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Thomas Gillier


Associate Professor to department Management & Technology
Doctorat , Innovation and Technology, INPL

Areas of expertise

  • Creativity
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Open Foresight
  • Open Innovation

Thomas Gillier is associate professor at Grenoble Ecole de Management. Thomas is a Fulbright Research Scholar (2021) and has been a visiting scholar at Babson College. Thomas has developed and taught courses on creativity and innovation management for both undergraduate, specialized masters and executive teaching programs at GEM.

In his research, Thomas explores the process of creativity in collaborative and distributed contexts such as open innovation, crowdsourcing, open science and open foresight. Thomas specifically studies the generative and receptive side of creativity. Thomas examines how individuals and teams generate, evaluate, promote and elaborate new ideas in organizations. Inspired by recent research advances in cognitive/social psychology and design theories, Thomas seeks to reveal novel creative thinking processes that depart from the traditional divergence/convergence model of creativity. Among others, Thomas is interested in creative contexts where people develop visionary concepts and explore new knowledge. Thomas’ research works rely both on qualitative and quantitative research methods, he has conducted research projects with several high tech and innovative firms in France such as Renault and CEA.

Thomas is member of the editorial board of Creativity and Innovation Management, he is involved in the scientific committee of the Innovation and Product Development Management conference. His research findings appear in several top management journals such as Research Policy, Journal of Product Innovation Management, European Management Review and general management magazines including Harvard Business Review.


    • Design Thinking and Innovation - Master - Since 2011
    • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    • Innovation Management - Master
    • Innovation Management - Master - Since 2011
    • Design & New Product Development - Master
    • Actualités de l'innovation et anticipation - Formation Continue - from 2014 to 2016