Suna Løwe Nielsen

Master in International Business Economics

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Personal Information

Name: Suna Løwe Nielsen
Date of birth: February 24, 1977
Address: Grydhøj 4, 6000 Kolding, Denmark
Phone: (0045) 65501468 / (0045) 22980676
Marital status: Married, two children

Research Interests

Design entrepreneurship; Opportunity Design; Creativity and idea generation; Institutional Logics and Entrepreneurship; Entrepreneurial Identity Processes; Women’s Entrepreneurship; and Student Entrepreneurship


March 2004 – August 2007
PhD-student in Knowledge Intensive Student Entrepreneurship, Department of Business Studies, Aalborg University
Dissertation title: “Becoming a Student Entrepreneur: Towards an Understanding of the Early Emergence of Student Entrepreneuring as an Identity Construction Process”. PhD courses: Summer PhD seminar led by Scot Shane, Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management, Cleveland, Ohio, USA; SurveyXact course, Aalborg University, Denmark; Innovation and Entrepreneurship Theory, DOME, Denmark; Casestudiet: Feltarbejde og kvalitativ method som videnskabelig forskningstrategi, Aarhus University, Denmark; Methods and Social Science Theory, Aalborg University, Denmark

September 2000 – June 2003 
Master of Science in Economic and Business Administration, Aalborg University
Thesis title: “En Symbolsk Interaktionistisk tilgangsvinkel til opfattelse og håndtering af relationer i internationale sammenhænge”. 
Optional courses: Corporate Finance, International Management Accounting, Strategic Competence Development, Social Psychology, Organization Theory 2, Institutional Networking

September 1997 – June 2000
Bachelor of Science in Administration and Politics, Aalborg University

Employment History/Academic Positions

August 2008 to date (including two years of maternity leave)
Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship and Creative Design, The Department of Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management, University of Southern Denmark

September 2007 - August 2008
Research Assistant, The Department of Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management/IDEA, University of Southern Denmark

June 2006 – September 2006
Visiting scholar, The Spiro Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Clemson University, South Carolina, USA

May 2005 – August 2005
Visiting scholar, The Spiro Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Clemson University, South Carolina, USA

August 2003 - March 2004
Research Assistant, The Department of Business Studies, Aalborg University

September 2001 - May 2002
Trade Assistant at the Royal Danish Embassy in Dublin, Ireland

Voluntary Work

October 1996 – April 1997
Providing full-range of nursing care for disabled student, Warwick University, England

Honours and Awards

Winner of a competition on novel entrepreneurial learning at IDEA’s Teaching Conference, University of Southern Denmark. I won a study tour of entrepreneurship education at the Cambridge Entrepreneurship Centre, Cambridge University, UK

Paper selected for participation in The Research Paper Competition organised by the Gate2Growth Academic Network (managed by EIASM)

The Tuborg Fund’s Academic Award - 150.000 DKK

Teaching Qualifications and Training

I will attend a two day course for PhD supervisors the 23rd and 24th of January, The University of Southern Denmark

The Teacher-Training Programme for Assistant Lecturers at the University of Southern Denmark (including several pedagogical courses: The Theory of Learning in Practice ½ ECTS; Teaching portfolio ½ ECTS; Using Cases in Teaching ½ ECTS; The oral Exam in Practice ½ ETCS)

Grundkursus for undervisere, Aalborg University

Participation in External Funding

‘Designandelen in Vejle and Design Entrepreneurship’ funded by The European Regional Development Fund

I am currently a participating applicant for the funding of two projects: 1) ‘Institutional Logics and Entrepreneurial Cognition’/expect to be funded by The Danish Council for Independent Research; 2) ‘Ownership Managed Enterprises, Health risks and Competitiveness’/expect to be funded by The Danish Industrial Foundation

Development of teaching video material: Three approaches to interviews (actor, system and analytical approaches)/funded by The Dean's Fund for Development Projects, The Faculty of Social Science, University of Southern Denmark

‘User-driven Innovation of Welfare Technology’ funded by The European Regional Development Fund

‘Cost benefit analysis of The Scandinavian House of Art in Rome’ funded by The Nordic Council of Ministers

‘The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Research Programme’ funded by The Danish Industrial Foundation (in 2011)

‘Cost benefit analysis of Læselystkampagnen’ funded by The Danish Agency for Culture

Editorial and Review Work

Editor: Freytag, P., Klyver, K. and Nielsen, S. L. (2012), ’CESFO Årsrapport 2012’, Syddansk Universitet: Center for Entreprenørskab og Småvirksomhedsforskning

Reviewer: Nordic Conference 2010, University of Southern Denmark, Kolding, Denmark

