Dr. rer. pol. Christian Lerch

Fraunhofer Institute for
Systems and Innovation Research ISI

Head of Business Unit Industrial Innovation Strategies

Experience

Dr. Christian Lerch, studied Economics Engineering at the University of Karlsruhe (today: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT) with a focus on "Systems and Innovation Dynamics", "Economic Models", "Entrepreneurship, Business Management and Organization" as well as on "Logistics". In 2014 he finished his PhD at the Freie Universität Berlin at the Professorship of Innovation Management analyzing service innovations in Manufacturing Industries, their dynamics and their interactions with product innovations.

Since April 2008 Christian has been a researcher and project manager at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI located in Karlsruhe. First he worked at the Competence Center "Industrial and Service Innovations", where he took over the Business Unit Industrial Services. There he worked on projects focusing on industrial innovations, innovations in service industries as well as on managerial and industrial change. Later he was active for the Competence Center "Sustainability and Infrastructure Systems", adding the topics of innovative services for infrastructure systems and sustainability innovations for manufacturing and service industries to his research profile. Since December 2015 Christian has been working for the Competence Center "Policy – Industry – Innovation", where he coordinates the Business Unit Industrial Innovation Strategies. There he focuses on innovation activities and competitive strategies of firms and their economical effects for deriving innovation policies.

Work focus

  • Analysis in the context of innovation and transformation management of services and business models, with a special focus on Manufacturing Industries. This includes the design of innovative business models, the creation of service-oriented innovation strategies, as well as the transformation from manufacturer turning to a service provider.

  • Analysis, measurement and evaluation of the causes of servitization of Manufacturing Industries as well as its contribution to industrial and economic change. These findings deliver a background for designing innovation-oriented policies.

  • Analysis of the relevance and the consequences of industrial trends and of new technologies for production and value creation in Manufacturing Industries in Germany and Europe. He particularly analyzes the effects of digital change, sharing economy, green economy or E-mobility.

  • Moreover he creates and applies System Dynamics Models for his research. These models aim at the quantitative simulation and long-run analysis of industrial innovation dynamics and strategies. These scenario-based analyses support the design of innovation-oriented policies.

  • As well Christian uses the ISI-Survey "Modernisierung der Produktion" for conducting quantitative empirical analysis for the German manufacturing industry. In this context he is also active for the international network of the "European Manufacturing Survey EMS". 

Additional tasks

In addition to his work at the Fraunhofer ISI Christian works as a lecturer at the Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen and at the University for Applied Sciences in Karlsruhe, where he teaches the courses "Service Economics" and "Business Model Innovation and Technology Management". Until 2010 he was also a lecturer for "Innovation Economics" at the chair of Prof. Dr. Hariolf Grupp at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). During his works Christian visited VTT, Technical Research Centre of Finland, (2010) as well as the University of Girona (2015) in the context of research exchanges. Since 2015 he is active for the executive committee of the "Deutsche Gesellschaft für System Dynamics". Christian is the author of numerous articles in national and international journals and a member of various international societies.

Publications (selection)

Mitteilungen aus der Erhebung Modernisierung der Produktion

2016

Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft und Digitale Gesellschaft (Hrsg.) (2016): Gute Entwicklung. Gute Aussichten. Thüringer Mittelstandsbericht. Erfurt: TMWWDG.

Jäger, A./Moll, C./Lerch, C. (2016): Analysis of the impact of robotic systems on employment in the European Union – Update. Final report. Luxembourg: European Commission, Directorate-General of Communications Networks, Content & Technology. Publications Office of the European Union. DOI: 10.2759/176994.

Lerch, C./Gandenberger, C./Meyer, N./Gotsch, M. (2016): Grundzüge einer industriell-kollaborativen Wirtschaftsform. In: Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung, Band 85, Nr. 2, 65-80.

Walz, Rainer; Köhler, Jonathan; Lerch, Chrstian (2016): Towards modelling of innovation systems: an integrated TIS-MLP approach for wind turbines (= Fraunhofer ISI Discussion Papers Innovation Systems and Policy Analysis No. 50). Karlsruhe: Fraunhofer ISI.

Köhler, Jonathan; Braungardt, Sibylle; Hettesheimer, Tim; Lerch, Christian; Nabitz, Lisa; Sartorius, Christian; Walz, Rainer (2016): The dynamic simulation of TIS functions in transitions pathways (= Fraunhofer ISI Discussion Papers Innovation Systems and Policy Analysis No. 48). Karlsruhe: Fraunhofer ISI.

2015

Lerch, Christian; Gotsch, Matthias (2015): Digitalization for Product-Service Systems in Manufacturing Firms – A Case Study Analysis, in: Research-Technology Management, Special Issue: Service Innovation, in: Baines, T; Euchner, J. (Eds.), in Press

Lerch, Christian; Gotsch, Matthias (2015): How digitalization can accelerate the transfor-mation from manufacturer to service provider, Spring Servitization Conference, Aston, UK,
- Winner Best Paper Award -

Lerch, Christian (2015): Interaktion von Produkt- und Dienstleistungsinnovationen – Eine Analyse der Wechselwirkungen in Industrieunternehmen, Gabler Verlag, Heidelberg.

