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Persoonlijk profiel


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.

Personal profile

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:
  • Flexibele Warmtenetten Zijn de toekomst, Warmtenetwerk magazine, NR 25. Herfst 2016  (Dutch)

Opleiding / Academische kwalificatie

Management Information Systems, Master in Science, University of Groningen


  • HB Economic Theory
  • Business Model
  • Business Model Design
  • Information Systems
  • Energy Business Models

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Projecten 2018 2020


Bouw, K., van der Schoor, T. & D'Souza, A.


Project: Research

Onderzoeksoutput 2012 2019

Research document Agro-Cycle Project

Pierie, F. & D'Souza, A., 30 apr 2019, Hanzehogeschool Groningen. 65 blz.

Onderzoeksoutput: ReportAcademic

Open Access

Improving the sustainability of farming practices through the use of a symbiotic approach for anaerobic digestion and digestate processing

Pierie, F., Benders, R. M. J., Moll, H. C., D'Souza, A., van Someren, C. & van Gemert, W., 26 sep 2017, In : Resources. 6, 4, 23 blz.

Onderzoeksoutput: ArticleAcademicpeer review

64 Downloads (Pure)

A business model design framework for viability: a business ecosystem approach

D'Souza, A., Velthuijsen, H., Wortmann, J. C. & Huitema, G., 2015, In : Journal of business models . 3, 2, blz. 1-29

Onderzoeksoutput: ArticleAcademicpeer review

Open Access

A business model design framework for viability; a ecosystem approach

D’Souza, A., Wortmann, J. C., Huitema, G. B. & Velthuijsen, H., 2015. 1 blz.

Onderzoeksoutput: PosterOther research output

Open Access
Open Access

Activiteiten 2013 2017

  • 4 Oral presentation
  • 2 Participation in conference
  • 2 Invited talk
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Business model design framework for viability

Austin D'Souza (Speaker)
14 sep 2017

Activiteit: Invited talk

Een flexibel business model voor het ETP Wijster

Kathelijne Bouw (Speaker), Austin D'Souza (Speaker), Christian van Someren (Speaker)
27 mei 2016

Activiteit: Oral presentation

3rd Understanding Small Enterprises (USE) Conference 2015

Austin D’Souza (Speaker), Hugo Velthuijsen (Speaker), J.C. Wortmann (Speaker), George. B. Huitema (Speaker)
okt 2015

Activiteit: Participation in conference

16th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (ICEIS) 2014

Austin D'Souza (Speaker), Nick van Beest (Participant), George B. Huitema (Participant), J.C. Wortmann (Participant), Hugo Velthuijsen (Participant)
apr 2014

Activiteit: Participation in conference