I enjoy inspiring and guiding people and firms finding creative ways to capitalize on cutting-edge technologies and technology-enabled trends.

Dr. Sam Solaimani is Program Director of Full-Time MBA Program and Associate Professor at Nyenrode’s Center of Marketing and Supply Chain Management. He is fascinated by every bit and byte of “Digital Transformation”, especially the impact of emerging technologies and industrial evolution on firms’ business models and operations. He is also interested in the Lean philosophy and world-class operations, especially its application beyond the conventional settings.

Sam’s research is mainly driven by his national and international collaboration with corporate partners, including but not limited to, KPN, Siemens, Philips, ABN Amro, Achmea, TNO, Uneto VNI, Getronics, Cap Gemini; and countless SMEs and startups in the manufacturing, FMCG, consumer electronics sectors. He has published numerous articles, some of which have recently appeared in highly-rated journals including the Journal of Business Research (JBR), Journal of Cleaner Production (JCP), European Management Review (EMR), Information Systems Frontiers (ISF), Technological Forecasting and Social Change (TFSC). He is a member of the Association for Information Systems (AIS), American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS), International Community of Production and Operations Management Society (POMS), European Operations Management Association (EUROmA), and a regular reviewer for several publishers including Journal of Business Ethics, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, Journal of Information Systems Frontiers, and Electronic Markets.

Sam holds a PhD from Delft University of Technology with a focus on “business model innovation and implementation in complex networks”; MSc with honor (Cum Laude) in Business Information Systems (University of Amsterdam); and BSc in Information Science (Utrecht University).

International activities

Sam has been visiting scholar at various universities and research institutes including:

  • Center for Open Innovation at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, USA
  • Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • The SP Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai, India
  • Institute for Advanced Management Systems Research, Åbo Akademi & Turku School of Economics, Turku, Finland
  • School of Economics and Finance, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China
  • Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland


Sam experiences a sense of dyschronometria when I am traveling, reading sci-fi books and building (simple) robots.

Most relevant publications

  • Solaimani, S., Haghighi Talab, A, & Van Der Rhee, B. (2019). An integrative view on Lean innovation management, Journal of Business Research, 105 (Dec.), 109-120. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2019.07.042
  • Solaimani, S., & Sedighi, M. (2019). Toward a holistic view on Lean sustainable construction: a literature review. Journal of Cleaner Production (forthcoming).
  • Solaimani, S., Heikkilä, M., & Bouwman, H. (2018). Business model implementation within networked enterprises: A case study on a Finnish pharmaceutical project. European Management Review15(1), 79-96. https://doi.org/10.1111/emre.12124
  • Zand, F., Solaimani, S., & van Beers, C. (2016). A role-based typology of information technology: Model development and assessment. Information Systems Management32(2), 119-135. https://doi.org/10.1080/10580530.2015.1018770
  • Solaimani, S., Bouwman, H., & Itälä, T. (2015). Networked enterprise business model alignment: A case study on smart living. Information Systems Frontiers17(4), 871-887. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10796-013-9474-1