David Robertson

Practice Professor, Operations, Information, and Decisions Department, The Wharton School

Research Interests:

Innovation management

About David:

David Robertson’s research interests are in innovation management — how companies can get more from their innovation investments. He has published in the Harvard Business Review, the Sloan Management Review, and many other journals. In addition to his research and teaching activities, David consults with many US and European companies to help them improve their innovation management systems.

At Wharton, David Robertson teaches Innovation and Product Development in Wharton’s undergraduate, MBA, and Executive Education programs. From 2002 through 2010, Robertson was the LEGO Professor of Innovation and Technology Management at IMD in Lausanne Switzerland.

At IMD, Robertson was the Co-Director of the school’s largest executive education program, the Program for Executive Development. He has also directed programs for Credit Suisse, EMC, HSBC, Skanska, BT, and other leading European companies. Prior to IMD, David was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, a consultant at McKinsey & Company for five years, and an executive at four enterprise software companies. David received his MBA and PhD from the MIT Sloan School of Management and BS from the University of Illinois.

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Executive Education Programs Taught

Innovation for Growth: Strategies for Creating Value
Create new business models, launch new products, improve customer experience, and open new markets. With an “Innovation Toolkit,” you can design a flexible innovation process that lets your company quickly adapt to, and profit from, changes in customers, competitors, or markets.