Dr. Christian Busch

Dr. Christian Busch

Lecturer, London School of Economics & Co-Founder, Leaders on Purpose
Dr. Busch's research focuses on business model innovation, entrepreneurship, social impact, and networks, and he teaches several MSc and executive education courses at LSE. He has served as Deputy Director at the LSE's Innovation Centre, and is co-founder of Sandbox Network (now: Thousand Network), the leading community of young innovators active in over 20 countries, as well as Leaders on Purpose, an organization convening high-impact leaders.

He has been named as one of Diplomatic Couriers 'Top 99 Influencers', The Economist's 'Ideas People', JCI's 'Ten Outstanding Persons', a TEDster, a 'Key Influencer' (Siemens), an 'Institute for the World Economy Global Fellow', one of the 'Davos 50', and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). He frequently speaks at conferences such as the World Economic Forum (WEF), TED, and Financial Times Sustainability Summit, and his ideas have been featured by outlets such as Harvard Business Review, The Economist, and the UN. His presentations and workshops at companies such as Dell and Danone have reached over 1.2 million people.

He previously worked in business in Kenya, South Africa, Mexico, Russia, Germany, the US, and has served as Senior Advisor at the National Entrepreneurs Association and at multinational companies, on Ashoka's Selection Panel, and on the Jury of the African Entrepreneurship Award. He is part of the WEF's Expert Forum (recent article: bit.ly/2hX1pYm), has lectured at ESADE, Peking University, and Strathmore, and his work has been published by journals such as IJEV & featured by The Guardian, WIRED, Academy of Management Journal, among others. In 2016, he received the 'Best Paper Award' (Entrepreneurship) of Emerald Publishing, and the 'Best Social Entrepreneurship Paper Award' of the Academy of Management.

He holds a PhD (LSE: Networks, entrepreneurship), MSc (LSE: Management), B.A. (Hagen: Sociology, psychology) & B.B.A. (Furtwangen & Moscow Business School: Business). Twitter: @ChrisLSE
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Responsible leadership in the 21st century: The integration of profit and purpose

Social and environmental constraints, new ways of organizing, and a shift in needs and mindsets of employees, customers, and other stakeholders pushes organizations to rethink how to operate in order to stay relevant. This presentation will: 1) Analyze the key changes in preferences and needs of key stakeholders, including expectations towards companies; 2) Discuss the significance and implementation of action-driven purpose, new governance models, innovative networks/communities, and social media; 3) Present ideas on how organizations can successfully innovate, and showcase examples of successful/failed initiatives; 4) Highlight the need to go beyond disintegrated CSR-strategies, showing the relevance for employees across the organization, and discuss how employees can develop meaning in corporate structures. Short example presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfGb1qZ7bW0
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Innovating for the future: How and why companies need to change

This presentation will discuss how to identify opportunities for innovation, and how to spread and sustain them across the organization.
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Making life meaningful in corporate structures

How to build a profitable, sustainable company that is fit for the future? How can managers and employees develop meaning in organizational structures? How can individual and organizational purpose be aligned?
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Creating and scaling innovation communities

n this talk, Christian looks into how communities can generate, nurture, and accelerate ideas and positive change. Based on his experiences at community-driven accelerator Sandbox, as well as his research at the LSE's Innovation and Co-Creation Lab, he will explore what makes some communities more successful than others in supporting individuals and collectives. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1qsexQYAsc

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