About me

Prof. Dr. Thomas Osburg is Professor for ‘Sustainable Marketing & Leadership’ and ‘Dean of Studies for Automotive & Mobility Management’ at the Fresenius Business School, as well as Director of the international ThinkTank CircularKnowledge Institute.  For more than 25 years, Thomas worked for global IT companies (Intel, Autodesk and Texas Instruments), living in France, the U.S. and Germany with worldwide Marketing and Management responsibility.

In Summer 2017, his new book was published: Sustainability in a Digital World 

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During his Business career, Thomas held several International Management positions, with a focus on Strategic Innovation & Leadership, Sustainable Marketing, Social Innovation and CSR across Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America. In 2015, he founded the CircularKnowledge Institute >> , an International ThinkTank, focusing on Digitalization, Sustainability and Innovation. Following many requests from companies,  he created proVoix International >> in 2017, a Scientific Consulting firm for impacts of Digitalization on Society.

Thomas is on the Board of Directors >> for ABIS (Academy of Business in Society, Brussels) and was appointed into various Scientific MBA Committees at leading European Universities, where he is frequently teaching MBA classes on Technology and Innovation Management, Strategic Marketing, Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship and CSR.

He has published several books on Social Innovation and CSR Marketing and written over 30 scientific contributions for leading European journals. In summer 2017, his new book will appear at Springer Publishing – “Sustainability in a Digital World”. It brings together thought-leader thinking from nearly 30 academic experts, politicians and high level business representatives on how to align Digitalization with Sustainability. More information can be found here >>.

Thomas holds a Ph.D. (Dr.rer.pol.) degree in Marketing, Business Administration and Economics from the University of Hannover (Germany). Part of his studies were also done at Baylor University in Waco, Texas (USA).

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Sustainability in a Digital World


The world is moving to Digital, more and more services are delivered online: Daily Papers, Banking, Education, Machines talk to each other, intelligent transportation and smart energy grids are developed and your personal data is in some cloud. While a lot of focus has been on Innovation and New Technology, there was little discussion so far on what impact all this has on supporting our Sustainability goals. Not only from the ecological perspective, but also from the economic and mainly social perspective. One of the key questions in all this development is not yet fully answered: How does the ongoing move towards a digital world contributes – positive or negative – to a more sustainable world? Or in other words: Is a more digital world always more sustainable? What are the key focus areas to look at, what are the opportunities but also the challenges? How does the Society at large support all this?  ::::

This book offers a comprehensive introduction to the different emerging concepts in the innovative area of sustainability and digital technology. More than 20 leading thinkers from the fields of digitalization, strategic management, sustainability and organizational development share clearly structured insights on the latest developments, advances and remaining challenges concerning the role of sustainability in an increasingly digital world. The authors not only introduce a profound and unique analysis on the state-of-the art of sustainability and digital transformation, but also provide business leaders with practical advice on how to apply the latest management thinking to their daily business decisions. Further, a number of significant case studies exemplify the issues discussed and serve as valuable blueprints for decision makers.

  •  The leading publication to examine the holistic concept of Sustainability in a world where Technology plays a stronger role every day
  • A unique combination of Key Researchers and Practitioners share their views on opportunities but also potential challenges for Business and Society
  • A key help for Business to prepare for future developments and for Academia for potential research

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Prof. Dr. Thomas Osburg is Professor for Sustainable Marketing & Leadership at the Fresenius Business School and Director of the CircularKnowledge Institute, an International Research ThinkTank and Strategic Advisory. For more than 25 years, Thomas worked for global IT companies (Intel, Autodesk and Texas Instruments). He is on the Board of Directors for ABIS (Academy of Business in Society, Brussels) and is frequently teaching MBA classes on Technology and Innovation Management, Strategic Marketing, Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship and CSR. He has published several books on Social Innovation and CSR Marketing and written over 30 scientific contributions for leading European journals.


Christiane Lohrmann is head of Marketing and PR at FranklinCovey Leadership Institute in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, an international consulting company specialized on HR and Organizational Development. She lectures at Ludwig Maximilian University and Fresenius Business School in Munich about Sustainability Management and Communications as well as Business Ethics. For 20 years Christiane was responsible for Marketing Strategy and PR for FOCUS Newsmagazine with Hubert Burda Media. Her expertise is in Marketing, Strategy, CSR, Education and Learning. She holds an MBA Sustainability and CSR from Leuphana University Lüneburg and an M.A. in American Studies, Communications and Political Science from Ludwig Maximilian University Munich

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  • ABIS (The Academy of Business in Society): Member of the Management Board (Board of Directors) »
  • bwa (Bundesverband für Wirtschaftsförderung und Aussenwirtschaft / Global Economic Network) Scientific Advisory Board >>
  • Ideas-in-Motion (Advisory Board) >>
  • Vision Award Germany >>
  • University of Geneva: Member of the Scientific Committee (Certificate of Advanced Studies »)  »
  • Management Center Innsbruck (MCI): Wissenschaftlicher Beirat im Zertifikatslehrgang »  Innovationsmanagement  » Termine »

Previous Board Memberships include

  • CSR Europe: Member of Board of Directors » (2011 –  2015)
  • UPJ e.V.: Elected Speaker of the Company Network » (2011 –  2015)
  • European School of Management and Technology (ESMT): Steering Team Member » for the Sustainable Business Roundtable » Flyer » (2009 – 2014)
  • Center for Corporate Citizenship, University Ingolstadt: Research Fellow  » (2006 – 2014)
  • Bertelsmann Stiftung: Expertenpanel Soziale Innovationen  » (2014-2015)



