Satish Nambisan, PhD

The Nancy and Joseph Keithley Professor of Technology Management
Weatherhead School of Management
Department of Design & Innovation
Weatherhead School of Management

Satish Nambisan, PhD, is the Nancy and Joseph Keithley Professor of Technology Management at the Weatherhead School of Management. His research interests are in the areas of entrepreneurship, technology and innovation management, and product development. His current work focuses on platforms and innovation ecosystems; digital innovation and digital entrepreneurship; and customer co-innovation and value co-creation.

His research has been published in a wide range of journals including Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, Management Science, Organization Science, Academy of Management Review, Research Policy, MIS Quarterly and Stanford Social Innovation Review. He is the author of The Global Brain: Your Roadmap for Innovating Faster and Smarter in a Networked World (Wharton School Publishing).

Prior to joining Weatherhead, Nambisan held faculty positions at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has held visiting faculty appointments at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and at the Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Vienna, Austria.

In 2006, Nambisan was honored by his alma mater Syracuse University with the Martin J. Whitman Distinguished Ph.D. Alumni Award.

He speaks, consults, and conducts executive education both domestically and internationally in the areas of technology & innovation management, technological entrepreneurship and management, high technology new ventures, customer co-innovation, and new product development. He has delivered keynote addresses and thought-leadership presentations in the areas of technology & innovation management at various conferences and organizations. His clients include Microsoft, IBM, 3M, P&G, SAP, Sharp Laboratories, Singapore Telecom, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, ASAE, and the Philadelphia Science Center. Dr. Nambisan recently gave an invited Keynote address at a conference on Business Design, Innovation and Co-Creation organized by the Harvard Business Review in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Prior to joining the academia, Nambisan held executive positions at consumer-products conglomerate Unilever Plc in Mumbai, India.

Teaching Information

Teaching Interests

  • Innovation Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Technology Management & Strategy

Recent Courses

  • Strategic Issues and Applications

Research Information

Research Interests

  • Platforms and Innovation Ecosystems
  • Entrepreneurship; Digital Innovation
  • Digital Entrepreneurship
  • Technology Commercialization
  • Customer Co-creation


Nambisan, S., Siegel, D., Kenney, M. (2018). "On Open Innovation, Platforms, and Entrepreneurship." Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal,
12(3) 354-368.

Autio, E., Nambisan, S., Thomas, L., Wright, M. (2018). "Digital affordances, spatial affordances, and the genesis of entrepreneurial ecosystems." Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal,12(1):72-95.

Uzuegbunam, I., Ofem, B., Nambisan, S. (2018). "Do corporate investors affect entrepreneurs’ IP portfolio? Entrepreneurial finance and intellectual property in new firms." Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.

Nambisan, S. (2018). "Open Innovation, Ecosystems and Entrepreneurship: Issues and Perspectives." World Scientific Publishers.

Nambisan, S. (2017). "Digital entrepreneurship: Toward a digital technology perspective of entrepreneurship." Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 41(6).

Nambisan, S., Nambisan, P. (2017). "How should organizations promote equitable distribution of benefits from technological innovation in health care?" AMA Journal of Ethics,19(11):1106-1115.

Nambisan, S., Lyytinen, K. J., Majchrzak, A., Song, M. (2017). "Digital innovation management: Reinventing innovation management research in a digital world." MIS Quarterly, 41(1):223-238.

Nambisan, S. (2015). "Embracing Entrepreneurship Across Disciplines: Ideas and Insights from Engineering, Science, Medicine and Arts"   Edward Elgar, ISBN: 978-1-78254-995-6.

Lusch, R., Nambisan, S. (2015). "Service innovation: A Service-Dominant (S-D) logic perspective." MIS Quarterly, 39(1):155-175.

Nambisan, S., Baron, R. (2013). "Entrepreneurship in innovation ecosystems: Entrepreneur’s self- regulatory processes and their implications for new venture success." Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 37(5):1071-1097.

Nambisan, S. (2013). "Industry technical committees, technological distance, and innovation performance." Research Policy, 42(4): 928-940. Research Policy.

Nambisan, S., Baron, R. (2010). "Different roles, different strokes: Organizing virtual customer environments to promote two types of customer contributions." Organization Science, 21(2):554-572.

Nambisan, S., Sawhney, M. (2007). The Global Brain: Your Roadmap for Innovating Faster and Smarter in a Networked World   Wharton School Publishing (Prentice). ISBN: 978-0132339513.


Doctor of Philosophy
Syracuse University
Master of Business Administration
XLRI - Xavier School of Management
Bachelor of Technology
Calicut University