Technology and job: Schumpeter vs Freeman: the unrevealed story of innovation capability and skills complementarity 


Kehinde was a postdoctoral researcher at the Chair of Economics of Innovation and Structural Change, University of Bremen. He worked on the project “Obstacles to Modernisation in the Economy and Science of the GDR (Mod-Block-DDR)”. Kehinde is currently a Guest Researcher at the same chair as he continues to pursue his independent and collaborative research.

Kehinde completed his PhD in Economics at Friedrich Schiller University Jena on December 13, 2019 and funded by Katholischer Akademischer Ausländer-Dienst (KAAD). His PhD dissertation, Dynamic Capabilities and Innovation Optimisation: A Firm-level Empirical Analysis, examines the heterogeneous nature of dynamic capabilities and their impact on innovation. Kehinde has published his work in notable innovation journals and participated in many conferences within and outside Germany, where he presented most of his current and ongoing scholarly works. In addition, Kehinde serves as a regular reviewer to a number of innovation, entrepreneurship and business management journals. 

Before and during his PhD phase, Kehinde served as a research assistant at the Chair of Economic Policy, Friedrich Schiller University Jena and supported in the supervision of master theses. He also volunteered to teach and supervise end-of-semester examinations in Innovation Systems, Studies in Entrepreneurship and Regional Development at the Chair of Business Dynamics, Innovation and Economic Change. In his career transition, Kehinde also worked on a project at the University of Jena on the Regionalisation of German Patents from 1989-1990 (DDR Patents).

Kehinde was a Queen Elizabeth Scholar emerging scholar recipient, a scholarship program competitively offered by the Open African Innovation Research (Open AIR) at the University of Ottawa, Canada, in conjunction with the DST/NRF/Newton Fund Trilateral Chair in Transformative Innovation, the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Sustainable Development, College of Business and Economics, the University of Johannesburg, where he currently serves as a Senior Research Associate.

His principal research interests lie in the economics of entrepreneurship and innovation; knowledge exploration, which includes open innovation, creativity & knowledge transfer and management; firm strategy & growth, which are a subset of dynamic capabilities. In addition, he is keen on the emergence and persistence of innovation and entrepreneurship in rural and urban regions, respectively—an academic quest that indicates the importance of all places, whether urban or peripheral, for innovation and entrepreneurship emergence. Consequently, he has a growing interest in gender economics, regional economics, economic geography, and econometrics.

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