Professor Martin Meyer

Professor Martin Meyer
D.Phil. (Sussex), FCMI

Head of School
Personal Chair in Business and Innovation

Professor Martin Meyer
Professor Martin Meyer

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen University of Aberdeen Business School
Room 819, MacRobert Building
King's College
Aberdeen AB24 5UA


Martin Meyer is Dean and Head of the University of Aberdeen Business School as well as Professor of Business and Innovation. Martin is well known for his work on science, technology and innovation as well as the Triple Helix of university-industry-government relations. He holds visiting appointments at the University of Vaasa (Finland) and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium). Martin currently serves as a member of the GISMA Business School foundation committee and is on the Stirling Management School’s business advisory board. Martin also serves as an AACSB mentor. 

Prior to joining the University of Aberdeen, Martin was the Dean of Kent Business School achieving AACSB, AMBA and SBC accreditations.  He also held the Mitali and Divyendu Kumar Chair in Business and Innovation securing an endowment to drive and develop student entrepreneurship in the university. Prior to this, from 2003 to 2013, Martin was based at the University of Sussex where he was the Deputy Head of the School of Business, Management and Economics as well as the founding Head of the Department of Business and Management. Prior to this, Martin held research positions at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), Helsinki University of Technology - now Aalto University (Finland), the Finnish Institute for Enterprise Management, and Linköping University (Sweden). 

Martin studied business, economics and sociology at the Universities of Dortmund (Germany) and Uppsala (Sweden). He holds a D.Phil. in Science and Technology Studies from SPRU, the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex. Martin also worked in the private sector, for RAND Europe and Technopolis Group. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and a member of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).


Research Overview

Martin’s research focuses on knowledge exchange, academic patenting and emerging science-based technologies. He is also interested in the bibliometric analysis of science and technology and their interrelationships. 

More specifically, Martin’s research interests include:

  • science, technology and innovation indicators
  • university-industry technology transfer, third mission, triple helix, academic entrepreneurship
  • intellectual property management
  • science-based innovation and new technologies (especially nanotechnology)
  • technological systems and sectoral systems of innovation
  • technology foresight
  • programme evaluation

His research on knowledge exchange and technology transfer resulted in projects and studies, incl. evaluative work, centred on:

  • global innovation environments
  • user-driven centres of competence
  • user-driven service innovation and co-creation
  • patenting in European universities
  • the impacts of spin-out activities of researchers on their academic parent institutions

Current Research

Martin's most recent work focuses on innovation intermediaries, interdisciplinary research and research performance as well as innovation opportunity spaces.

Martin has published widely, and his work has been cited more than 8,000 times. Martin's articles appeared in international, peer-reviewed journals, such as Research Policy, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, R&D Management, Journal of Business Research, and Scientometrics

Martin is also one of the editors of Prometheus: Critical Studies in Innovation and a member of the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of Informetrics, Scientometrics, and World Patent Information.

Research Funding and Grants

Martin has managed and led more than 20 research grants and participated in more than 30 projects with a total value in excess of £3million.

As one of the first social scientists exploring nanotechnology, Martin has advised or worked for a number of international organisations and national agencies, including the European Commission, the European Patent Office, the OECD, the UK Engineering and Technology Board, the Finnish National Technology Agency, the Nordic Innovation Centre, and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.


Teaching Responsibilities

Martin has taught a number of modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including:

  • Science, Technology & Innovation Systems,
  • Strategic Management of Technology & Innovation,
  • Methodologies for Foresight & Management of New Technologies,
  • Service and Relationship Marketing,
  • Business-to-Business Marketing,
  • New Concepts in Marketing,
  • Managing Intellectual Property.

He has also supervised dissertations covering a range of topics, including the entrepreneurial university, university spin-outs, emerging and convergent technologies.



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