Dr Ehls studied technology management at the University of Stuttgart (Germany) and Nottingham (England). From 2007 to 2011, he worked at Accenture as a management advisor for strategy and product development in several international projects with leading multinationals.
He received his PhD in 2013 from Hamburg University of Technology for his research on open collaborative innovation communities, and continued at the Institute for Technology and Innovation Management as head of the research unit Open and User Innovation. He gained further academic experience as a visiting scholar at Tokyo Tech University and Harvard, as well as lecturing at different universities.
He concentrates on open and user innovation, as well as organization theory and problem solving in the digitalized economy. He specializes in distributed innovation processes, like crowdsourcing, external search, collaborative product development, and self-organizing communities.
His research builds on mixed research approaches and empirical data, for which he frequently collaborates with business corporations. He also edited the book “Open Source Innovation - The Phenomenon, Participant's Behavior, Business Implication” (Routeledge, 2015) together with Prof. Cornelius Herstatt.