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Christian Linder is an Associate Professor of Strategy and Leadership at ESCP Europe. He also is the Academic Director of the MBA in International Management for the London Campus. Prior to his current affiliation, Christian worked as Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy) and as Assistant Professor of HRM and Organizational Behavior at the Otto-Friedrich University of Bamberg (Germany). As research manager at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) of the German Federal Employment Agency (Nuremberg, Germany), he was in charge of managing several change and management-related projects. Finally, he had positions as research associate at the Fraunhofer-Institute of Industrial Engineering (Stuttgart, Germany) and the Institute of Human Factors and Technology Management at the University of Stuttgart (Germany).

Christian taught and conducted research at multiple international institutions such as CEIBS China Europe International Business School (Shanghai, China), Ateneo de Manila University (Manila, The Philippines), Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (Chengdu, China) and the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia). 

Christian´s research interests exceed the boundaries of business studies. At the moment, his research centers around entrepreneurship and small businesses with a particular interest on configurations. However, he is also interested in philosophy of management science, business and crime, and art and business.  

Christian holds degrees in humanities and management. Besides a Bachelor in Philosophy (University of Ulm, Germany) and a Bachelor in Business Studies (Hamburg University of Economics and Politics, Germany), he completed a Master degree in Entrepreneurship (University of Hamburg, Germany). He further holds two PhDs, one in Philosophy (Munich School of Philosophy, Germany) and one in Technology Management (University of Stuttgart, Germany). Finally, he has been awarded with the ASN, the Italian Habilitation, by the Italian Ministry of University and Education (MIUR).

Besides his academic career, Christian has a history of diverse work experiences. In the past, he for instance has worked as IT consultant. Further, he is a certified Black Jack dealer and worked several years at the Spielbank Hamburg (Germany). Finally, he completed a 4-year vocational training in special needs care and worked in different care homes for people with multiple special needs.   



VILLANI, E., LINDER, C. and R. GRIMALDI (2018), Effectuation and causation in science-based new venture creation: A configurational approach, JOURNAL OF BUSINESS RESEARCH, 83(2), pp. 173-185.
LINDER, C. and S. SPERBER (2017), If what you want is NOT what you get: A communication-based approach to top managers' Intended firm creativity and employees' failure to deliver, EUROPEAN MANAGEMENT REVIEW, 14(3), pp. 227–246.
LINDER, C. and S. SEIDENSTICKER (2018), How does a component from a supplier with high reputation for product innovation improve the perception of a final offering? A process perspective, EUROPEAN MANAGEMENT JOURNAL, 38 (2), 288-299.
SPERBER, S. and C. LINDER (2018), The impact of top management teams on firm innovativeness: A configurational analysis of demographic characteristics, leadership style and team power distribution, REVIEW OF MANAGERIAL SCIENCE, 12 (1), 285–316.
LINDER, C. and S. SEIDENSTRICKER (2017), Does the supplier affects consumers’ product performance expectations? An analysis about the innovativeness perception, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INNOVATION MANAGEMENT, 21(1), 1-27.
SPERBER, S. and C. LINDER (2018), Gender-specifics in start-up strategies and the role of the entrepreneurial ecosystem, SMALL BUSINESS ECONOMICS, DOI: 10.1007/s11187-018-9999-2, in press.
LINDER, C., CRAWFORD, C., VILLANI, E. and C. LECHNER (2017), Outlier antecedents, processes, and consequences in the emergence of new ventures, FRONTIERS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP RESEARCH, accepted.
LINDER, C. (2019), Learning from suppliers: Operation innovation in small and medium sized enterprises, PRODUCTION PLANNING & CONTROL, doi.org/10.1080/09537287.2019.15, accepted.
DALLASEGA, P., RAUCH, E. and C. LINDER (2018), Industry 4.0 as an enabler of proximity for construction supply chains: A systematic literature review, COMPUTERS IN INDUSTRY, 99(2), 205–225.
RAUCH, E., MATT, D. and C. LINDER (2018), Lean management in hospitality: Methods, applications and future directions, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SERVICES AND OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT, accepted.
LINDER, C. (2019), Expatriates’ motivations for going abroad: The role of organisational embeddedness for career satisfaction and job effort, EMPLOYEE RELATIONS, 41 (3), 552-570.
RAUCH, E., DALLASEGA, P. and C. LINDER (2019), Anthropocentric perspective of production before and within Industry 4.0, COMPUTERS & INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING, doi.org/10.1016/j.cie.2019.01.01, in press.
LINDER, C. (2019), Customer orientation and operations: The role of manufacturing capabilities in small- and medium-sized enterprises, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTION ECONOMICS, 216 (1), 105-117.
LINDER, C. and S. SPERBER (2019), Towards a deeper understanding of the emergence of process innovations: Which role do inter-organisational learning and internal knowledge exploitation play?, JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT, 53 (1), 33-48.

Conference Proceedings

LINDER, C. (2017), Symbolic leadership in a transnational context: An investigation on leaders’ adjustment and acceptance, in: Muenjohn N., McMurray A., The Palgrave Handbook of Leadership in Transforming Asia, London, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 317-331.
LINDER, C. and S. SPERBER (2017), Leveraging reputation for product innovation through strategic co-branding, in: R. Garg, R. Chhikara, T. K. Panda, & A. Kataria, Driving Customer Appeal Through the Use of Emotional Branding, Hershey, PA, IGI Global, pp. 248-261.
LINDER, C. (2019), The entrepreneurial criminal: How trust coordinates illicit drug cryptomarkets, in: Bruno S. Sergi and Cole Scanlon, Entrepreneurship and Development in the 21st Century, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, accepted.

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