Nicolaj Siggelkow, PhD

David M. Knott Professor; Professor of Management; Co-Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests:

Competitive strategy, firms as systems of interconnected choices

About Nicolaj:

Nicolaj Siggelkow is the David M. Knott Professor at the Wharton School and a co-director of Wharton’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management. Professor Siggelkow has been the recipient of multiple Wharton MBA and Undergraduate Excellence in Teaching Awards, including the Class of 1984 Award presented to the faculty member with the highest teaching rating in the MBA classroom, the Helen Kardon Moss Anvil Teaching Award, the Wharton Award, and the Wharton Graduate Association Student Choice Award. His research has been published in the leading management journals, including Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Industrial Economics, Management Science, Organization Science, and Strategic Organization.

His research focuses on the strategic and organizational implications of interactions among a firm’s choices of activities and resources. In particular, his research has focused on three broad questions: How do firms develop, grow, and adjust their set of activities over time? How does organizational design affect a firm’s ability to find high-performing sets of activities? What role do interactions among a firm’s activities play in creating and sustaining competitive advantage? To address these questions, he has employed a range of methodological approaches, including in-depth field studies of individual firms, econometric methods for large-scale data sets, formal modeling, and simulation models.

Professor Siggelkow studied Economics at Stanford University and has an MA in Economics and a PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University and Harvard Business School.

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Advanced Management Program
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