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Research interests

Jaap Voeten obtained his PhD degree at Tilburg University in the field of responsible innovation. The thesis title: 'Understanding Responsible Innovation in Small Producers - Clusters in Northern Vietnam:A grounded theory approach to globalisation and poverty alleviation.' The thesis is downloadable via: http://www.econtrack.nl/onderzoek/detail/222/new-policy-for-responsible-innovation-in-developing-countries

Expertise: micro and small enterprise (informal sector) in developing countries, poverty alleviation, sustainable development, institutional development. kleinbedrijf en informele sector in ontwikkelingslanden, institutionele ontwikkeling,

Research methods: qualitative inquiry, grounded theory and Actor-Network Theory (ANT).


Educated as Development Economist, Jaap Voeten specialised in micro and small business in developing countries, particularly on innovation and sustainable business combining people planet profit and poverty alleviation. During the first 15 years of his career, Jaap voeten gained hand-on experience in the field as researcher and project manager in long-term development projects in Vietnam, Indonesia and Yemen. Since 7 years he returned in academic circles and completed a PhD study on responsible innovation as a means towards sustainable development and poverty reduction in small producers? networks in Vietnam. His research has evolved into a practice of multi-disciplinary methods (economics, sociology and business administration) combined with grounded theory (qualitative/micro) approach towards policy making. Valorisation of research has always been an essential element in his research.

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  • Poverty
  • Asia
  • Innovation
  • Sustainable Development
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Responsible Innovation
  • Africa

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Research Output 2009 2018

Open Access

Emerging Economies, Institutional Voids, and Innovation Drivers: A Study in India

Voeten, J., Saiyed, A. A. & Dutta, D. K. Sep 2017 Tilburg: Tilburg University, 40 p.(DFID Working Paper)

Research output: Working paperOther research output

Small and medium-sized enterprises
Emerging economies

Inclusive innovation in small producers' clusters in Vietnam: Policy implications from grounded theory

Voeten, J. 2017 Research Handbook on Innovation Governance for Emerging Economies: Towards Better Models. Kuhlmann, S. & Ordonez-Matamoros, G. (eds.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 405-434

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Grounded theory
Policy implications
Informal institutions
Institutional context

Activities 2015 2015

  • 2 Membership of committee
  • 1 Consultancy

Projects 2012 2017

Prizes / Recognition

TiSEM Research Valorization Award 2016

Patricio Dalton (Recipient), Burak Uras (Recipient) & Jaap Voeten (Recipient), 10 Jan 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)