Head of Entrepreneurship Department

Professor of Entrepreneurship

• PhD, Commerce and Business Administration, University of British Columbia, Canada
• Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur, Technische Universität Karlsruhe, Germany
• DEA, Génie Industriel, Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, France

Christoph Zott is professor and head of the department of Entrepreneurship. His current work centers on business model innovation, entrepreneurship in established firms, innovation strategy and new venture creation. He teaches, consults and conducts research on these topics.

Prof. Zott has published his research in the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science QuarterlyJournal of Business VenturingMIT Sloan Management Review, Organization ScienceStrategic Entrepreneurship Journal and the Strategic Management Journal, as well as in other research outlets and books. He is the author of Business Model Innovation Strategy, published by Wiley in 2021. Prof. Zott is also an editorial board member of the Strategic Management Journal and a former co-editor of the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal.

In addition, Prof. Zott serves an elected Fellow of the Strategic Management Society and he was elected as Chair of the Strategic Management Division of the Academy of Management, the world’s largest organization of management scholars.

Prof. Zott holds graduate degrees with distinction in industrial engineering from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany) and Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (France). He received his Ph.D. in commerce and business administration from the University of British Columbia (Canada).

Areas of interest

* Business Model Innovation
* Entrepreneurship in Established Firms
* Entrepreneurial Leadership
* Innovation Strategy
* New Business Opportunities
* Social Entrepreneurship
* Venture Capital


Journal Articles (refereed)

SNIHUR, Y., AMIT, R., ZOTT, C. (2021). Managing the Value Appropriation Dilemma in Business Model Innovation. Strategy Science, 6 (1), 22-38. doi:10.1287/stsc.2020.0113.
DUSHNITSKY, G., E. GRAEBNER, M., ZOTT, C. (2020). Entrepreneurial responses to crisis. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 14 (4), 537-548. doi:10.1002/sej.1383.
ZOTT, C., SNIHUR, Y. (2020). The genesis and metamorphosis of novelty imprints. how business model innovation emerges in young ventures. Academy of Management Journal, 63 (2), 554 - 583. doi:
HUY, Q., ZOTT, C. (2019). Exploring the Affective Underpinnings of Dynamic Managerial Capabilities: How Managers' Emotion Regulation Behaviors Mobilize Resources for their Firms. Strategic Management Journal, 40 (1), 28 - 54. doi:10.1002/smj.2971.
AGARWAL, R., DUSHNITSKY, G., LUMPKIN, T., WRIGHT, M., ZOTT, C. (2017). The Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal at 10: Retrospect and Prospect. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 11 (3), 197 - 199. doi:10.1002/sej.1260.
ZOTT, C., AMIT, R. (2017). Business Model Innovation: How to Create Value in a Digital World. Marketing Intelligence Review, 9 (1), 19 - 23. doi:10.1515/gfkmir-2017-0003.
WRIGHT, M., LUMPKIN, T., ZOTT, C., AGARWAL, R. (2016). The Evolving Entrepreneurial Finance Landscape. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 10 (3), 229 - 234. doi:10.1002/sej.1232.
AMIT, R., ZOTT, C. (2015). Crafting Business Architecture: The Antecedents of Business Model Design. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 9 (4), 331 - 350. doi:10.1002/sej.1200.
DEMIL, B., LECOCQ, X., RICART, J. E., ZOTT, C. (2015). Introduction to the SEJ Special Issue on Business Models: Business Models within the Domain of Strategic Entrepreneurship. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 9 (1), 1 - 11. doi:10.1002/sej.1194.
ZOTT, C., AMIT, R. (2013). The Business Model: A Theoretically Anchored Robust Construct for Strategic Analysis. Strategic Organization, 11 (4), 403 - 411. doi:10.1177/1476127013510466.

