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Austin teaches and coaches students. He teaches business model design and information systems in several masters and bachelors courses. He also coaches students in minors such as smart energy and entrepreneurship and technology.

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Austin D’Souza is pursuing a PhD in business and economics from the University of Groningen. His research focuses on developing methods for designing and evaluating viable business models for decentralised energy systems. He holds a master of science degree from the University of Groningen in business administration. Before pursuing a PhD, Austin worked for six years with several ICT firms in various roles in India and the Middle East. He possesses in-depth experience and knowledge in business models, management consulting, business development, partner management, account management, and project management.


  • A. D’Souza, N. R. T. P. van Beest, G. B. Huitema, J. C. Wortmann, and H. Velthuijsen, “An Assessment Framework for Business Model Ontologies to Ensure the Viability of Business Models,” in 16th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems, 2014, pp. 226–235.
  • A. D’Souza, N. R. T. P. Van Beest, G. B. Huitema, J. C. Wortmann, and H. Velthuijsen, A Review and Evaluation of Business Model Ontologies: A Viability Perspective. Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, Springer , 2014.
  • A. D’Souza, A., Kabbedijk, J., Seo, D., Jansen, S., Brinkkemper, S., 2012. Software-as-a-Service: Implications for Business and Technology in Product Software Companies, in: Proceedings of the Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS). p. Paper 140.
  • A. D’Souza, H. Wortmann, G. Huitema, and H. Velthuijsen, “A business model design framework for viability; a business ecosystem approach,” J. Business Model., vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 1–29, 2015.
  • A. D’Souza, H. Velthuijsen, J. C. Wortmann, and G. B. Huitema, “Developing a viable business model for community-owned solar farms in the Netherlands,” in USE: Understanding small enterprises, 2015.
  •  A. D'Souza, K. Bouw, H. Velthuijsen, J. C. Wortmann, and G. B. Huitema, " Designing viable multi-commodity energy business ecosystems: corroborating the business model design framework for viability" J. Cleaner production (in review)

Other publications

  • Bouw, K., D’Souza, A., Van Someren, C., 2016. A flexible business model for the ETP Wijster. Groningen. url: https://www.researchgate.net/project/Flexiheat
  • Flexibele Warmtenetten Zijn de toekomst, Warmtenetwerk magazine, NR 25. Herfst 2016  (Dutch)

Education/Academic qualification

Management Information Systems, Master in Science, University of Groningen


  • HB Economic Theory


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