Christian Seelos

My journey so far...

.....continued

Several experiments, publications and teaching sessions later I could no longer escape from being called in for obligatory military service in the Austrian army. On my 30th birthday, a cold winter day, I was issued my military gear at 7am in the morning and life changed dramatically....


Then, 4 months into surviving as “Private Dr. Seelos” (Austria is very formal - even in the army) I was asked to volunteer for a special mission in Iraq. The United Nations requested the assistance of a bioweapons (BW) expert to support the hunt for BWs in Iraq. I was the only one who matched the profile...

       More about that chapter of my journey here>>  

That experience, the years in Iraq and at the UN HQ in New York, was a bit unreal and I did not feel like returning to my comfortable tenured position  (meanwhile as an Associate Prof). But what to do now? There really was no job market for BW experts, at least not with an Austrian passport....


I stayed on in New York and decided to join a start-up “Transclick.com” to satisfy my curiosity for the world of business - a steep learning curve discovering whole new sets of competencies that I was not aware I had. After the crash in 2000 I returned to Europe working with Siemens as strategy consultant but was soon hired away into the senior management team of British Telecom Global Solutions Germany, integrating and reorganizing the team from the newly acquired German company Viag Intercom.


Today, I am back in Academia discovering the world of the Social Sciences - an amazingly different way of doing science and also a much more discursive, political, and “relational” approach to publishing compared to the Natural Sciences. What drives me is to find ways of mimicking the deep mechanism-based approach of causal explanations in the Natural Sciences and develop methods of realizing this in social settings. Particularly, I am spending much time in developing countries working with a number of amazing and unusual organizations to generate managerial insights on the topic of innovative business models able to bring progress to the poor. I am also interested in novel business models of social entrepreneurs and their collaborations with established companies and civil and public sectors. And I am systematically evaluating the environmental and social risks, opportunities and responsibilities of the global agenda of sustainable development to prepare MBA students and executives to meet these emerging managerial challenges.   





     

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