Nicolaj Siggelkow, PhD

Nicolaj Siggelkow

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 of Management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is the co-director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management at Wharton and the former department chair of Wharton’s Management Department. He studied Economics at Stanford University and received a PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University. In 2008, he received the Administrative Science Quarterly Scholarly Contribution Award for the most significant paper published in ASQ five years earlier. In 2013, Nicolaj was elected as a fellow of the Strategic Management Society. Nicolaj is a member of the editorial review boards of Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, and Strategic Organization. He has been the recipient of multiple 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. His 2019 book is titled Connected Strategy, which is also the focus of his current research. Nicolaj has been involved in a large range of open enrollment and custom executive education programs on strategy, including programs for AXA, Citibank, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, Munich Re, PepsiCo, Progressive, and Sanofi-Aventis.

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Executive Education Programs Taught:

Advanced Management Program

Technology, globalization, and constant change have made the job of leading a business more exciting, complex, and demanding. If you are leading, or are in line to lead your firm, Wharton’s flagship program empowers you to define and act on your purpose as a leader and strengthen your strategic prowess. Receive alumni status.

Business Essentials for Executives

Drawing on key faculty and content from Wharton’s top-ranked MBA program, this program introduces you to the critical business concepts every successful manager needs to understand in marketing, finance, strategy, negotiations, and leadership.

Effective Execution of Organizational Strategy

Academic Director

Explore the most important factors involved in strategic execution, including leadership, talent management, and organizational design. Learn a logical approach to implementation that will help you overcome even the most challenging obstacles.

Executive Development Program

Transitioning from functional, unit, or regional management to general management requires new knowledge in areas such as finance, marketing, leadership, and strategy. This program prepares you for the complexities of organizational dynamics, cross-border communication, and global leadership.

Global Strategic Leadership

Discover how you can formulate a global strategy for your organization and learn how to execute it with speed and agility. Explore ways of serving customers and leading across borders. Expand your organization’s visionary capacity to inspire greater possibilities for your collective future.

High-Potential Leaders: Accelerating Your Impact

Develop the strategic perspective required of global leaders, learn to manage uncertainty and execute your vision, and establish a firm personal foundation that can withstand the pressures of leadership.

Leadership and Management Certificate Program — ONLINE

This four-course online certificate program will help leaders across the organization reach new levels of success. Both individuals and larger teams can access cutting-edge management concepts from nine world-class Wharton faculty. With flexible start dates, each fully online course runs 4–6 weeks in duration.

Management Development Program: Develop Your Managerial Mindset — ONLINE

Reach your potential as a manager through this six-month program that blends hard and soft skills into one holistic learning experience, culminating with a live three-day on-campus experience.

Strategy and Management for Competitive Advantage

Academic Director

Learn to accurately assess the competition; design a compelling strategy; leverage your firm’s capabilities to full advantage; and obtain necessary resources through alliances, acquisitions, and internal corporate ventures.

The CFO: Becoming a Strategic Partner

This program helps you refine your leadership style, communicate your financial knowledge to other leaders, and extend your influence across the organization. You will enhance your ability to impact your organization's strategy and value creation.