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Dr. Hamdy Abdelaty


Chair of Innovation Management


Thielallee 73
Raum 005
14195 Berlin


Appointments upon request.

Hamdy Abdelaty is a Research Associate (Postdoc) at Freie Universität Berlin, and Project Manager of the MEIS-SME project. Hamdy joined FU Berlin in April 2016 as a PhD student / DAAD scholarship holder. He received his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Business Administration from Cairo University in Egypt. In 2020, Hamdy was granted a doctoral degree in Business & Economics from Freie Universität Berlin with a very good grade. Hamdy’s research is published at many international innovation management conferences such as R&D Management, World Open Innovation Conference (WOIC), Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meeting, Druide, and the British Academy of Management (BAM) conference.

Research Interests

Open Innovation and Networking

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

Innovation Policy

Innovation System Constituents

R&D and Intellectual Property Management

Hamdy teaches Bachelor and Master students’ classes on Open innovation, Innovation management, Appropriation and Innovation Ecosystem.

Selected Topics in Innovation Management: Open Innovation and Leading the Recovery (Seminar). Master of Management & Marketing, Summer 2021

In his ongoing research, Hamdy investigates how SMEs in emerging market innovate and how national authorities can design an innovation policy mix that meets SMEs innovation challenges & trends. The ongoing projects use large-scale analysis of the Egyptian National Innovation data, which he integrates with a deeper appreciation for what content flows through the German and EU context. Hamdy seeks to study novel questions, use novel research methodologies to advance the academic literature, and help policymakers rethink their business and make better decisions.

Research projects

MISBIH: "Mobilizing Innovation System in BiH for SME Innovation Capabilities, Subproject: Policy Analysis and Trainings", two year project funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research: Oct 2021 - Oct 2023.

MEIS-SME:Mobilizing Egyptian Innovation System for SME Innovation Capabilities”, four year project funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research: Sep 2018 - August 2019 and from Sep 2020 until August 2023.

PhD Project: “Open Innovation Strategy: Innovation Outcomes and Managerial Determinants”. Funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD): April 2016 - August 2020.

Publications and conference contributions

Abdelaty, Hamdy, and Weiss, Daniel. 2021. "R&D capacity and the innovation collaboration paradox: the moderating role of the appropriation strategy. In Innovation: Organisation & Management, 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1080/14479338.2021.1971992.

Abdelaty, Hamdy. 2021. “The Direction and Form of Openness Strategy: Homogeneity of Openness Strategies and Innovation Novelties.” In Brining Managegers Back in Management. Virtual: Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2021.

Abdelaty, Hamdy. 2020. “Open Innovation Strategy: Innovation Outcomes and Managerial Determinants." Berlin: Mensch und Buch Verlage. https://www.amazon.de/Four-Quantitative-Essays-Innovation-Strategy/dp/3967290719.

Abdelaty, Hamdy, and Weiss, Daniel. 2020. “The Paradox of R&D Capacity and Openness: The Moderating Role of Appropriation Strategy.” In Leading the Recovery: Turning Threats into Opportunities with Open Innovation. Virtual: World Open Innovation Conference (WOIC).

Abdelaty, Hamdy. 2019. “Persistence of Open Innovation: An Organizational Learning Approach.” In Building and Sustaining High-Performance Organisations in Uncertain Times: Challenges and Opportunities. Aston University, Birmingham, UK: British Academy of Management BAM Conference Proceedings 2019.

Abdelaty, Hamdy, and Scheel, Andreas. 2019. “The Downfall of User-Centred Innovation? Evidence for a Shift in Perception of External Sources of Innovation.” Utrecht University, Netherland: the 17th Open and User Innovation Conference.

Abdelaty, Hamdy, and Dreher, Carsten. 2018. “Openness of Innovation in SMEs in Emerging Markets : Scope of Adoption and Determinants of Innovation Performance.” In R&Designing Innovation: Transformational Challenges for Organizations and Society, 1–12. Milan, Italy: R&D Management Conference 2018.

Abdelaty, Hamdy, Ramadan, Rezk, Sakr, Mahmoud M., and Dreher, Carsten. 2017. “Toward an Explanation for Open Innovation Process.” In Managing Innovation in Emerging Markets. Berlin: Technical University Berlin.