Chair of Entrepreneurship and New Business Development
WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management


  • Entrepreneurship in Open Innovation Settings
  • Identification and Development of Opportunities
  • Entrepreneurial Risk and Uncertainty
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • Business Ecosystems and new Business Models
  • Social Entrepreneurship

Professor Christoph Hienerth was appointed to the Chair in Entrepreneurship and New Business Development at WHU– Otto Beisheim School of Management in June 2012. Since 2016, he is Academic Director of the Master in Entrepreneurship Program at WHU.

He holds a doctoral degree (PhD) from WU Vienna, where he also completed his postdoctoral degree (Habilitation) as an assistant professor at the department for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

From 2006 to 2012, he held a tenured position as associate professor at Copenhagen Business School, Department for Innovation and Organizational Economics.

Prof. Hienerth had various research visits and fellowships at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard Business School (HBS), McGill University, and George Washington University. His research has been published in leading international and national refereed journals such as Research Policy, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Long Range Planning, Journal of Organizational Design, Family Business Review, Zeitschrift für Betriebswirtschaft (ZfB). His work, both in research as well as in teaching has won several awards.

Prof. Hienerth has gained expertise in corporate entrepreneurship through several industry projects with international companies such as Schindler, Deutsche Telekom, Palfinger, Bayer, MAN, LEGO, Fujitsu, Siemens VDO, SAS, Grundfos and Coloplast. He has given keynotes and was scientific advisor for governmental institutions in several countries such as Sweden, Denmark, Finland, UK, Czech Republic.

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