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David Robertson

Practice Professor

Links: Innovation Navigation Radio Show, Personal Website

David Robertson joined the faculty of the Wharton School in 2011. He is a Professor of Practice and teaches Innovation and Product Development in Wharton’s undergraduate, MBA, and executive education programs. David is also the host of the weekly radio show "Innovation Navigation", which is recorded live every Tuesday between 8 and 10am ET. The show offers unscripted access to world-renowned thought leaders, executives, and faculty.  Broadcasting from The Wharton School’s Ivy League campus via Sirius XM’s trailblazing Wharton Business Radio channel, the program delivers invaluable advice for executives or managers who want to boost their organization’s ability to innovate.  For more on the show, see the show's web site:

From 2002 through 2010, Robertson was the LEGO Professor of Innovation and Technology Management at Switzerland’s Institute for Management Development (IMD).  At IMD, Robertson was the Co-Director of the school’s largest executive education program, the Program for Executive Development. He also directed programs for Credit Suisse, EMC, HSBC, Skanska, BT, and other leading European companies. Prior to IMD, David was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, a consultant at McKinsey & Company for 5 years, and an executive at four enterprise software companies. David received his MBA and PhD from the MIT Sloan School of Management and BS from the University of Illinois.

David’s research interests are in innovation management – how companies can get more from their innovation investments. He has published in Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Wired, and other journals, and has appeared on CNN, NPR, and Bloomberg TV. His latest book, Brick by Brick: How LEGO Rewrote the Rules of Innovation and Conquered the Global Toy Industry, was published by Crown Business in June 2013. In addition to his research and teaching activities, David consults with many US and European companies to help them improve their innovation management systems.