Prof. Dr. Christina Raasch

Professor of Digital Economy

Christina Raasch is Associate Professor of Digital Economy at Kühne Logistics University. She holds a joint appointment with the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), where she is part of the Research Area focusing on Knowledge Creation and Growth.

She studied economics at the universities of St. Gallen and Oxford and holds a doctorate in management from Friedrich Alexander University in Erlangen-Nuremberg. During her habilitation studies, which she completed at TU Hamburg-Harburg, she spent 1.5 years as a visiting researcher at MIT Sloan School of Management. Before joining the KLU faculty in March 2017, she was Assistant Professor of Technology Management at Technische Universität München. She gained industry experience working as a consultant for ZS Associates as well as during various research projects conducted with companies in high tech and the digital economy.

In her research, Raasch investigates how both entrepreneurial and established companies can leverage digital technologies to become more innovative and more productive. She analyzes how digitalization changes business models and strategies as well as the nature and conditions of employment. Her current research projects focus on, e.g., enterprise crowd-funding, disruptive innovation by and with customers (demand-side or user innovation), and digital platforms.
In Raasch’s view, strategizing for complementarities with demand-side value creation is very much at the heart of the digital economy.

In the last five years, Raasch published her research in Management Science, Research Policy, Journal of Product Innovation Management, and Sloan Management Review. She is a Fellow of the Open and User Innovation (OUI) Society and serves as reviewer for, e.g., Strategic Management Journal, Research Policy, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Scientometrics, and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal.


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Academic Positions

since 2017Associate Professor of Digital Economy at Kühne Logistics University, a joint appointment with the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW)
2013-2017Professor of Technology Management, Technische Universität München, TUM School of Management
2010/2011/2012Visiting Researcher at Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
2007-2012Senior Research Fellow (Habilitandin), Lecturer and Head of the 'Open Source Innovation' Research Unit at Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH)
2000Visiting Researcher in the 'Directorate General Economics' at the European Central Bank, Frankfurt, Germany

Professional Experience

2003-2007Management consultant with ZS Associates, Frankfurt, Germany
2004Research project with Eli Lilly Germany, Bad Homburg, Germany
2002Internship with Bain & Company, Strategy Consultancy, Munich, Germany


2012Habilitation, Venia Legendi in Business Administration, Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Germany
2006Doctorate at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
2002MSc (lic. oec.) of Economics and Management at St. Gallen University (HSG), Switzerland