Satish Nambisan | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University
Satish Nambisan - Professor, Design & Innovation

Faculty – Satish Nambisan

The Nancy and Joseph Keithley Professorship of Technology Management
Professor, Design & Innovation
Office Hours: By Appointment Only

Satish Nambisan, PhD, is the Nancy and Joseph Keithley Professor of Technology Management at the Weatherhead School of Management. His research interests lie in the broad areas of innovation management, entrepreneurship and technology management. His current work focuses on how digital technologies, platforms, and ecosystems shape innovation, entrepreneurship and international business.

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, Journal of International Business Studies, MIS Quarterly, Research Policy, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, 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). His new book titled 'The Digital Multinational: Navigating the New Normal in Global Business' is forthcoming from MIT Press in February 2022.

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 digital innovation, digital entrepreneurship, digital globalization, customer co-innovation, and 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.

PhD, Syracuse University, 1997
MBA, XLRI , 1989
BTech, Calicut University, 1987

Initially Appointed: 2017

Interests and Courses


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


Innovation Management; Entrepreneurship; Technology Management & Strategy

Recent Courses and Syllabi

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Selected Publications

  • Nambisan, S., Baron, R. (2021).
    On the Costs of Digital Entrepreneurship: Role Conflict, Stress, and Venture Performance in Digital Platform-based Ecosystems   (vol. 125, pp. 520-532). Journal of Business Research.
  • Nambisan, S., Zahra, S., Luo, Y. (2019).
    Global Platforms and Ecosystems: Implications for International Business Theories   (vol. 50, issue 9, pp. 1464-1486). Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS).
  • Uzuegbunam, I., Ofem, B., Nambisan, S. (2019).
    Do corporate investors affect entrepreneurs’ IP portfolio? Entrepreneurial finance and intellectual property in new firms.   (vol. 43, issue 4, pp. 673-696). Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.
  • Nambisan, S., Wright, M., Feldman, M. (2019).
    The digital transformation of innovation and entrepreneurship: Progress, challenges and key themes.   (vol. 48, issue 8, ). Research Policy.
  • Nambisan, S. (2018).
    Architecture vs. Ecosystem perspectives: Reflections on digital innovation   (vol. 28, issue 2, pp. 104-106). Information and Organization.
  • Nambisan, S., Siegel, D., Kenney, M. (2018).
    On Open Innovation, Platforms, and Entrepreneurship   (vol. 12, issue 3, pp. 354-368). Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal.
  • Autio, E., Nambisan, S., Thomas, L., Wright, M. (2018).
    Digital affordances, spatial affordances, and the genesis of entrepreneurial ecosystems.   (vol. 12, issue 1, pp. 72-95). Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal.
  • 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.   (vol. 41, issue 6, pp. 1029-1055). Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.
  • Nambisan, S., Nambisan, P. (2017).
    How should organizations promote equitable distribution of benefits from technological innovation in health care?   (vol. 19, issue 11, ). AMA Journal of Ethics.
  • Nambisan, S., Lyytinen, K. J., Majchrzak, A., Song, M. (2017).
    Digital innovation management: Reinventing innovation management research in a digital world.   (vol. 41, issue 1, pp. 223-238). MIS Quarterly.
  • Nambisan, S., Lyytinen, K. J., Majrczhak, A., Song, M. (2017).
    “Digital Innovation Management: Reinventing Innovation Management Research in a Digital World”,   (vol. 41, issue 1, pp. 223-238). MIS Quarterly, .
  • Nambisan, S. (2015).
    Embracing Entrepreneurship Across Disciplines Ideas and Insights from Engineering, Science, Medicine and Arts   Edward Elgar.
  • Lusch, R., Nambisan, S. (2015).
    Service innovation: A Service-Dominant (S-D) logic perspective   MIS Quarterly.
  • Nambisan, S., Baron, R. (2013).
    Entrepreneurship in innovation ecosystems: Entrepreneur’s self- regulatory processes and their implications for new venture success   (vol. 37, issue 5, pp. 1071-1097). Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.
  • Nambisan, S. (2013).
    Industry technical committees, technological distance, and innovation performance   (vol. 42, issue 4, pp. 928-940). Research Policy.
  • Nambisan, S., Baron, R. (2010).
    Different roles, different strokes: Organizing virtual customer environments to promote two types of customer contributions   (vol. 21, issue 2, pp. 554-572). Organization Science.
  • Nambisan, S., Sawhney, M. (2007).
    The Global Brain: Your Roadmap for Innovating Faster and Smarter in a Networked World   Wharton School Publishing (Prentice).
  • Nambisan, S.
    Digital Innovation and International Business   Innovation.
  • Singh, J., Nambisan, S., Bridge, G., Brock, J.
    One-Voice Strategy for Customer Engagement   Journal of Service Research.