Christian Busch

Clinical Assistant Professor

Center for Global Affairs

  • PHD, London School of Economics
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Dr. Christian Busch is the bestselling author of The Serendipity Mindset: The Art & Science of Creating Good Luck – “a wise, exciting, and life-changing book” (Arianna Huffington) that provides “excellent practical guidance for all” (Paul Polman, former CEO, Unilever) – and an internationally known expert in the areas of innovation, purpose-driven leadership, and serendipity. He is the director of the Global Economy Program at New York University’s SPS Center for Global Affairs, and also teaches at the London School of Economics (LSE). He served as Inaugural Deputy Director at the LSE's Innovation Center and is the co-founder of Sandbox Network, a global community of young innovators, as well as of Leaders on Purpose, an organization convening leading CEOs.

His research has been published in leading journals such as the Strategic Management Journal, and was featured by outlets such as Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Guardian, Fast Company, BBC, and Forbes. In 2016, he received the 'Best Paper Award' (Entrepreneurship) of Emerald Publishing, and in 2016 and 2022 the 'Best (Social) Entrepreneurship Paper Award' of the Academy of Management. In 2018, he received the LSE Department of Management’s “Teaching Excellence Award” for co-creating and co-leading a new course.

Christian is among Diplomatic Courier’s 'Top 99 Influencers', JCI's 'Ten Outstanding Persons', and on the Thinkers50 Radar list of 30 management thinkers “most likely to shape the future of how organizations are led.” He is a TEDster, an 'Institute for the World Economy Fellow', one of the 'Davos 50', and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He frequently speaks at conferences such as the World Economic Forum, TED/TEDx, and Financial Times Sustainability Summit. In 2015, Christian gave the LSE Commencement Address, and his book proposals for ‘Serendipity Mindset/Factor’ and ‘Impact Organization’ were shortlisted/finalist for the 2017 and 2018 Bracken Bower Prize, respectively.

Christian previously worked in business and consulting in Mexico, Germany, the UK, and the US. He has served as Senior Advisor at multinational companies and the National Entrepreneurs Association, on Ashoka's Selection Panel, on the Global Shapers Steering Committee, and on the Jury of the African Entrepreneurship Award. He is part of the WEF's Expert Forum, and has guest-lectured at Berkeley, Stanford Business School, Peking University, IMD, University of Cape Town, and Strathmore University.

He holds a PhD (LSE), MSc (LSE: Management, organizations), B.A. (Hagen: Sociology, psychology) & B.B.A. (Furtwangen & Moscow Business School: Business).

Jan 01 2022

Align or perish: Dynamic social enterprise network orchestration in Sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Business Venturing, forthcoming

By Journal of Business Venturing
Jan 01 2022

Delivering on the promise of purpose

By Sloan Management Review
Jan 01 2022

Serendipity in entrepreneurship, strategy, and innovation

By Springer Nature
Jan 01 2021

From necessity to opportunity: Scaling bricolage in resource-constrained environments. 42: 741-773.

By Strategic Management Journal
Jan 01 2021

Planned luck: How incubators can facilitate serendipity for nascent entrepreneurs through fostering network embeddedness

By Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice
Jan 01 2020

How to create your own career luck

By Harvard Business Review
Jan 01 2020

Toward an enlightened form of capitalism: The changing role of private organizations in the context of global affairs. In: Ankersen, C., & Sidhu, W.P.S. (Eds.), The Future of Global Affairs: 97-122

By New York: Palgrave Macmillan
Jan 01 2019

Social entrepreneurs as network orchestrators: In: George, G., Tracey, P., Baker, T. & Havovi, J. (Eds.), Handbook of Inclusive Innovation: 464-486.

By London: Edward Elgar Publishing