Prof. Dr. Christian Buer (born 1967 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen) attended the University of St. Gallen (HSG), Switzerland, after graduating from the Institut Monatana (1987) in Zug. There he graduated in 1992 with a degree in business administration (majoring in tourism and transport management) (lic. Oec. HSG) and started his first job as project manager at Steigenberger Consulting GmbH. In addition to extensive project studies and developments, he has built up the area of new media and IT and gained international project experience in the hotel and tourism industry (eg Steigenberger Hotels, Steigenberger Reservation Service, Deutsche Telekom, Lufthansa Systems).
Between 1995-1997, Prof. Dr. Buer wrote his dissertation under Prof. Dr. Claude Kaspar at the University of St. Gallen on the subject of “Design of Holistic Management Systems in Hotels – The Importance of Information Needs and their Acquisition and Processing for a Management System in a Holistic Hotel Operation” completed (Dr. oec HSG).
In June 1998 Prof. Dr. Buer, as Group Director of Marketing Services & Development for the Arabella Sheraton joint venture, was responsible for hotel development, acquisition and cross-group marketing for each hotel operation.
At the turn of the millennium, Prof. Dr. Buer joined the FUNDUS Hotelentwicklungs- und Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH on 1 January 2000. In this function he took over
the responsibilities for all hotel activities of the FUNDUS Group, represented and supervised their projects and hotel operations, which include well-known companies such as the Hotel Adlon in Berlin, the Grand Hotel Heiligendamm, the Renaissance in Atlanta or the Quellenhof in Aachen.
Since 2004 Prof. Dr. Buer is a regular professor of business administration at Heilbronn University and teaches about the most important questions for tourism companies, especially hotels. From December 2006 to October 2009, as dean, he headed the entire service-oriented Business Faculty 2 (now the Faculty of International Business). Today, he is a department manager for the tourism industry, which includes three study programmes (Bachelor Tourism Management, Bachelor Hotel and Restaurant Management, Master International Tourism Management) and Pro-Dean of the Faculty of International Business.
As an independent management consultant in his own consultancy firm Nemis, he advises developers, financiers and real estate experts for tourism properties.
In 2006 Prof. Dr. Buer founded the European Institute for Hotel Management Heilbronn with the aim of scientific research in the tourism, accommodation and food industry.
He is a member of the “Travel Industry Club – TIC” and Advisory Council for Science. Furthermore, Prof. Dr. Buer is a member of the HDV – Hotel Directors Association – in Germany and is on the Strategic Advisory Board “Education & Development”. Prof. Dr. Buer is chairman of the Heilbronn Hospitality Symposium.
My actions are derived from the creation of values. The aim of my education is to enable students to develop. The maxim is recognizing and distinguishing through listening and asking questions.
Ultimately, what counts are one’s own actions and their results on the immediate environment. Here, knowledge is the basis and the ability to apply this knowledge and to develop are opportunities.
“It’s not enough to know, you have to apply it, it’s not enough to want, you have to do it.” (Johann Wolfgang Goethe)