Prof. Dr. Christian Gärtner

Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Dr Christian Gärtner is Professor for business economics with a focus on Digital Transformation & Leadership at Quadriga University of Applied Sciences Berlin. Professor Gärtner is a business economist, he obtained his doctorate on innovation management from the University of Augsburg and habilitated on organisational transformation dynamics at Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg (licence to teach on business economics).

After finishing his studies and postdoctoral, he worked as a consultant for Capgemini Consulting in Berlin where he realised several projects on “Transformation Consulting” with various DAX-30 companies, some of them abroad. His customers were (and are to this day) predominantly operative within information and communication technology industries.

Prof. Gärnter gained comprehensive teaching experience during two visiting professorships at Witten/Herdecke University (Reinhard Mohn endowment chair, corporate management) and at Helmut Schmidt University (professorship, theory of the firm and economic research methods) as well as from several teaching assignments (University of Hanover, HS Fresenius, Ludwigshafen University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg School of Business Administration).

Alongside his research and teaching activities, Christian Gärtner has acted as an organisational consultant with medium-size and large corporations, organisations and associations for more than 15 years. He thereby focuses on topics such as strategic organisational development and change management.


Prof. Gärtner researches on the challenges of digital transformation, that is the digitalisation of business models, organisations and labour. He thereby lays a special focus on management tools that can help to master said challenges, whose implementation though at the same time has transformation processes grow faster and more complex.

Research Projects

„AlFaClu“: Age-appropriate and -independent education of specialists within high-technology clusters using the example of optical technologies and microsystems engineering in Berlin and Brandenburg

The goal of the joint project is to develop and implant an integrative competence management tool complete with a tool box so as to ensure an ongoing education of specialists for the cluster optics.

The fields of optical technologies and microsystems engineering, joint in the cluster optics, rank among the 21st century’s most important key technologies, with Berlin’s capital region being one of the internationally leading locations. To secure this position long term, the demography-sensitive management of competencies is pivotal: About 400 organisations within the cluster optics not only struggle with an ageing workforce but – especially in the areas of optical technologies and microsystems engineering – they also face a talent shortage.

The project is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (November 2013-January 2017).


Management Tools

Tools such as Balanced Scorecards, Business Model Canvas, value driver analyses, RACIs or Enterprise Resource Planning systems have become integral parts of the daily work processes in modern organisations. They mostly see use in knowledge-intensive work contexts, reaching from the management of commodity flows to strategic management and the consultation of organisations and surgeries in hospitals. Research for one thing generally addresses the impact of the technology of tools on work, organisational and managing processes. At the same time, the focus lays on one specific field of work: surgery management in hospitals.


Organising cross-cluster responsiveness: A multilevel analysis in metropolitan regions

Responsiveness – cognitive, action and response ability – is a pivotal organisational capability regarding the management of strategic and organisational change, for it enables the timely transformation of value activities. However, there has only been little research on the roles of superior systems such as interorganisational networks and clusters regarding the constitution and development of responsiveness. The initial point of the project is to recognise that skills not only develop within but also between organisations. It is to be surveyed as to how organisations that are situated in the same metropolitan region cooperate between different clusters to establish responsiveness (e.g. by utilising tools like jointly developed roadmaps with the objective of establishing cluster bridges).

Though cross-cluster projects increasingly define the economic and political agenda, there has only been little research on that area. To close this gap, the aim is – by reference to cases from the topic area “digitalisation of traffic streams” – to determine as to how responsiveness among clusters of the maritime economy, logistics and the digital industry in the metropolitan regions of Hamburg and Duisburg are being constituted and developed.


Knowledge Transfer

The transfer of scientific knowledge is still, nowadays, not being ideally performed. Therefore – in collaboration with Martin Claßen from People Consulting – both the core results of international studies are being presented as well as conclusions for HR management are being drawn in the magazine Personalmagazin as part of the series “Science Transfer”. In addition, the researched topics are being further developed for practical use.


  • M.A. Communication & Leadership
  • MBA Communication & Leadership
  • MBA Public Affairs & Leadership
  • International MBA Communication & Leadership

Monography and Editorship

Bergknapp, A./Gärtner, C./Lederle, S. (Hrsg.) (2008): Sozioökonomische Organisationsforschung. Hampp (München/Mering).

