Busch, Christian

Dr Christian Busch  


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Experience keywords:

Social innovation; bricolage; entrepreneurship; innovation communities; millennial generation; purpose-driven organisations; social capital; social entrepreneurship; social impact; social networks; sustainable business model innovation

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Dr Christian Busch works with governments, multinational companies, and (social) enterprises to develop scalable inclusive business models. His related research centres on entrepreneurship, social innovation, social networks, co-creation, and business model innovation, and he teaches several MSc- and executive education courses at LSE. He was also co-founder of Sandbox, where he developed the hub-based structure and expanded the community and organization into 20 countries. He has been named as one of Diplomatic Courier’s “Top 99 Influencers under 33”, JCI London's "Ten Outstanding Persons", a TEDster, a Siemens 'Key Influencer', and a fellow at the Royal Society of Arts. He frequently speaks at major conferences such as the World Economic Forum (WEF), TED/TEDx, and the Financial Times' Sustainability Summit, and his ideas have been featured by outlets such as Harvard Business Review. A recent talk on ‘developing mission-driven organizations’ can be found here: http://bit.ly/dUDAik. Previously, he worked in consulting/business in Kenya, S. Africa, Mexico, Russia, Germany, the US, and took on external leadership roles such as Impact Advisor at the National Entrepreneurship Association. He has been guest-lecturing at Peking University, ESADE, and Strathmore (Kenya), and his work has been published by journals incl. IJEV & featured by HBR, Le Monde, Guardian, France24.

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Consultancy; Environment; Information Technology; Media Technology and New Media; Policy and Regulatory Bodies; Public Administration; Telecommunications

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Argentina; Brazil; Chile; China; France; Germany; Ghana; India; Kenya; Latin America; Mexico; Middle East; Peru; Russia; Saudi Arabia; South Africa; South-East Asia; Sub-Saharan Africa; UK; US; Uganda; Western Europe


French [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]; German [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]; Spanish [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

Media experience:

Has written for mainstream press; Radio; TV

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Busch, Christian (2016) Five steps to scaling social impact Management with Impact (4 Apr 2016) Blog entry


Moloney, Niamh (2015) Banking union and the implications for financial market governance in the EU: Convergence or divergence? In: Busch, Christian and Ferrarini, Guido, (eds.) European Banking Union. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 524-563. ISBN 0198727305


Busch, Christian (2014) Substantiating social entrepreneurship research: exploring the potential of integrating social capital and networks approaches International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, 6 (1). 69-84. ISSN 1742-5360


Busch, Christian (2013) Designing an organization that makes a difference Harvard Business Review (8 Jan 2013) other

Busch, Christian and Barkema, Harry G. (2013) Business model innovation at the base of the pyramid. In: Academy of Management Africa Conference, 7-10 Jan 2013, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Grants and fellowships from Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, RIIF, Haniel, Konrad Adenauer Foundation; Among Diplomatic Courier’s “Top 99 Influencer under 33”; Among JCI London's "Ten Outstanding Persons"; TEDster; Siemens 'Key Influencer'; Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts

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