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Christine Janssen

Christine Janssen

Associate Professor
Leading People and Organizations
Joined Fordham: 2010

General Information:
441 E. Fordham Road, Hughes Hall, Room 527
Bronx, NY 10458
Phone: 718-817-0494



Christine Janssen is a clinical associate professor, director of entrepreneurship, and program director of the MS in Management degree program at the Gabelli School of Business. She also co-founded the Fordham Foundry, Fordham’s small business incubator in 2012. Her commitment to hands-on entrepreneurship instruction, based on a constantly changing curriculum designed to sync with the forward-thinking skills business demands, has made the entrepreneurship program one of the most dynamic and fastest growing in the undergraduate business school.

Dr. Janssen came to Fordham with significant business-world experience. Her background in marketing, market research, new product development, and business development spans nearly a quarter-century. In her career, she worked in a variety of industries including consumer goods, interior design, education, information technology and financial services. Prior to embarking on her academic career, she founded Denken Research & Consulting in 2007, a boutique firm in New York City, providing end-to-end research, consulting, writing, and education services for local startups, particularly female entrepreneurs.

Before joining the Fordham faculty in 2009 as an adjunct professor in Fordham's College of Liberal Studies, Dr. Janssen taught for four years at the Mountbatten Institute, a New York-based international internship program affiliated with the U.K.'s Cambridge University. Since becoming a full-time faculty member of the Gabelli Schools of Business in 2010, she has taught a variety of management courses, and has most notably been the visionary behind the launch of the entrepreneurship program - from curriculum development and teaching to extra-curricular leadership roles and external collaborative efforts.

Dr. Janssen holds a BS in marketing from the University of South Florida, a Global MBA in communications and information systems (CIS) and finance with a specialization in e-Business from Fordham University, and a Ph.D. from New York University, where her dissertation focused on how entrepreneurs learn.

Her primary teaching and research interest is the future of higher education.


  • PhD: Business Education/Entrepreneurship, New York University
  • Master's: MBA - Finance and Communications & Information Systems, Fordham University
  • Bachelor's: BS - Marketing, University of South Florida

Research Interests

  • The Future of Higher Education
  • Entrepreneurial Learning and Teaching
  • Women Entrepreneurs
  • Social Entrepreneurship


  • Janssen-Selvadurai, C. (2014). The unique management skills of women entrepreneurs. In Kelly, L. (Ed.), Entrepreneurial Women: New Management and Leadership Models (pp. 139-154). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.
  • J. Kickul, C. Janssen-Selvadurai & M. Griffiths. (September 2012) A blended value framework for educating the next cadre of social entrepreneurs.¬†Academy of Management Learning & Education.
  • C. Janssen-Selvadurai. (January 2012). How do entrepreneurs learn? Presented at United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Annual Conference.
  • H. Onwuegbuzie & C. Janssen-Selvadurai. (January 2012). Entrepreneurship education: Cultivating the entrepreneurial mindset. Presented at United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Annual Conference.
  • J. Kickul & C. Janssen-Selvadurai. (November 2011). A blended value framework for educating the next cadre of social entrepreneurs. Presented at the NYU-Stern Conference on Social Entrepreneurship.
  • C. Janssen-Selvadurai. (November 2009). Work in progress: The lived learning experiences of female entrepreneurs. Presented at the Delta Pi Epsilon National Conference, San Francisco, CA.