Bachelor of Business Administration, Swedish School of Economics, 1969. Master of Business Administration, Swedish School of Economics, 1972. License Bachelor, Swedish School of Economics, 1974.
Doctor of Philosophy, Swedish School of Economics, 1979.
His research interest is to "develop marketing based on a service logic: promise management and marketing. Transforming manufacturing into service business". Dr. Christian Grönroos is since 1999 Professor of Service and Relationship Marketing (prior to that 1984-1999 Professor of International and Industrial Marketing) at Hanken School of Economics Finland (Svenska handelshögskolan) and chairman of the board of the research and knowledge centre CERS Centre for Relationship Marketing and Service Management of this business university.
He is a Honorary Professor at Nankai University and Tianjin Normal University, P.R.China as well as at Oslo School of Management, Norway. Between 2001 and 2007 he served as Guest Professor of Service Management at Lund University Sweden. Christian Grönroos has been selected as a "" - the first one outside North America -, and his research work will be compiled and featured in the forthcoming "Legends in Marketing" Series, edited by Dr. Jagdish Sheth (Series Editor) and published by the Sage Publications.
Other marketing scholars featured as Legends include Richard Bagozzi, Shelby Hunt, Philip Kotler, V. Kumar, Naresh Malhotra, Kent Monroe, Jagdish Sheth, Yoram Wind, and Gerald Zaltman. "Marketing is a customer focus that permeates organizational functions and processes and is geared towards making promises through value proposition, enabling the fulfilment of individual expectations created by such promises and fulfilling such expectations through support to customers’ value-generating processes, thereby supporting value creation in the firm’s as well as its customers’ and other stakeholders’ processes.".
Member of European Marketing Academy, Finnish Science Society and Letters.
Married Marika Tandefelt, June 9, 1969 (divorced 1979). Children: Henrika, Mickel. Married Suvi Kilplainen, March 16, 1981 (deceased 2000).