Track #3, study #2: Extending the pipieline

I am starting off 2023 with a new project. Step by step last year’s projects come closer to version 1.0, gold status. After the realization of the joint Gaia-X whitepaper with TQ folks (see here) I’m happy to announce to be close to completing the teaching case to be published by Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. And finally, the first working paper (at the same time being the first dissertation chapter) has been submitted for this year’s conferences. Fingers crossed. With further dissemination comes more iterations to arrive at a well-rounded paper, step by step.

And most of this from Frankfurt am Main for a large part of the year. There I was kindly “adopted” by TechQuartier for my secondment abroad Radboud’s campus in Nijmegen. Besides the academic “ivory tower”, a bit of “boots-to-the-ground” business life. In the TQ workspace, I had the pleasure of meeting fascinating people who worked either at TQ or at one of the start-ups based there. This environment helped me gain various insights relevant to my work. On the one hand, being physically present at TQ enabled me to co-author the ecosystem white paper and facilitated progress on the teaching case. On the other hand, I was sitting directly among all these different entrepreneurs gaining further insights into the development of high technology (in high technology industries). From small chats to more in-depth discussions, I was able to gain glimpses of the entrepreneurs’ work, their mindset and the way they develop (new) business models to take advantage of the opportunities created by technological developments.

Overall, I appreciate this enjoyable experience and am grateful for the open and warm welcome I received.

Being excited to start work on the second paper, we (my supervisory team and me) aim to expand the previous portfolio perspective with its focus on temporality transforming it into a ‘more holistic’ perspective of corporate reconfiguration. A small insight into what will come:

Practically that means:

Deep-dive data. Crunching ahead.

Deep-dive theory. Reading, reading, reading.

I am definitely looking forward to these tasks. Even though it sometimes feels like gazing into the abyss, it is an immensely interesting task.

Jonas Geisen, ESR

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