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Personal Statement

As a part-time researcher I focus on relevant areas where I can combine my academic research with my professional experience. Therefore, my current research concentrates on digitalisation and its strategy/leadership.

My professional experience spans two decades, parallel to which I have also been a part-time student and researcher. My academic journey started at the University of Mannheim. While studying business administration part time, I researched corporate strategy, especially competitive intelligence.

My diploma thesis was published by Gabler-Springer as a management book and reviewed in the German edition of the Harvard Business Review and in Manager Magazine. Further part-time studies followed, for example in the area of industrial engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Giessen-Friedberg and law at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.

Currently I work in executive roles, e.g. SVP Corporate Development in the energy sector, where I head the areas innovation, strategy, controlling, risk and regulatory management. In addition I teach part-time at the University of Mannheim.

As I’m a part-time researcher based in Germany you will not meet me on a regular basis at Strathclyde but you can easily reach me by email Christian.lux@strath.ac.uk or phone.


Research Interests

My research lies in the area of digital transformation and strategy. This starts with the definition of the often interchangeably used terms digitalisation, digitisation and digital transformation.
The main question I research is how the “digital transformation” of companies is led and planned in this VUCA environment and how this influences corporate strategy.
As the relevant research context, I focus on the telecommunications/media and utilities industries. Both industries are highly impacted by the digital transformation but at different stages. While the telco/media industry is at a mature stage of digital transformation, the utilities industry remains at an early stage.

Please find more information about my current research at https://energy-transformation.net.


Academic / Professional qualifications

  • MBA (with distinction), University of Strathclyde
  • LL.M. (M&A), Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
  • Diplom-Projektmanger, Diploma in project management, University of Applied Sciences Giessen-Friedberg (now: TH Mittelhessen University of Applied Sciences)
  • Diplom-Kaufmann, Diploma in Business Administration, University of Mannheim
  • Meister Elektrotechnik, master craftsperson electrical engineering, Chamber of Crafts Karlsruhe (Federal Technical College for Electrical Engineering - Heinrich-Hertz-School Karlsruhe)


Expertise & Capabilities

  • Digitalisation and digital transformation
  • Leadership
  • Corporate strategy, especially portfolio strategy (portfolio of strategic business units)
  • Corporate development and M&A


Teaching Interests

At the University of Mannheim my teaching focusses on academic writing and managerial skills including presentation and debating skills. I am passionate about building a bridge between my experience and knowledge and teaching students at a university. As this is also bidirectional I receive a variety of ideas from fruitful discussions with students.
Further teaching interests are in the field of Corporate Strategy and Digitalisation.



  • Digitalization
  • Energy industry
  • Strategic Management
  • strategy


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