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Jan-Peter Ferdinand

PhD Candidate of the 1st Cohort

Subsequent Position

From April 2016 Jan-Peter Ferdinand worked as a research consultant at the Institute for Innovation and Technology (iit) in Berlin.




Dealing with Openness in Hardware Entrepreneurship

In the course of a growing “maker movement” and the renaissance of “do-it-yourself” (DIY) as a personalized mode of bricolage and exploration, novel patterns of hardware development are thriving. What makes these patterns unique is the impact of innovation communities and their constitutive values, like e. g. the openness of knowledge. 

Against this background, corporate spin-offs that emerge from these open hardware communities (like e. g. those in the fields of 3D printing, bio-hacking, unmanned aerial vehicles resp. “drones”, or micro-controllers) often face challanges when they try to implement the community-based values into novel organizational forms. My study focuses on the specific qualities of open hardware spin-offs, the potential tensions that may arise within these constellations, and the ways, entrepreneurs try to relieve them.



Ferdinand, J.-P (2018): Entrepreneurship in Innovation Communities. Springer: Heidelberg, New York.

Ferdinand, J.-P.; Petschow, U.; Dickel, S. (Ed.) (2016): The decentralized and networked future of value creation – 3D printing and its implications for society, industry, and sustainable development. Springer: Heidelberg, New York.

Dickel, S.; Ferdinand, J.-P-; Petschow, U. (2014): Shared Machine Shops as Real-life Laboratories. Journal of Peer Production. Issue #5: Shared Machine Shops.

Petschow, U.; Ferdinand, J.-P-; Dickel, S.; Flämig, H.; Steinfeldt, M.; Worobei, A. (2014): Dezentrale Produktion, 3D-Druck und Nachhaltigkeit - Trajektorien und Potenziale innovativer Wertschöpfungsmuster zwischen Maker-Bewegung und Industrie 4.0. Schriftenreihe des IÖW 206/14, Berlin.

Ferdinand, Jan-Peter; Gossen, Maike, Holzhauer, Brigitte; Scholl, Gerd (2013): Nanoview – Einflussfaktoren auf die Wahrnehmung der Nanotechnologien und zielgruppenspezifische Risikokommunikationsstrategien. Abschlussbericht des Projekts „Nanoview“, im Auftrag des Bundesinstituts für Risikobewertung, Berlin.

Scholl, G.; Petschow, U.; Ferdinand, J.-P. (2012): Deliberating Converging Technologies - An International Comparative Perspective on Public Engagement with Emerging Technologies: Preface to the Special Edition. International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society, Vol. 10 (2012), 1-5.

Ferdinand, Jan-Peter; Petschow, Ulrich; v. Gleich, Arnim; Seipold, Peer (2012):Literaturstudie Bionik Analyse aktueller Entwicklungen und Tendenzen im Bereich der Wirtschaftsbionik. Schriftenreihe des IÖW 201/12, Berlin.

Ferdinand, Jan-Peter (2011): Megatrends und die grüne Wirtschaftspolitik. In: Ökologisches Wirtschaften, Heft 4/2011, S. 12-13, oekom Verlag.

Ferdinand, Jan-Peter (2010): Prospektive Bewertung von konvergierenden Technologien. In: Ökologisches Wirtschaften, Heft 2/2010, S.17-18, oekom Verlag.



Ferdinand, Jan-Peter, Meyer, Uli: Heterogeneous Innovation Ecosystems: Community-firm relations in distributed innovation processes. Talk presented at the 31st EGOS Colloquium 2015. Athens, July 2-4, 2015.

Ferdinand, Jan-Peter: 3D Printing Startups & the Dilemma of Entrepreneurship in Open Hardware. Talk presented at the Nordic Summer University – Circle 6 (Appropriating science and technology for societal change) – Winter Symposium. Gothenburg, March 1st, 2015.

Ferdinand, Jan-Peter: Maker Related Community Spinoffs in the Field of Open Hardware. Talk presented at the 74th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. Philadelphia, 04. August 2014.

Ferdinand, Jan-Peter: Communities as seedbeds for distributed innovation – first insights from the field of open hardware. Talk presented at the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) 26th Annual Conference. Chicago, 12. Juli 2014.

Ferdinand, Jan-Peter: The sensitivity of innovation communities. Talk presented at the 1st Interdisciplinary Innovation conference organized by the interdisciplinary institute on innovation (i3). Paris, 02.12.2013


Curriculum vitae:

Research assistant for futurology at VDI / VDE-IT, Berlin
Submission of the doctoral thesis
09/2013 - 11/2013
Visiting Scholarship at UC Berkeley Sociology Department (funded by DAAD)
April 2012
DFG Graduate School “Innovation Society Today: The Reflexive Creation of Novelty” (TU Berlin)
since April 2012
Research Fellow at the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW)
2010 - 2012
Researcher at the IÖW (main topics: innovation and new technologies)
2006 – 2009
Student Research Assistant at the Socio-Economic Department / Institute of Innovation and Technology of the VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH
2003 – 2010
Studies of Sociology, Technology Studies, and Organization Science. TU Berlin


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