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Christoph Gerling

Christoph Gerling has been a research associate at the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) since 2019. In the research group “Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Society” he is working on the project “Learn. Match. Partner”, which is part of the “_Gemeinam Digital” initiative sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy. “_Gemeinam Digital aims to support small and medium-sized enterprises in their digital transformation. In this context, Christoph examines the extent to which partnerships between SMEs and start-ups can provide answers to the challenges of digitalization.

Christoph studied Aerospace (M.Sc.) and Technology and Management (B.Sc.) at the Technical University of Munich. During this time, as coordinator of the Entrepreneurship Initiative of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, he founded several seminar formats aimed at informing, motivating and networking those interested in entrepreneurship. He was also contact person for organizing information events at the universities and colleges.

In the context of his doctorate Christoph deals with cooperative and collaborative entrepreneurship and its effects on the cooperation between companies and the formation of inter-organisational relationships.

Prior to his research at HIIG, Christoph gained practical experience in consulting and several start-ups. Most recently, as a product owner, he was involved in building a search and e-commerce funnel for the online purchase of used cars and daily registrations.

Christoph Gerling | HIIG


Researcher: Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Society

Journal articles and conference proceedings

Gerling, C., Bosch-Herterich, A., de Paula, D., Haskamp, D., Uebernickel, F. (2020). Exploring boundary objects and their affordances in the context of design thinking projects from a multi-stakeholder perspective. Research Paper submitted to IPDMC 2020 (Innovation and product development management conference). Publication details

Organisation of events

Digitale Innovation im Gesundheitssektor
Netzwerkveranstaltung für Mittelstand und Startups. 28.01.2021. Mittelstand-4.0 Kompetenzzentrum Berlin, Online, Germany (National) Further information

Frederik Efferenn, Annika Ulich, Christoph Gerling, Thomas Schildhauer