"Sustainable but different" - Sustainable business models for the bioeconomy

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Lehrstuhl für Innovation, Strategie und Organisation
Bachelor; Master


In order to be able to achieve the global sustainability goals, a radical shift from a fossil-based economy to sustainable resource use appears necessary. In this context, the bioeconomy plays an enormous role. Our goal is to systematize findings and experiences in this topic and make them usable in order to better understand regional innovation ecosystems with their specific challenges and success factors.
Sustainable business models play a crucial role in this context. However, the bioeconomy does not take on a classic economic sector that integrates sustainability to survive in the long term, but rather faces the challenge as a sustainable industry that customers must accept these innovations.

The aim of your work is therefore to find out how business models have to be adapted to such a case and what challenge this means for the bioeconomy. For this purpose, criteria must first be established to compare business model types in relation to the bioeconomy. Subsequently, the selection of the business model type will be validated by industry-specific examples.

What we offer:
- Work on a current hot topic
- Collaboration in the BMBF-funded research project "Model Region Bioeconomy in the Rhenish Mining Area".
- Room for your own ideas and interests
- Development of your economic & scientific skills

If you are interested in the topic of biotechnological innovations and bioeconomy as well as in the field of sustainable business models, please send your CV, a letter of motivation and a current overview of your grades to

Keywords: Bioeconomy Biotechnology Innovations Sustainable Business Models Model Region Bioeconomy in the Rhenish Mining Area