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prof. dr. G. de Jong

Professor Sustainable Entrepreneurship in a Circular Economy
prof. dr. G. de Jong
Telephone:
+31 58 205 5000 (Secretary)
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g.de.jong rug.nl

Professor G. (Gjalt) de Jong is Professor of Sustainable Entrepreneurship in a Circular Economy (University of Groningen, Faculty Campus Fryslân). Professor de Jong builds on more than 25 years of experience in academia, business and management. He holds a Master of Science in Economics and a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Groningen. He is the chair and head of the department Sustainable Entrepreneurship in a Circular Economy, founder-director of the Master of Science program Sustainable Entrepreneurship, founder-director of the Centre for Sustainable Entrepreneurship, member of the extended board of Faculty Campus Fryslân and board member of the Faculty’s research institute. Prior to his current position he served as associate professor at the University of Groningen (Faculty of Economics and Business) and as senior management consultant for KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Professor de Jong’s career divides into two periods. Between 1991 and 2015 he focused on economic growth and strategy. From 2015 onwards, professor de Jong and his chair group focus on sustainable entrepreneurship and the circular economy (www.rug.nl/cf/cse).

Economic growth and strategy (1991-2015)

Professor de Jong started his career in 1991 when he joined the team of professor Maddison. Professor Maddison aimed to understand why some countries are (so) rich and other countries are (so) poor. In line with professor Maddison’s work, professor de Jong studied the role of labor productivity in manufacturing (Ecuador/Canada/United States) and, later on, the role of innovation in services (joint with professor van Ark). After his military services as lieutenant in 1994 he continued his career as a PhD researcher at the University of Groningen and analyzed the causal structure of long-term buyer-supplier relations in the US, Japanese and European automobile industries (joint with professor Nooteboom). Following a post-doc position on service innovation in 1998 (joint with professor van Ark), professor de Jong joined KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1999. He returned to the University of Groningen at the end of 2002. Between 2003 and 2015 professor de Jong developed his interdisciplinary/multi-method strategy research following the premise that strategic decisions of firms are fundamental for the economic growth of nation states.

In line with this focus, professor de Jong systematically developed a range of innovative strategy research lines with subsequently (a combination of) the individual, the organization, strategic alliances, the institutional context, public policy and firm performance as the unit of analysis (which offered the foundations for his current chair and his general framework of sustainable entrepreneurship in a circular economy). His research included (i) personality traits and individual choice behavior (joint with professor van Witteloostuijn), (ii) subsidiary decision-making autonomy/innovation in multinational enterprises (joint with Dr. V. van Dut, Dr. B. Jindra and professor Beugelsdijk), (iii) managerial attention in international small and medium-sized enterprises (joint with Dr. J. Fan and professor van Ees), (iv) the strategy, structure and performance of democratic organizations (joint with professor van Witteloostuijn and professor Boersma), (v) bribery, firm performance and entrepreneurship in transition economies (joint with Dr. T. Phan and professor van Ees), (vi) the role of new partner selection, trust, contracts and third parties in the management of (high-tech) alliances, joint ventures and (automotive) buyer-supplier relationships (joint with professor Nooteboom, professor Boersma and Dr. R. Klein Woolthuis), (vii) the ecology/evolution of national law, ministers and cabinets (joint with professor van Witteloostuijn), (viii) red tape and firm performance (joint with professor van Witteloostuijn), (ix) the meta-environment and firm performance (joint with Dr. V. van Dut) and (x) cultural diversity, internationalization and firm performance (joint with mr. J. van Houten). His collaboration in the PhD research of Dr. N. Balogh-Kunst concerning wind farm joint ventures (joint with professor Faems and Dr. I. Estrada Vaquero) complement these research lines. Together with his colleagues, he supervised the successful completion of the PhD research of Dr. T. Phan (on bribery and entrepreneurship, 2012; first co-promotor; Ubbo Emmius grant), Dr. V. van Dut (on subsidiary decision-making autonomy, 2014; first co-promotor; Ubbo Emmius grant), Dr. J. Fan (on managerial attention, 2017; first co-promotor; CFC grant), and Dr. N. Balogh-Kunst (on wind farm joint ventures, 2019; promotor; regular FEB PhD).

During this period, professor de Jong designed and supervised A/A+ evaluated graduate courses in international business, management and research methods. He coordinated and supervised large numbers of A/A+ evaluated bachelor and master thesis projects in international business, economics and management. He chaired and served various administrative boards and organizational development units, introduced various educational innovations (including the Spring Schools of Strategy and the inter-faculty/interdisciplinary collaboration for bio-based entrepreneurship), actively engaged in public debates (offering more than 100 guest lectures and news events) and regularly offered consultancy services for regional policy-making institutes/firms/organizations. With his colleagues he developed more than 60 journal articles, book chapters, monographs, and conference/working papers. During this period, professor de Jong and his colleagues received various grants for research (€215K joint with professor van Witteloostuijn and professor van Ark) and a grant for university education innovation (€1,6M joint with professor van Ark). He was a research fellow at the research institute SOM (University of Groningen) and a visiting researcher at University of Antwerp, Case Western Reserve University and Copenhagen Business School. He served as a reviewer for various journals in the field and as a guest editor for a special issue on bribery and corruption.

