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Nicolaj Siggelkow

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 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

Wharton’s flagship leadership program is a transformational and immersive program for senior executives who are at the peak of their careers. This intellectually rigorous and highly experiential program will define you as a leader and strengthen your strategic prowess. Upon completion, you will be granted highly sought-after Wharton alumni status.

Business Essentials for Executives

Accelerate your career with an in-depth understanding of the core concepts that drive business in every industry. Tap into the minds of Wharton’s world-renowned MBA faculty to become a stronger, more decisive leader.

Chief Human Resources Officer Program

This immersive, nine-month experience is designed to prepare HR leaders to reach beyond the traditional scope of human resources — recruitment, compensation, benefits — to tackle broader initiatives that extend across all sectors of the organization. The rigorous curriculum includes interactive online sessions and on-campus electives and offers a path to alumni status for qualified individuals.

Effective Execution of Organizational Strategy

Academic Director

Advance your ability to expertly orchestrate the critical execution of your company’s strategies. Work alongside your global peers while building structured, actionable plans — specific to your organization’s culture — to achieve buy-in, create powerful incentives, and overcome your most challenging execution obstacles.

Executive Development Program

Ascend to greater levels of management by honing your business acumen in multiple core competencies and advance your strategic decision-making capabilities to think faster, smarter, and more creatively. Intensive executive coaching from Wharton’s world-renowned faculty prepares you to lead your organization through the massive disruption happening in industries everywhere.

Global Strategic Leadership

Lead your organization through the shifting global marketplace by building strategies that outmaneuver unpredictable trends and outperform the competition. Gain the insight necessary to predict future scenarios and create the global advantages required to drive success.

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

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

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

Create and sustain competitive advantages that propel your company forward during the most challenging times. Learn to make the crucial hard choices and tradeoffs that position your company for success while strengthening your customer relationships.

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.