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Professor Christopher Lettl is Director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. He is also Director of the Research Program on Business Model Innovation at the Department of Strategic Management and Innovation. He is also Academic Director of the International Summer University Russia in Vienna. He leads the User Innovation Research Initiative Vienna together with Professor Nikolaus Franke.
His research areas are user innovation, new organizational forms for innovation, multi-institutional development collaborations, and more generally entrepreneurship, innovation management, organizational design and strategy. He has been cooperating in his research with scholars from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Berkeley University of California, Bocconi University, Copenhagen Business School, University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, Pennsylvania State University, University of Groningen, Norwegian School of Management, Berlin University of Technology, and several others. He received extensive research funding from the Danish Research Ministries. The results of his research have been presented on international conferences and published in leading academic journals like Journal of Consumer Research, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Research Policy, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Long Range Planning, R&D Management, Schmalenbach Business Review. His research has been featured in leading business media, including the New York Times and Handelsblatt. He received research and teaching awards and has been providing numerous services to the research community, such as serving as co-editor and referee for international journals, conferences, search committees, and funding organizations.
He has established several educational programs in entrepreneurship and innovation (e.g. master program at the Aarhus School of Business, Denmark) and teaches in the EDEN doctoral program of the European Institute of Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM).
He served as key note speaker at distinguished policy events such as the EU Presidency Event in Helsinki and the Czech Innovation Day in Prague. He has been serving as academic advisor for the G8-G5 Heiligendamm Process on Innovation and Intellectual Property Rights, for the UK Minister of Science and Innovation, and for the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Resort: Invest in Denmark). He consulted numerous companies in their entrepreneurship and innovation initiatives.
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