technologies for Economic Impact), Coordinator, Proposal Number: 238382, PEOPLE Work Programme 2008, Marie Curie Initial Training Network. Funding: 3.832.975,92€.

SUMMARY: The ManETEi network offers a research-led training programme to create a rigorous collaborative research agenda centred on the multifaceted phenomenon of managing emergent technologies for maximum economic and societal impact. It will have advanced capacity-building and career development that will benefit the early-career and experienced researchers needed to ensure Europe becomes a leading knowledge economy driven by its unique ERA. It will create a platform for researchers to investigate the multifaceted phenomenon of managing the emergent technologies that promise the greatest competitiveness and growth of the European economies. The network members are highly experienced in participating in EU funded research and its implementation at all levels. They all share commitment for future research and training collaboration based on the principles created by this network.

COINS (Complex Open Innovation for Network Society – 01/10/2015 – 30/09/2019), Call: H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015; Topic: MSCA-ITN-2015-EID, Action: MSCA-ITN-EID Proposal Number: 675866. Funding: 1.366439.40 €.

COINS European Industrial Doctorate partnership will create a sustainable platform for researchers to engage in collaborative production of knowledge by investigating challenges for managing processes of complex and open innovation created by advances in digital technology. Five Early Stage Researchers, accompanied by experienced, interdisciplinary and intersectoral group of supervisors will study development of innovation capabilities required for organizations of different types to effectively respond to institutional, social and technological complexity in innovation ecosystems. Fellows will benefit of rich and unique complementary training programme, which will enable them to pursue variety of professional careers in academia, industry, consultancy and public policy. They will especially benefit from competency and skills for professional innovation management and technology entrepreneurship. An ambitious outreach programme will equip all fellows with appreciation of the role of business, entrepreneurship and technology in society. They will become responsible researchers and leaders capable of finding solutions for some of the greatest challenges facing our planet. The COINS objectives will be achieved by establishing a long-term partnership between the University of Leeds and Ericsson AB. They are joined by technology start-up Diamentech.

CREATE (Creative Processes for Enterprise Innovation), Contract number: IST-NMP -1-507947,, FP 6. ManVis (Manufacturing Visions - Integrating Diverse Perspectives into Pan-European Foresight) , Contract number: IST-NMP-1-507139,, FP 6. STIR (Socio-Technical Integration Research), co-ordinator: Arizona State University, Funding body NSF

Individual awards

Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship (MEIF-CT-2005-023268), INKNOWMAN (Uncertainty and Industrial Knowledge Management: A Dynamic Capability Perspective) Funding: 161.995 €;
SUMMARY: The future role of the European Manufacturing Industry has been extensively debated among policy makers, practitioners and researchers. This debate highlights the importance of researching the management of industrial knowledge in a holistic manner. The knowledge, however, on this topic is largely fragmented into different research streams that lack integration and coherence. Previous research also lacks a multidisciplinary perspective and, as a consequence, falls short of addressing the multifaceted phenomena that occur in an industrial context. The proposed project aims to make a contribution in this respect by integrating the deferent strands of theory as well as focusing on new challenges. The knowledge-based theory of the firm will be used as the foundation for the framework, around which the insights from strategic management, organisational cognition and innovation management will be integrated. This integrative framework will be further refined and extended through the adoption of in-depth empirical research within a number of manufacturing companies in order to develop an explanatory process theory for managing industrial knowledge under uncertainty. This research will contribute to scientific knowledge by studying the reciprocal interaction between cognitive mechanisms and industrial knowledge development. The project is innovative in that it takes a longitudinal perspective and in the way it will adopt multilevel theorizing that will analytically link the strategic level with the practice of innovating and changing.
European Re-integration Grant (PERG02-GA-2007-224801), SMENaTech (Strategic Management of Emergent Nanotechnologies), Funding:45.000 €
SUMMARY: This proposal introduces a research programme that sets out to investigate a multi-faceted nature of managing development of emerging nanotechnologies by integrating variety of conceptual perspectives with different levels of analysis. The programme attempts to explore the development of strategic capabilities essential for integrating dispersed knowledge that enables different members of nanotechnology innovation system to increase their innovativeness and sustain their competitiveness. It sets out to capture in detail the contribution of proactive and knowledgeable agents that shape the emerging nanotechnology progress by purposefully engaging with the strategic, institutional and social context of technological innovation.


Managing for Innovation (LUBS5247)

Strategic and Entrepreneurial Management (MBA, LUBS5737)

Entrepreneurship and Innovation (EMBA, LUBS5730)


Professor in Strategy and Innovation

Subject Group Leader Strategy & Organization, Management Division

Director of Centre for Technology Innovation and Engagement 


Scientific Articles

ELLWOOD, P., GRIMSHAW.P., PANDZA, K. (2016). Accelerating the Innovation Process: A Systematic Review and Realist Synthesis of the Research Literature. International Journal of Management Reviews. Early View: DOI: 10.1111/ijmr.12108  

PALCIC, I and PANDZA, K. (2015). Managing technologies within an industrial cluster: a case from a toolmakers cluster of Slovenia. International Journal of Technology Management, Vol. 69, Nos. 3/4, pp. 301-317.

