PhD Position in Value Co-Creation at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)

As a key player in research and innovation in Luxembourg, the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST,  covers with its 630 employees the domains of materials, environment  and IT. As an RTO (Research and Technology Organisation) and with  its interdisciplinary impact-driven approach, LIST contributes to  the development of Luxembourg’s economy and society.


We currently have a position for a PhD Candidate in Business Informatics, in particular on the: Development of a Reference Language for Value Co-creation

The PhD Candidate will be enrolled in the Doctoral School of the Management Faculty of the University of St. Gallen, Europe’s leading Management Schools, and upon successful completion of the Doctoral Studies, the degree would be awarded from this University.

Profile of Candidates


– Master Degree in Business Informatics or Business Engineering

Expected competences/knowledge:

– Information Systems and/or Business Engineering and/or Enterprise Engineering

– Conceptual/Enterprise Modelling

– Basic Mathematical and/or Language Engineering skills

The candidates are required to meet the admission criteria for PhD Candidates at the Doctoral School of the University of St. Gallen.


– Proficient spoken and written knowledge of English is mandatory.

– Proficiency of at least one of the official languages of Luxembourg   is considered an asset (French, German or Luxembourgish)


The position is for 3 years in total, and starts with a 1 year initial contract, which would normally be followed by a 2 year extension.

Location of work

The primary location of work will be LIST at Belvaux in Luxembourg. However, as this project involves a close collaboration with the  University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, the candidate is also expected to make regular visits to St. Gallen.

Work context

The Luxembourg economy is strongly based on services, in particular on services that are based on IT. In this context, the “IT for Innovative Services” (ITIS) department at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) aims to bolster this domain through multi-disciplinary scientific and technological research leading to the development of innovative IT services. Its department “IT for Innovative Services” (ITIS) gathers about 140 highly skilled researchers and engineers from various disciplines to address technological, organisational, human, and economic aspects of innovative IT services. Research areas are based around the innovation of services with a high level of information intensity and issued with a level of quality allowing for trust to be gained in their use and for generating value around new business models. ITIS’s research programme focuses on the challenges involved in exploiting massively interconnected systems of data, devices and people to enable informed decision-making, use of information systems in measuring and controlling the quality of services in networked enterprises, and tools for IT services innovation processes.

Background to PhD topic

These days we are witness of a philosophical reorientation in rethinking businesses and economies in a way where economies are perceived as service economies following a service-dominant (S-D) logic rather than a traditional goods-dominant (G-D) logic. The cornerstone of this emergent S-D logic of economic exchange is the (co-)creation of value among providers and customers that recognize the value of a service in use rather than in the exchange of goods among economic actors. For example, airlines are no longer buying jet turbines but they buy airtime since they are not interested in owning jet turbines.

Although this shift from a G-D to an S-D logic may seem like a marginal change of pricing models, in fact this paradigm shift has a fundamental impact on the definition and development of products and services, on the underlying processes, on the interaction among economic actors, etc. This shift entails the need to rethink what the key processes are that need to be controlled from a value creation perspective that in turn will and should impact the way of analyzing and modeling economic exchanges. This is where the proposed research project aims to contribute a value co-creation language (ValCoLa). While process-oriented approaches (based on the traditional G-D logic of economic exchange) are dominant in the existing body of knowledge, ValCoLa aims to establish a value co-creation centered reference language to enable the analysis, modeling, and design of a new generation of information systems i.e., value-aware information systems (VAIS). Since the perception of co-created value in use depends on the given situation/context and since these situations/contexts can change quite rapidly, value co-creation needs to deal with such dynamics. Therefore, the innovation of the ValCoLa project lies not only on the need to integrate the different underlying concepts of value co-creation; but also on dealing with the dynamics of value co-creation processes. The PhD candidate will be a part of the ValCoLa project team. Their main focus will be the development of value co-creation reference language, a default notation, a modeling prototype, as well as a number of use cases and case studies applying the developed reference language.


Candidates interested in the above position can apply online on our website: 

The application file should include:

– Reference to: ITIS-2016-ValCoLa

– a CV

– a motivation letter

– references

Further information

For any questions regarding the background of the internship, feel free to contact Prof.dr. Henderik A. Proper by email:

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