David Robertson is a Professor of Practice at the Wharton School where he teaches Innovation and Product Development in Wharton’s undergraduate, MBA, and executive education programs. Robertson has been a student, teacher, and practitioner of the art of innovation for his entire career. In his latest quest to understand innovation, David Robertson hosts Innovation Navigation, a Wharton Business School Business radio program offering live, unscripted access to world-renowned thought leaders, executives, and faculty. As a Professor of Practice at the Wharton School, Robertson brings brilliant minds worldwide to share their innovation knowledge and experience to the listening public. Broadcasting weekly from The Wharton School’s Ivy League campus via Sirius XM’s trailblazing Wharton Business Radio Network channel, the program delivers invaluable advice for executives or managers who want to boost their organization’s ability to innovate.
From 2002 through 2010, Robertson was the LEGO Professor of Innovation and Technology Management at Switzerland’s Institute for Management Development (IMD), which received the #1 worldwide ranking by the Financial Times for its executive education programs. At IMD he was Program Director for IMD’s largest program, the Program for Executive Development, and co-Director of the Making Business Sense of IT program, a joint program between IMD and MIT Sloan. Prior to IMD, Robertson 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 is the author of Brick by Brick: How LEGO Reinvented its Innovation System and Conquered the Toy Industry, and co-author of Enterprise Architecture as Strategy. He has published in Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, and many other journals.
LEGO’s story can inspire positive change and boost strategic innovation. David tells the story not only using slides, movies, and props, but also gives small LEGO toys to each member of the audience to illustrate key points in the talk. He offers both speeches and masterclasses from 60 minutes through to 2 days.
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