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Dr. Christian Lautermann

Head of Research Field “Business, value chains and consumption”

Diploma in Economic Studies

Companies have a key role to play in the socio-ecological transformation: With this basic conviction, Christian Lautermann has been working scientifically on sustainable business for over 25 years. As head of the research field "Business, Value Chains and Consumption", the doctor of economics sets the tone for new research on corporate sustainability strategies.

The corporate researcher coordinates the topics of "Sustainable Corporate Management" and "Products and Consumption" at the IÖW. He is just as interested in the social responsibility of larger companies as he is in the transformative potential of alternative forms of business - from citizens' cooperatives to social enterprises. 


Main focus

  • Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Management
  • Sustainability Reporting
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Alternative Forms of Business


  • Since 2021: Head of the research field „Business, value chains and consumption" at IÖW
  • 2018 – 2021: Head of the research field „Corporate Management and Consumption" at IÖW
  • 2004 – 2018: Researcher at the Chair of General Management and Sustainability at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg


  • 2012: Doctorate (PhD) in Business Studies at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
  • 1996 – 2004: Studies in Business, Ecological Economics and Social Sciences in Saarbrücken, Oldenburg (Germany) and Siena (Italy)

Commitment and committees

  • Member of the steering committee of We Care (Sustainability certification for the food industry which focuses on sustainability management in both companies and across their entire supply chains)