Dmitrij Slepniov

Title: Associate Professor
Home institution: Aalborg University, Department of Business and Management

Tel: +45 9940 8992;

SDC Research field: Innovation Management
SDC research project(s): Value Chain Innovation

The study focuses on multiple systemic linkages between R&D, production and services networks of firms. We argue that unraveling these linkages is crucial for advancing our understanding of value creation and management in the global context. In order to yield richer insights into how value networks can be organised on the global scale, this study reaches beyond the traditional functional split and reflects not only on the developments within functional networks but also on how they relate to each other. How are production, R&D and service footprints interrelated? How can Danish and Chinese firms innovate interfaces between these value network activities? How and why does production still matter for innovation capabilities? These are among the key questions addressed in this research initiative.

Project partner(s) in China: Xiaobo Wu, Professor, Zhejiang University

Jian Du, Associate Professor, Zhejiang University

Jun Jin, Associate Professor, Zhejiang University

Project partner(s) in Denmark: Brian V. Waehrens, Associate Professor, Aalborg University

Peder V. Søberg, Postdoc, Aalborg University

Erik Skov Madsen, Associate Professor, Southern Denmark University

Sascha Struwe, PhD Candidate

SDC Teaching involvement Head of Educational Programme, Innovation Management


Overall research interests Dmitrij Slepniov is an Associate Professor at the Department of Business and Management at Aalborg University. He holds his M.Sc. from London School of Economics and Ph.D. from Aalborg University, Denmark. Prior to starting his academic career he held position at the Confederation of Industries fulfilling analytical roles in close collaboration with companies. His current research work and publications focus on internationalisation and the implications of globalization for innovation. His international experience includes teaching and research programs in the Denmark, China, South Korea and Japan.


Publications Haakonsson, S.J., Slepniov, D. (2018). Technology Transmission Across National Innovation Systems: The Role of Danish Suppliers in Upgrading the Wind Energy Industry in China. European Journal of Development Research, Vol. 30, No. 2, pp. 462-480.

Mykhaylenko, A., Wæhrens, B.V., Slepniov, D. (2017). The impact of distance on headquarters’ network management capabilities. Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol. 28, No. 3,pp. 371-393.

Pedersen, P.C., Slepniov, D. (2016). Management of the learning curve: A case of overseas production capacity expansion. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Vol. 36, No. 1, pp. 42-60.

Slepniov, D., Lassen, A.H., Haakonsson, S.J., McKelvey, M. (2015). Understanding Innovation Spaces of Emerging MNEs: Evidence from a Chinese Wind Turbine Manufacturer. In Maureen McKelvey and Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen (eds.) Innovation Spaces in Asia: Entrepreneurs, Multinational Enterprises and Policy, pp. 103-123, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, pp. 103-123, ISBN 978-1-78347-567-4.

Slepniov, D. and Pedersen, P.-C. (2015). Management of the Learning Curve: A Case of Overseas Production Capacity Expansion, International Journal of Operations & Production Management. Accepted, in press for 2015 (Emerald journal, ISSN: 0144-3577).

Slepniov, D. and Jin, J. (2014). Service innovation in China: Development and implementation of a logistics platform solution. Cambridge Manufacturing Symposium. University of Cambridge, September 2014.

Haakonsson, S.J. and Slepniov, D. (2014). Industrial dynamics beyond the lead firms: evidence from the wind energy industry in China, Globelics 2014.

Slepniov, D., Wæhrens, B.V., Johansen, J. (2014). Dynamic roles and locations of manufacturing: Imperatives of alignment and coordination with innovation, Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol. 25, No. 2, pp.198 – 217.

Slepniov, D., Wæhrens, B.V., Niang, M. (2014). Exploring Trajectories of Distributed Development: A Study of Two Danish Manufacturers. In John Johansen; Sami Farooq; Yang Cheng (eds.) International Operations Networks. London: Springer Publishing Company, pp. 149-160.

Adeyemi, O., Slepniov, D., Wæhrens, B.V., Boer, H., Wu, X. (2014). Exploring the Changing Roles of Western Subsidiaries in China: Balancing Global Priorities with Local Demands. In John Johansen; Sami Farooq; Yang Cheng (eds.) International Operations Networks. London: Springer Publishing Company, pp. 67-80.

Slepniov, D., Wæhrens, B.V., and Gubi, E. (2013). Global Operations Coevolution: Hidden Effects and Responses. In Torben Pedersen, Lydia Bals, Peter Oerberg-Jensen, Marcus Moeller-Larsen (eds.) The Offshoring Challenge: Strategic Design and Innovation for Tomorrow’s Organization. London: Springer, pp. 325-338 (ISBN 978-1-4471-4907-1).

Slepniov, D. and Wæhrens, B.V. (2013). Managing international expansion in a knowledge-intensive venture: Going global in Alpha Composites. In Maureen McKelvey and Astrid H. Lassen (eds.) How Entrepreneurs Do What They Do: Case Studies of Knowledge Intensive Entrepreneurship, pp. 62-75, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. ISBN 978-1-78100-549-1.

Slepniov, D., Wæhrens, B.V. and Johansen, J. (2012). Production, Innovation and Service Networks: Complex Interplay, Evolution and Coordination. International Journal of Product Development, Vol. 17, No. 3-4, pp. 189-203.

Non-academic research partners Collaboration (on internships, guest visits and research) with industrial partners located in China (some of the companies in the network include Grundfos, Danfoss, ECCO, Gabriel, Damstahl, Yingli Solar, Geely, Huawei) and gvt. And non-gvt. Institutions (Innovation Center Denmark in Shanghai, DCCC, IFU)