Christian Nielsen

Title: Professor
Home institution: Business Model Design Center

Department of Business and Management, Aalborg University

Fibigerstræde 11-58, 9220 Aalborg Ø, Denmark

P: +45 99402702   M: +45 61316333   E:

SDC Research field: Innovation Management
SDC research project(s):


 Uncovering Business Model Configurations in Danish and Chinese comparative companies

We conduct two  exploratory business model innovation workshops with Chinese companies, students and entrepreneurs using established methods of innovating companies. One of these workshops will be a Business Model BUZZ. We document the processes and results thoroughly: and use the results to provide indications of the effects of contextual factors on business model innovation.


Project partner(s) in China: Professor Chaoying TANG, UCAS
SDC teaching involvement: Innovation Management
Overall research interests: Christian Nielsen, Ph.d., is Professor at Aalborg University in Denmark. He is Research Director of Business Model Design Center (BMDC: Christian has previously worked as an equity strategist and macro economist focusing specifically on integrating Intellectual Capital and ESG factors into business model valuations. He has worked extensively with business models both as a researcher and as an analyst and has turned his focus to innovating, rejuvenating and optimizing business models. Christian Nielsen has a substantial number of international publications to his record and his research interests concern the commercialization of innovative ideas, business model taxonomies, evaluating and measuring the performance of existing business models and governance perspectives. One of Christian’s strengths research-wise is his ability to apply both quantitative and qualitative methods and to utilize these methods simultaneously.


  • Roslender, R. & Nielsen, C., (2017), Taking the horses back to the water- but do they really want to drink? Questioning the prospects for an extension of narrative reporting practices, In review at Critical Perspectives on Accounting
  • Nielsen, C., R. Roslender & S. Schaper (2016), Continuities in the use of the Intellectual Capital Statement approach: elements of an institutional theory analysis, Accounting Forum, Vol. 40, No. 1, pp. 16-28.
  • Nielsen, C., R. Roslender & S. Schaper (2016), 10 Years after the IC Guideline: Uncovering explanations for the demise of the Intellectual Capital Statement in Denmark. Forthcoming in Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal
  • Nielsen, C. & S. Nielsen, (2016). The role of management accounting technologies in the quest for leveraging public sector performance. Accepted in International Public Management Journal
  • Nielsen, C. (2016). Getting value for money from your Science Park. Accepted and forthcoming in Public Money and Management.
  • Nielsen, C., & R. Roslender, (2015). Enhancing financial reporting: the contribution of business models, British Accounting Review, Vol. 47, No. 3, pp. 262-274.
  • Nielsen, C., Rimmel, G. & Yosano, T., (2015). Outperforming markets: IC and the long-term performance of Japanese IPOs. Accounting Forum, Vol. 39, No. 2, pp. 83–96
  • Farooq, O., & Nielsen, C. (2015). Intellectual capital disclosure and dividend policy: Evidence from the Danish biotechnology-sector, International Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 82-102
  • Nielsen, C., & Sort, J. C. (2015). Value exchange in university–industry collaborations, International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation, Vol. 12, No. 4, pp. 193-215.
  • Groth, P. & C. Nielsen (2015), Business Model Taxonomies: Using statistical tools to generate valid and reliable business model taxonomies, Journal of Business Models, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 4-21.
  • Nielsen, C. (2016), Enablers and Barriers in Initiating University-Industry Collaborations, submitted to Creativity and Innovation Management
  • Sandalgaard, N. & C. Nielsen, (2016), Budgeting in Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises, Paper submitted to Accounting Forum.
  • Farooq, O., & Nielsen, C. (2014). Intellectual capital disclosure and analyst following: Evidence from Danish biotechnology firms. Journal of Intellectual Capital, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 142-156.
  • Lund, M., & Nielsen, C. (2014). The evolution of network-based business models illustrated through the case study of an entrepreneurship project, Journal of Business Models, Vol. 2, No. 1., pp. 105-121.
  • Nielsen, C. & K. Cappelen, (2014). Exploring the Mechanisms of Knowledge Transfer in University-Industry Collaborations: A Study of Companies, Students and Researchers. Higher Education Quarterly, Vol. 68, No. 4, pp. 375–393.
  • Montemari, M., & Nielsen, C. (2013). The role of causal maps in intellectual capital measurement and management. Journal of Intellectual Capital, Vol. 14, No. 4, pp. 522-546.
  • Nielsen, C., Sort, J. C., & Bentsen, M. J. (2013). Levers of management in university-industry collaborations: How project management affects value creation at different life-cycle stages of a collaboration, Tertiary Education and Management, Vol. 19, No. 3, pp. 246-266.
  • Nielsen, C. & Bukh, P.N. 2013. Communicating strategy: Using the business model as a platform for Investor Relations work. Published in The Business Model Community Working Paper Series, No. 2013-10
  • Nielsen C. 2012. Editorial: The role of human resources in business model performance. Journal of Human Resource Costing & Accounting. Vol. 16, No. 2.
  • Nielsen, C. & M. Montemari. 2012. The role of human resources in business model performance: The case of network-based companies, Journal of Human Resource Costing & Accounting. Vol. 16, No. 2, pp. 142-164.