Gotsch, Matthias; Lerch, Christian (Hrsg.): Messung der Produktivität innovativer und wissensintensiver Dienstleistungen. Stuttgart: Fraunhofer Verlag, 198 S., 2015.

Lerch, Christian; Gotsch, Matthias (2015): Produktivität wissensintensiver Dienstleistungen – Einführung und Überblick. In: Gotsch, M.; Lerch, C. (Hrsg.): Messung der Produktivität innovativer und wissensintensiver Dienstleistungen. Fraunhofer Verlag, pp. 9-22.

Gotsch, Matthias; Lerch, Christian (2015): Zusammenfassung und weiterer Forschungsbedarf zur Messung der Produktivität wissensintensiver Dienstleister. In: Gotsch, M.; Lerch, C. (Hrsg.): Messung der Produktivität innovativer und wissensintensiver Dienstleistungen. Fraunhofer Verlag, pp. 183-194.

Bollhöfer, Esther; Buschak, Daniela; Lerch, Christian; Gotsch, Matthias (2015): B2B-Dienstleistungen im Kontext von Industrie 4.0 – Neue Formen der Interaktion im Maschinen- und Anlagenbau, in Bruhn, M.; Hadwich, K. (Hrsg.): Interaktive Wertschöpfung durch Dienstleistungen: Forum Dienstleistungsmanagement.

Marques, Pilar; Bikfalvi, Andrea; Simon, Alexandra; Llach, Joseph; Lerch, Christian (2015): Servitisation and technological complexity in family and non-family firms: European evidence, in: European Journal of International Management, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 221-239.

2014

Lerch, Christian; Gotsch, Matthias; Weidner, Nadezda; Jäger, Angela (2014): Dienstleistungen strategisch anbieten – Viele Wege führen zum Erfolg, Mitteilungen aus der ISI-Erhebung „Modernisierung der Produktion“, Ausgabe 65.

Lerch, Christian; Gotsch, Matthias (2014): Die Rolle der Digitalisierung bei der Transformation vom Produzenten zum produzierenden Dienstleister, in: Hadwich, K. (Hrsg.): Die Unternehmung, Special Issue zum Thema: Transformation vom Produzenten zum Serviceanbieter, Heft 4, S. 250-267.

Lerch, Christian; Gotsch, Matthias (2014): Avoiding the Overhead Cost Trap: Towards an Advanced Management Accounting Method for Servitized Firms, in Lay, G. (Hrsg.): Servitization in Industry, Springer, S. 277-294. 

Lerch, Christian; Gotsch, Matthias (2014): Market Research for Servitized Offerings: A Case Study in the Chinese Province of Guangdong, in Lay, G. (Hrsg.): Servitization in Industry, Springer, S. 211-228.

Lerch, Christian (2014): Servitization as an Innovation Process: Identifying the Needs for Change, in Lay, G. (Hrsg.): Servitization in Industry, S. 179-190.

Buschak, Daniela; Lerch, Christian; Gotsch, Matthias (2014): Messung des Service Value innovativer Dienstleistungen in der Industrie – Eine integrierte Anbieter-Kunden-Perspektive. In: Bruhn, M.; Hadwich, K. (Hrsg.): Service Value als Werttreiber – Konzepte, Messung und Steuerung. Forum Dienstleistungsmanagement, Gabler, p. 91-113. 

Lerch, Christian (2014): System Dynamics zur Analyse und Gestaltung von Innovationsstrategien in Industrieunternehmen, 8. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für System Dynamics, 23.05.2014, Karlsruhe.

Lerch, Christian; Gotsch, Matthias; Weidner, Nadezda; Jäger, Angela (2014): Service Offers as Competitive Strategy in Industrial Firms – Why strategic Relevance not necessarily leads to Service Success, Spring Servitization Conference, 12.05.2014, Aston, UK.

2013

Lerch, Christian; Gotsch, Matthias (2013): Towards a Typology for Service Markets in Manufacturing Industries – An empirical Analysis with managerial Implications, Spring Servitization Conference, 20.05.2013, Aston, UK.

Hettesheimer, Tim.; Lerch, Christian (2013): Future Trends of the Automotive Li-Ion Battery Supply Chain in Germany – Dynamic effects on Raw Materials and Employment, Interna-tional System Dynamics Conference, 24.07.2013, Boston, USA.

Lerch, Christian; Gotsch, Matthias (2013): Dienstleistungsproduktivität in der Industrie – Neue Methode zur Unterstützung eines effizienten Kundendienstes, in: wt Werkstattstechnik online, Heft 7/8, S. 560-565.

2012

Lerch, Christian; Schmall, Thomas; Gotsch, Matthias (2012): Linking Innovation and Service Productivity – An Analysis of interactive effects in knowledge-intensive business services, International System Dynamics Conference, 23.07.2012, St. Gallen.

Lerch, Christian; Dreher, Carsten (2012): A dynamic model for service innovations in industrial firms – evolution, impacts and strategic implications, International Schumpeter Conference, 02.07.2012, Brisbane, Australia.

