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I hold a Bachelor's degree in Management and Technology and a Master's degree in Sustainable Resource Management, both from the Technical University of Munich (TUM). I received my doctorate in 2018 from TUM School of Management for my dissertation on community-based entrepreneurship--the process in which local communities collectively discover, develop and exploit opportunities to build entrepreneurial ventures that solve problems and generate added economic, social and/or ecological value for themselves and society. 

In 2018, I joined the Chair of Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization at EPFL where I am teaching courses on Sustainable Entrepreneurship and New Venture Strategy, and conducting research  on Community-Based Entrepreneurship, Identity Dynamics, and Measuring Entrepreneurial Impact.


Check out our recent paper published in Academy of Management Discoveries

It Takes a Village to Sustain a Village--A Social Identity Perspective on Successful Community-Based Enterprise Creation

Get access to the full article, watch this short video summarizing the core findings or check out the animated version of our model explaining our findings in more depth. 

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Dr. Christina Hertel

Research Associate & Lecturer

Odyssea (Station 5)
CH-1015 Lausanne