Serguei Netessine, PhD

Serguei Netessine

Dhirubhai Ambani Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Professor of Operations, Information, and Decisions; Departmental PhD Program Coordinator; Vice Dean, Global Initiatives, The Wharton School

Research Interests:

Business model innovation, operational excellence and entrepreneurship

About Serguei:

Serguei Netessine is the Dhirubhai Ambani Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship; a professor of Operations, Information and Decisions; and departmental PhD program coordinator at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is also Wharton’s vice dean for Global Initiatives. He was previously the Timken Professor of Global Technology and Innovation at INSEAD.  He has lived, taught, and worked with companies in the U.S., Russia, France, and Singapore.

Professor Netessine received BS/MS degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology and, after working for Motorola and Lucent Technologies, he also received MS/PhD degrees in Operations Management from the University of Rochester. His current research focuses on business model innovation and operational excellence, and he worked on these topics with numerous organizations around the world including the Federal Aviation Administration (U.S.), Lockheed Martin, Safeway, Kohl’s, Dillard’s, Jo-Ann, Procter & Gamble, McDonald’s, Rolls-Royce, Comcast, Expedia, Sberbank, Temasek, Keppel, ABB, and the U.S. Air Force. He is an active angel investor in technology startups and he serves on advisory boards of multiple ventures around the world. Professor Netessine is a frequent speaker on innovation at global events including World Knowledge Forum (Seoul) and World Economic Forum (Davos). He recently served on The Future of the Economy Committee of the Singapore government.

Professor Netessine has been the recipient of many teaching awards for delivering classes to MBA and Executive MBA students at the Wharton School and INSEAD, and he frequently teaches in Executive Education programs. A prolific academic writer, Professor Netessine holds senior editorial positions at several leading academic journals and he co-authored dozens of publications in prominent management journals, including Harvard Business Review. His work has received extensive media coverage in CIO Magazine, the Economist, Forbes, Multichannel Merchant, the New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, Strategy+Business, and other media outlets. He is co-author of The Risk-Driven Business Model: Four Questions that Will Define Your Company (Harvard Business Press, 2014). His full list of publications, media mentions, and industry activities can be found at .


Executive Education Programs Taught:

Business Model Innovation in the Digital Age

Academic Director

Learn how to unlock significant opportunities for adding value and growth by innovating with your existing products, customers, and markets. Implement a process for business model innovation that can be used repeatedly throughout your organization.

Venture Capital

Learn how to evaluate venture capital investment opportunities and do due diligence that will uncover pitfalls and mitigate risk.