Lerch, Christian; Zanker, Christoph; Kühbauch, Philipp (2012): Strategische Prozessmodernisierung in KMU – Handlungsfelder und innovative Methoden, in: wt Werkstattstechnik onli-ne, Jg. 102, H.3, S. 125-129.

Schröter, Marcus; Lerch, Christian; Jäger, Angela (2012): Goldgrube Materialeffizienz? Materialeinsparpotenziale und Ansätze zur Verbreitung von Effizienzmaßnahmen, Mitteilungen aus der ISI-Erhebung „Modernisierung der Produktion“, Ausgabe 59.

2011

Lerch, Christian (2011): Industrial Services as a Source of Product and Service Innovations – An Approach with Strategic Implications, DRUID Dime Conference, 17.06.2011, Kopenhagen. 

Lerch, Christian (2011): Interaction of Product and Service Innovations – An Analysis of the Dynamics in Industrial Companies, International System Dynamics Conference, 25.07.2011, Washington D.C.

Kley, Fabian; Lerch, Christian; Dallinger, David (2011): New Business Models for Electric Cars – A Holistic Approach, Energy Policy, Vol. 39, No. 6, pp. 3392-3403.

Bollhöfer, Esther; Lerch, Christian; Lay, Gunter (2011): Bewertung von Handlungsoptionen beim Auslandsangebot von Produkt-Service Systemen – Basierend auf einer Methode der Lebenszyklusrechnung, in: wt Werkstattstechnik online, Jg. 101, Heft 3, S. 134-140.

2010

Lerch, Christian (2010): Internationalisierung hybrider Produkte – Bewertungssystem für den Export innovativer Dienstleistungen von Industrieunternehmen, Verlag Dr. Müller, Saarbrücken.

Lerch, Christian; Selinka, Gregor (2010): Dynamics of business models - Assessment of impacts due to the implementation of business models in the capital goods industry, 2010 International System Dynamics Conference, 26.07.2010, Seoul.

Zanker, Christoph; Lerch, Christian; Vollmer, Moritz (2010): System Dynamics Simulation for Strategic Process Modernization in Production Systems, Conference Proceeding, Gesellschaft für Operations Research, 01.09.2010, München, S. 197.

Lay, Gunter (Hrsg.); Bollhöfer, Esther; Dillmann, Wolfgang; Dobler, Fabienne; Edler, Dietmar; Eickelpasch, Alexander; Hinrichsen, Mark; Jung-Erceg, Petra; Kühbauch, Phillipp; Lerch, Christian; Rieke, Ulrich (2010): Auslandsmärkte für Serviceleistungen systematisch erschließen - Leitfaden für den Export produktbegleitender Dienstleistungen kleiner und mittlerer Unternehmen, VDMA-Verlag, Frankfurt.

Bosch, Rainer; Lay, Gunter; Lerch, Christian (2010): Verfügbarkeitssteigerung durch TCO-Konzepte – Lösung für die Ermittlung von TCO-Kennzahlen, in: wt Werkstattstechnik online, Jg. 100, Heft 7/8, S. 632-637.

Weissfloch, Ute; Lerch, Christian; Kinkel, Steffen (2010): Produktionskostensenkung durch LCC-Konzepte – Instrument zum Kosten-Nutzenvergleich alternativer Produktionsprozesse, in: Zeitschrift für wirtschaftlichen Fabrikbetrieb, Jg. 105, Heft 9, S. 791-795. 

2009

Lerch, Christian; Weissfloch, Ute; Kinkel, Steffen (2009): Life Cycle Costing to identify win-win potentials of service-based business models, 16th Conference of Life Cycle Engineering, 05.05.09, Kairo.

Lay, Gunter; Bollhöfer, Esther; Lerch, Christian; Schröter Marcus (2009): Organisationsent-wicklung beim strategischen Wandel vom Produzenten zum globalen Anbieter von Problemlösungen, in: Zink, Klaus (Hrsg.): Personal- und Organisationsentwicklung bei der Internationalisierung von industriellen Dienstleistungen, Physica, Berlin, S. 43-78.

Schröter, Marcus; Lerch, Christian (2009): Simulation alternativer Personalkonzepte im Rahmen der Gestaltung dienstleistungsbasierter Geschäftsmodelle, in: Industrie Manage-ment, 2/2009, S. 63-66.

Dobler, Fabienne; Lerch, Christian; Bollhöfer, Esther; Lay, Gunter (2009): Chancen für den globalen Service technologieintensiver Investitionsgüter durch Multimedia-Unterstützung, in: Service-today, 3/2009, S. 15-19.

2008

Schröter, Marcus; Lerch, Christian (2008): Simulation-based strategic planning of "Product-Service Systems" for the assembly industry, Conference Proceeding, Gesellschaft für Operations Research, 04.09.08, Augsburg.

Schröter, Marcus; Biege, Sabine; Lerch, Christian (2008): Dienstleistungsbasierte Geschäftsmodelle für die Montage, in: Witte, Karl-Werner; Vielhaber, Wolfgang (Hrsg.): Lebenszyklusoptimierte Montage – Modulare Systeme und neue Geschäftsmodelle, Shaker, Aachen, S. 39-77.