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Andrew Van de Ven

Professor Emeritus
Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship


  • BBA 1967
    Philosophy and Business Administration St. Norbert College

  • MBA 1969
    Management and Finance University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • PhD 1972
    Program Administration University of Wisconsin-Madison


  • Organization and management theory
  • Management of innovation and change
  • Interorganizational relationships
  • Nominal group processes and program planning
  • Theory building and methods of engaged scholarship
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Interorganizational trust
  • Trust between organizations
  • Innovations

Andrew H. Van de Ven is Professor Emeritus in the Carlson School of the University of Minnesota. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1972, and taught at Kent State Univ. and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania before that. He teaches courses on the management of innovation and change, organizational behavior, and engaged scholarship research methods. Van de Ven's books and journal articles over the years have dealt with the Nominal Group Technique, organization design and assessment, inter-organizational relationships, organizational innovation and change, and engaged scholarship research methods.

Van de Ven has been studying changes unfolding in health care organizations and industry. During the 1980s he directed the Minnesota Innovation Research Program in which 30 faculty and doctoral students tracked fourteen different kinds of innovations from concept to implementation. 

In addition to organizational innovation and change, Van de Ven's books and journal articles over the years have dealt with the Nominal Group Technique, organization assessment, inter-organizational relationships, and research methods. He is co-author of 13 books, including: The Innovation Journey (1999, 2008), Organization Change and Innovation Processes (2000), Handbook of Organizational Change and Innovation (2004), and Engaged Scholarship (2007), which won the 2008 Terry best book award from the Academy of Management. During 2000-2001 Van de Ven was President of the Academy of Management.

Selected Works

"Structuring Cooperative Relationships between Organizations," A. Van de Ven and P. Ring. Strategic Management Journal, 1992. In 2008, this paper was selected for the Dan and Mary Lou Schendel Best Paper Prize. This award recognizes a paper published at least five years ago that has made a lasting contribution to scholarship in strategic management.
"The Innovation Journey." A. Van de Ven, D. Polley, R. Garud, and S. Venkataraman (1999; 2008). New York; Oxford University Press. This book was runner-up for Terry Award by Academy of Management for best book of the year.
Research on the Management of Innovation: The Minnesota Studies, A. Van de Ven, H. Angle, and M. Poole (Oxford University Press, 2000).
Measuring and Assessing Organizations, A. Van de Ven and D. Ferry (Wiley Interscience, 1980).
Group Techniques for Program Planning: A Guide to Nominal Group and Delphi Processes, A. Van de Ven, A. Delbecq, and D. Gustafson (Scott Forsman, 1975).
Handbook of Organizational Change and Innovation, A. Van de Ven and M. S. Poole (Oxford University Press, 2004).
Organizational Change and Innovation Processes: Theory and Methods for Research, A. Van de Ven, M. S. Poole, K. Dooley, and M. Holmes (Oxford University Press, 2000).
Engaged Scholarship: A Guide for Organizational and Social Research, A. Van de Ven, (Oxford University Press, 2007). Winner of the 2008 Academy of Management Terry Book Award. This award is granted annually to the book judged to have made the most outstanding contribution to the advancement of management knowledge and published during the past two years.
"Knowledge for Science and Practice," A. Van de Ven and P. Johnson, Academy of Management Review, 2006
"A Collective Action Model of Institutional Innovation," A. Van den Ven and T. Hargrave, Academy of Management Review, 2006
"Relying on Trust in Cooperative Inter-Organizational Relationships," A. Van de Ven, P. Ring, A. Zaheer, & R. Bachman, Handbook of Trust Research, 2006
"Explaining Development and Change in Organizations," A. Van de Ven and M. Poole, Academy of Management Review, 1995. This article was named the journal's best paper of the year.
"How Outcome Agreement and Power Balance Among Parties Influence Processes of Organizational Learning and Non-Learning. Journal of Management. Forthcoming." Van de Ven, A. H., Bechara, J. P. & Sun, K. (2017)
"Managing Knowledge Integration Across Boundaries, Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press." Tel, F., Berggrey, C., Brusoni S., and Van de Ven A.H. (editors) (2017)

Current Activities

Editorial Appointments

  • Editorial boards, European Management Review, Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences, Journal of Trust Research, and Journal of Change Management

  • Academy of Management Journal, Associate editor of special issue and process studies of organization change, 2012

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Scholar Award, Health Care Management Division, Academy of Management, 2005

  • Distinguished Scholar Award, Technology and Innovation Management Division, Academy of Management, 2003

  • Distinguished Scholar Career Award, Organization and Management Theory Division, Academy of Management, 1997

Research Grants

  • Research consultant to Health Partners Research Foundation on 5-year (2007-2011) study of mental health care services supported by $3 million grant from National Institute of Mental Health in 2007

  • Co-investigator (with R. Schroeder and K. Lindeman, CSOM) on $496,206 National Science Foundation research grant on Sustainable Quality Performance. 2008 was first of three-year research program

  • Proposal collaborator and program advisor on a $52 million five-year research grant application to the National Institute of Health for an Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Award to the Academic Health Center of the Univ. of Minnesota. Prof. Bruce R. Blazar, Pediatrics is program director

  • Principle investigator in longitudinal study of Allina healthcare organization integration since 1994

Scholarly Service

  • Founding editor of Academy of Management Discoveries, 2013-2017

  • President of the Academy of Management, 2000-2001

  • Elected Fellow of the Academy of Management, 1988