Dr Stephan von Delft
- Senior Lecturer in Strategy (Management)
telephone: +44 (0)141 330 4409
Dr Stephan von Delft is a Senior Lecturer in Strategy at the Adam Smith Business School. His research focuses on three broad questions:
- How do organisations design, grow and adjust their business model over time?
- What is the impact of different business models on organisational performance outcomes?
- What role do stakeholders, such as customers and competitors, play in the process of developing new business models?
Stephan’s research has been supported by various organisations, including the British Council, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Innovate UK, and the Scottish Funding Council (SFC). Currently, he conducts research on new business models supporting space-enabled applications and services for connected and autonomous vehicles, supported by the UK Space Agency (UKSA) and the European Space Agency (ESA), in Project Darwin. Project Darwin brings together Oxford and Glasgow Universities, leading telecommunication and satellite operators, start-ups specialised in self-driving mobility solutions, and a company connecting terrestrial and satellite communications.
Stephan teaches courses on strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship at postgraduate and executive education levels. He also consults for high-tech growth ventures, as well as larger firms interested in business model innovation. He holds a graduate degree in industrial chemistry and a doctoral degree with distinction from the Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Münster (Germany). Prior to joining the University of Glasgow, Stephan was a postdoctoral researcher at the Amsterdam Business School, University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and a visiting researcher at the School of Business, University of San Diego (USA).
Stephan is a member of the Strategy and Technology Management research cluster.
Areas of expertise:
- Business model innovation
- Business model imitation
- Process thinking in business model design
- Platform businesses
- Interconnected choices in innovation ecosystems
- 2018: Newton Fund Institutional Links Grant “Targeting Non-Communicable Diseases through Interactive Health Ecosystems in Indonesia” (with Nuran Acur and Sandosh Padmanabhan), British Council, £85,000 (role: Co-Investigator)
- 2017: University of Glasgow Small Grant Fund on digital healthcare solutions in least developed countries (with Nuran Acur, Jillian Gordon, Sandosh Padmanabhan and Ravinder Dahiya), Scottish Funding Council (SFC), £50,000 (role: Co-Investigator)
- 2017: Impact Acceleration Account – User Engagement “Discovering Future Biotech Business Models: A Design Workshop for Executives” (with Yang Zhao), Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), £5,500 (role: Principal Investigator)
- 2017: Impact Acceleration Account – User Engagement “Exploring Futures - Open Strategy Workshop” (with J Ignacio Canales), Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), £5,500 (role: Co-Investigator)
- 2016: College Strategic Research Fund (with J Ignacio Canales), University of Glasgow, College of Social Sciences, £6,500 (role: Principal Investigator)
- 2016: Knowledge Transfer Partnership between the Adam Smith Business School and CCRS Brokers Ltd (with John Finch and Jillian Gordon), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), £143,000 (role: Co-Investigator)
Stephan is interested in supervising PhD researchers in the fields of business models (e.g. development of platform business models) and innovation ecosystems (e.g. ecosystem strategies).
Current PhD students
- Pierric Appert (Co-supervisor: Professor Nuran Acur)
- Kamolwan Sahakitpinyo (Co-supervisor: Professor Nuran Acur)
- Daniela Petrovic (Co-supervisor: Professor Nuran Acur and Professor Robert A Paton)
Completed PhD students
- Dr Yameng Zhang
- Dr Yang Zhao (Lecturer, Loughborough University London)
Stephan is a member of the Academy of Management (AOM), the Strategic Management Society (SMS) and the Association of Chemistry and Business of the German Chemical Society (GDCh).
Research honours and awards
- 2017: GIKA Legate, Global Innovation and Knowledge Academy (GIKA)
- 2017: Outstanding Reviewer Award, Strategic Management (STR) Division, Academy of Management
- 2016: Best Reviewer Award, Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) Division, Academy of Management
- 2016: Best Paper Award, Global Innovation & Knowledge Academy (GIKA) Annual Conference, Valencia, Spain
In addition to his academic experience, Stephan has been with the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW), a civil protection organisation controlled by the German federal government, for more than 10 years. Here, he has served as a commanding officer in various operations, e.g. fighting natural disasters and conducting search and rescue missions, across Germany.