• Interdisciplinary Centre for
    Digital Business Development    


​The vision of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Digital Business Development is to promote
interdisciplinary international research on applying cutting-edge digital technologies
in connection with business development in an agile and sustainable way.

The centre has four core activities:


Research is a vital activity of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Digital Business Development, and  main research topics addresses business model innovation and sustainability through cutting-edge digital technologies – emphasizing both the strategic, managerial, organisational and the technology aspects of digital and sustainable business development.

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  • The methods of the Centre's research include case study research, participatory research, document study, observational studies, evidence-based business development and business experimentation through implementation and evaluation.
  • To progress research, the Centre aims to collaborate cross sector and locally, nationally and internationally.
  • The Centre's research is 80 pct. funded by Horizon2020 and national projects.
  • The primary KPI’s of research:
     - high score teaching evaluations
     - well-managed projects with strong deliverables and dissemination
     - timely completion of high-quality PhD theses
     - article publication in highly recognized international journals and conferences.

Preferred scientific journals:

  • Journal of Product Innovation Management
  • Research Policy
  • Long Lange Planning
  • MIT Sloan Management 
  • Journal of Management Decision 
  • California Management Review
  • Creativity and Innovation Management
  • Int. Journal of Technology Management
  • IEEE Communications Magazine
  • Journal of Cleaner Production
  • Scandinavian Journal of Management
  • R&D Management

Preferred scientific conferences:

  • IEEE IoT WF Workshop on IoT Business Model Innovation 
  • IEEE International Conference on Big Data 
  • IEEE Global IoT Summit (on the BFI list)
  • Academy of Management Annual Meetings Conference
  • CINet Continuous Innovation Network Conference 
  • European Academy of Management Conference (on BFI list)
  • R&D Management Conference
  • IPDMC International Product Development Management Conference
  • ISPIM Innovation Conference


​Teaching, including supervision, is a core activity of the Centre, where research-based teaching in the area of business development, business model innovation and technology-based business development are the core topics of teaching. The main courses supported by the Centre are the cand.merc. and cand.polyt. courses offered at BTECH.

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The Centre combines teaching  with research and project collaborations. That way, the students benefit from new knowledge and cases from companies around the globe and data is collected through the projects for scientific research and scientific publications and public dissemination of the key findings, learnings and best practice.

The key teaching contributions lie in:    

  • Technology Based Business Development (cand.polyt.)
  • Global Management and Manufacturing (cand.polyt.)
  • Technological Business Model Innovation (cand.polyt.)
  • IT, Communication and Organisation (cand.it.)
  • International Business Strategy and Leadership (cand.merc.)
  • Business Model Development (cand.merc.)
  • Innovation Management (cand.merc.)
  • Business Innovation (cand.merc.)
  • Analytics for Decision-Making (cand.merc)
  • Electives in the fields of digitisation and business development (cand.merc. and cand.polyt.)
  • Guest lecturing at other faculties (ENG, CS, ARTS) and abroad (e.g., University of Geneva)



​Funding is a core activity of the Centre, as it strives to sustain research activities through high levels of external funding. A combination of international, national and local project currently funds 80 pct. of the research activities carried out by the Centre. Funding sources are leveraged from:

  • International projects (Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe)
  • National projects (Industriens Fond, Innovationsfonden, AUFF Foundation)
  • Industrial sponsored projects ​

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The KPI’s for funding activities of the Centre:

  • One new European research project on DBD per calendar year (funded by Horizon 2020 or Horizon Europe)
  • One new national innovation and/or research project on DBD per calendar year
  • One new industrial PhD every 3 years
  • Maintaining a significant level of industrially sponsored research


Outreach is the final core activity of the Centre, with the main aim to collaborate cross sector and locally, nationally and internationally. Through collaborations and projects with companies, universities and municipalities, the Centre examines and develops the process of how private and public companies plan and design, conduct, implement and evaluate the output of digital transformation and sustainable, digital business development.

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The outreach of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Digital Business Development is manifested through the following activities:

  • Collaboration with other AU faculties to develop on interdisciplinary (inter-faculty) activities.
  • Contribution to the local municipality ecosystem through industry collaboration, municipal projects and knowledge dissemination.
  • National collaborations with other universities, GTS institutes and industry towards a national impact on digitisation.
  • International collaborations with a wide variety of stakeholders to exchange knowledge, publish research, seek funding and enrich teaching.