dr.ir. E. Hofman (Erwin)

Associate Professor

About Me

Erwin Hofman was born in The Netherlands where he earned a master's degree in Industrial Engineering and Management and obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Twente. In addition he served as visiting scholar at New York University, Northeastern University, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in the United States. At the UT, Erwin researches and teaches issues related to Platform Innovation: Strategic Roadmapping, Product Platforming (modularity) and Business Ecosystem design. His research has appeared in top academic journals including Research Policy, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Technology Forecasting and Social Change and others. His research is theoretical and empirical alike and he prefers to combine qualitative and quantitative research methods. The research findings are used by companies with a focus on Industry 4.0 and which are in the process of developing modular products or services that allow them to more efficiently develop and produce highly customized products or services. In his spare time Erwin consults and advises companies ranging from startups to Fortune 100 corporations and governmental agencies. At the University of Twente Erwin is responsible for teaching the subject of organization theory and design and innovation management which he also teaches to an executive MBA audience.


Business & Economics
Alliance Network
Decision Model
Design Rules
New Product Development
Engineering & Materials Science
Product Development


Domenico, M. D. , Hofman, E. , & Schiele, H. (2023). A Bibliometric Review of the Business Platforming Literature: Theoretical Cornerstones and Research Trends. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 1-18. Article 10057104. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1109/TEM.2023.3240300
Hofman, E. , Siebelink, R. , Schweisfurth, T. G. , & de Visser, M. (2022). Impacts of Cognitive Traits on Performance in the Fuzzy Front End of Innovation: Idea Generation and Selection. Paper presented at 29th Innovation and Product Development Management Conference, IPDMC 2022, Hamburg, Germany.
van Oorschot, J. (2020). On the adoption of innovation in the housing sector. [PhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT, University of Twente]. University of Twente. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036550918
Siebelink, R. , & Hofman, E. (2020). Individual Cognitive Capabilities, Strategy Tools, and their Combined Impact on Strategic Options. Paper presented at 80th Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2020, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn (building no. 10), room 2254
Hallenweg 17
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn  2254
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands