Booster Program: Business Models for a Sustainable Energy Future
The in-depth view on the emerging new energy system from a business perspective
The energy sector is undergoing a radical transformation – in Germany, in Europe, but also on a global scale: The rise of decentralized energy generation leads to a range of new players and disruptive technologies, while the shale gas boom lets us re-assess the size of our fossil reserves.
In this English language program we want to shed light on the emerging new energy system from a business perspective. We are less concerned with details of regulation and technologies (although, of course, they matter and can trigger important changes), but with strategies that established players and new entrants pursue in their quest to benefit from the transition – or merely survive in the years to come.
Executives wanting to acquire new strategic skills and familiarize themselves with new business models to react to the changing emerging market.
(Although the course is about the energy sector, it does not require an industry background. If you are generally interested in the developments that take place in this industry, you are most welcome to participate and share your own expertise in strategy, innovation, and business transformation with the group and enrich the discussions.)
- in-depth view into the changes that will shape the energy sector in the future
- enhanced skills with respect to identifying critical information and issues in complex situations and offering new solutions to complex problems
- understand and be able to exploit the potential of technology for innovation and growth, including showing an understanding of the importance of technology in delivering a more sustainable future for business, and being innovative in developing business solutions
- Evaluating market developments: What are the drivers of the new energy system? Which new markets develop?
- Analyzing strategies and business models: Which counter-strategies do incumbents follow? How do new competitors enter the markets?
- Selecting new business models: Which trade-offs exist between different implementation and commercialization strategies of innovations?
Meet the teaching staff
Christoph Burger (Program Director)
Senior Lecturer and Head of the Practice Group Telecommunication, Transport, and Utilities, ESMT Berlin
Christoph studied business administration and economics at the University of Saarbrücken (Germany), the Hochschule St. Gallen (Switzerland), and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (USA). He has taught microeconomics at the University of Ann Arbor, was project leader at Otto Versand, worked as a strategy consultant at Arthur D. Little and as an independent consultant, and was vice president at the Bertelsmann Buch AG.
Christoph has professional experience in strategy, post-merger integration, equity financing as well as customer and supplier management. He has solid international experience, spanning Northern and Eastern Europe and the United States.
At ESMT, Christoph directs and teaches in the open enrollment programs Decision Making and Entscheidungs-/ Verhandlunsgtechniken as well as in customized executive programs for clients such as BDI, Deutsche Lufthansa, E.ON, European Business Congress, and T-Systems. He has previously taught in the MBA program of Guanghua School of Management of Peking University and the EMBA and CEO program of CKGSB. He also runs discussion forums such as the Climate Lunch series together with BDI, WWF.
Program Director, ESMT Berlin
Before joining ESMT Berlin, Jens Weinmann was project manager of the Market Model Electric Mobility, a research project financed by the German environmental ministry (BMU). From 2007 to 2009, he worked as manager at the economic consultancy ESMT Competition Analysis. Further consulting experience includes projects with the Energy Markets Group at London Business School, Omega Partners London, and the World Energy Council. He has taught master classes in environmental and resource economics at the HTW Berlin, statistics in the bachelor programs of the HWR Berlin School of Economics and Law, and was guest lecturer at Cambridge University and European Business School, London. He graduated in energy engineering (Dipl.-Ing.) at the TU Berlin and received his PhD from London Business School in Decision Sciences.