ROMME, G.A.L., AVENIER, M-R., DENYER, D., HODGKINSON, G.P., PANDZA, K., STARKEY, K., WORREN, N. (2015). Towards common ground and trading zones in management research and practice. British Journal of Management. vol.26, no. 3; DOI: 10.1111/1467-8551.12110.

PANDZA, K., ELLWOOD, P. (2013). Strategic and ethical foundations for responsible innovation. Research Policy. Vol. 42, No. 5, pp. 1112-1125.

PANDZA, K., WILKINS, T., ALFOLDI, E. (2011). Collaborative diversity in nanotechnology innovation system: Evidence for the EU Framework Programme. Technovation. vol. 31, no. 9. pp. 476-475.

PANDZA, K. (2011). Why and how will a group act autonomously to make an impact on the development of organizational  capabilities? Journal of Management Studies. Vol.48, no. 5, pp. 1015-1043.

PANDZA, K., THORPE, R. (2010). Management as design, but what kind of design? An appraisal of the design science analogy for management. British Journal of Management. Vol. 21, no. 1, pp.171-186.

PANDZA, K., THORPE, R. (2009). Creative search and strategic sense-making: Missing dimensions in the concept of dynamic capabilities. British Journal of Management. vol. 20, no. 1S, pp. S118-S113. JCR IF (2007): 1.534, SSE (19/72), business, SSE (27/81), management

PANDZA, K., HOLT, R. (2007). Knowledge absorption and transformation in nanotechnology innovation systems. Journal of Engineering and Technology Management. vol. 24, no. 4, pp. 347-365. JCR IF (2006): 0,563, SCI (19/32), engineering industrial.

ARMBRUSTER, H., JUNG ERCEG, P., PANDZA, K., DREHER, C. (2007). Managing knowledge in manufacturing: Results of a Delphi study in European manufacturing industry. Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy., vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 256-276.

JUNG ERCEG, P., PANDZA, K., ARMBRUSTER, H., DREHER, C. (2007) Absorptive capacity in European manufacturing: a Delphi study. Industrial Management & Data Systems., vol. 107, no. 1, pp. 37-51. JCR IF (2005): 1.942, SCI (14/83) interdisciplinary applications, SCI (1/33), engineering industrial.

PANDZA, K., POLAJNAR, A., BUCHMEISTER, B. (2005). Strategic management of advanced manufacturing technology. International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology. 2005, vol. 25, no. 3/4, pp. 402-408. JCR IF: 0.406, SCI (21/36), engineering, manufacturing.

PANDZA, K., HORSBURGH, S., GORTON, K., POLAJNAR, A. (2003). A real options approach to managing resources and capabilities. International Journal of. Operations & Production Management., 2003, vol. 23, no. 9, pp. 1010-1032. JCR IF: 0.547, SSCI (43/67), management.

PANDZA, K., POLAJNAR, A., BUCHMEISTER, B., THORPE, R. (2003). Evolutionary perspectives on the capability accumulation process. International Journal of. Operations & Production Management, vol. 23, no. 8, pp. 822-849. JCR IF: 0.547, SSCI (43/67), management.

Chapter in a monograph 

ELLWOOD, P., PANDZA, K., FISHER, E. (2013). Organizational capability life cycles for responsible innovation. In SAVAGE, N. (ed.), GORMAN, M. (ed.), STREET, A. (ed.). Emerging Technologies – Socio-Behavioural Life Cycle Approach. Pan Stanford Press.

DUFF, G., PANDZA, K. (2012). Strategy formulation as a design science: An investigation into the effects of deterministic and path-creation design on the formulation of a strategy. In HELFERT, M. (ed.), DONNELLAN, B (ed.). Design Science: Perspectives from Europe. Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heildelberg.

ES-SAJJADE, A., PANDZA, K. (2011). . Reconceptualizing dynamic capabilities: A design science study on the role of agency. In HELFERT, M. (ed.), DONNELLAN, B (ed.). Practical Aspects of Design Science. Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heildelberg.

KALPIC, Branko, PANDZA, Krsto, BERNUS, Péter. 2003. Strategy as a creation of corporate future. In: BERNUS, Péter (ed.), NEMES, Laszlo (ed.), SCHMIDT, Günter (ed.). Handbook on enterprise architecture, Berlin; London: Springer, pp. 213-253.

TAYLOR, David, PANDZA, Krsto. 2003. Networking capability: the competitive advantage of small firms. In: JONES, Oswald (ed.), TILLEY, Fiona (ed.). Competitive Advantage in SMEs: Organising for Innovation and Change. Chichester: Wiley, cop., pp. 156-173.


Assimakopoulous, D.G., Oshri, I., Pandza, K. (2015). Managing Emerging Technologies for Socio-Economic Impact. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited. Cheltenham, UK.

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