Sustainable entrepreneurship in a circular economy (from 2015 onwards)

Around 2013, professor de Jong identified a need for and an opportunity to innovate academic research and education inspired by the planet-saving and welfare-enhancing opportunities of sustainable entrepreneurship in a circular economy. Professor de Jong redefined professor Maddison’s original question shifting the focus from economic to circular growth and from for-profit strategy to sustainable entrepreneurship. Professor de Jong aims to offer social impact and to understand why some countries/regions are (so) circular and others not and how sustainable entrepreneurship can foster the transition from a linear to a circular economy.

In 2015, this new focus of professor de Jong resulted in the establishment of the University’s Centre for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and of his chair group. Together with his team, professor de Jong develops new transdisciplinary, interdisciplinary and multi-method research/teaching/valorization lines of activities that foster the success of sustainable entrepreneurship and the transition towards a circular economy (www.rug.nl/cf/cse).

Mission, vision and strategy

Professor de Jong’s social impact mission/vision/strategy aligns with the observation that the impact of global challenges requires a redesign of production systems and societies towards inclusive circular economies. In a circular economy, the intertwined relationships between economic, ecological, and social virtues are balanced and preserved. Sustainable entrepreneurs are key in the transition towards a circular economy because they generate new products, new services and new business models that contribute to solving the grand societal and transition challenges.

The chair group fosters the design/implementation/management of successful sustainable entrepreneurship and the transition towards a circular economy because (i) it educates a new generation of leadership in the MSc program Sustainable Entrepreneurship, (ii) it inspires and supports existing/new sustainable firms and circular citizenship by means of masterclasses, policy instruments/regional monitors and public debates, and (iii) it generates in-depth and relevant academic knowledge by means of transdisciplinary/interdisciplinary/multi-method research and sustainability/circular economy living labs.

The chair group works with professor de Jong’s general framework of sustainable entrepreneurship in a circular economy encompassing the design (leadership and strategy), implementation (organization, alliances, context and policy), and management (multiple value performance) of sustainable enterprises and their social impact on the transition towards a circular economy. Professor de Jong and his team regularly serve as reviewers for journals and academic seminars in this new academic field.

Research and Valorization

Together with his team, professor de Jong develops the relatively new and establishing field of sustainable entrepreneurship and the circular economy guided by transdisciplinary/interdisciplinary/multi-method research paradigms. The research of his team includes sustainable business models and innovation (Dr. T. Long), social entrepreneurship (Dr. E. Folmer), systems change and circular business models (Dr. N. Faber), cultural heritage (Dr. M. de Jong), interdisciplinary environmental behavior (Dr. B. Unal), social psychology (Dr. J. Geiger), and sustainable teaching and leadership (mr. H. van Polen).

Together with his team and his colleagues, professor de Jong supervises various PhD research projects for which he serves as first promotor including (i) sustainable opportunity and problem recognition (Margo Enthoven joint with Dr. E. Folmer and Dr. B. Unal), (ii) circular business models in social housing associations (Manon Eikelenboom joint with Dr. T. Long), (iii) sustainable hospitality (Femke Vrenegoor joint with professor Cavagnaro), (iv) sustainable entrepreneurship in the protected Wadden sea region (Prowad Link project – Hellen Dawo joint with Dr. T. Long), (v) intention formation in sustainable entrepreneurship (Hendrik Thelken joint with Dr. B. Unal), (vi) social entrepreneurship (Valerija Woudstra joint with Dr. E. Folmer), (viii) interdisciplinary environmental behavior (Can Saral joint with Dr. B. Unal), (ix) circular business models (Jens Kaus joint with Dr. N. Faber), and (x) dynamic capabilities and entrepreneurship in the construction industry (Eric Fath-Kolmes joint with T. Long). Professor de Jong collaborates in the Wageningen University & Research NWO Can-Do-It consortium and serves as a promotor for the Phd project concerning business models in circular agriculture (Anne Hoogstra joint with professor de Boer and Dr. N. Faber).

Professor de Jong supervised as promotor the successful completion of the PhD research of (i) Angela Greco concerning the transformation of existing businesses in sustainable enterprises (joint with Dr. T. Long, 2020) and (ii) Dr. M. de Ritter concerning mission-driven entrepreneurship in ecosystems for sustainable systems change (joint with professor Roobeek, 2019).

