Blockchain - Using Its Potential to benefit Your Business

> Target audience  - Key benefits  -  Key topics  -  Meet the staff

In 2018, trends such as Blockchain, Bitcoin, Ethereum and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) are continuing to take Press and Social Media outlets by storm. Blockchain remains in the spotlight, and is sought after by myriad markets for its application possibilities. The technology can be seen as the core of a digital trust machine that people can use to replace the human and labor intensive processes we have traditionally employed to overcome trust boundaries. However, Blockchain technology still remains out of reach for many companies, policymakers and strategists. What is behind this innovative technology and how can it actually create added value for individual companies? Which application possibilities exist and how can the implementation of Blockchain technology work within the company?

The Blockchain payment network, Bitcoin showcased that it is possible to perform high value transactions, that is, send money around the world as simply as an e­mail, without the need for complicated systems of settlement and clearing processes run by banks and payment processors. The past three years have seen significant applications of the technology. Our goal in this program is to provide a practical introduction to Blockchain technology for executives across industries in order to understand its disruptive potential and application possibilities.


Target audience

Executives across industries who would like to get an introduction to cutting-edge, decentralized digital technology (“blockchain”), its potential for disruption, and how they can harness the technology to the benefit of their business.
(We do not expect deep IT expertise but welcome enthusiasm for the potential of digital technologies.)


Key benefits

  • Master the basic workings of decentralized technology
  • Be able to analyze the disruptive potential of decentralized technology on your business
  • Share the excitement of innovative entrepreneurs around the globe to experiment with this technology


Key topics

  • Understanding blockchain and its promise
  • Value creation and business models of start-ups
  • IP on blockchain and smart contracts
  • Application workshop to experience technology
  • The legal side of blockchain
  • Experiences in implementing blockchain



"Business Schools and Educational institutions in general tend to lag behind when it comes to technology, as it is very fast moving (in comparison with finance for example).

In this regard, it is really impressive how ESMT is able to provide such an in-depth program for such a leading-edge technological trend! Simply amazing! Congratulations, amazing job and amazing program!"

Peter Minev, VMware Bulgaria EOOD


"The two days at ESMT were just great. Step by step the blockchain world unfolded and during interactive sessions, breaks and evening activities, we were able to draft plans which now – just five months later – have led to concrete new projects"

Christopher Nigischer, Project Manager Cooperative Innovation Projects, NXP Semiconductors

Meet the teaching staff

Blockchain - a transaction technology for smart contracts

13. - 14. Dec 2018
2 Days
2,400 €

Christoph Burger (Program Director)

Senior Lecturer, 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.


Greg McMucllen
is a lawyer, internet activist, and Director of the Interplanetary Database Foundation, or IPDB, an internet-scale blockchain database for everyone, and Chief Policy Officer of BigchainDB (formerly


Bruce Pon
is the CEO/Co-Founder of BigchainDB, a blockchain database that allows enterprises to deploy decentralized applications. Prior to BigchainDB, Bruce co-founded Avantalion, a consulting firm specialised in building banks and industry startups in Europe and Asia for companies such as Mercedes- Benz, Volkswagen, Mitsubishi. He has an Engineering Degree from the University of Saskatchewan and has advanced training from MIT Sloan, University of Cambridge and IMD.

Björn Wagner
Björn is responsible for the examination of the application possibilities of Distributed Ledger Technology within a scientific work at Siemens AG, Berlin. Meanwhile, he works at Ethcore Ltd., as business developer and project manager.