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.