Staff S.J.A. (Sandor) Lowik

Sandor Lowik

Dr. ir. S.J.A. (Sandor) Löwik
Assistant professor

Office: RA 2274
T: +31 (0)53 489 4513
F: +31 (0)053 489 2159


Sandor Löwik works as assistant professor at the department of NIKOS. He holds a M.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering and Management and an B.Eng. degree in Building Services and Equipment at Utrecht University of Professional Education. He has twelve years of industrial experience in the field of Operations Management at a manufacturer of medical devices (3 years) and at two different providers of technical services (resp. 6 and 3 years)


His research focuses on absorptive capacity, networks and organization of innovation. The central question that guides his research is how small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) organize their innovation processes, to manage their liabilities of smallness. His PhD research related to how SMEs develop and maintain absorptive capacity to recognize, assimilate, transform and exploit new knowledge from external partners.


For the School of Management and Governance in the Bachelor of Industrial Engineering and Management (IEM) and International Business Administration (IBA):

  • Professional Skills
  • Academic skills for pre-master IEM
  • Supervision of Bachelor and Master assignments of Industrial Engineering & Management and International Business Administration.


Lowik S., J. Kraaijenbrink, A. Groen, (2016), ‘The team absorptive capacity triad: a configurational study of individual, enabling, and motivating factors’, Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 20 Issue 5, pp.1083 – 1103.

Lowik S., D. van Rossum, J. Kraaijenbrink, A. Groen, (2012), 'Strong Ties as Sources of New Knowledge: How Small Firms Innovate Through Bridging Capabilities', Journal of Small Business Management, Vol. 50 Issue 2, pp. 239 - 256.



  • Lowik S., A. Rietberg, M. de Visser (2016), Resolving the paradox of ambidextrous R&D routines: how to turn engineers into chameleons. R&D Management Conference, Cambridge, UK, July 3-6, 2016
  • Lowik S., (2016), Resolving the paradox of lean thinking and ambidexterity: Moderating factors that reinforce or inhibit innovation in lean SMEs. Proceedings of the 23rd Innovation and Product Development Management Conference (IPDMC), Glasgow, UK, June 12-14, 2016.
  • Lowik S., (2015) Wanted: A Transformational leader or Machiavellian as CEO. How personality traits explain individual managerial ambidexterity. 4th Ashridge International Research Conference, Ashridge, United Kingdom, June 12-14, 2015.
  • Lowik S., J. Kraaijenbrink, A. Groen (2013), Origins of Routines: A Study on Micro-foundations of Absorptive Capacity, INSCOPE Conference, Hoofddorp, The Netherlands.
  • Lowik S., J. Kraaijenbrink, A. Groen (2013), How Absorptive Capacity is More Than the Sum of Its Parts. A Multi-level Configurational Study of Micro-Foundations, Academy of Management Meeting, Orlando, Miami, 2013.
  • Lowik S., J. Kraaijenbrink, A. Groen, (2012), The Effects of Prior Knowledge, Networks, and Cognitive Style on Individuals' Absorptive Capacity, Best Paper Proceedings of the 2012 Academy of Management Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, 2012.
  • Lowik S., J. Kraaijenbrink, A. Groen, (2012), Challenges to Develop and Maintain Absorptive Capacity in New Ventures and SMEs, High Tech Small Firm Conference (HTSF) in Amsterdam, May 24-25, 2012.
  • Lowik S., K. van Hal, and E. Hofman, (2011), Effects of External Resource Acquisition on Ambidextrous Innovation Project Portfolios in SME’s, Inscope Conference, Enschede.
  • Lowik, S. and D. van Rossum, (2011), How Can Strong Ties Enhance Opportunity Recognition? An Exploratory Case Study, Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research: Vol. 31: Iss 14, Article 2.
  • Asif, M, S. Lowik, W. Weusthof, and E.J. de Bruin, (2010, Challenges in Lean Implementation in Knowledge-Intensive Services, 15th Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium Proceedings.