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Ruediger Klein

  • Dipl.-Ing., MBA
  • Director of R&D and Marketing
  • digades GmbH
  • 16PublicationsNumber of items in Ruediger's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 13Followers


Ruediger Klein is currently Director of R&D and Marketing at digades GmbH, an electronics company. Concurrently, he is pursuing his doctorate in Innovation Management at the IHI Zittau, TU Dresden Ruediger was a Research Assistant in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at the IHI Zittau from 2010 through 2013. As part of an industry cooperation, he was in charge of introducing Product Management practices at digades GmbH. Prior to IHI Zittau, Ruediger served as Senior Product Manager at Mformation Technologies, an award-winning mobile device management company. In this role, Ruediger introduced a product management software platform and was responsible for all aspects of commercial product management. Prior to that, he worked at Alcatel-Lucent for eleven years rotating through roles of internal consultant in product definition in Bell Laboratories, Product Marketing Manager for an Operation Support product line, Requirements Manager for a Mobile Base Station family, Portfolio Manager for a $500M R&D budget, and finally Product Manager for a new Distributed Base Station. As an engineer, Ruediger was a Foreign Researcher at Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd. (now Panasonic Electric Works) in Osaka, Japan and developed DSP software for wireless basestations. Ruediger holds an MBA from Cornell University and a Dipl.-Ing. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Technology, Aachen, Germany. He is a certified PMP (PMI) and New Product Development Professional (NPDP). Ruediger has served on the board of the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) for six years. In this role, he was responsible for the management of PDMA's twenty-two North American chapters as well as PDMA's IT Strategy. From 2011 through 2013 he was Secretary Treasurer and part of the Executive Committee of PDMA's Board of Directors.

Recent publications

  • Measuring R&D Organizations’ Efforts in Market Orientation – Operationalizing the Scale with Job Requirements

    • Harland P
    • Klein R
  • The Heavyweight Product Manager in New Product Development – a Vacancy-Level Analysis

    • Harland P
    • Klein R

Professional experience

Director of R&D and Marketing

digades GmbH

April 2013 - Present

Research Assistant

IHI Zittau, TU Dresden

August 2010 - March 2013(3 years)

Product Manager

digades GmbH

August 2010 - March 2013(3 years)

Senior Product Manager

Mformation Technologies

September 2008 - September 2009(a year)

Adjunct Professor

Montclair State University

September 2007 - December 2008(a year)

Product Manager


July 1997 - September 2008(11 years)

R&D Engineer

Matsushita Electric Works

October 1993 - May 1996(3 years)


Dr. rer. pol.

IHI Zittau, TU Dresden

October 2010 - May 2014(4 years)


Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University

May 1996 - May 1997(a year)


RWTH Aachen

October 1987 - April 1993(6 years)


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