Imperial College London


Business School

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy



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Christian Hampel is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy at Imperial College Business School. Prior to joining Imperial he completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge and was a Research Fellow (postdoctoral researcher) at the University of Oxford.

Christian’s research interests lie at the intersection of entrepreneurship and organisation theory. In particular, he focuses on how new ventures experience and manage social evaluations (e.g., stigma, legitimacy, identification) as they grow. Christian currently studies these dynamics in the social innovation and fintech spaces.

Christian's research has appeared in the Academy of Management Journal and Academy of Management Review, among other outlets. His dissertation was one of three finalists for the 2017 Grigor McClelland Doctoral Dissertation Award.

Since 2020 Christian is an Associate Research Fellow of the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation, University of Cambridge. He was a visiting pre-doctoral fellow at Northwestern University's Kellogg School in 2015. Before academia, he worked in strategy consulting.

Christian currently teaches entrepreneurship and social innovation at master's and MBA level.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Hampel CE, Tracey P, Weber K, 2020, The art of the pivot: How new ventures manage identification relationships with stakeholders as they change direction, Academy of Management Journal, Vol:63, ISSN:0001-4273, Pages:440-471

Cornwell TB, Howard-Grenville J, Hampel C, 2018, The company you keep: How an organization's horizontal partnerships affect employee organizational identification, Academy of Management Review, Vol:43, ISSN:0363-7425, Pages:772-791

Hampel CE, Tracey P, 2017, How organizations move from stigma to legitimacy: the case of Cook's travel agency in Victorian Britain, Academy of Management Journal, Vol:60, ISSN:0001-4273, Pages:2175-2207


Hampel C, Lawrence TE, Tracey P, 2017, Institutional Work: Taking Stock and Making it Matter, SAGE Handbook of Organizational Institutionalism (2nd ed.)., Editor(s): Greenwood, Oliver, Lawrence, Meyer, SAGE Publications Ltd, Pages:558-590, ISBN:9781529712117

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