Working Papers

MANIT, R., ZOTT, C. (2010). Business model innovation: Creating value in times of change (DI-870-E).
ZOTT, C., HUY, Q. (2010). The affective roots of resource heterogeneity: How founders' emotion regulation helps create social resources in startups (DI-871-E).
ZOTT, C., AMIT, R., MASSA, L. (2010). The business model: Theoretical roots, recent developments, and future research (DI-862-E).
HUY, Q., ZOTT, C. (2010). Affective sensegiving, trust-building, and resource mobilization in start-up organizations (DI-863-E).
ZOTT, C., AMIT, R. (2009). Designing your future business model: An activity system perspective (DI-781-E).


FRANKENBERGER, K., ZOTT, C. (2018). The role of differentiation, integration, and governance in developing innovative business models. Academy of Management Proceedings.
SNIHUR, Y., ZOTT, C. (2018). The Genesis and Metamorphosis of Imprints: How Business Model Innovation Evolves in Young Firms. Academy of Management Proceedings.
HUY, Q., ZOTT, C. (2007). How Entrepreneurs Manage Stakeholders' Emotions to Build New Organizations. Academy of Management Proceedings. Meeting Abstract Supplement (pp. 1 - 6).

Articles in other publications

ZOTT, C. (2016). How to Innovate in Business Models. Changing The Way The Company Does Business. Alumni Magazine (140), pp. 24 - 27.
ZOTT, C. (2016). ¿Cómo innovar en modelos de negocio?. Cambiando el modo de operar de las empresas. Revista de Antiguos Alumnos (140), pp. 28 - 31.
ZOTT, C., AMIT, R. (2009). Creating Value in Times of Change. Business model innovation. Alumni Magazine (115), pp. 32 - 36.
ZOTT, C., AMIT, R. (2009). La importancia de innovar en el modelo de negocio. Competitividad. Revista de Antiguos Alumnos (115), pp. 40 - 46.
ZOTT, C., HUY, Q., BATSTONE, T. (2009). Estrategias para atraer inversores. La fuerza de los gestos simbólicos. IESE Insight (3), pp. 50 - 57.


AMIT, R., ZOTT, C. (2020). Business model innovation strategy. Transformational concepts and tools for entrepreneurial leaders. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.

Book Chapters

AMIT, R., ZOTT, C. (2016). Business Model Design: A Dynamic Capability Perspective. In David J. Teece and Sohvi Leih (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Dynamic Capabilities (pp. 1 - 4). Cape Town: Oxford University Press.
ZOTT, C., AMIT, R. (2015). Business Model Innovation: Toward a Process Perspective. In Christina E. Shalley, Michael A. Hitt, and Jing Zhou (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (pp. 395 - 406). Cape Town: Oxford University Press.
AMIT, R., ZOTT, C. (2015). Business Models. In James D. Wright (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (pp. 33 - 36). Amsterdam: Elsevier.
AMIT, R., ZOTT, C. (2011). The Business Model. A Growing Domain of Scholarly Inquiry. In Gideon D. Markman, Philip H. Phan (Eds.), The Competitive Dynamics of Entrepreneurial Market Entry (pp. 465 - 467). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
ZOTT, C., AMIT, R. (2009). The Business Model As the Engine of Network-Based Strategies. In Paul R. Kleindorfer, Yoram (Jerry) R. Wind, Robert E. Gunther (Eds.), The Network Challenge: Strategy, Profit, and Risk in an Interlinked World (pp. 259 - 275). Indianapolis, IN: Wharton School Publishing.


PEETERS, C., ZOTT, C. (2020). Aparkalo (A): Dynamizing a Sleepy Industry. IESE, E-208-E.
PEETERS, C., ZOTT, C. (2020). Aparkalo (C): Normal Crisis or Sudden Death? IESE, E-210-E.
PEETERS, C., ZOTT, C. (2020). Aparkalo (B): Revised Business Plan. IESE, E-209-E.
ZOTT, C. (2012). GK: Building Businesses in India. IESE, E-155-E.