• 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:


​The main research topics of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Digital Business Development are focused on the combination of cutting-edge digital technologies and the field of business development. More specifically, the centre addresses strategy, leadership, business model innovation and sustainability through cutting-edge digital technologies.

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  • The research methods include case study research, participatory research and evidence-based business development through implementation and evaluation.
  • The centre aims to continuously host 5 PhD students as well as 2 postdoctoral students at BTECH.
  • The KPIs for research are the timely completion of high-quality PhD theses and the publication of research in highly recognised international journals and conferences.
  • 80% self-financed.

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 one of the four core activities of the centre. The main courses that the centre supports are the cand.merc. and cand.polyt. courses offered at BTECH. The core principles of teaching are research-based teaching on business development.

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The key teaching contributions will be in:    

  • Technology-Based Business Model Innovation, including the challenges (cand.polyt.)
  • 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 one of the four core activities of the centre, as it wants to sustain its research activities with 80% external funding. It will leverage funding sources from:

  • International (H2020, FP9)
  • National (Industriens Fond, Innovations Fonden, AUFF, Foundations)
  • Industrial sponsored research​

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  • One new European H2020/FP9 research project on DBD per calendar year
  • One new national innovation/research project on DBD per calendar year
  • One new industrial PhD every 3 years
  • Maintaining a good level of industrially sponsored research


Outreach is one of the four core activities of the centre. The main aim is to collaborate locally, nationally and internationally.

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The outreach of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Digital Business Development with be carried out through the following activities:

  • Collaborate with other AU faculties to develop on interdisciplinary (inter-faculty) activities.
  • Contribute to the local municipality ecosystem through industry collaboration, municipal projects and knowledge dissemination.
  • Collaborate nationally with other universities, GTS institutes and industry towards a national impact on digitisation.
  • Collaborate internationally with a wide variety of stakeholders to exchange knowledge, publish, seek funding and teach.