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.