The university partners
The program is a collaboration of Aalborg University (Denmark), Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) and TSM Business School (The Netherlands). In addition, the programme includes visits to and involvement of staff from other renowned universities and research centres around the world.
The Faculty of Engineering and Science and the Faculty of Medicine at Aalborg University includes internationally renowned research groups in a number of engineering and technical disciplines as well as in innovation and technology management. The faculties collaborates intensively with many renowned technical and medical faculties and business schools all over the world as well as a range of international companies such as Lego, Bang & Olufsen, Danfoss, Grundfos and Vestas, on both technological and managerial projects. Aalborg is located in the north of Denmark, a region with various high-tech industries in, for example, mobile phones and internet technology, bio-tech and medical equipment.
The Department of Technology Management and Economics at Chalmers University primarily focuses on change, innovation and interactions related to the economic realisation of technology. In particular, the department has established large and active research groups in the area of logistics and supply-chain management, and in the broad field of innovation and technology-based entrepreneurship. The latter includes a unique set-up of entrepreneurship programmes and two research centres; RIDE and the Center for Business Innovation at Chalmers. Located in Gothenburg, Sweden, Chalmers University has strong links to leading companies in, for example, the automotive, electronics, aerospace, and pharmaceutical industries. Large parts of the innovation and technology management research at Chalmers is performed in close collaboration with multi-national firms in these and other industries.
The motto of TSM Business School is ‘True leaders innovate’. With programmes aimed especially at developing their students’ management knowledge, skills and competencies, professionals are inspired to improve their leadership abilities in the areas of innovation, technology management and entrepreneurship. The personal development learning line in the TSM programmes is designed to develop personal, interpersonal and leadership competencies. As a so-called PRiME business school, TSM contributes to the development of the capabilities of participants to be future generators of sustainable values for business and society at large and to work for an inclusive and sustainable global economy.
TSM Business School is situated in Enschede, straight east from Amsterdam, at the German border, with excellent access to major industrial areas in The Netherlands and Germany. Various high-tech companies in the electronics, chips manufacturing, medical, food, pharmaceutical, textile and petrochemical industries are located within a 200 km radius from Enschede.
Aalborg and Chalmers University are active members of various international academic associations, including the European Operations Management Association (EurOMA) and the Continuous Innovation Network (CINet). TSM Business School is a member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and the European Leadership Platform (ELP, a platform of CEOs of international companies) and participates in the global Principles for Responsible Management Education-platform (PRiME, coordinated by the UN Global Compact).
These associations and networks guarantee easy access to leading scholars, research centres, conferences and workshops in the field of innovation, sustainability and technology management.
Teaching and research
The consortium combines a joint focus on and top quality teaching and research in technology and innovation. Within this broad field, each of the partners has its own strengths. Sustainable innovation is at the core of TSM Business School’s activities. Chalmers’ teaching and research focus on a range of areas in the fields of science, technology and engineering. The Department of Technology Management and Economics offers programmes in areas such as business design, management and economics of innovation, and operations and supply chain management. Aalborg University teaches and researches in a range of technological, engineering, medical and management disciplines. Its innovation programmes involve teaching and research in various more traditional forms of innovation as well as contemporary concepts such as business model and open innovation. By drawing upon a business school as well as departments with a more explicit focus on technology management, a fruitful combination of specific teaching and research competences can be achieved. The different perspectives complement each other to form an excellent basis for a rich PhD programme on innovation and technology management in the broadest possible sense while enabling the participants to develop their own special research project at the same time. The truly international set-up of the consortium offers the participants rapid and extensive access to an international research network and provides unique opportunities for thesis projects and supervision.