Editor: Bager, T. E. and Nielsen, S. L. (2009), ’GEM antologien 2008: Entreprenørskab og Kompetencer’, København, Børsens Forlag

Reviewer: Barringer, B. R. and Ireland, D. (2008), ‘Successfully Launching New Ventures’, New York, Pearson Education Limited

Ad-hoc reviewer: Organization and Human Relations

Administrative Experiences (selected examples)

Subject leader for Entreprenørskab og ledelse/BA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Idea Generation/MS in Strategic Entrepreneurship; Erhvervsøkonomi/BA in Design and Cultural Economics; Tværfagligt intro projekt/MS in Design Management; Organisationsanalyse/HD-O; and Design Entrepreneurship/(future BA in Design and Business)

Development of a one-week intro course in creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation, BA in Business Administration/BA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation/BA in International Business, The University of Southern Denmark

Development and marketing of MS in Strategic Entrepreneurship, The University of Southern Denmark

Development and coordination of MS in Design Management, The University of Southern Denmark

Coordinator of Nordjysk Exportprogram (NEks), Aalborg University

Development and coordination of the competency development programme of employees “Fra bankfolk til forretningsfolk”, Storkundeafdelingen, Spar Nord Bank, Aalborg University


• Center for Design, Culture and Management (CDCM)
• The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Research Programme (GEM)
• The Danish Network for International Research in Entrepreneurship and SMEs Management and Organization (CESFO)
• The European Institute of Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM)

Research areas

Entrepreneurial processes
Entrepreneurial identities and identity development
Student entrepreneurship
Creative Design Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship and qualitative methodologies
Entrepreneurship and Philosophy of Science
Women Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

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Research Output 2007 2019

The Beauty of Design Thinking: Is there a Small Beast in the Box

Rind Christensen, P. & Nielsen, S. L., 2019, In : The Design Journal. 22, Suppl. 1, p. 147-161

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articleResearchpeer-review

Der mangler fokus på udvikling i tiden efter ejer- og generationsskifte

Nielsen, S. L. & Storvang, P., 29. Nov 2018, In : Jysk Fynske Medier, Erhverv +. p. 48

Research output: Contribution to journalContribution to newspaper - Newspaper articleCommunication

Interviewing like a researcher: The powers of paradigms

Evald, M. R., Freytag, P. V. & Nielsen, S. L., 2018, Collaborative Research Design: Working with Business for Meaningful Findings. Freytag, P. V. & Young, L. (eds.). Singapore: Springer, p. 125-154

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

research method

Process perspective on entrepreneurship

Gertsen, F., Heideman Lassen, A., Møller Haase, L. & Nielsen, S. L., 2018, The Palgrave handbook of multidisciplinary perspectives on entrepreneurship. Turcan, R. V. & Fraser, N. M. (eds.). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 199-222

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review


Salesman? Hell no!’ - Identity Struggles of Nascent Design Entrepreneurs

Nielsen, S. L., Norlyk, B. & Rind Christensen, P., 2018, In : Creativity and Innovation Management. 27, 3, p. 358-369

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Training program

Activities 2008 2019

Growth by Design (Design2Innovate)

Suna Løwe Nielsen (Organizer)
21. May 2019

Activity: Attending an eventOrganisation or participation in workshops, courses or seminars

ReThink Workshop Follow Up

Suna Løwe Nielsen (Consultant), Pia Storvang (Consultant)
29. Apr 2019

Activity: Public and private sector consultationConsultancy

13th International Conference of the European Academy of Design (Event)

Poul Rind Christensen (Peer reviewer), Suna Løwe Nielsen (Peer reviewer)
10. Apr 201913. Apr 2019

Activity: Editorial work and peer reviewPeer review of manuscriptsResearch

ReThink Workshop Follow up

Suna Løwe Nielsen (Consultant), Pia Storvang (Consultant)
27. Mar 2019

Activity: Public and private sector consultationConsultancy

ReThink Workshop Follow up

Suna Løwe Nielsen (Consultant), Pia Storvang (Consultant)
21. Mar 2019

Activity: Public and private sector consultationConsultancy

Projects 2015 2021

Teaching & Supervision

Network, resources and entrepreneurship strategy

Kim Klyver


Course: Teaching and supervisionTeaching

Idea Generation

Suna Løwe Nielsen & Pia Storvang


Course: Teaching and supervisionTeaching

Entreprenørskab og ledelse

Mette Søgaard Nielsen & Suna Løwe Nielsen


Course: Teaching and supervisionTeaching

Entreprenørskab og design

Suna Løwe Nielsen


Course: Teaching and supervisionTeaching

Ph.d. Co-supervisor

Suna Løwe Nielsen

01/02/2014 → …

Course: Teaching and supervisionSupervision