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Serguei Netessine

Serguei Netessine, PhD

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 Vice Dean for Global Initiatives and Dhirubhai Ambani Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He lived, taught and worked with companies in the USA, Russia, France and Singapore.

Prof. 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 Federal Aviation Administration (USA), Lockheed Martin, Safeway, Kohl’s, Dillard’s, Jo-Ann, Procter & Gamble, McDonald’s, Rolls Royce, Comcast, Expedia, Sberbank, Temasek, Keppel, ABB and US 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 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. 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, New York Times, US News, and 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 on his website.

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Executive Education Programs Taught

Business Model Innovation in the Digital Age

Academic Director

Uncover industry-disrupting, revenue-building innovation within your existing business model. Learn to create, implement, and promote growth drivers for immediate application within your organization.

Leading with Business Analytics

Become a more skillful data-driven leader for your organization and discover new ways to accelerate and enhance your organizational influence as an analytics executive.

Venture Capital

This program will provide participants with a rigorous framework both to evaluate investment opportunities and to manage a multi-stage investment process in an innovative firm. Learn how to evaluate venture capital investment opportunities and do due diligence that will uncover pitfalls and mitigate risk.