Dr Stephan von Delft
- Senior Lecturer in Strategy (Management)
telephone: +44 (0)141 330 4409
Stephan von Delft is a Senior Lecturer in Strategy at the University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School. Before joining Glasgow, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands; a Visiting Researcher at the University of San Diego, USA; and a Research Assistant and PhD Student at the University of Münster, Germany.
Stephan’s current research focuses on the strategic and organisational implications of business model innovation. In particular, his research has focused 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 innovations in business models?
To translate his research into impact and interactively develop his research agenda, Stephan collaborates regularly with industry partners resulting in an active interface with key non-academic stakeholders. This approach enabled him to secure funding as a principal investigator or co-investigator for collaborative research activities such as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with a Glasgow-based enterprise (£143,000, Innovate UK), a Global Challenge Research Fund on digital healthcare solutions in developing countries, with colleagues in medicine and engineering (£50,000, Scottish Funding Council), and two Impact Acceleration Accounts (£5,500 each, ESRC). It has also resulted in invitations to deliver keynote speeches, for instance, at the USAweek Europe Business Conference and Exhibition 2013 (Bilbao, Spain), the Chemical Industry 2030 Forum 2014 (Frankfurt, Germany), the Gaitherin 2017 (Glasgow, Scotland), and the University of Glasgow Corporate Partners Evening 2018.
- 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 (development of platform business models) and innovation ecosystems (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 von Delft 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). In 2018, he was appointed to Pearson Publishing’s Marketing, Management and Strategy Advisory Board.
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, Dr von Delft 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.