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prof. dr. G. (Gjalt) de Jong

Professor Sustainable Entrepreneurship in a Circular Economy
prof. dr. G. (Gjalt) de Jong
+31 58 205 5000 (Secretary)

Mission, vision and strategy

Professor de Jong’s societal 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 department 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 generates fundamental and applied academic knowledge by means of transdisciplinary/interdisciplinary/multi-method research and sustainability/circular economy living labs and conferences, and (iii) it inspires and supports existing/new sustainable firms and circular citizenship by means of masterclasses, policy instruments/regional monitors and public debates.

The department is organized along 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 department regularly serve as reviewers for journals and academic seminars in this new academic field.

Research and Valorization

Together with his department, 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 regenerative entrepreneurship (Dr. T. Long), social entrepreneurship (Dr. E. Folmer), circular entrepreneurship (Dr. N. Faber), cultural entrepreneurship (Dr. M. de Jong), sustainable entrepreneurship (Dr. B. Ünal), sustainable entrepreneurship (Dr. J. Geiger), female entrepreneurship (Dr. Pelin Gül), 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 (iii) sustainable entrepreneurship in the hotel industry (Femke Vrenegoor joint with professor Cavagnaro), (iv) sustainable entrepreneurship in the protected nature areas (Prowad Link project – Hellen Dawo joint with Dr. T. Long), (v) the role of cognition in managing multiple goals in sustainable enterprises (Dr. Hendrik Thelken joint with Dr. B. Unal), (vi) social entrepreneurship (Valerija Woudstra joint with Dr. E. Folmer), (viii) transformational leadership and green employee behavior (Can Saral joint with Dr. B. Unal), (ix) evolutions of sustainable entrepreneurship ecosystems (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 a Phd project concerning business models in circular agriculture (Annemarike de Bruin joint with professor de Boer and Dr. N. Faber).

Professor de Jong supervised as promotor the successful completion of the PhD research of (1) Dr Manon Eikelenboom “Achieving sustainability together. Stakeholder collaboration for corporate sustainability and the circular economy” (3 February 2022, first promotor, joint with dr. T. Long), (ii) Dr. Hendrik Thelken “Thinking apart and together. The role of cognition in managing multiple goals in sustainable enterprises” (26 August 2021, first promotor, joint with dr. B. Unal), (iii) Dr. Margo Enthoven “Unpacking opportunity recognition for sustainable entrepreneurship” (18 March 2021, first promotor, joint with dr. B. Unal and dr. E. Folmer), (iv) Dr Angela Greco “Changing for good: Transforming existing businesses in sustainable enterprises” (16 September 2020, first promotor, joint with dr. T. Long), and (v) Monique de Ritter “Mission-driven entrepreneurs for ecosystems in sustainable systems change” (29 August 2019, first promotor, joint with prof. dr. A. Roobeek).

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 130 publications (conference papers/working papers/journal articles/book chapters). 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).

Last modified:24 June 2022 11.30 p.m.