Dmitrij Slepniov

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Associate professor


Department of Business and Management


International Business Centre at Aalborg University
Fibigerstraede 4, Office 115

Phone: +45 9940 8992



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Dmitrij Slepniov is an Associate Professor at the Department of Business and Management at Aalborg University, Denmark and the Head of Educational Programme in Innovation Management at the Sino-Danish Center (SDC), University of Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing. He holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and a PhD from Aalborg University, Denmark.

Prior to starting his academic career, he held a position at the Confederation of Lithuanian Industries, fulfilling an analytical role. His current research work and publications focus on global innovation as well as implications of globalization for design and development processes. Among companies that he worked with are Danish flagship companies (such as LEGO Group, Vestas, Grundfos) and numerous SMEs. His experience outside Denmark includes teaching and research programmes in close collaboration with industry in the UK, Lithuania, Denmark, China, Japan and S. Korea.

His research activities have resulted in a number of international journal publications, several book chapters and case studies. One of the cases, ‘Lego Group: An Outsourcing Journey’, written together with his colleagues from Copenhagen Business School, became one of the twenty best-selling cases on Ivey Publishing cases data base for several consecutive periods in 2011-2017 and is now available on Harvard Business Review cases data base:

Dmitrij has an extensive teaching experience at undergraduate, graduate and executive MBA programs in Denmark and abroad. He has received several teaching awards, including ‘Teacher of the Year' at the Global Business Engineering Program, Aalborg University and ‘Teacher of the Year' at the Sino-Danish College, Chinese Academy of Science.


His current teaching portfolio includes the following courses:

·         Globalization and Innovation

·         Product design and development

·         International Business

·         Operations Strategy

·         Service Operations

On the basis of these courses, Dmitrij with his colleagues has also developed a set of seminars and guest lectures for practitioners audiences and EMBA students.


• 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, pp. 1-19 (in press,

• 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.

• 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. 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.

• Slepniov, D., Brazinskas, S., and Wæhrens, B.V. (2012). Nearshoring Practices: An Exploratory Study of Scandinavian Manufacturers and Lithuanian Vendor Firms. Baltic Journal of Management, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 5-26.



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