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Research interests

Jose's primary research interest focuses on emerging collaborative online innovation communities. His area of research includes digital innovation echo systems, community governance, digital platform strategy, emergent ICT-based business models. Part of his research involves developing and applying novel data science techniques in the study of online innovation networks.

Jose has worked worked on and has co-authored research reports for various large European projects including CRE8TV, SPARK, and INSPIRE. For the CRE8TV project he identified barriers to value appropriation in digital market places. For the SPARK project he helped identify how to support social enterprises in their innovation activities. For the INSPIRE project, Jose co-developed a set of business innovation tools to support open innovation activities in European SMEs.

Supervisory Interests

Jose supervises PhD students in the following areas: Open innovation, digital entrepreneurship, emerging digital technologies, open source innovation, online communities, and user innovation.

Jose has an interest to supervise PhD students focusing on alternative forms of digital innovation. Of particular interest are those that explore the evolution of digital technologies and their development and propagation through informal innovation group.

Approach to teaching

Jose is a member of the BSc (Hons) Team Enterprise and Innovation degree coaching team, set to start in 2020/2021. This new course, inspired by the Finnish Team Academy approach, is a  non-lecture-based experiential learning course suited to those who want an alternative to a traditional degree and are looking to develop and practice entrepreneurial skills.

Jose is a Module Leader for business and international strategy for final year under graduates and Master's students.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Brighton

1 Apr 201131 Mar 2016

Award Date: 31 Mar 2016

Master, London Metropolitan University

1 Sep 200627 Feb 2008

Award Date: 27 Feb 2008

Bachelor, University of Portsmouth

1 Sep 199930 Aug 2003

Award Date: 30 Aug 2003


  • HD28 Management. Industrial Management
  • Innovation
  • user innovation
  • open innovation
  • communities
  • digital economy
  • Digital Sociology
  • data science

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Research Output

  • 2 Conference contribution with ISSN or ISBN
  • 1 Article

Task‐based structures in open source software: revisiting the onion model

Christian, J. & Vu, A. N., 19 Aug 2020, In : R&D Management.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Innovation in social enterprises: An intended outcome through an unexpected process

    Tsekouras, G., Marshall, N. & Christian, J., 24 Apr 2019, 13th International Conference on Organisational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities (OLKC): The human side of Innovation.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNConference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

    Open Access
  • Open Innovation Readiness for SMEs: An assessment methodology

    Figlioli, A., Christian, J., Tsekouras, G., Patel, P., Kanellou, D., Albats, E. & Podemetina, D., 3 Sep 2019, BAM 2019 Conference: Building and Sustaining High Performance Organisations in Uncertain Times.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNConference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

    Open Access