Gärtner, C. (2007): Innovationsmanagement als soziale Praxis. Hampp (München/Mering).


Gärtner, C./Schön, O. (2016): Modularizing business models: between strategic flexibility and path dependence. Journal of Strategy and Management, 9(1), 1-21.

Gärtner, C./Ludwig, R. (2015): Design Thinking im Projektmanagement. Zeitschrift Führung + Organisation, 4/2015, 253-259.

Gärtner, C. (2014): Tools re-visited: Wie der materialisierte Aufforderungscharakter von Tools Management- und Beratungsarbeit beeinflusst. Managementforschung 24: Arbeit – eine Neubestimmung, 139-170.

Gärtner, C. (2013): Cognition, knowing and learning in the flesh: Six views on embodied knowing in organization studies. Scandinavian Journal of Management, 29(4), 338-352.

Gärtner, C. (2013): Personalarbeit als Geschäftsmodell. Zeitschrift Führung + Organisation, 3/2013, 186-191.

Gärtner, C. (2013): Enhancing readiness for change by organizing for mindfulness. Journal of Change Management, 13(1), 52-68.

Gärtner, C. (2011): Putting new wine into old bottles: Mindfulness as a micro-foundation of dynamic capabilities. Management Decision, 49(2), 253-269.

Gärtner, C./Duschek, S. (2011): Kollektive Intelligenz in Netzwerken: Gezielt durch Tools aufbauen. Zeitschrift Führung + Organisation, 6/2011, 387-393.

Gärtner, C. (2011): Wisdom in the flesh: embodied social practices of wisdom in organizations. Philosophy of Management, 10(1), 29-42.

Gärtner, C./Claßen, M. (2016): Die gläsernen Mitarbeiter, Personalmagazin, 08/2016, 38-39.

Claßen, M./Gärtner, C. (2016): Von Siegeln und Signalen. Personalmagazin, 07/2016, 44-45.

Gärtner, C./Claßen, M. (2016): Leidenschaft durch Anstrengung. Personalmagazin, 06/2016, 44-45.

Claßen, M./Gärtner, C. (2016): Das Wertvollste einer Firma. Personalmagazin, 05/2016, 44-45.

Gärtner, C./Claßen, M. (2016): Mit Meditation zum Erfolg? Personalmagazin, 04/2016, 42-43.

Claßen, M./Gärtner, C. (2016): Naher und ferner Austausch. Personalmagazin, 03/2016, 34-35.

Gärtner, C./Claßen, M. (2016): Tatort „Wohlfahrtsprojekt“. Personalmagazin, 02/2016, 42-43.

Claßen, M./Gärtner, C. (2016): CEO: Supermann und Mensch? Personalmagazin, 01/2016, 46-47.

Gärtner, C./Claßen, M. (2015): Machiavellisten als Teamplayer? Personalmagazin, 12/2015, 44-45.

Claßen, M./Gärtner, C. (2015): Fährtensuche im Herbstnebel. Personalmagazin, 11/2015, 48-49.

Gärtner, C./Claßen, M. (2015): Erst netzwerken, dann waschen. Personalmagazin, 10/2015, 40-41.

Claßen, M./Gärtner, C. (2015): Leistung statt Rivalität. Personalmagazin, 09/2015, 40-41.

Gärtner, C./Claßen, M. (2015): Leistung im Kollektiv. Personalmagazin, 08/2015, 42-43.

Claßen, M./Gärtner, C. (2015): Damit eins plus eins mehr gibt. Personalmagazin, 07/2015, 38-39.

Gärtner, C./Claßen, M. (2015): Trotz Fehlschlägen: Weiter so! Personalmagazin, 06/2015, 38-39.

Claßen, M./Gärtner, C. (2015): Erst der Kauf, dann die Kultur. Personalmagazin, 05/2015, 42-43.

Duschek, S./Gärtner, C./Scheier, F./Schramm, F. (2015): Co-opetition auf einem regionalen Fachkräftemarkt: Eine Tragödie kollektiver Ressourcennutzung? Praeview – Zeitschrift für innovative Arbeitsgestaltung und Prävention, 2/2015. 20-21.

