TRIE is structured according to main research focused: (a) Actions – Transdisciplinary research actions; (c) Competence Centers – TRIE members should be integrated in existing competence centers, or in others to be proposed, according to their scientific production or ongoing research projects. The desired evolution is the integration of TRIE members in transdisciplinary projects within the framework of the actions.


Circular Economy, Business Models & Sustainable Transformation

The consequences of accelerated global warming, the historically unique depletion of resources and the increasing destruction of entire ecosystems have become the focus of discussion among top executives in many companies. Studies on business administration and management practices have long neglected the negative effects of business activities on the environment, leaving the solution in the hands of political or social players. Yet, increasing awareness among consumers and the society as a whole, alarming price fluctuations, and the scarcity of raw materials as well as adaptable laws have resulted in businesses and their value-added chains coming increasingly under pressure. Conversely, business sustainability can offer a strategic competitive advantage and spectacular development potential.

Designing Metasystems for Business and Ecosystem Creation

This Competence Center centers on Design for the business and strategy transversal competence and knowledge area. It will focus on building models, processes and tools, based on design thinking, speculative design and design science research to support all TRIE actions lines and competence centers.

Tourism Innovation Ecosystem

Tourism is a complex phenomenon with a wide range of impacts and potential benefits to territories and stakeholders. Moreover, as an open system, tourism is one of the first sectors to be severely affected by changes in the global social, economic, and political context. In this vein, a holistic understanding of this phenomenon is essential for a sustainable management of the activity. Therefore, this Competence Centre focuses on the Tourism Innovation Ecosystem, that is, on the interrelations between the various actors involved or interested in the tourism industry within a destination or a cluster of destinations, aiming to achieve synergy between them. Thus, the projects carried out by this Centre are expected to point to ways in which tourism businesses and destinations can innovate to achieve competitive advantages while protecting local resources and benefitting local economies and populations.

Corporate and Public Strategy and Resilience

Advancing globalization is one of the most central topics among top management of companies. Companies and their global value chains are under increasing pressure: growing government regulations, Britain’s exit from the European Union, punitive tariffs, increasing migration and the new trade powers of China and India are just a few of the issues companies face worldwide. In addition, technological change towards digitized value creation and the ability to market globally at lower costs are constantly raising new ordeals. We address these challenges with our research work at the Competence Center for Global & Corporate Strategy. Current research projects explore how companies categorize opportunities and threats as a result of environmental change, deal with uncertainty

Mergers, Acquisitions, Alliances and Accounting

Mergers and acquisitions are an important engine of transformation in the global economy with significant influence on national and international production networks, market relations and competitive dynamics. This also deals with the research area covering alliances for ecosystems. More and more companies are coming together in cooperative systems to jointly create a collective benefit promise. The emergence of digital platforms is becoming increasingly important in many industries.

Strategy Processes and Organizational Transformation

This Competence Center focuses on Change Management by developing strategies to support organizations transition to an Ecosystem orientation. Understanding the factors that determine the formation of strategies at the level of the analysis of groups, functions, companies and networks is critical. The field is built on various theories, including intra-organizational evolution, limited rationality, power, politics, organizational learning, socio-cognitive theory or organizational contingency theory. Research flows cover a wide range of phenomena, including strategic planning, strategic decision-making, strategy implementation, strategic change and renewal, consensus, policy and power in strategy building, the role of organizational actors in strategy building, and comprehensive strategy-building model development.

Innovative Business Models and Competitive Strategies

This Competence Center focuses on issues affecting companies and their interaction within product and factor markets. Among other things, the Center deals with the following matters: for example, what are business development dimensions and drivers? How do companies interact with one another and with their environment? What are the properties and effects of these interactions? What is a competitive advantage? How can companies build a competitive advantage and benefit from it in a changing world?

Entrepreneurship, Mixing “Young and Old Blood”

This Competence Center focuses on the cross-pollination between Start-ups – “Young Blood” – and Traditional Organizations – “Old Blood” – as building blocks for creating Innovation & Entrepreneurship Ecosystems.