Dr Christian Busch

Dr Christian Busch

Course Leader

Department of Management

About me

Dr Christian Busch’s research focuses on purpose-driven business, entrepreneurship, and (social) innovation, and he teaches several related MSc and executive education courses at the LSE and at partner universities. In 2018, he received the Department of Management’s “Teaching Excellence Award” for co-creating and co-leading a new course.

Christian is the co-founder of Leaders on Purpose, an organization convening high-impact leaders, and Sandbox Network, a global community of young innovators active in over 20 countries. He served as the inaugural Deputy Director of the LSE’s Innovation and Co-Creation Lab, and is part of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Expert Forum.

Christian has guest-lectured at Stanford University, ESADE Business School, Strathmore Business School, and Peking University. His work has been published by journals such as IJEV and the Handbook of Inclusive Innovation, and was featured by the Financial Times, The Guardian, WIRED, among others. In 2016, he received the ‘Best Paper Award’ (Entrepreneurship) of Emerald Publishing/AFAM, and the ‘Best Social Entrepreneurship Paper Award’ of the Academy of Management.

Christian frequently speaks at conferences such as the World Economic Forum (WEF), TED, and the Financial Times Sustainability Summit, and his ideas have been featured by outlets such as Harvard Business Review and The Economist. He is among the Diplomatic Courier’s ‘Top 99 Influencers’, the JCI’s ‘Ten Outstanding Young Persons’, the WEF’s ‘Davos 50’, and The Economist’s ‘Ideas People’. Christian is a TEDster, a ‘Key Influencer’ (Siemens), an ‘Institute for the World Economy Global Fellow’, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). 

His upcoming book on ‘cultivating serendipity’ (Penguin, 2020) – which develops a science-based framework for individuals and companies to help trigger and then leverage positive accidents – is a finalist for the 2018 Financial Times/McKinsey Bracken Bower Prize for “best business book proposal by a young business writer”. His work on The Impact Organization – describing how organizations can integrate profit and purpose at scale – was shortlisted for the 2017 Bracken Bower Prize.

He previously worked and studied in Mexico, Russia, Kenya, and Germany, and has served as Senior Advisor at the National Entrepreneurs Association and at multinational companies, on the Advisory Board of Chile’s largest university INACAP, on Ashoka’s Selection Panel, and on the Jury of the African Entrepreneurship Award.

Christian holds a PhD (LSE: Management), MSc (LSE: Management & Organizations), BA (Hagen: Sociology, Psychology) & BBA (Furtwangen University & Moscow Business School: International Business).

Expertise Details

Purpose-driven business; entrepreneurship; innovation; innovation communities; social impact; social innovation; social networks; impact organization; cultivating serendipity.