Gärtner, C. (2013): Pathfinder: Ein Tool für das Pfadmanagement. Austrian Management Review, 03/2013, 28-35. JOURQUAL3: n/a

Claßen, M./Gärtner, C. (2012): Schmerzen in der Matrix? Alternativrezepte zur Organisation der Personalarbeit. OrganisationsEntwicklung, 3/2012, 87-93.         
wieder abgedruckt in: "HR - Schlüssel zum Change?", OrganisationsEntwicklung Dossier, 2/2012, 106-112.

Gärtner, C./Kern, D. (2012): Was will ich für wen wo und wie sein? Personalwirtschaft, 05/2012, 39-42.

Gärtner, C./Kyaw, Felicitas von (2009): Beständiger Wandel. karriereführer, 11/2009-04/2010, 24.


Other Publications

Gärtner, C./Ortmann, G. (2016): Körper und Organisation. In: Gugutzer, R./Klein, G./Meuser, M. (Hrsg.): Handbuch Körpersoziologie: Forschungsfelder und Methoden, Wiesbaden (Springer VS), 175-186.

Gärtner, C./Ortmann, G. (2016): Recursiveness: Relations between bodies, metaphors, organizations and institutions. In: Walgenbach, P./Weik, E. (Hrsg.): Institutions Inc. Basingstoke (Palgrave Macmillan), 94-123.

Gärtner, C. (2016): Tools als Gedächtnis und Gehirn von Organisationen?! In: Dimbath, O. et al. (Hrsg.): Soziales Gedächtnis, Erinnern und Vergessen – Memory Studies, Wiesbaden (Springer VS), 83-104.

Gärtner, C./Huber, C. (2015): Drawing the line: Outlining the concepts of mindful organizing and sketching out the role of visual templates. In: Reb, J./Atkins, P. (Hrsg.): Mindfulness in Organizations, Cambridge (Cambridge University Press), 305-331.

Duschek, S./Gärtner, C. (2013): Kollektive Intelligenz in Netzwerken durch Tools reflexiver Netzwerkberatung. In: Sydow, J./Duschek, S. (Hrsg.): Netzwerkzeuge: Tools für das Netzwerkmanagement. Wiesbaden (Springer Gabler), 19-32.

Gärtner, C. (2010): Rezension "HR Business Partner: Die Spielmacher des Personalmanagements". Zeitschrift Führung + Organisation, 04/2010, 276.

Gärtner, C./Lederle, S./Volk, T. (2009): Ein Plädoyer für VerRÄNDERungsmanagement. In: Raab, G./Unger, A. (Hrsg.): Der Mensch im Mittelpunkt wirtschaftlichen Handelns. Lengerich (Pabst Publishers), 43-57.

Lederle, S./Gärtner, C. (2008): Innovation am lunatic fringe: Ist der Rand die Heimat der Innovation? In: Bergknapp, A./Gärtner, C./Lederle, S. (Hrsg.) (2008): Sozio-ökonomische Organisationsforschung. Hampp (München/Mering), 106-142.

Bergknapp, A./Gärtner, C./Lederle, S. (2008): Vorwort. In: dies. (Hrsg.) (2008): Sozio-ökonomische Organisationsforschung. Hampp (München/Mering), 1-9.

Gärtner, C. (2007): Thoughtless acts, embodied mind or practices? Social practices of knowledge and innovation. In: Gronau, Norbert (Hrsg.): 4th Conference on Profes-sional Knowledge Management. Berlin (GITO), 239-247.

Gärtner, C. (2007): Vom ein-bilden zum aus-handeln: Beobachtung und Beratung. In: Tomaschek, N. (Hrsg.): Systemische Entwicklung und Beratung von Organisationen. Heidelberg (Carl-Auer-Systeme), 125-137.

Gärtner, C./Lederle, S. (2006): Der Rand ist die Heimat der Innovation – Eine theoretische und empirische Diskussion der Beziehung von Innovationen und Rändern. In: Neuberger, O. (Hrsg.): Augsburger Beiträge zu Organisationspsychologie und Personalwesen, 21, 1-63.