PhD scholarship in Business Model Innovation for Sustainability

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DTU Entrepreneurship (Centre for Technology Entrepreneurship at the Technical University of Denmark, DTU), invites applications for a three-year PhD position in Business Model Innovation for Sustainability, starting ideally on 1 October 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter in 2021.

DTU Entrepreneurship is an enabling force for innovation and social and economic change through evidence-based research and entrepreneurial capability development across different facets of society – education, industry, government, and NGOs.

The PhD project will be part of the research area focusing on Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation at DTU Entrepreneurship. The research area studies the contribution of entrepreneurship and innovation to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), by investigating the individual, firm, industry, and regional determinants of sustainable entrepreneurship and innovation, and the regulatory stimuli for entrepreneurship and innovation to achieve the SDGs.

The PhD project will be funded by a Carlsberg Foundation Young Researcher Fellowship grant in support of a research project on business model innovation for the SDGs led by Associate Professor Francesco Rosati and including a Postdoc and a PhD student (this position). 

Particularly, the PhD candidate will explore research questions such as (but not limited to):

  • How can business model innovation support the achievement of the SDGs?
  • What are the institutional and organizational factors driving and inhibiting business model innovation for the SDGs?
  • What are the main success practices related to the adoption of business model innovation for the SDGs?

Responsibilities and qualifications
The PhD candidate’s tasks will include theoretical and empirical research on business model innovation for sustainability and the SDGs. The candidate is expected to contribute to the theoretical advancement of the field, carry out empirical data collection and analysis, and disseminate results in leading international journals. The PhD project thus requires a good understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods, good communication skills, and an analytical mindset.

The PhD candidate should have a master's degree. Desirable master’s degrees include management, entrepreneurship, design and innovation, industrial engineering and management, and corporate sustainability, but other degrees with an academic level equivalent to a master's degree will also be taken into consideration. Fluency in English (working language) is a requirement.

In addition to the above, the following qualifications would be of great advantage:

  1. Strong academic background and practical interest in sustainability, business models, innovation, and entrepreneurship
  2. Excellent communication skills, both in writing and oral presentation
  3. Experience with scientific writing and project coordination

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.  

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

The position will be based at DTU Entrepreneurship (Centre for Technology Entrepreneurship at the Technical University of Denmark, DTU), and physically located at DTU's main campus near the town of Lyngby, north of Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Francesco Rosati (

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 8 August 2021 (Danish time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application, including a brief description of your project ideas (cover letter, maximum three pages excluding references)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and copies of BSc and MSc degree diplomas
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Entrepreneurship is amongst the international leading entities in technology entrepreneurship and helps develop an entrepreneurial culture across DTU. As part of a dynamic and evolving ecosystem, we combine practice-oriented education and research in entrepreneurship with real start-up opportunities from all DTU departments. With rigorous research at its core, the Centre builds the entrepreneurial capabilities of students, industry leaders, academics and policymakers to address unsolved problems, and together create new knowledge, methodologies and initiatives. We enable ethically minded entrepreneurs to build solutions that benefit people, society and the world. The Centre experiments with new entrepreneurial methodologies and activities to push boundaries within research and education. 

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