Paul Iske

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Professor

Paul Iske is Professor at the School of Business and Economics, University Maastricht, Netherlands, focusing on Open Innovation and Business Venturing and also the special topic: Combinatoric Innovation. He is member of the Management Team of the Service Science Factory and he is on the Board of the Network of Social Innovation.

Paul Iske is Chief Dialogues Officer and Director of the Dialogues Incubator at ABN AMRO Bank. In these roles he is responsible for open, radical, social and sustainable innovation. Furthermore, he is initiator and Director of the Dialogues House, ABN AMRO’s center for outside-in and future-proof thinking and behavior ( The holistic approach taken by Dialogues has been awarded the Banking and Finance Innovation Award for 2008.

Paul founded the ‘Institute of Brilliant Failures’ (, which is a web 2.0-approach to highlight the importance of experimentation and entrepreneurship to achieve paradigm shifts and breakthrough innovation and to get acceptance for failing as an inevitable part of innovation processes.

General theme in Paul’s professional interests and activities is value creation by ‘smart entrepreneurship’ or ‘intelligent innovation’, which combines innovation, entrepreneurship, knowledge management and collaboration. As ‘Consulting Challenger’ he invites his clients to make the extra step and to look beyond the obvious.

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