Interview with Susanne Durst

susanne_durst_02.jpgSusanne Durst is Associate Professor at the School of Business at University of Skövde (Sweden) and Professor of Business Administration at Universidad del Pacífico (Peru). Before joining academia, she worked in different positions with private enterprises of different industries and size. Her research interests include small business management, SME business transfers, knowledge management, knowledge risk management and corporate governance. She has been conducting several national and international research projects on company succession, corporate governance, and knowledge management in SMEs and public organizations. Her work has been recognized through different awards, including the Transeo Academic Award in 2012 and has been published in international peer-reviewed journals. Susanne is part of an international network of researchers interested in developing the fields of knowledge management and innovation management.

Paper Published in the Journal of Innovation Management:

Durst, S., Edvardsson, I. R., & Bruns, G. (2013). Knowledge creation in small building and construction firms. Journal of Innovation Management1(1), 125.

Journal of Innovation Management: Professor Susanne Durst, thank you so much for your kind availability for this interview! Would you share with our readers what has actually followed the research published in this paper?

Susanne Durst: We continued studying small building and construction firms, turning from knowledge creation to knowledge retention.

JIM: Would you share with our readers your current line of research?

SD: Of course. One line of research concerns knowledge risk management, which I consider an important but still underestimated field in the study of knowledge management.

JIM: Which will be, in your opinion, the challenges for the near future? In which topics, in your opinion, is it worth doing research these days?

SD: Against the backdrop of the digital transformation concerning us all, it is worth doing research on the topics of unlearning and reskilling. In this context, we may also revisit our view of knowledge management. It may need an update as well. Moreover, I would like to see more systematic studies about possible benefits and challenges of the digital transformation. The fields of knowledge management and innovation management should take a stronger position in the current debates, we should not leave this topic to the IT field or related fields.

JIM: What would you recommend PhD students in your field to research ?” e.g. tips and tricks about the key topical issues, which are relevant, meaningful and possibly impactful.

SD: Being myself a practitioner who turned academic, I would recommend PhD students selecting a real problem/challenge organizations are facing. This increases the likelihood of really making an impact and can contribute to an improved relationship between research and business/society as well.

JIM: What are the latest developments in your field?

SD: Recently, I have seen an increasing interest in studying the downsides of knowledge which is promising as it will give us a more balanced understanding of this vital resource. In the field of open innovation, I welcome the increasing number of researchers studying open innovation in SMEs, which offers, in my opinion, a huge potential for relevant contributions from which both practitioners and researchers should benefit.

JIM: A final challenge for this interview. We know all researchers have interesting stories about their research activities. Would you share one of those stories with our readers?

SD: I would like to emphasise the energy I am drawing from my collaborations with colleagues from different parts of the world. For us, it means one thing above all: Having fun while working!

JIM: To conclude, just couple of more personal questions with very very short answers?

Favorite book?

SD: Currently, Body of Weimar.

The trip in your dreams?

SD: These dreams always lead me to Italy.

JIM: Thank you for your support and thank you for submitting the results of your research to Journal of Innovation Management!