Together with his team – and in line with the development stage of the new and establishing field of research –, professor de Jong developed more than 50 conference papers/working papers/journal articles/book chapters to date. His team efforts resulted in a best paper award at the 2019 International New Business Models conference (Eikelenboom/Long/de Jong), a best paper award at the 2019 High Tech Small Firms Conference (Enthoven/de Jong/Unal), and a best paper nomination in the 2018 Academy of Management conference (Eikelenboom/de Jong). Professor de Jong also contributed to the best paper runner up award in the 2018 Strategic Management Society conference (Balogh/Faems/Estrada Vaqeuro/de Jong).

Professor de Jong is the principal investigator recipient of (i) the PhD Prowad Link research grant for sustainable entrepreneurship (€238K, joint with Hellen Dawo and Dr. T. Long), (ii) the PhD business research grant for social housing associations and the circular economy (€210K, joint with Manon Eikelenboom and Dr. T. Long), and (iii) the PhD business research grant for social housing associations and sustainable entrepreneurship (€210K, joint with Angela Greco and Dr. T. Long). He received six full-time and one part-time Faculty PhD grants/scholarships to date (accounting for €1.1M). Professor de Jong initiated and received various grants and in-kind support for research valorization activities including (i) the Circular 11-city Tour Friesland (€55K), (ii) the Monitor Circular Economy Friesland (in-kind subsidy from Province Friesland), and (iii) the Monitor Sustainable Entrepreneurship Northern Netherlands (in-kind subsidy Campus Fryslân). Professor de Jong joined as co-applicant in the successful NWO Can-Do-It grant (joint with professor de Boer/Wageningen University & Research).

Education and Valorization

Professor de Jong is founder and director of the NVAO accredited MSc program Sustainable Entrepreneurship for which he successfully supervised the macro efficiency test and the accreditation process. The MSc program aligns offers students the opportunity to develop academic/leadership/entrepreneurship skills together with learning how to successfully design/implement/manage sustainable enterprises. Together with his team and colleagues, professor de Jong is responsible for management and organization of the program including the education and exam committees, the recruitment and selection of students, the marketing and communication of the program, the quality control cycle, teaching staff quality and the performance of the students. Professor de Jong actively engages in academic and public debates offering more than 100 guest lectures and network/news events to date.

Professor de Jong initiated and chairs the program’s Council of Commitment and the program’s Circular Minds Conference. All participating students of the first edition successfully completed the A+ evaluated master program (including the successful completion of final projects with sustainable entrepreneurs/organizations). The second edition of the master program serves a double amount of students (with 60 percent international and 40 percent Dutch students). The students highlight the program’s sustainability/entrepreneurship focus and the small-group and transdisciplinary teaching methods/context.

Professor de Jong and his chair group introduced four new educational programs/activities aimed to foster the success of sustainable entrepreneurship and the transition towards a circular economy. Together with his team he introduced (i) the Circular 11-city Tour Friesland; a two-year quarterly event where practitioners/academics offer state-of-the-art insights concerning sustainable entrepreneurship and the circular economy, (ii) the Sustainable Startup Academy; a joint venture between the chair group and Innovatiepact Friesland (Sterk Fries Ondernemerschap) where students together with practitioners/academics design their sustainable enterprises, (iii) the science lectures series Sustainable Entrepreneurship; a yearly program that offer regional entrepreneurs/policy-makers state-of-the-art insights of the field, and (iv) the preparation course Sustainable Entrepreneurship; a once-a-year program that offers students of applied sciences an opportunity to join the MSc program at the University of Groningen.

Board/Management and Valorization

Professor de Jong board and management services align with an African proverb voiced by the University’s rector magnificus professor Wijmenga: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”.

Professor de Jong is among the first academic scholars that joined and initiated the university’s newest Faculty Campus Fryslân. Professor de Jong is member of the extended board of Faculty Campus Fryslân with a focus on regional networks and the Faculty’s sustainable strategy, organizational structure and HRM policy. He is the director of the Centre for Sustainable Entrepreneurship (and serves as the editor for the CSE monographs/PhD theses, working papers and student products), director of the Faculty’s MSc Sustainable Entrepreneurship program and a board member of the Faculty’s research institute. He regularly chairs and serves Faculty recruitment and selection committees for master/PhD students and for academic/support staff.

Professor de Jong is the director of the Faculty’s Circular Minds conference, the Circular 11-city Tour, the science lecture series in Sustainable Entrepreneurship, the Frisian monitor circular economy and various PhD spring/summer schools/masterclasses. Professor de Jong is a founding partner and member of the network Vereniging Circulair Friesland, advisory board member of Fries Sociaal Planburo and a member of the Stichting Innovatiepact Friesland. Professor de Jong chaired and served NVAO accreditation committees.

Last modified:20 August 2020 12.03 p.m.

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8911 CE Leeuwarden
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Telephone:
+31 58 205 5000 (Secretary)