Dr. Oliver Christ

Dr. Oliver Christ

Dr. Oliver Christ
ZHAW School of Management and Law

oliver.christ@zhaw.ch

Persönliches Profil

Leitungsfunktion

  • Leitung Fachstelle Knowledge and Information Management

Tätigkeit an der ZHAW als

Senior Lecturer and Researcher

Arbeits- und Forschungsschwerpunkte, Spezialkenntnisse

Busines Intelligence, Cognitive Computing and Enterprise Systems

Personal Interests: Strong passion for humanities (esp. literature, philosophy, politics, history), Wine, Yoga, Skiing

Aus- und Fortbildung

1998 - 2001
- Information Management, Electronic Commerce at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland (PhD studies). Finished with doctoral degree (Dr. oec. HSG)
- Doctoral Thesis: "Eine Architektur für das Content Management - Strategien, Prozessmodelle, Systemlösungen, Projektszenarien", University of St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland, Dr. oec. HSG

1991 - 1997
- Business Administration at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany
- Major areas of study: Information Management, Accounting/Auditing, Electronic Commerce
- Master Thesis: "Aufbau eines elektronischen Handelssystems am Beispiel des Java Repository", Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

1990 - 1993
- Literature and philology at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Beruflicher Werdegang

2006 - 2012
SAP (Switzerland) AG
Director SAP Research Switzerland (Research Labs in Zurich and St. Gallen)
- Buildup of new research organization in Switzerland with co-innovation labs in Zurich, St. Gallen, and Regensdorf (Showroom, Living Lab)
- Execution and organization of numerous international keynotes, think tank- and panel sessions on economical, political, cultural, and technological topics
- 230+ scientific papers and conference articles, 40+ patents developed from 2006-2010 with team
- Acquisition and management of over 30 public funded projects with more than 100 research partners (most projects funded by European Commission).
- Build and maintain relationships with European Commission, public and private funding organizations, and partners from industry and academia
- Established and lead PhD program with ETH Zurich and University of St. Gallen and negotiated framework contracts with both universities
- Develop and execute research agenda and strategy with core team and external partners (customers, industry partners, universities, innovation centers)
- Establishment and leadership of an international team of over 40 researchers in St. Gallen, Zurich, and Regensdorf
- Buildup and management of SAPs Future Retail Center, a Living Lab for open innovation along retail value chain (25+ prototypes, 40+ industry partner, 3.000+ visitors from 2007 to present, various innovation workshops and media events)
- Location management for all swiss research facilities, budget and HR responsibility
- Transformation of a swiss research team to completely new organizational structures (new management, organization, processes, and strategy) along globally aligned and managed focus topics

2001 - present
Lecturer at Bachelor, Master, executive MBA level:
- University of St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland
- University of Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Liechtenstein
- University of Applied Sciences St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland
- University of Neuchatel, Switzerland
- University of Applied Sciences Zurich, Switzerland

2003 - 2006
SAP AG, Walldorf, Germany
Assistant to the CEO of SAP AG, Prof. Dr. Henning Kagermann
- Support communication to all relevant stakeholders, customers, employees, investors, media, analysts
- Project lead on book project “Geschäftsmodelle 2010”. Organization and carrying out interviews with CEOs from Germany, Austria, Switzerland
- Commercialization of book “Geschäftsmodelle 2010” (interviews, articles, media events)
- Research in the fields of technology and market development
- Public relations with governments, industry, and financial analysts
- Development of concepts, texts, and slides for internal and external communication of the company strategy
- Creation of external and internal presentations and speeches for different occasions, i.e. SAPPHIRE, Investor roadshows, CeBIT, and political events
- Co-Editor of numerous internal and external interviews for communicating of company strategy
- Conceptual and organizational pre- and post-processing and on-site support of international business and politics relationships

2001 - 2003
Institute for Technology Management at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Project manager at the Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing Lab (M-Lab)- A joint project of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), Massachusetts Institute of Technology Boston (MIT), University of St. Gallen, and several international industry partners
- Project lead on industry projects together with industry partners (Total budget: 2,4 mio CHF)
- Initiation of cooperation between Auto-ID Center from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston and M-Lab
- Development of business plan, acquisition, and setup of M-Lab associate program (with over 24 industry partners for M-Lab associate program)
- Establishment and leadership of a widespread team of 7 full-time (PhD students) and 6 part-time employees at the University of St. Gallen and ETH Zurich
- Conception and execution of numerous international keynotes, publications, and panel discussions
- Conception, establishment, and acquisition of industry partners for second project phase of M-Lab again with a total budget of 2,4 mio CHF

1998 - 2003
University of St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Lecturer at both undergraduate and master level

1998 - 2001
Institute for Information Management at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Research Assistant / Ph.D. candidate
Ph.D. program in Information Management at the University of St. Gallen (Prof. Dr. Hubert Österle)
- 1998-2000: competence center "Customer Relationship Management", University of St. Gallen.
- 1998-2000: competence center "Business Knowledge Management", University of St. Gallen.
- 1998-1999: competence center "Cost and Care in Claims Management" in cooperation with the Institute of Insurance Economics, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Partners: 16 insurance companies from Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, Applied research

1998 - 2001
Information Management Group (IMG)
Consulting projects (E-Business) in cooperation with industry partners and University of St. Gallen

1995 - 1997
Chair of Business Administration, esp. Information Systems at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (Prof. Dr. Wolfgang König)
Junior research assistant

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