Christian M. Ringle is a Chaired Professor of Management and the Director of the Institute of Human Resource Management and Organizations (HRMO) in the Department of Management Sciences and Technology at the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Germany, and an Adjunct Professor of the Waikato Management School, New Zealand. His research in the broader field of business analytics addresses multivariate analysis and machine learning methods development, simulations, and the application of quantitative methods on problem solving and decision making in the fields of human resource management, organization, marketing, and strategic management. His research contributions been published in journals such as International Journal of Research in Marketing, Information Systems Research, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Service Research, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Long Range Planning, MIS Quarterly, and Organizational Research Methods. Since 2018, Ringle has been included in Clarivate Analytics’ Highly Researchers list, which ranks him in the top 1% by citations in the field of Economics and Business. In addition to his academic achievements, Ringle is co-founder of SmartPLS, the world’s leading software for partial least squares structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM).


  • Business analytics
  • Clustering
  • Decision trees
  • Dimension reduction
  • Machine learning
  • Methods development
  • Multivariate analysis
  • Prediction
  • Segmentation
  • Simulation
  • Structural equation modeling


  • Professor & Head of Human Resource Management and Organizations, 2010 - current

    Hamburg University of Technology, Germany

  • Professor of Operations Management, 2009 - 2010

    University of Hamburg, Germany

  • Habilitation & Venia Legendi in Business Administration, 2008

    University of Hamburg, Germany

  • Doctorate in Economics and Social Sciences (Dr. rer. pol.), 2004

    University of Hamburg, Germany

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), 1999

    University of Kansas, USA