Hochschule Fresenius, Munich (Germany)

  • Professor for Sustainable Marketing & Leadership –                de   en
  • Dean of Studies for Automotive & Mobility Management        de   en

Evolving from the Fresenius Chemical Laboratory founded in 1848 by Carl Remigius Fresenius, Hochschule Fresenius has been providing private higher education in Germany for over 160 years. The oldest educational institution of its kind in the field of chemistry, it combines teaching, research, and practice, just as its founder intended. The Fresenius name stands for practical teaching with close links to applied research and development. Read more >>   (german >>)



The WFI Ingolstadt School of Management, Business Administration Faculty of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt is among the top German business schools and reaches excellent ranking results for years now. 22 chairs with a variety of lecturers are involved in the teaching process and responsible for only about 900 students providing ideal conditions for studying on campus. >>

Continues learning and the proactive development have a central strategic importance – both for companies as well as for individuals. Only those who are willing to do so and adopt can stay on top and be successful in the future. The MBA program of the Ingolstadt School of Management offers best conditions to face these challenges and developments. The university has already been offering educational programs successfully for many years now. >>

Prof. Dr. Thomas Osburg is teaching MBA classes in Technology and Innovation Management since 2011 and Strategic Marketing since 2013. The aim of these modules is to teach skills for applying them to demanding management tasks and to work in a leadership position




Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM) provides comprehensive university education covering all areas of management and business administration. Its degree programmes are divided into two successive cycles: the Bachelor’s over three years, followed by the Master’s over three or four semesters. The first provides a general, multidisciplinary training whilst the second enables a specialisation to be obtained in a particular discipline.

The part-time executive education programs >> have been designed to meet the needs of a growing number of students and working professionals. The Certificate in CSR >> aims at understanding the different aspects of CSR and Sustainability, mastering CSR decision-making tools and analytical instruments and promoting CSR skills of individuals with the aim to make it practical in different strategic aspects. The University of Geneva’s HEC Executive Education in CSR program was launched in 2008. Since then, over 200 international professionals from the public and private sectors have attended the courses

Prof. Dr. Thomas Osburg is teaching Corporate Social Innovation, CSR and Strategy since 2009. Since then, over 200 international professionals from the public and private sectors have attended our courses The course is built on the expertise of international CSR academics and professionals to ensure that participants are exposed to CSR in its globality, both on a theoretical and practical level.




The Entrepreneurial School®

The Management Center Innsbruck (The Entrepreneurial School®) links together the best out of science, economy and consulting to the unique concept of an international Entrepreneurial School >>. The MCI is at the top of European U-Multirank >> and among the top 3 of the best MBA providers in Austria >>.

For decision-makers at all levels of management, the MCI Executive Education & Development >> offers flexible solutions for professional career development at an international level. Postgraduate Master’s programs, compact executive certificate courses with a unique system of credits for MBA, MSc and LL.M. degree programs, targeted seminars and customized corporate training programs make the MCI an attractive mentor for the motivated. Founded in 1995/96 as a mainstay of the unique Innsbruck Open University concept, Management Center Innsbruck has earned a top position in the international landscape of higher education. Today, more than 3,200 students, 1,000 faculty, 240 partner universities from all over the world, and countless graduates and employers value highly what the Entrepreneurial School® has to offer.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Osburg is teaching (Social) Innovation, Product & Process Management since 2014. >> For large corporations and SMEs alike, saturated markets, increasingly shorter innovation cycles and reduced protection from imitators are calling for a clear focus on innovation and technology. A systematic response to questions of technology and product development, and knowledge and process management, together with an innovation-minded approach and the integration of such aspects in the consistent strategic management of core competences are becoming critical factors for success in any company.




Since starting its activities in 1999, ISM University of Management and Economics >> had one aim from the very beginning – to offer innovative, qualitative studies and training of management and economics for creative, ambitious young persons and already experienced business managers.

ISM became the first university in Lithuania to offer you a fully accredited MBA degree program. The program >> is organised in close cooperation with strategic partners from academia and particular industries. It is based on modern methods of teaching in business and management and meets demands of the labour market and society.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Osburg is teaching MBA classes in Module III  “IT Management>>. The primary aim of the module is to expose participants to a variety of disruptive digital technologies and to introduce them to the impact these technologies have on management and business functions (i.e. business model innovation, disruptive technologies in business, digital marketing, new digital consumer, sharing economy, etc.). Participants will be able to see the bigger picture of their companies’ digital transformation, will better understand their decisions and the problems they face, and will be able to raise the right questions in a given situation.

Prior Guest Lectures and Teaching include

  • College of Management, Tel Aviv, Israel (2014)
  • Ateneo de Manila University, Manila, Philippines (2013)
  • AIM Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines (2013)
  • Kozminski University, Warsaw, Poland (2013)
  • European School of Management and Technology, Berlin, Germany (2012)
  • Technical University (TU) Berlin, Germany (2012)
  • Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften, Winterthur, Switzerland (2010)
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich, Germany (2010)
  • Leibniz University Hannover, Germany (2009)
  • Free University of Bolzano, Italy (2008)