Four new professors at the department

Four new professors at the department

Svetla Trifonova Marinova, Christian Nielsen, Romeo V. Turcan and Christian Richter Østergaard have been appointed professors at the department. Congratulations to the four of them.

Svetla Trifonova Marinova

Professor Svetla Trifonova MarinovaSvetla has been appointed Professor of International Business and International Marketing from January 1st 2017. Svetla is the first female professor at the department. The position is based at the International Business Centre which has a strong focus on the internationalisation and international marketing strategies and activities of multinational firms and small and medium-sized enterprises.

As professor, Svetla will work to strengthen the research culture at the department by a much greater focus on fostering intellectual debate on key issues for the world and local economy, such as value creation and value capture, accountable internationalisation, greater integration of institutional, business and academic stimuli for internationalisation of small and medium-sized firms, among others. 

A key priority will be to start a discussion on academic critical thought, reflection and idea generation that can enhance scholarly impact on society and the local community, as well as generate greater cross-fertilisation of ideas with the objective of enhancing international research visibility.

Svetla believes in nurturing young talented staff – she promotes the development of road maps for younger staff with relevant and appropriate support structures and mechanisms that can help young researchers flourish, and ensure continuity over generations of scholars.
 

Christian Nielsen

Professor Christian NielsenChristian has been appointed Professor in Business Models and Strategic Reporting from March 1st 2017. Christian's research profile lies at the intersection of management accounting, business models and intellectual capital and relates to issues of accountability and performance measurement.

Current research at BMDC under his leadership has led to the creation of a typology of business model configurations. This typology is able to constitute a backbone for mapping out the business models of any type of organisation, thus substantiating business model innovation patterns through empirical testing, and furthermore forming the backbone of business model benchmarking, KPIs, external disclosures and their assurance. 

This has led to the creation of a software platform open to other researchers to engage in and perform empirical testing on emerging theory and to help build new theories. Christian’s vision for this database is that it will become the world’s most comprehensive mapping of business model configurations and be capable of drawing in researchers with analytical, archival and qualitative foci to further strengthen its quality.

Christian will be focusing on turning the BMDC into a leading global center of excellence in creativity and business model innovation with a dedicated international research society, thereby continuing to attract companies, entrepreneurs and investors that see value in collaboration, and hence further enhancing the research brand of the center.
 

Romeo V. Turcan

Professor Romeo V. TurcanRomeo has been appointed Professor in International Entrepreneurship from May 1st 2017. International entrepreneurship operates at the intersection of two research paths: international business and entrepreneurship.

What drove the emergence of international entrepreneurship in mid-90s were the new types of entrepreneurial firms that were internationalising rapidly, almost immediately after inception. This, together with the phenomenon of de-internationalisation, was the original focus of Romeo’s research, teaching, and dissemination. Pursuing this path led Romeo to appreciate the mounting impact of newness – be this new institutions, new policies, new organisations, new industries, new forms of organising, new practices, new relationships, or new technologies – on human and organisation behavior.

In a society of rapid change, seeking to cope with complex, large scale, at times uncertain, challenges to economic, social and political development, there is a compelling demand for a new perspective in high level training and research to address how best to interpret and respond to escalating challenges and change. Indeed, there is a demonstrable and increasingly urgent need at all levels – macro, meso, and micro - to provide a basis for the understanding, harnessing and communication of newness in the most effective ways for the benefit of all.

Romeo will pursue this beyond-state-of-the-art opportunity together with his colleagues nationally and internationally creating a unique international, inter-institutional, collaborative research space to foster innovative, multi-disciplinary, relevant and creative research exposed to and integrated with industry and public and not-for-profit sectors.
 

Christian Richter Østergaard

Professor Christian Richter ØstergaardChristian has been appointed Professor in Innovation and Regional Industrial Dynamics from May 1st 2017. The position is associated with the research group in Innovation, Knowledge and Economic dynamics (IKE). As a professor, he is expected to work on strengthening the department's teaching and research position within the field of innovation and regional industrial dynamics and help developing the IKE group further with a special focus on supporting the careers of PhD students and younger assistant professors.

Christian’s current research focuses on topics within innovation studies and regional industrial dynamics, such as the link between employee diversity and firms’ innovative performance; university-industry collaboration on innovation; interfirm collaboration on innovation; and the evolution and resilience of industries and regional clusters.

The task of a professor is also to help attract external research funds to the department. Christian has participated in several externally funded European and Danish research projects. Currently, he participates in three large-scale research projects: RUNIN - an EU funded Innovative Training Network - together with six other European universities on the Role of Universities for Regional Innovation and Development;  DIRECTLY - a project funded by Innovation Fund Denmark on collaborative logistics; and GONST on green economy growth together with five Nordic partner organisations funded by Nordic Cooperation.